How do you like the new design?

We tried to create a simplified design that allows the content stand out more. Allows for a better and faster browsing experience overall. (appr. 40% faster page generation times.)

Surely, it will take a few days to get used to it. I realize that change is always difficult to deal with. But, I hope you will like the new design on long term.

At this moment it's not 100% complete, but we're working on it. I'm sure you will find some bugs here and there. Please be so kind to report any problems or requests in comments.

140 comments

Guest's picture
Guest

i dont like the new web page design

indrek's picture
indrek
163 pencils

me either

Guest's picture
Guest

I don't yet know if I like it or not, but it's about time this place got a redesign. Now to see if you fixed any of the navigation problems. BTW Ivan, think you got enough banner ads here?

-Yeah, I said it!

indrek's picture
indrek
163 pencils

Yeah, the new design is only for the reason that you can put bigger banners on the right. Put the content, real ads on the middle.

Goblin's picture
Goblin
409 pencils

We all do advertising for living, right?
And, we can see how many ads on this site? Million? two? and now you have problem with banner on the right?
I understand what you mean but someone need to pay this space where we can write "done", "wtf", "lame" :)

jonybeta's picture
jonybeta
364 pencils

This is a bussines, nothing wrong with putting ads, but i think the banner on the right are too big.

Guest's picture
Guest

the new logo is definitely nicer and the whole layout (ads aside) looks refreshing although its kinda hard getting used to..

Guest's picture
Guest

I think it looks great......nice and sleek with good layout. Doesn't hurt my eyes or feel as noisy as the old layout....and i think the advertising is fine, much more tolerable than the last!

ivan's picture
ivan

Thanks guys for the comments! I will make sure to minimize ad distractions as much as possible. Will be working on it in the coming days.

Earlier we had two sidebars, one of the left and one on the right with many ads. Now we have one large ad in the right sidebar instead, plus more below fold. Overall same area but more organized.

I tried to put all the content on the left with no distraction and all the ads in the right area. Hope you can get used to it.

How do you like the comments area? Is it an improvement?

Guest's picture
Guest

Here's the problem I've always had with navigating this site: When I'm looking at an ad, there's no easy way to see where I am in the archive. There should be more of a preview than the next ad and the previous ad. Of course, once you're in three or four pages deep and click to go back to the archive, you lose your spot, you don't know where the hell you are, and have to take your chances guessing which page of the archive you were on. The only other way to get to an ad is to click through them ALL one at time which takes forever! Very annoying! There is soooo much time wasted here clicking and adjusting the page scroll on every single ad. THERE'S TOO MUCH CLICKING AND GOING BACK AND FORTH COVERING GROUND YOU'VE ALREADY COVERED. There needs to be a preview of what page you're on in the archive, on every page of the site.

-Yeah, I said it!

ivan's picture
ivan

This sounds like a good idea, but I can't really picture how it the layout would look like. Can you maybe sketch it up when you have time and send over?

Guest's picture
Guest

Glad you're receptive to this Ivan. I'm sure you don't want the pages any more cluttered (bad choice of word) than they already are, but maybe it's as simple as putting the icons you have at the bottom of the archive pages (first, previous pg 1,2,3,etc, next, last), put that info on EVERY page with ads, not just the archive pages. It would be something that tells me I'm on page 17 of the archive WHILE I'm looking at the regular size or giant size views of the ad. So now I know where I am and can get back there. As far as the one ad forward or backwards preview, maybe make them smaller so you can squeeze in like three or four ads in each direction. That way I can skip an entire campaign if I want to. Whatever the case, I'd just like more of a heads up going forwards or backwards, knowing exactly where I am, and how to quickly and easily get back there, and get around with as few clicks as possible.

-Yeah, I said it.

Guest's picture
Guest

Interesting problem relating to browsing or peeking at Previous and Next in the archives. One idea is the Gmail Search multi page results. A breadcrumb of "Back to Search Results" takes you to the page of the results you left off.

Another useful approach is to focus on what's next and related. Flickr does a nice job of letting you browse forward or back within all the sets the photo belogs to. On the other hand, YouTube just wants you to keep moving forward with what is related and next.

-Omer

Guest's picture
Guest

The old layout seemed cleaner to me.

Guest's picture
Guest

First time I was like, am in the right place? But, I love it. I think I'll register to get an avatar finally.
-grum

Guest's picture
Guest

much nicer to those who wants to search ads!!! Props for this!!

Guest's picture
Guest

Good work. Thanks!

Ravages's picture
Ravages
842 pencils

I find it funny that people hate ads on a site that deals with it. Yes, some of those banner ads are not interesting, and not relevant, but Ivan has to run a site that lets us all bitch and fight over our work. Grow up and ignore the banner ads, and do your thing, folks.

Ivan, I love the new design. Simple, quiet grays, good layout. And quite fast. Now, start putting in more features (I don't know what they are...but I will still ask for more features)

Guest at 4:07 has an idea - perhaps you can build in a route-map kind of thing that tells me where I am in the scheme of things? Fallon UK's portfolio section has something like that and could work well with AotW

You know, 3-4 years ago, I'd be eagerly waiting for the next issue of Archive magazine. It had all the edgy, arty, visually stunning ads. one show was for the ideas and copy, archive for the art and all. Now, Luerzer's Archive's coming a month too late, and when it does, it repeats everything that AoTW already covered.

suma's picture
suma
54 pencils

estña mucho mejor, puedo ver más piezas en el index.
Pueden corregir el tamaño de las fuentes? Al lado de la descripción de las piezas, en todo el lugar en realidad, es muy pequeño.

looks great, but font size is too smaller at some parts.

bullzeye's picture
bullzeye
252 pencils

liked it, though need to spend some time to check if its friendly or not! ;)

second_creator's picture
second_creator
754 pencils

nice i liked it...............refreshing

Jon-Paul Mountford's picture
Jon-Paul Mountford
889 pencils

not before time either.
I like it.....Give it time to find the things that may narg me, but overall an improvment.

www.jpmountford.com

JamaisVu's picture
JamaisVu
408 pencils

It's so sleek. I love it.

Guest's picture
Guest

very goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood..............................................

Guest's picture
Guest

I like it.....

Guest's picture
Guest

layout seemed cleaner to me.

dangerdude's picture
dangerdude
58 pencils

Well, I'm a lot happier with the new design! It's just sleeker and things have their places while the old one was clearly not designed for this type of content. Props Ivan!

Crystal Clear's picture
Crystal Clear
83 pencils

A lot better than the previous design was.
One suggestion/question: Is it possible to define what type of media an ad belongs to at the home page where media filtering isn't used?
Also, it would be more user friendly -at least for me- if the larger format is opened in a new window.

Guest's picture
Guest

I like it, maybe the credits are too small.

bye!

energio's picture
energio
22 pencils

Too much GREY = no freshness

energio's picture
energio
22 pencils

P.S. some problem in RSS Feed: i see <img> tag and also the image

ivan's picture
ivan

Thanks! I'll fix it asap!

Guest's picture
Guest

Yeah I like this tooo.

It's neat and clean and everything looks more clear now.

Thanks,

Guest's picture
Guest

its OK

deepite's picture
deepite
4 pencils

I can’t be sure 100% as I don’t use it, I’m pretty sure it has a developer window though and that should have a Console in for Javascript. Try and see a develop drop-down or an option to display its Web Inspector. let me know how this goes...

http://www.61designstreet.com

indrek's picture
indrek
163 pencils

Im begging. Please-please put the content in the middle, its very hard to watch ads when on the left . I am crying.

krautland's picture
krautland
3216 pencils

"tried to create a simplified design that allows the content stand out more"

in that case you failed.
there is less space for content on the main page, not more.

ivan's picture
ivan

That's just a perception. We used to have two sidebars. Now, just one. In total there is the same amount of space for content vs ad space.

Guest's picture
Guest

I really don't like the 'autostart' function on your videos.

ivan's picture
ivan

Ok. I'll work on it.

bknowlden's picture
bknowlden
3647 pencils

I like it for the most part. I thought white let the work stand out better and like 30-40% of the page on that right in dedicated to ads, that sucks.

bknowlden's picture
bknowlden
3647 pencils

Oh, Ivan, under the awards section, you should list those in reverse chronological, like a resume. Five years from now, no one s going to want to scroll through two pages to see this month's awards...

ivan's picture
ivan

No problem.

Guest's picture
Guest

old one was better.

gluebrand's picture
gluebrand
119 pencils

Hey Ivan! Like the new look, but was wondering, is it possible to have a 'main content' button at the top of the page like they have on the sky sports page? I ask cos I like to look at ads on my Blackberry when I'm not at the office and with the list of countries and categories that you've added, it's a huge pain having to scroll down endlessly on each and every page in order to see the ad. Clicking on the button would get straight to the ad without going through the list. Thanks!

ivan's picture
ivan

I'm planning to do a mobile version. That will solve it.

gluebrand's picture
gluebrand
119 pencils

Hey Ivan! Like the new look, but was wondering, is it possible to have a 'main content' button at the top of the page like they have on the sky sports page? I ask cos I like to look at ads on my Blackberry when I'm not at the office and with the list of countries and categories that you've added, it's a huge pain having to scroll down endlessly on each and every page in order to see the ad. Clicking on the button would get straight to the ad without going through the list. Thanks!

Guest's picture
Guest

I CANNOT READY THE DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN AS BEFORE.
I MEAN (Advertising Agency: Ames Scullin O'Haire, Atlanta, USA
Creative Director: Michael Bourne
Associate Creative Directors: Ben Lee, Aaron Hartman
Art Director: Aaron Hartman
Copywriters: Ben Lee, Michael Bourne
Executive Creative Director: Patrick Scullin)

to small lettering.

thank you

ivan's picture
ivan

Yes, we'll make it slightly bigger.

ivan's picture
ivan

What do you suggest we put next to the videos?

indrek's picture
indrek
163 pencils

Put the content in the middle. It is very hard to watch videos, also pictures, when on the left. Your eyes want to stay in the middle.

Guest's picture
Guest

it's so... so braun

ironcity's picture
ironcity
55 pencils

looks great ivan. really. and the banners don't bother me at all, especially since this site is FREE.

so nice job, and thanx for providing this service to the ad community.

carrinated's picture
carrinated
8 pencils

exactly, couldn't have said it better myself.

Guest's picture
Guest

It would be great that in case you do an specific search, if you press the next and previous it keeps the search. I don't know if that's possible but it would be nice. For example, in the main page I click to search by country, Brazil, then I see all brazilian ads, I click one, but the next and previous ads are not from the Brazil search I did, so that's it.

I agree with the centered content idea. And about the banner thing, I don't care either, but I guess it's all about everything is grey now except the banner, so is so much present now, than before. Thnx for the effort.

ivan's picture
ivan

That's a good idea. I'll work on it.

Guest's picture
Guest

I think it looks good.

It was due for an update and I'm sure after some teething problems it will be great.

Keep up the good work.

Boulzy's picture
Boulzy
8 pencils

All my favorite videos have disappeared .. bug !?
And where is option: "Add to favorite" ? I don't see it anymore..

ivan's picture
ivan

Hi Boulzy, it will back, nothing is lost. Just give me a few days to sort it out.

zadrga's picture
zadrga
3 pencils

It an upgrade of ex web :)

Guest's picture
Guest

it looks more professional - on the old one there was to much colour :) - still this one is a bit impersonal

Guest's picture
Guest

It's cleaner, it would be nice if we can choose multiple filters, for example Print / Europe / Food...

ivan's picture
ivan

You can do that here: http://adsoftheworld.com/browse_archive
(Browse menu)

Guest's picture
Guest

Good design, but no support for cooliris :(

ivan's picture
ivan

Good idea, will work on it.

Guest's picture
Guest

I liked the original design way better!

ivan's picture
ivan

I'm thinking to offer it as an option you can set for registered users. Would you be interested, or not that important?

indrek's picture
indrek
163 pencils

"I'm thinking to offer it as an option you can set for registered users. Would you be interested, or not that important?"

Yes, please! It is important.

ivan's picture
ivan

All right! Stay tuned.

comAd's picture
comAd
162 pencils

I kinda like it.

Guest's picture
Guest

Looks very similar to the inspiration room, lots of grey.

ivan's picture
ivan

Yes, no coincidence. Grey is a good background for the all important content.

kergu's picture
kergu
6795 pencils

why i cant ad to my favorite..? what happen...es very dificult rating i mean...i like the idea that you can do it 1.3 ---5.5..etc etc..but is very hard...sorry my bad english. por si entendes español...me gusta la idea que ahora podes calificar mas exacto...pero es dificil lograrlo.

ivan's picture
ivan

Rating is coming back in a few days. Regarding the rating I don't understand. It's the same as before...

Guest's picture
Guest

Great upgrade, very nice and elegant. The background color, the new logo and whole layout is nice. Just one thing, the bar on the right side is way too big, I think it would be nicer if you make it a bit narrower and have more space for the left side ( it needs some room to breath).

Well done.

Guest's picture
Guest

i like it baby ;)

Guest's picture
Guest

I really like it, it's way better than the other one. I have a question, why do you have to open the print ads as preview, it would be better if you open directly as full size.

ivan's picture
ivan

Thanks!

Regarding the preview images. Not all people have fast connections or large screens. So, you may decide after seeing the preview, that you're not interested in the large size ad that takes time to download. I can see this from the traffic statistics.

We can do a setting for people who prefer to open images straight in large size. I'll work on it.

Nandu's picture
Nandu
21 pencils

you need to reduce the top banner and right banner size thn i think it will be ok.

Guest's picture
Guest

its too dull... i prefered the brighter colours..

Shamail Khadija's picture
Shamail Khadija
64 pencils

nice, elegent........ i like it, also i like the logo

Shamail Khadija

Shamail Khadija's picture
Shamail Khadija
64 pencils

but ivan, can you reduce the size of the ads on right hand size? i feel that column is too wide, it makes me feel uncomfortable.

Shamail Khadija

ivan's picture
ivan

I'm afraid I can't. But you can use Firefox and resize the screen. So more will fit on your page.

Guest's picture
Guest

nice , i like it

Guest's picture
Guest

Ivan, great new design.
One question though, when will you update the Awards section?

Guest's picture
Guest

...Good Design.. looks better then earlier... But Awards section :(????

ivan's picture
ivan

Award section is updated up till every 10th of a month. So very soon.

Guest's picture
Guest

Superb!!!

Guest's picture
Guest

congratulations! yours is a success story ivan! you give me hope. anyways regarding the new design. to be honest...after visitng this web page daily, for years, it feels difficult to adjust to this change. to put it simply it was not a love at first sight for me. but its your blog you decide how you want it. so be it.

BTW i dont know if its intentional but the PREVIOUS AND NEXT TABS are not correctly placed. i mean back should be on the left and next on the right unless ofcourse you want to follow the urdu style. do look into it. best of luck

ivan's picture
ivan

Thanks a lot and yes, please give it some time. :)

I think the previous and next are correct in a "blog" sense. :) It's like on the front page. The newest one is on the left and older is on the right.

Guest's picture
Guest

Hey ivan...
I think there is some bug in the next and previous button. It is jumping a few ads in the process! I am sure u will be fixing it! The new page looks refreshing and i am sure we'll all get used to it in time! Thanks Ivan! You r doing a really good job here!

kbahey's picture
kbahey

We are working on it.

capywriter's picture
capywriter
5511 pencils

first impression: fresh, I like it, less is more. Good job!

Guest's picture
Guest

much better thn b4

Mandark's picture
Mandark
407 pencils

very nice layout. i don't mind the banners as long as they stay where they are and are not blocking the content.

Guest's picture
Guest

Ivan,

tho the layout is nice but for whacky ppl like us, i think it's way tooooo corporate. U know grey colour n all...

Guest's picture
Guest

Speak for yourself Mr.Whacky. We're not all a bunch of rainbow hippies like you.

gmint7's picture
gmint7
2683 pencils

maybe that's what he wants... rainbows.. someone should parody this site.

Guest's picture
Guest

yes, ur right. shud've limited my comment to myself. sorrrryyyyy maaaannnnn:-)

Guest's picture
Guest

10X better

Guest's picture
Guest

I don't like this new design ... very random ... what a pity

Guest's picture
Guest

I generally look at the site through a media filter, but when I scroll down to move to the next or previous ad, it shows me the whole site's ads. Is there a way to page through while staying inside the media filter?

Oh and the right hand column seems to take over the page. The old format at least allowed for a more open gallery feel.

ivan's picture
ivan

What's a media filter?

Guest's picture
Guest

The sections or filters at the top that say media, region, and country. I wanted to look at just ambient ads, but it's hard to page through and stay in the same section.

Guest's picture
Guest

It's good, although as said, the agency details are way too small to read.

One other suggestion: If I'm viewing the big version of an ad, moving to the next ad should take me to the big version again, not the medium size. Otherwise, I end up jumping in and out of sizes, which gets tiresome quickly.

gmint7's picture
gmint7
2683 pencils

::J::
I wouldn't do that, that will slow down page load a bit.

maybe two options. or a java "whitebox" plugin

gmint7's picture
gmint7
2683 pencils

::J::

i like the grey. It's more mature.
my comment would be on three things:

- I still prefer the globe instead of star in the ratings. reason is it is more iconic as a AoTW brand itself (a star is very generic)

- Second is the height of the comment white box is too "fat", making me to scroll a lot down more when reading down comments.
I don't really know how to fix it, cuz if you decrease the margin, it may look ugly. But i can try placing the reply button on the same line with the with the user name (top right instead bottom right) = saving one space.

- Don't use pencils for the user points please. pencil really spells d&ad (especially the icon). But that's my opinion (maybe i'm too close to the ad world, but hey that's the audience here...)

Guest's picture
Guest

It's 400% slower to browse on my mac?

ivan's picture
ivan

It's going to be fixed, it's not design related. Pls give us some time.

manugon's picture
manugon
146 pencils

I like the use of neutral colors so they don't influence the ads colors

pierrelastname's picture
pierrelastname
2869 pencils

dont like!

capywriter's picture
capywriter
5511 pencils

talking about 'next' and 'previous'... those buttons disappeared... Intentional? Cause not really handy and quite frustrating when going through the ads...
Btw, also the signature doesn't show when placing comments.

kbahey's picture
kbahey

This was done for technical reasons unrelated to the design.

We are hoping this is only temporary while we resolve those technical issues.

capywriter's picture
capywriter
5511 pencils

ok, great!

kbahey's picture
kbahey

Now they are back, most recent content first, and slowly the older content too.

Guest's picture
Guest

I like it. I Think is better than before.

Mtl Dave's picture
Mtl Dave
274 pencils

Well, it's different. I think i'll like it.

cristiancrisis's picture
cristiancrisis
8 pencils

no puedo ver mis antiguas imágenes favoritas y tampoco se como elegir nuevas
alguien que me explique por favor .!

ivan's picture
ivan

These are coming soon! Sorry!

Guest's picture
Guest

At first, I wondered if I had landed up in the right place...then I was sure. AOTW has changed. Somehow I liked the previous layout more. Maybe because white and blue combination looks neat. This layout didnt raise my interest. But i guess as long as the content is good, not-so-good layout can be tolerated. Keep the good content running. They are the real thing people come here for.

Guest's picture
Guest

I think this look less professional than first one. I don't like this, the blue is a more friendly color.

Guest's picture
Guest

Good new design, but not easy to navigate. It would be nice if you always have the next and back nav buttons below every close of each piece. otherwise you need to go back constantly and it takes forever.
Thx much.

ivan's picture
ivan

It's coming in a few days.

krautland's picture
krautland
3216 pencils

I keep searching for the "add to favorites" option next to ads. I am sure it's somewhere but I haven't found it yet.

ivan's picture
ivan

It's coming back in a few days. Sorry!

Antoine.D's picture
Antoine.D
77 pencils

It's better

Guest's picture
Guest

i dont like the new web page design

Guest's picture
Guest

Noooooooooo.. Its not good.The logo which u people r used is good.But overall it's very Bad apperience.

Guest's picture
Guest

dont really like the new design

Guest's picture
Guest

i like it )

Mandark's picture
Mandark
407 pencils

IVAN, what is this rating "pencils" or points. what do they do? they're here just to see who's the most talkative member? or do they have an other role? thank u.

kbahey's picture
kbahey

Pencils are the "points" explained here.

Guest's picture
Guest

don't like it.

Guest's picture
Guest

refresh everything. oh wait, thats pepsi. change. oh wait, that's obama. jk....the new update to me is something that's been long over due.

one thing that i would like to see on the main page (or indexed thumbnail pages) is more information, like current rating or current number of comments on it.

another option might be to select the number of thumbnails per page rather than only 30 thumbnails per page, perhaps you users can set it to 50, 100, or so on. this will alleviate a couple clicks here and there.

like everyone else said, banners are way big on the right. let's hope you stay away from allowing banners that expand across the screen like yahoo does and such.

again, congrats on your success and thanks for making this site available to everyone!

Guest's picture
Guest

hey ivan i'm new to the site and i know this is an irrelevant post, but i see you all over the website and wanted to know how you're related to it.are you in the ad industry as well?if so, which agency do you work for and in which country?unless of course you're not allowed to give out that info...

ivan's picture
ivan

Hi! I'm the the founder and admin on this site. I'm the founder of 7Field ad agency.

Guest's picture
Guest

Hi Ivan,
a request - if we filter by media, is it possible for "prev" and "next" ads to only show the relevant ads within the same media? I find that after I select, say, "Print", after looking at one ad, I have to go back to the main page and click on the next ad's icon. If "next" can take me to the next print ad, that would save me a lot of "Back"-clicking.

Thanks!
Saritha

TRICKY's picture
TRICKY
3950 pencils

you need to get away for a while from the old site to realize how better this one is

Guest's picture
Guest

Hello! gbgageb interesting gbgageb site!

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