Cartoon Brew version 3.0

Welcome to the updated Cartoon Brew. This was an important redesign for us. We wanted to make the site more useful for regular readers without significantly changing the look and feel of a design that already functions well. We also wanted to add more functionality without cluttering it up with bells and whistles that none of our readers would ever use. So we’ve judiciously added a handful of new features that we hope will enhance your site experience as well as upgraded our servers which we hope will make the site a lot faster for everybody. Here is a guide to the new additions;

Industry Headlines: We don’t have the time to write a full post about everything that’s happening in animation, so we created this section, located on the upper side of the right-hand column, where we’ll have a constantly updated stream of links to news from around the animation industry.

Animation Tweets: This box, in the middle of the right-hand column, is a continuously updated feed of tweets by artists working in the animation industry. If you click on the directory link at the bottom of the box, you’ll be taken to the full list of artists and each of their latest tweets. The list is by no means complete and we will be updating the directory regularly to include as many artists as possible.

Top posts: Some of our favorite and most popular posts drop off the front page far too quickly. Our new top posts, located at the top of the site, will offer links to posts that we feel deserve a second look.

Suggest: To suggest an item for inclusion on Cartoon Brew, do not e-mail Jerry or Amid individually anymore. Please use the suggest form which is accessible through the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Commenting: Exciting additions here. You can now respond to specific comments by other readers and your responses will be threaded below the original comment. Simply click on “reply to this comment” below the comment that you want to reply to. Also, if you like somebody’s comment, click on the thumbs up button for that person’s comment. If enough people like a comment, a colored box will highlight the comment permanently.

Sharing: Sharing items on Cartoon Brew is now easier and more efficient than ever before. We have greatly simplified the process for sharing posts via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. Simply click on the appropriate button below each post.

Events: The events links in the right-hand column now lead to a map of where each event is located as well as additional information about the event.

Also, we wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout-out to our site designer and new web host, Rob Kohr. None of these changes would have been possible without his expertise. If you need somebody to design a site for you or to host a site, we can’t recommend him highly enough. He has always been incredibly responsive to the specific needs of our site, and is a collaborative partner throughout the design process who offers plenty of good ideas along the way. There is never an unsolvable problem when he’s involved, only potential solutions. Not to mention that on top of being a web designer, Rob is also an emerging filmmaker. His most recent animated film The Lift is playing all over the festival circuit, including in a few weeks at Animation Block Party. What more could we ask for?


  • http://andrewtclarke.blogspot.com/ Andrew

    This does not appear to be running right on Google Chrome, it’s fine on Safari.

    • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

      Make sure that you have cleared your cache recently. This is under the selection “Clear Browsing Data”. I have found that some browsers are retaining the CSS file from the old site. Also some glitches will still persist though tomorrow at 8pm when the redirection of the site has finished propagating.

  • http://www.drewlitton.com Drew Litton

    Awesome new look on the site. Congrats!. Hope to meet you st Comic-Con!

  • Miike

    On my screen the content doesn’t even begin until after the “fold.” How is this an improvement?

    • Jon

      It’s fine for me. You must have an extremely small screen, which I think most people don’t have. For those with tiny screens, you should be used to scrolling down to see stuff anyway.

      • Miike

        I’m on a MacBook Pro 15″ screen, not really super small viewing.

      • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

        Do me a favor In your browser’s text is at 100% if you zoom in your text even 1 increment it will bump the site well below the fold. On a 1024×768 monitor the top title of the article should be visible.

      • amid

        I’m also looking at it on a MBPro 15″ and I see text from the first article at 1280×80, 1280×1024, 1440×852 and 1680×1050. Yes, if you go at a lower resolution than that, you may have to scroll, but according to our stats, very few readers look at the site at such low resolutions.

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Really liking it so far guys! I’ve been secretly aching for nested comments, thanks so much for adding those!

    • Hulk

      Just testing to see if the threaded comments work.

  • http://www.brandoncordy.com Brandon C.

    “New toys!!” © Toy Story 3

  • diego

    I must say it: Cartoon Brew is my favorite blog, I love what you’re doing with it.

  • http://cargueconcuidado.blogspot.com x

    Yup, the header is broken under Chrome, works under Firefox.

    • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

      As said above:

      “Make sure that you have cleared your cache recently. This is under the selection “Clear Browsing Data”. I have found that some browsers are retaining the CSS file from the old site. Also some glitches will still persist though tomorrow at 8pm when the redirection of the site has finished propagating.”

      If you still have an issue let us know.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    Wow it’s Christmas! You guys are an invaluable resource to anyone wanting to stay in the animation loop. Great job guys!

  • Jonah

    Every change made is great!
    I’m really excited about CB Live! It’s one of those things you wish for but never expect to actually get!

  • http://www.enigmation.de slowtiger

    On my 1600×1200 the text of the first article starts in the bottom half. I’m sorry, but this doesn’t count as good practice in web design.

  • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

    The copy of the article starting 2/3 down on a 1600×1200 is common industry practice. See http://www.engadget.com or http://www.cnet.com. If a site is usable at 1024×768 it’s usually considered adequate.

  • http://www.forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com Michael J. Ruocco

    Great job on the site guys, especially you Rob! It looks fantastic!

  • http://www.matinai.com matt morris

    I’m gonna have to agree with those commenting on the start point of the text – on my laptop screen at 1366×768, the only part of the first article I see on loading is the title. I feel like you could lose that top bar of thumbnails and move the ad below the title bar to give the content a bit more presence.

    Good work with the rest though!

  • Dino

    There’s too much stuff above the title, period. Maybe it looks great on your screen, but it sure doesn’t on mine.

  • Roberto Severino

    Whoa! You guys did a fantastic job redesigning the website, Robert Kohr included. Now this is why Cartoon Brew is one of my favorite reads and a site I visit often. You guys are never afraid to keep up with what’s going on in the animation world.

  • Mesterius

    Nice redesign! Just one detail puzzling me… the 2 identical, big “CARTOONBREW” logos right underneath each other at the top of the page. Looks kinda weird with a double logo…

    • http://www.jodmovie.com Jodie

      Yeah, I agree. Is this an aesthetic choice, or are we doing something wrong with the settings on our computer or browser?

    • amid

      Mesterius – Where do you see two big identical Cartoon Brew logos? Can you show me a frame grab so we can see what you’re talking about and we’ll look into it.

      • Craig

        The clatter at the top of the page was my first concern but I guess this may just be a mistake.

        http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s27/Raunchola/clatter.png

      • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

        Mesterius – Make sure to clear your cache.

      • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

        Its more that you are using IE we never really supported IE, even in the past. That image issue is an issue and will be addressed thanks for bringing it to our attention.

      • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

        Hum, Craig. I looked at it in IE and while its not perfect, missing the horizontal bars and some other small things, I can’t seem to recreate that glitch. Once again clear your cache and let us know if you are still experiencing the issue. Also I am assuming you are using IE 7, which is what I checked it in. Also what service pack are you running as that can affect it as well

        Thanks

    • http://www.millerandmullet.com/comic Allan Turner

      I see that too when using IE. Clearing cache didn’t help. Looks fine in Firefox.

  • Rooniman

    Excellent!

  • Marin

    A great design. Thumbs up!

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    Great redesign, but I’d really like that giant Cartoon Brew logo above the article to be a link back to the main page. I know that the much smaller logo at the very top is a link but it’s not as obvious.

  • http://www.inkandpixelclub.com Sara

    I do have to agree that the amount of stuff above the content is either too much or too big. I’m looking at the page on a 1680×1050 monitor and while I can see the articles without scrolling down, they’re about two-thirds of the way down the page.

    The text of the longer comments also seems to be running into the date and time, but that could be my settings.

    I like all of the other changes very much and neither issue is enough to make me stop reading the site.

  • R.J. Laaksonen

    I, too, am confused by the two big logos. The top logo gets me back to page one, but the other seems to be there for no real reason. By the way, it would be useful to have the page search also at the top of every page. When it is only at the bottom, it is very slow to get the previous pages when searching for some article I remember reading a few days or weeks ago.

  • Mesterius

    Have to say that I, too, agree about there being too much stuff above the title. The way it is now, I can’t even see the first article title at the bottom (the double logo glitch which is still there might have something to do with it, but even without it, I probably wouldn’t have seen any of the article, because of that big DRAWN! advertisment.) The browser’s text is at 100%, and my screen isn’t small either.