Back to Form Tools! Again!

Alrighty! Back to Form Tools at last! :) Thanks so much for everyone’s kind words.

So, my first task is to get the new website finished and out the door. There’s still a lot of things to solve, but it’s come a long way. The new standalone documentation is ready
and has a temporary home here. Tonight I updated the README to include instructions on how you can download it an build it on your local computer, should you want to.

Oh and here’s a screenshot of a working design for homepage of the new site. It’s okay… I’m not really that happy with it, so I may start afresh… still, just wanted to show that I’d been doing something. ;)

Form Tools website: new design

Mostly I need to sort out how how all the dynamic aspects of the site will work with one another. I want to reduce the vast bulk of the site to a static site (html files, not php). This will make the site run far, far, far faster than it currently does (oh boy it’s slow!) and allow me to move it to a different host.

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on how things are coming along. Kind of want to get the whole website thing out of the way so I can get back to the fun part: Form Tools development!

EDIT: here’s a second design for the new website. I think it’s a lot snappier, despite the clip-art computer. Also, notice the new logo. With each major revision of the script I’ve done a slight redux of the Form Tools logo, so I think it’s time! Originally it was a green stellated dodecahedron then it shifted to a plain blue dodecahedron. Now I’m thinking… icosahedron. Feels a little cooler. My wife has just thumbed-up the new logo + design, so I think I’m good to go now. :)

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4 Responses to Back to Form Tools! Again!

  1. Alex H. says:

    Woohoo! I’m excited to see the new site. I’m even more excited to see what FormTools updates will be coming!

  2. govind says:

    I am too excited…

  3. andor says:

    Re logo design, simplicity is always better IMHO. The thing about your use of 3D platonic solids and derivatives is that are actually quite dense visually for people’s minds to unpack and process. Hence the smoother, non-stellated solid in #2 is easier on the eye, and also doesn’t look too angry (stellation just looks pointy and sharp, you wouldn’t want to share a bed with it :-) So yes, I agree with your partner, the new logo just looks smoother and more peaceful. And it sort of sits in the same company as all that similar sort of logo design used by large corps like Microsoft et al, so it elevates your offer in the mind (at first glance) to that level of engagement and acceptance. But I always tiptoe around such approaches, as the solid in the logo does tend to sit in a different visual space than the actual text, which is flat, so the balance is important, and again, #2 not being stellated and not casting such contrasting shadows plays better with the 2nd dimension of text etc. Tricky, so understand you need to fiddle with it a bit. Get it right, though, and it’s ageless!

  4. admin says:

    Thanks, Andor! Yes, I agree: simpler is better. I’m actually pretty happy with the new one, I admit. It’s considerably less fussy than the previous ones, no old-fashioned drop-shadows or spikey bits. It looks pretty good both small and large, and I have an SVG version should I need it.

    The new site is going to take some time to complete, so I may revisit it at some point. But for now I’m relatively content. :)

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