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Well here we are, Newgrounds under a whole new layout and it's good to see the redesign up at long last. I remember back in July 2007 I had made a news post regarding the revamped Newgrounds at the time, although the launch happened while I was away on holiday. Well this time, I'm just home with no job so my experience to see the 2012 redesign launched was right on time, although it was a much longer wait than originally expected.
As for my overall thoughts on the changes found on the site throughout, I gotta say I enjoy it all. Navigating movies and games feels much better now and the individual genres helps a lot. The different layout colours for the separate sections of Newgrounds definitely makes it more of a pleasure to the eyes. I'm sick of seeing black and white standard layouts everywhere else on the internet so it was about time I saw something this colourful.
If there's one thing I don't like on the new layout as much as the old one, it's the level icons. I feel all of them are tiny but can understand the purpose of making them below ground and not have them define our image everywhere on the site apart from a small weapon. Still, it's hard to help but think the 2007 redesign levels are more preferable but I will adapt to the new set of levels. At least this time around the aura colors fit the site layout better. Previously, the pink backgrounds looked very obnoxious to the site while the gold aura was very dazzling despite being my aura. Thumbs up for the new ideas with characterising the auras by departments. Gamer aura with blue suits me just fine, even though I'm probably more of an Audiophile but I am what I choose to be.
Of course, this redesign is what I've made endless contributions to and after seeing it all come to fruition, I can safely say I feel rewarded for all the work I've done. Starting all the way back in July 2009 when Tom originally asked for users to help out with genre/tagging input, this idea for helping out the site was recommended from a fellow Wi/Ht?'er of mine and one thing lead to another, I then helped out with the icons and have done over 16,000 for the site since which as a result made me Newgrounds' User of the Year for 2010. So yes, the outcome of this has made me satisfied with the work being paid off. However, when it comes to icons, I tend to forget which I've done unless it's by authors who I know I made icons for. Everything else, it's good to see a fair amount of submissions being listed under the genre, although not only there are still tons to input, I do have to feel a little embarrassed for helping out with the majority of the spam genre. Ah well, at least I did the dirty work so no-one else had to.
One last thing I have to comment on is hoping the notification system will be properly implemented shortly. A notification for Newgrounds is something I've wanted to see on the site for a while now so here's hoping it meets my satisfaction by informing you of new comments to your news posts, reviews for your submissions, responses to comments you've posted on others, etc. Much less regular checkings on own userpage and on the blogs section will be required.
So overall, I'm pleased with the new turn for the redesign. It's not often I can fully agree on layout change for a website but for this, it's a great change for sure. I will miss the 2007 redesign but it's served the site very well for four ½ years but now it's time to freshen up the site. Now that's a lot more than what I could say about the annual YouTube/Facebook changes. Kudos to the staff for putting heart and soul into this!