Gentlemint Refresh Is Live (with Following)
by glen on Sunday, August 26, 2012
On the Fourth of July we hinted at a big redesign on Gentlemint. Today we're happy to announce that the new redesign is live. There are some other major, major improvements as well, but we'll get to them soon.
We've always had a vision for the Gentlemint design that was considerably different than the previous minimal design. There's nothing wrong with minimal design, we've always just wanted something with a bit more depth and character--much like the Gentlemint user--that still kept a lot of the oddball humor that we've tried to keep with the site.
So, enough with the conceptual mumbo-jumbo. Here's what's new on the site:
Alex has released one of the most-requested features to date: the ability to follow people on Gentlemint. This means when you go to the homepage, you'll see an extra tab Following next to "All" and "Popular". Following has all the tacks that have been added by people you follow. In member's mints, you'll also lists of who is following them and who they're following. To follow someone, simply go to their profile page and click the button. Easy.
We'll be improving this functionality greatly in the future. But for now, you officially have the capability to start creating a more personalized Gentlemint based on yours and other member's tastes.
2. Better pagination
Our pagination has been the weakest link in the Gentlemint chain, and we're happy to announce that it's a bit better. It's not perfect, but it's much better. We're working on making this even better quickly, but for now this is a big step forward.
3. Liking from the homepage (and other list views)
It's amazing how many people asked us for this. Well, our goal is to save you clicks. Now you can like or save things directly from the homepage, without having to click through to the tack detail page. Oh, and speaking of extra clicks...
4. Outbound links open in new tabs
A simple change, but one that will make many minters much happier. Opening outbound links in new windows has become the normal for social sites so we've all come to expect that behavior. This is one occassion where we'll comply to social norms.
5. Better mobile experience
Browsing Gentlemint on the mobile site has been kind of a letdown. The new site not only reflects the new styles, but also just feels better. It was actually worked on in tandem with the desktop site, as opposed to the afterthought.
Note: Tablet styles are still pretty "meh" for the moment, but we'll have them patched up soon. We couldn't squeeze everything into this release, as much as we tried.
6. Better header layout
The header has been refreshed to be simpler, with easier navigating to the places that you need quickliy. Instead of important navigational links showing up across the navigation bar in the header, all of those links are container in a nice little section on the right of the header. Just hover over your profile picture (or username if you haven't added a profile picture), and you'll see a dropdown with all the fixins'. Oh, and did you see the shiny new 'Mint it' button?
7. User pages
If you've checked out your user page, you'll notice that it's much more interesting and useful for you. I've always wondered why profile images didn't have picture frames around them, so guess what: we added them :) The layout seems to flow better visually, and allows you to quickly get to the stuff you've done on Gentlemint: things you've saved, liked, added, created, etc.
Oh, and my personal favorite: It's just more fun.
8. Homepage aesthetics
There is one design change that you'll notice right off the bat, and you might love it, or you might hate it. You might have noticed that the tacks on the homepage (and other views) are now horizontally aligned. It's a stylistic departure from our previous design, but one that makes things much easier to find and enjoy.
Aside from the above major changes, there were about a jillion things we've improved or fixed thoughout the site. That said, until this beast settles in for good, there may be some things that look a bit wonky. Please don't hesitate to let us know either in the comments below or via emailing howdy at gentlemint.com.
We hope you guys think this is an improvement... we sure do. Feel free to sound off in the comments below.
Brian, Alex and Glen