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The Future of ATA, Power to the people!
Future ATA Designs
Which version of ATA would you prefer to be implemented? (See below for screenshots)
Design 1 [ 22 ] ** [46.81%]
Design 2 [ 25 ] ** [53.19%]
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Dan
post Feb 18 2009, 1:06 AM
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We're always looking for ways to improve the site, and as part of that we try to keep the design fresh by updating it every once in a while. Up until now, those discussions have always taken place 'behind closed doors' as it were, in the Team forum.

However we thought seeing as it's you guys who use the site, you should have a say in the direction it heads in. smile.gif So here we present two possible ideas for how the site may look in the future, and ask for you to vote on which of them you prefer.

Bear in mind, however, that these are only rough mockups and are not in any way our "finished ideas". The actual content and layout may be tweaked or otherwise changed. The two designs have different philosophies; one is making use of the space available as much as possible (but might be considered too cluttered) and the other keeps things spaced out, simple and tidy (but might be considered too sparse).

Both designs were mocked up by our web developer Tom, so it ain't no popularity contest, y'all. wink.gif

Have a look and see what you think, and please do leave plenty of feedback for us! Thanks. smile.gif

Design 1:Design 2:
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post Feb 18 2009, 1:20 AM
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I think that version 1 looks more professional, although it'd be more convenient to have a text field for the search rather than just a button. I like promoting the forum activity on the home page, but think that giving it minor borders to the left and right of the page would make the section more defined.


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post Feb 18 2009, 1:24 AM
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Those are cropped screenshots, so both would have more "background colour" either side. smile.gif Cheers for your comments, please keep them coming so we have an idea of why you like or dislike something!


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post Feb 18 2009, 1:24 AM
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Are we going for a professional look on an Alton Towers fan site I ask myself?


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post Feb 18 2009, 1:29 AM
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Are you trying to influence the voting, I ask myself? wink.gif


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post Feb 18 2009, 1:30 AM
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Play nicely guys wink.gif
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post Feb 18 2009, 1:32 AM
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Always do! tongue.gif I should add that both designs were done by Tom so it's not a popularity contest. happy.gif


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post Feb 18 2009, 1:57 AM
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Design 1 seems a bit too Web 2.0 for it's own good tbh, I prefer design 2's simple yet elegant design.


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post Feb 18 2009, 12:25 PM
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I find Design 2 more appealing. But I like the "recent forum activity" box too. I demand a Design 3 to take into account my preferences!!! angry.gif


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post Feb 18 2009, 12:51 PM
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hey Gem, the content is not at all final at this stage, it's just the general look and feel. Bare in mind the first design was actually in the process of being built about 6 months ago so has had that bit more thought put into the content side of things.


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post Feb 18 2009, 12:54 PM
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Design 2 FTW, simple and functional. Maybe fill the empty space on the bottom right with the recent forum activity. While design 1 is nice it's a bit too much information in one place I think.


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post Feb 18 2009, 2:43 PM
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They are both good but I would have to go for Design 2. Its more user friendly. (Well design 1 would look to complex for my tiny brain and it would run away screaming "ARHHHH no lots of info"). Simple and to the point is much better.

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Thanks for your comments guys, keep 'em coming we need as much feedback as possible. Please tell us the things you like/dislike about each one and how even the one you vote for could be improved.

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post Feb 18 2009, 4:39 PM
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In design 2 would the background image change or would it always be the same?


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post Feb 18 2009, 4:52 PM
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Undecided at this stage, there is scope for it to change.


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post Feb 18 2009, 9:20 PM
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To be honest, Version 1 looks a bit like the facebook page. Version 2 is the better one however i am not sure on the headers on V.2. I think it would a lot better with the header from Version 1. Maybe instead of a video thing on the front, could you have a slide show of some the pictures taken from ATA inkeeping with the time of the year (I.e. Closed season, rides in pieces etc).


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post Feb 18 2009, 10:28 PM
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Tskkkk design 1 gets my vote. Design 2 sucks...very basic, not liking it...although design one is a bit like bbc news...but that's a good thing smile.gif


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post Feb 18 2009, 10:59 PM
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I prefer design 2's style but dislike the links at the bottom and the video thing to the right.
Design 1 feels too cluttered.


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post Feb 18 2009, 11:03 PM
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I like design 2 myself ohmy.gif)
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post Feb 19 2009, 9:11 AM
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Design 1 is far too busy and cluttered for my liking
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