A New Site Design and a New Focus for 2013
Welcome to the new look of the Kryptonian Project website!
Wow! It's been about three years, give or take, since the site itself has seen much love. I've gotten married, changed jobs a couple of times, had a daughter, lost a couple of loved ones—what can I say? Life has been happening.
With a new Superman movie on the horizon, I figured it was time to step up and carve out some time to get the project in higher gear. To be perfectly honest, I owe a lot to Nicolás Campi who has been a huge cheerleader in getting my butt up to speed since he joined me on the project as a quasi-apprentice / sounding board / brilliant linguist / much-needed nag. Thanks!
With this new chapter of the website—and new blog/feed capabilities, the plan is to be more diligent about communicating about the language and the progress of the project as well as open up discussions on a broader range of subjects including Superman, linguistic, and other nerdy stuff along those lines. With this new focus, I will be trying to move more of the Facebook traffic over here—I sadly lost a lot of great content/discussions when Facebook got rid of their Discussion section. Granted, they did give warning. I just ran out of time to get it all backed up before the deadline—so it's mostly my fault. Still, I would rather avoid any situations like that in the future.
For those wondering, I do intend to keep updating Social Sites along with the site, but I will likely just post links back here rather than directly on Facebook/Google+/Twitter.
Notes About the Design
So, it's not the best design ever, but I think it is a definite improvement over past iterations. There are really two giant challenges with updating this site that are part of the reason why it can take me so long to make changes.
- There is a lot of content that will keep growing. Figuring out navigation system for content that is topically broad is not an easy task. How do you make it simple, easy to get to everything without being overwhelming, and still have the most-used pages at a high-enough level that people can get to it quickly and conveniently? This is one area that will likely still (need to) see improvements over time.
- Specialized content goes kicking and screaming into a site update. It's no easy task to devise a structure for complex interactive translation blocks that can be updated those across the site without any hiccups. My first attempt was a terrible failure, and I still have pages that are stuck on the 2009 template because I haven't had time to comb through the content and rebuild it.
I hope you all enjoy, and I look forward to more progress and discussions!