Dev Blog Update #12: Part 1 – Website Evolution!
Welcome to the new Crazy Sunshine website!
I am a strong believer in artistic evolution, and ever since the start of 2013 I have been working incredibly hard every day to redesign and improve the website, characters, and more. In this blog entry, I’d like to talk about changes to the website.
- Title banner
The new title banner embeds the previous Crazy Sunshine logo onto a giant, mechanical tower that showcases a main character on each of its panels. The giant, golden “orb” in the centre represents the sun. I wanted to create a smaller banner that can be easily customized while still retaining the same “base” image. This way, I can change what is shown on the machine’s panels, or even add more!
The previous background was a bird’s-eye view of two areas within the Crazy Sunshine universe; Solemn Skip and Massive Metropolis. Combined with the comic’s transparency in certain panels, this background would appear in the distance. However, due to the comic’s colour scheme changing every week, sometimes the site’s background would clash with the atmosphere I tried to create. I would like to use less of this effect, and keep the background unrelated to the comic as I try to improve my colouring skills. This new background compliments the title banner, keeping the site’s “mechanical” theme consistent.
- Navigation Arrows
The navigation arrows have also been improved, with colours that match the title banner, and unlike the previous set of buttons, detailed shading to make them really stand out. They now have a depth rollover graphic to give the feel of pushing a physical button, and on the First and Latest pages of the comic, are shown with transparency instead of not showing up at all.
There is a new page on the Menubar titled “Theatre”! Here, all the Crazy Sunshine Artcam videos and (in the near future) even more videos will be posted for you to watch. The Youtube page has also been updated so please, check it out!
- Video links have been removed from the Extras page and put into the new Theatre page mentioned above.
- New fan art has been added.
- New CS: AGES timeline artwork has been added.
- Links have been cleaned up and sites that do not link back to Crazy Sunshine have been removed.
- If you would like your site to be added, please return the favour!
- New ad designs have been added. If you are an affiliate, I urge you to please replace your old ads with these new ones! Thanks!
- The old wardrobe images have been removed and replaced with new ones. Currently, new costumes are still a work in progress but old ones can still be seen on Deviantart or Tumblr!
- Old illustrations have been removed.
- The cast page has been updated, naturally! Now with even more stats!
- Social Media Buttons
Redesigning the cast of Crazy Sunshine meant the site’s infamous social media rollovers also needed a change, but are still similar to their predecessors. Give them a try!
- To be Continued…
Thanks for reading! In Part 2 I would like to talk about changes to the cast of characters. Please, give it a read and don’t forget to leave a comment!