Brass Tasks of the Layout

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Okay. I've been working too long on this, so let me share my thoughts now (even though they are still a bit muddled). I'm trying to get my slowly growing knowledge of theme development organized. The key theme issues that we need to settle seem to be these:

Top Banner. This is clearly the top priority in designing our layout. You can see what I'm talking about here. Clearly, we want something at least as distinctive as the banners we had at the old AA. I like the idea of having buttons on or below the banner, as in this example. If we wanted to be clever, we might have a console (like the one at the old site) whose buttons would actually be alternate navigation buttons for the site.

One kind of crazy idea I just had was that instead of basing a theme on an actual console, we might just create a sort of generic console look. If we wanted to abandon the console look, we might go instead for a banner emphasizing certain games from the past and modern eras. I'm thinking perhaps of something like this, but with more variety.

Some interesting examples:
* Joystiq has an animated PONG banner. Quite neat.
* AG has an NES-style controller on the banner. Rather plain.

The layout of the modules. Some sites have boxes around modules like "Who's Online" and "Recent Comments." Others have no boxes. Compare Brussels with Mac Geekery. These boxes do seem to make a profound impact on the site's aesthetic, so it's not something we want to consider lightly. I really enjoy boxes with shadows.

Fonts and colors. Pretty self-explanatory here. We obviously will want to stick to web-standard fonts and colors. Again, this is one of those small things that ends up making a huge difference in the way a site looks and feels.

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Matt Barton
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Anonymity

Besides, if one of us really wants to be anonymous, at least pick a believable name. I wouldn't have a problem if Mark or Cecil suddenly said, "Please, start referring to me as Mike Jones." The only thing I have a problem with is an obvious handle or nickname like "Atari_Man" or the like. That's just unprofessional.

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So you're saying that ...

So you're saying that "Matt Barton" is a pen-name? ;-)
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Good one. Sometimes I wish it was! There are actually some other Matt Bartons around who show up in Google Searches. I hope no one gets me confused with these chaps.

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I know. Do you know there's

I know. Do you know there's also a "Barton & Loguidice" civil engineering firm in upstate New York? They constantly show up on Google news...
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Matt Barton
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Wow! Now that is freaky.

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Bill Loguidice
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Funny stuff that Classic

Funny stuff that Classic Gaming keeps on using our news items: http://www.classicgaming.com/ . You would think the least Marty could do is provide a linkback rather than the name. Perhaps I need to drop him a line...

In any case, I asked Christina to sign up and offer some feedback and help out in any way that she can. At the very least, it will be another voice, since so far it has mostly been Matt, myself and Mark... (and by proxy, Elizabeth)
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Mark Vergeer
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Tabbed menu's might be a

Tabbed menu's might be a very good idea indeed.

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Mark Vergeer
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I like the brussels website,

I like the brussels website, also the content.

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Bill Loguidice
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I like the Brussels Website

I like the Brussels Website too, though the mouseover effect on the tabbed menu items is a bit cheesy and old-fashioned seeming. Still, I kind of like the overall look of the Website even though the top banner is a bit too large since it's relatively empty.
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