Site Re-design – kicking the tires

In case you check back once in a while, wondering if the site is falling apart from disuse, you’ll see that it has been dusted off and slapped with a brand new coat of paint! This isn’t just a tease, I am getting back into the podcasting business. (I never left, really, I was only stretching my legs for a bit.)

I really wanted to get the shows into the spotlight. Now you’ll always find the latest show on the front page, above the fold.

This isn’t just a cosmetic overhaul, I decided to make some tough choices, like changing my link structure to a much simpler format. SO… if you’ve got links out there pointing here, they may not reach their final destination. That’s OK. We’ll rebuild together.

As with every revamp of the site – at least it’s been my experience – things will have broken, and may not work like before. I’ll be tinkering, discovering, and patching as I go. If you run into anything drastic, pitch me an email and let me know.

Some features are drifting into the shadows, while others are lurching forward and begging for some love. It will all balance out as we get back into the swing together.

I’m adding an image for when I tear it all apart next time and people wonder, what did it look like before?

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15 Responses to “Site Re-design – kicking the tires”

  1. Danny Tatom says:

    Love it, and can’t wait to hear a new ep!

  2. George Saunders says:

    Looking Good!

    Keep up the good work!

  3. mads jakobsen says:

    nice:)

  4. Matt C says:

    I have you in my RSS reader and was just waiting for you to post again. Good to hear from you. Changes look good and I’m looking forward to another episode of The Animation Podcast.

    I listen to your podcasts in the background while I draw….I suppose Milt Kahl would not have liked that…. :(

    I find it very inspirational.

  5. Matt C says:

    You should put an image up of what it looked like before too…..if you still have one! D’oh!

  6. Hey Clay!
    Cool, I like the new look, and it’s sooo good to hear you’re wanting to do more shows again! I’m really excited and curious about what you have in store for us :)
    I agree with Matt, the shows are a constant inspiration and sometimes I’m listening to them while working, but only if I do “brainless” stuff like cleaning animation curves…
    I think I listened to the James Baxter episode about 10 times, and I’m learning something everytime, haha.

    So keep up the great work, it’s very much appreciated!
    Oh and by the way – late compliments – you did a great job with Rhino, he’s such an entertaining and appealing character :)

  7. Wooo, now there’s news :D I think the new design looks really good and should certainly have the desired effect. I am looking forward to new episodes. They are such a good listen, especially while drawing or painting. Quite motivational, actually!

    Daniel

  8. Jim says:

    Oooh – shiny!

  9. Larry V says:

    So fresh and so clean! Very much looking forward to new interviews.

  10. Milton says:

    I’m lovin’ it!

    What font is that you’re using? It’s absolutely perfect!

  11. Robert Lavigne says:

    Glad to see your alive Clay. Looking forward to a new show. I’ve gone through all the oldies about 4 times now. I’ve tried other animation podcasts but they’re not the same. Great job on the site update.

  12. Clay says:

    Hi everyone. Thanks for the comments. I’m glad you like it. It’s also very good to know I haven’t lost you in the last year.

    Matt C – Listen to whatever it takes to get you animating! I’m happy to help. You know, I don’t have an image of the old design and Google cache has already updated. DOH! No worries. Never look back! Always to the present!

    Thomas – I don’t know how cleaning animation curves is “brainless” but I’m glad you enjoy the shows. About Rhino: thanks for mentioning it. I had a fantastic team of animators to bring him to life.

    Jim – still love my WordPress!

    Milton – which font would that be?

    Robert – Aw shucks! Now THAT makes me want to make more. I will, I will!

  13. Olivier L. says:

    looking good. I think it looks a bit clearer now. Anyway, I have been listening to the Ken Duncan interviews a lot lately and found what he had to say fascinating. Ken Duncan is not one of those animation superstars like Goldberg, Keane or Baxter but he had a lot of very interesting things to say.

  14. Mats Andren says:

    Yay! Clays back! enjoying the AM podcast now! =D
    by the way also found a video interview you did for Bolt. (talking about supervising the animation, dealing with the bubble &c) Great stuff! I would love to hear more in detail and technical stuff from you though, stuff you wouldnt get in the extras on a DVD. like you mentioned in the interview how the bubble caused problems cause it has to move whenever the character moves but also has to be in tune with the performance and everything. in that kind of interview theyre not going to take up specific actual problems or mishaps or whatever and how you dealt with it… Im working in CG and even doing some character animation (of sorts – not like you guys do!) and it would be really interesting to hear details details…
    its been mentioned before but you should really get someone to interview you or (since youre obviously a very humble fellow maybe asking someone to interview you for your own podcast would feel awkward) just get together with other animators who worked on it and just do a great long david icke scale talk about everything. I (we) would love it. (or is there a legal problem with talking about new features like bolt?) I know its asking a lot but you are so good at this! hehe. well! if you feel like it sometime. thanks for everything!
    love from a swede in tokyo

  15. terrific! have mentioned some helpful information in there.

    Site Re-design – kicking the tires-
    The Animation Podcast

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