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Jun 13 2019

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaaaanges

Category: General InfoLori @ 12:20 pm Comments (13)
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OK – don’t panic.  I’m not a fan of change either.  I don’t have time to look for things in new places – I need what I need, when I need it.  BUT, this year marks the 10th anniversary of iDigHardware, so it’s time for a refresh!  My man-behind-the-curtain (web guy – Robert Drake from Creekside Systems) told me recently that iDigHardware is the “old lady” among his clients – not many blogs last for 10 years.  It’s time for the old lady to get a facelift!

Ten years ago, I decided to try something – a blog – which at that time was not a familiar way to share technical information.  I was just looking for a place to store answers to code questions, so people could find them without calling me.  I had no idea that iDigHardware would become a resource that people would visit more than 40,000 times each month, or that I would publish more than 100 articles in industry magazines!  Who knew that door-related codes could be so popular with so many??  🙂

So fair warning – the layout of iDigHardware will be changing over the coming weeks, but I am trying to keep things where you can find them.  If you have suggestions, now’s a good time to make them.  The first change will be a new logo to replace the “retro” thumbs-up that I created late one night years ago (you can probably tell that I have no experience with graphic design!).  Below are 3 options that the graphic designer came up with, and I’d love your thoughts.

Which one is your favorite?  You can vote below and/or leave a comment.

#1:

#2

#3

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13 Responses to “Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaaaanges”

  1. charles a says:

    Wait a minute Robert Drake must be an Old Man by now!!!

    Yes the site is working great, will wait for the tweaks, and Ten more years!!!!

  2. Lach says:

    Only thing I could think of is a better article search “screen”. The simple one is fine, but it would be nice to see a way to filter by the categories you have so kindly put on all of your articles. I think it would make it easier to review all of those awesome code references you started the blog for. Can’t tell you how helpful this site has been to me when I started in this industry almost 5-1/2 years ago. Been visiting daily the whole time. I also direct all of our new hires (especially the ones coming in from a different field) to your site. Always appreciated.

  3. Ronald Betschman says:

    What- no hand animation? Waving or walking through a code book?

  4. Charles a says:

    Either a side bar showing say the top five that someone replied to

    Or a tab that would bring of the daily subjects that were posted to, that day

  5. Bob Caron says:

    Changes should be made when something is not working. Changing because it’s “time” is ridiculous. I vote to keep your logo the same.

  6. Ed Dueppen says:

    Lori – I like that the dot above the “I” looks distinctly like a keyway in your original logo (and I do like your original logo). This could be improved in all of the proposed logos, where the keyway starts to look more like a squiggle.

  7. Dan says:

    Is the dot of the I a key cylinder? Maybe a little more articulation like:
    https://comps.canstockphoto.com/brass-lock-and-key-eps-vector_csp49425143.jpg

    (On #1 it looks like clock hands.)

  8. Kent Usher says:

    With apologies to the graphic designer (which I’m not), the current logo seems clear and unified. The proposed logos seem disjointed, subtle, weak.

  9. Kevin says:

    I agree with Charles….. another 20!!! 🙂

  10. Silcy Simon says:

    Congrats Lori…You are an inspiration to many.. Keep up the amazing work!!!

  11. Andrew says:

    The lock from logo 1, the D and H from logo 2, but in the void of the “h” but a small lever and bottom of the door in thin black, this way every letter has something to it.

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