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New community banner? What do you think?


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Hey everyone :) 

234335552_hero(5).thumb.jpg.b154e66898802641804bd3f43496a007.jpgI'm considering a new banner for the community, and I'd like to hear your thoughts :)
I'm thinking something like the below and maybe a special poker one for when the new client is released. The difficult thing with this banner is the dimensions and that it has to look good on all devices - mobile, tablet, desktop etc.

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The second one looks a lot better than the current one.

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Can we half the height of the banner? I know I asked before but it just seems like a massive waste or screen space when all it's housing is the search bar.

You could just put the search bar at the top in the green header and having rolling ads for community promos and news as a smaller banner

Edit: the proposed new banner will probably look strange/clash with the green header?

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@MoreTBC wrote:

Can we half the height of the banner? I know I asked before but it just seems like a massive waste or screen space when all it's housing is the search bar.

You could just put the search bar at the top in the green header and having rolling ads for community promos and news as a smaller banner

Edit: the proposed new banner will probably look strange/clash with the green header?


I agree with you - at least to some extend :)

The banner does take up quite a lot of space on desktop - on mobile devices I think the current design is perfect. I don't like having the search in the header, as it'd only work with certain screen resolutions, so we'd end up with two very different looks on mobile and desktop. I'll test a few different things, including a 20-30 % smaller hero image - if it's smaller than that, it'll look a bit odd :)

EDIT: the colors. That was my first thought as well, but it's actually not that bad, and if I make it a little darker I think it'll work :)

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It seems to me empty. 

Something is missing


The image in the first post is just to give an idea about the design - it's an old banner we had while we were developing the community :)

I don't like having a lot of things in the right side though, as these won't be visible with a low screen resolution.

I'll work on a proposal next week, and add it to this thread, so you can see how it'll look with different screen resolutions :)

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I like the green banner, but maybe you could change the hockey puck to a pair of aces and the tennis ball to a bingo ball? Just so all parts of the site are represented. :) I agree with  that it could be a bit "thinner" than the current one though.

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 The frog one is the best I've seen so far. Relates a lot with the community. Nice find.

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I like the one with the frogs, but because of the dimensions it won't look good. I'll try and find a similar one.

Next week I'll make 5-7 proposals and show how they'll look on desktop (both high and low resolution) as well as mobile :)
I've got a pretty good idea - at least I think so :D - for a relatively dark grass background with some white sports, poker, casino and bingo illustrations/icons on top, with a bit of transparency. I'll add the proposals in separate posts so you can indicate which one you like the most, by liking it :)

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While we're talking banners, the one in the email notificatione sent when you get a mention or a reply to a subbed thread is massive.. like almost full screen massive. Can we have a look at that one too please?

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Not sure how, but I missed your email comment. I'll have a look at the code tomorrow (off today) :)

Regarding the banner on the site. I've tried like 20 different ones and I simply can't find one that is as good as the current one - remember that it has to look good on all devices. I've kinda given up for now, and focus on getting the idea exchange launched by the end of this week :)
When I have some free time, I'll try to make one myself

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At the moment it's the most simple solution there is: simply showing one image. I could work on a script to show a random image from a folder, but I'm bigger fan of one banner for all products. Will have a look at this as soon as I have some free time :)

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@MoreTBC wrote:

Could we just have the green bit at the top for email header? The picture doesn't really add anything and it's just extra to download if you're looking at your email on mobile or limited connection.


Yeah, you're right that it doesn't really add anything - originaly I wanted to have a heading in front of the image. I want to make a completely new template (without a hero image as default) for all emails, but it's not high on my to-do list at the moment :)

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Is the image for the mobile banner and the website banner the same file and you just choose how you crop for the mobile one? You could do a banner that is split into a few sections and then have a cut down version for mobile with less sections. I'll get good ol' paint out now and whip up what I mean...

[insert furious copying and pasting in paint here]

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Mobile version would just have 2 sections or slimmer pictures per section

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