Want to test-drive the new Brickset design?

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If you've been wondering why the news and site updates have been a little slow over the last couple of weeks, it's because I've started work on redeveloping the site. It's very early days, and it's going to be a good few months before I've finished, but there's enough done now to show you and solicit feedback.

Update: my call for feedback has been met with an overwhelming response, which is excellent. However to stop the bombardment of emails I'll close the offer for now!

37 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking good. Let's hope there isn't a flickr style backlash... :P

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By in Canada,

^ Hence showing it to users early ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Do not even get me started on the new Flickr! Atrocious changes...

Anyway, I am sending an e-mail at this moment and am happy to take a look over the new site (although I think plenty of Brickset is perfect as it is so I hope not to find too many unnecessary changes).

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By in United States,

It looks good, but I really like the current design. :)

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By in Italy,

i too like the current design! One of the best-looking lego sites around.. let's hope the new design isn't too different :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Having already seen the redesign, I can say it is _different_, but unlike Flickr, *not* for the _worse_.

It is a responsive design, which means it will adjust itself to fit any size screen (from smartphone, through tablet, to desktop PC) without having to maintain separate websites.

Change is in itself neither "good" nor "bad" it is only ever "different": it's how the change is implemented that matters, and Brickset has gone to the effort of doing it well.

I am sure, though, there will be some of you who don't like it simply because it is different.

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By in United States,

I like the current design, but new things are always awesome! :'D

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By in United States,

I like the new design!!!!

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By in Canada,

Change is good, but I do like the blue on the sides!

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By in United Kingdom,

I would like to quote, Schrödinger's cat. :) bring on the change! we could always go back.

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By in United Kingdom,

if you do change can i have the old site , i think its perfect and i love that blue ..

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By in United States,

Cool, remindes me of the old LEGO.com. Looks like I'm not the only one who dislikes the new Flickr. :P

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By in United States,

I love Bricksket but the site does look a bit dated. I am excited to see the new one.

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By in Norway,

Yes, perhaps it looks a bit dated, but in terms of functionality and user interaction it works more than fine...didn't like it when brickfanatics.co.uk changed its design for example (although v2 is an improvement)...less IS often more.

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By in United Kingdom,

on second thoughts i dont want the old site , you should donate it to bricklink , their need is greater than mine..

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By in Russian Federation,

For me Brickset now looks wonderful - it's comfortable to use, everything is clear and has its own place. These new-styled sites look like a simplistic mess of pics and text... I'm happy that Flickr provides unlimited free photostream now, but the design is awful - maybe I would better pay for pro version of an old one that seemed very qualitively and respectable to me than use this mess of too large pics and simplified interface. And now Brickset? As a LEGO fan I really adore Brickset but the pic above looks like another example of this awful style. The best option is probably to have both versions, and even if Brickset Administrarion would use and support the new one, I'd choose the old one...

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By in United States,

Speaking of overhauled website designs and flickr, I have to wonder what will happen to the AFOL community there. Many users are leaving for ipernity or another similar site. Will we all do the same, possibly becoming fragmented across several sites, or will most of us tolerate the new "awesome" flickr? I have hundreds of AFOL contacts there and have noticed a decrease in new image uploads since Monday. Many of the pictures that have been posted are in protest, including my own. I personally will not post anymore, unless the changes are reversed. Which, unfortunately, I don't see happening. Yahoo doesn't seem to care at all. So what is a good alternative? MOC Pages is okay, but nowhere near the quality of what flickr was. Other sites like ipernity seem to have what we want (including a script to transfer flickr content), except for the existing large AFOL community. Is this something Brickset can take over? Can its new design implement a former flickr style photo sharing section? I don't know if that's possible, or if that's what we really want... For one, flickr wasn't limited to a particular subject. As much as I love Lego, it was nice to view a wide variety of other pictures. I just don't know. I'm rambling. I'm frustrated.

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By in United Kingdom,

Do you need any support in the redesign? I would be more than happy to help you Huw.

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks really good from the pic. I'm never usually one for change but this looks great and now I think about it brickset does look a bit dated currently.

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By in Puerto Rico,

As much as I love the new page; why can't I see the articles comments?

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By in United States,

I like the current design - but I'll be sure to test this one!

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By in Sweden,

I'm not a huge MOC'r myself so haven't managed to understand what the AFOL community use Flickr for, or should I say, HOW they use it. Of course I understand it's a photo sharing site, but why has Flickr become so essential to us?

I would very much like it if someone could explain this to me. I would like to find a solution to help this wonderful community! I work with web-dev (previously for one of the largest new-tech Swedish companies!) so I understand what's possible, just I don't understand what is needed.

I've seen the new brickset design and I understand it will be a big change for people, but I know that Huw has the right attitude for this, he knows that the site must change, but he's not willing to do things that will risk harming the site/community at the same time, so he wants to get rid of the issues before a general launch.

Please feel free to email me on [email protected] or reply in a comment.
Thanks
- Mark

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By in United States,

I imagine one of the reasons Flickr is popular for MOCs is the ability to add notes to specific areas of an image.

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By in New Zealand,

i still like this old site better though the new brickset logo looks pretty cool

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By in United States,

Well, by just looking at the blurry pic, it seems to at least have some order to it. I wouldn't mind at least getting a few more screen shots of stuff like the years' sets and how they are organized, profiles, and "My Sets".

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By in Canada,

^ No chance yet, they've not been written :)

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By in United States,

If your still working on this in the sets like say for example TMNT it does not show the price of the set so I have to click on the read more and go to a new page. Other than that brickset looks fine however I do love this new design

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By in New Zealand,

Already emailed Huw....interesting home page design. My brother mentioned that it look a little like the official LEGO Message Boards design (the colours look similar). Looking forward to having a good look at it and giving my opinion on it. Hopefully this works wwwaaayyy better than the sudden Flickr design change that the LEGO fan community have been talking about for the past few days. Good luck with the changes, Huw. :-)

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By in United States,

Heading in the right direction. IMO, current web design looks old and tired. Much like the designs back when I connected to the web via Prodigy service on my 2400 bps modem.

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By in United States,

I think that the new one has more of a modern look and looks bright and all but the old one has the original look and is more comfortable but would like to see the new background

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By in United States,

I am blown away at the hatred for the updated Flikr design. To me, the site is about viewing photos. Type in a search phrase then scroll through the pics. I don't think it could be any easier to find what you are looking for. I am sure others use it much more than I do which is mostly just viewing, but from that standpoint, I think its a great design.

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By in Spain,

Good News Huw!!!

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By in New Zealand,

@jeffmace

Hmmm....the new Flickr design is "different" - but I think it looks quite good. The problem that many Flickr users were upset about was the fact that Flickr/Yahoo! didn't really notify them of the big change before it happened. It was basically a sudden change and that angered a few people. I haven't really had a big play with the new design that much, but from what I've seen, its not all that bad. People need to embrace the changes, not try and fight them. I'm the new design will grow on people and they'll get use to it (they'll have to, because I don't think that Yahoo! is going to change their mind anytime soon). :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I do not want

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By in United States,

It doesn't look bad at all. I like the new design. Be thankful that huw is tell us upfront so that he can get community involvement in the redesign instead of just doing the bait and switch like yahoo did with Flickr. I like the new design because this look has been around since I think '09. So it is time to update. I do like the idea of having a classic home feature on the new redesign of Brickset. This what tvshowsondvd.com here in the states have when they updated their site.

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By in United States,

@upset-flikr-user

Was it really necessary to create a new account to post that rant? Does anybody really oh you an explanation when they want to update their site. Create your own Flikr and design it the way it used be. Then you will have no complaints at all right? Just like an change, give it a chance for a while and maybe you will find out that you like it even more.

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By in Israel,

I recommend not removing the plain blue background, it looks so great, and helps keep a sense of cleanliness and order in the site... If that makes sense :P ;)

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