Help test the new Brickset and win prizes

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As I mentioned the other week, I've been working on a new-look Brickset for the last 6 months or so. Work is complete [1] and now I would like you to test it before it goes live in a couple of weeks.

The entire UI has been rewritten from the ground up and has been designed by a professional web designer whose brief was to make it 'LEGO-like' but to avoid all the usual clichés of bricks and plates and so on. I took his design and re-coded every page to fit within it.

You may recall that I also mentioned the other day that 30% of Brickset's traffic now originates from mobile devices: tablets, phones and so on. To better serve this growing group of users, the new site utilises a responsive design that looks good and works well on all devices. I've personally tested it on an iPhone, iPad, HTC One, Nexus 7 and a Surface Pro and I'm confident that it will behave on whatever device you use.

I've taken the opportunity to make some major improvements which are too numerous to list here but I'm sure, in time, you'll find and hopefully appreciate them. I'm retiring a number of features in order to better concentrate on the core functionality of the site. You'll find a list of these when you click on the image or link below.

So what I'd really like you to do, is to test it on whatever device you use and let me know what you like, what you don't, what features you miss and, most importantly, if you find anything that doesn't look right or work properly. I've created a feedback form for this purpose which is linked to below.

I'll be very happy to receive positive feedback but equally I want to know what you don't like: it's okay to say that it sucks, but please tell me why you think it does.

As an incentive to encourage you, I'm going to hold a prize draw: everyone that leaves feedback via the form will be entered into the draw to win a handful of polybags including those the LEGO CEE team sent me a while ago. I have a garage-full I need to shift so there'll be 10 prizes of a half-dozen or so polybags each.

So, head on over to the welcome page on the new site, take a look around, then let me know what you think. The new site uses the same database as this one so you can change your collection, comment, write reviews, etc., but note that due to the way the data caching works, changes made on one site may not be visible on the other for a few minutes. It's nothing to worry about though.

Finally, do please note that although the site is functionally complete ready for testing, it will of course be subject to continuous improvement in the coming months, so if a feature is missing that you desperately need, chances are it can be added at a later date.

[1] Validation of the markup still needs to be done, I'll be doing this while you're testing, and I need to give it all one final thorough test myself.

203 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazing job Huw! As I think I've said before, the new site looks really fantastic. It's obvious there's a heck of a lot of work gone into it, so well done, and hopefully everyone will like it! :)

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By in United States,

WOW! Much better than the old design! Let's try this one for a while... :)

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By in Singapore,

Very colourful!

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By in Germany,

Usually, I hate site redesigns, but this time... I actually rather like it. :P

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By in Canada,

Excellent redesign and overall look, especially when browsing.

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By in United States,

I like it better, it's easier to use, and looks better. The new site is not as simple as a design as the other one. I now see that the country can be changed, instead of linked to my IP address. Plus, I see that I can switch between Lego and Amazon.com on the "Buy" page. I've started using Amazon quite a bit now, plus I might actually use it to buy Lego.

The responsive design idea is a good one. My cellphone always tells me that the Brickset homepage is too large to load, so I have to see if I remember the web address for the mobile version.

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By in Canada,

I just tried it on my Galaxy S3 and it looks great and modern. It feels quite sleek, without much clutter. I did have an issue with the expandable "menu" not opening but changing/reloading the page seemed to fix it.

I did encounter one big problem though: I don't see a way expand images news articles, and site won't allow zooming. This keeps the pictures to small to very useful.

Finally, will there still be a way to show "new in database" or "new at Lego shop" on the front page? I do like these headings.

-John.

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By in Germany,

Was looking at the page from my iPad. Checked out everything and now I own one more Lego set. (Proves that the Amazon bargain list works...) Found no problems so far. I have to get used to it though, I hate changes. (Doesn't matter if good or bad ones,...)

Not sure if I haven't found it yet, but I miss the statistic about my collection. Like how many parts I own in total and that stuff. I use that a lot.

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By in United States,

Ah, it's looking very nice on my iPod. Everything seems to be looking great so far! I haven't found anything wrong.... well, except for the fact that I'll have to get used to it. But that's not really a problem with the site. Overall, it's looking really good, and I'm excited for it to become the new Brickset. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Silly question: but when you switch to the new site for good, will I have to log in again or will my logged in status transfer to the redesigned site once that takes the same URL? I've always remained permanently logged in to this site since I joined and as such am not sure of my password. If the login doesn't transfer, I may have to change my password just in case.

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By in United States,

"I now see that the country can be changed, instead of linked to my IP address"

That's always been the case. It is linked to IP but you can change it if you want to.

"I don't see a way expand images news articles, and site won't allow zooming."

Images linked to sets can be expanded on the current site but not on the new. It's in the 'slightly too difficult' list at the moment but I'm sure will be added eventually.

"Finally, will there still be a way to show "new in database" or "new at Lego shop" on the front page?"

Those and most 'Huwbot' alerts are now in the 'activity stream' box on the side (or bottom if you're mobile!)

" I miss the statistic about my collection. Like how many parts I own in total and that stuff."

'My collection' has been simplified but if enough people miss that sort of thing you can be assured it'll make a comeback.

"will I have to log in again"

Almost certainly, yes.

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By in Russian Federation,

Well, it may be suitable for smartphones but after give it a try on my 11" Macbook Air I still prefer old version of the site. New has too much spaces here and there, big head section, big menu buttons, etc so in the end I got smaller portion of information on screen and must scroll continuously to get useful info ration which is always somewhere down on the page. Its kinda annoying.
What's the point to have "i want" checkbox on owned sets? :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Lego91 makes a good point about the 'total bricks in collection' - I didn't notice that had gone, but I do rather like it so it would be nice if it was there again. EDIT: forget that, I forgot it's on the page you go to if you just click the main menu item. Doh!

@Semantic In case you want another one of a set you already own! :) Such as Horizon Express for example.

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By in United States,

>What's the point to have "i want" checkbox on owned sets? :-)

They have been there for years. Some people want to get more of a set they already own. For example, I like to have 2 of every polybag. If I have one, I tick I own and I want.

When I first saw the design I, like you, thought 'everything's too big' but after a while I started to prefer it. The current site looks too cramped in comparison IMO and the text size so small it can be hard to read at high resolutions.

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By in Russian Federation,

Some other moments:
Arrow marks on drop-down menu elements make me think it must expand when i place mouse over them, but it does not happen. It's some bug, or arows just confuse me?
On old version of the site when I search for some set by number in search window it immediately goes to set page while on new version it goes to result page even if result consist of just one set. So i must press it again. Again unnecessary time consuming.

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By in Russian Federation,

>When I first saw the design I, like you, thought 'everything's too big' but after a while I started to prefer it.
Well, I'm definitely not against big easy readably fonts and such things.
I just want to point to the fact that at least at small notebook screens at most pages all useful space consumed by big head section etc, so i must scroll and scroll to get my information, and information is what i came to the site for, not for the beautiful design and glowing buttons in the first case.
Sorry if it sounds too criticizing but I use your site very much more than five years already I think and always liked it. Just want it to remain such a great information about lego sets source easy and fast to use.

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By in Czech Republic,

I miss the "New in the database" bar on the front page - my favourite feature on Brickset.

And I really do not like the new font.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, I love it! It's so pretty and it's a much simpler and cleaner design. I love the look of the drop down menus too.

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By in United States,

It's off to a really strong start. Think I already found a bug so I submitted some feedback!

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By in United Kingdom,

Was looking on iPad mini and all worked really well. Very impressed with layout and how everything looked.
My 7yo, 3yo and I love looking at all the sets past, present and future on your site.

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By in United States,

Awesome job, Huw. The log-in works perfectly now. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Okay, I can log in to the new site fine now (after a password reminder :-) ). Weird because I can see the piece count statistic on the site, but then again I am on my laptop and have never used a phone to browse the Internet *ducks*.

Is it too late to suggest new features? I'll throw it in anyway: I would have personally liked to see a feature on the sets owned list where, if you own the set, toggle whether you own all or some or none of the minifigs from that set too. I have a number of sets that I don't have the minifigs to, so it says I own 702 minifigs when I know it's closer to 400 I own. Not the end of the world, but it's just a suggestion :-)

I do like how you put the quantity owned straight into the "owned" overview, much easier considering that I previously had to go into the set detail page to enter it. Excellent new feature :-)

Well, off to fill the feedback form then.

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By in France,

Good job ! Congrats.

In sets, with "table view" activated, it would be nicer to have preview of the set when you roll over the reference.

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By in United Kingdom,

not sure if its just me but the new site has alot of text overlap on the news feed..... plus the background is to ice white and clean.... it also need a polybag section like the sets and minifigure tab

but still a good inprovement

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By in France,

Apparently I am not able to save "my notes" on any sets, and yes I am logged on ;)
(firefox updated, win8)

Still searching ...

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By in United Kingdom,

I have a problem logging in. I am certain I enter user name and password correctly (already had a password reminder email sent to me, too), still I get the error message "invalid username ...".

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By in United States,

I do not like this new format. It has turn the site in to an eyesore and is less user-friendly.

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By in Germany,

It's me again, now on a computer! Here I can see the statistics, e.g. piece count. So it seems like you can't see them on mobile devices but you can see them on a computer. That's okay for me.

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By in Netherlands,

I like it a lot, only the Amazon Shopper function doesn't function as good as the old site.
I liked how I just could select a theme and only see those selected. The function to see an selection of the wanted list is ok but most of the time I just want to check some themes and see if and where the cheapest deal is to be had.

Thanks for all the hard work.

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By in United Kingdom,

dcmal, I've had the same problem with the pop-up login form. Try right-clicking on the login button and opening it in a new tab. That should open a separate login page, and hopefully you'll be able to log in from there.

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By in France,

Sets pictures are really too big in "list view" mode. Too many colors, which drown information. We go from something simple and convenient to a flashy website and awkward :/
It could be great to include a feature to use the old theme. Or theme inspired by the old one.
And white background hurts the eyes. the font size is too big.
I also find the "browse" section particularly painful use when you want to find other things recent sets / popular themes..

I know that there is a big job behind, but you're missing the point I think, sorry.
The original site was simple, convenient, and relatively modern. A facelift would suffice. Here we are left with a fisherprice site.

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By in United States,

love the new site! but i do wish there was an easy place to where you could visit the new sets at lego.com/amazon bargain watch. but other than that, its great!

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By in United States,

The new site has buttons that are HUGE and use colors that are too bright. Zooming out on my web browser two "clicks" fixes the huge buttons problem. However, I would hate to have to do that every time I visit the site. As far as the colors go, bright lime green on white doesn't provide enough contrast to read the drop down menus. You may consider changing the browse button background color and its gradient drop down menu from #A1D61A to #91C60A to darken it just a little bit. The orange could use little of the same treatment.

I agree with the previous comments about the missing "New in database" section. I know that it has been lumped together with the New at shop.lego.com but it isn't as readily visible. This is generally how I know that there are new Lego sets at a quick glance.

As a whole the new website looks clean and well made.

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By in Sweden,

I've lost statistics on amazon buy pages (android), plus this was never available in the full list - it would be very handy...

In the full eu amazon listing there is no way to filter out categories any more...

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By in United States,

i have tried the new web site from my laptop. (yes i still have one.) and i love the new design. very clean and user friendly. i too would like the number of pieces owned included, i like to see that grow every time i get a new set. thanks you do a great job on this site.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've only looked at it on my desktop but I have to say, on the big screen at least I really really don't like it.

Partly that might be first impressions but I'm not convinced. It only took a couple of seconds to get to like the new banner/coloured menu which i do. But on a large screen its just not very structured which makes it hard to read which makes you not want to read it.

On the news overview page the news item heading text is too big, the news item text is too big, the column is too wide (imo, because of the website being 100% width now). It all just needs to be smaller as its currently really uncomfortable to scim through let alone read. The community/twitter/facebook sidebar is far too dominant (solid dark colour on a page of white with only small images relating to the main item(s)) - it overpowers everything. Because of all the above and the white feel (many of the soft grey fonts/accents are too pale as well) you just feel really lost. To be honest its just not pleasant to be looking at the page. Even the comments aren't as nicely structured as in the old version.

As it happens I have a news article on the bbc website open on my second monitor and the difference in how easy it is to read is like night and day. Column is fairly narrow, text is a comfortable size, sidebar is distracting but not at all overpowering. Page is almost all white but you don't feel lost.

That's the main issue (along with the whacky font sizes), on the new site you just feel lost, theres no obvious structure and that makes it very hard/unpleasant, at least for me, to look at.

When browsing through the database of sets the new table is also much harder to read and scim through than the current one. Again, due to the 100% width, font/image size and hence size of each entry. Because you have to scan left to right (now its 100% wide) its that bit harder to scan up and down. Hope that makes sense. Seriously open the same view in the new and old sites and I'll be amazed if people genuinely prefer the new one on a decent sized screen...

http://www.brickset.com/browse/themes/?year=2014&theme=Creator

http://new.brickset.com/sets/theme-Creator/year-2014

I understand that the old version was looking a little dated with the blue background and for mobile devices a new format was required but I think its now overly focused on mobile users to the detriment of desktop/laptop visitors (which presumably is about 70%!). I'll hold off righting the proper feedback until I've seen if its just a change issue that I'll get used to but its feeling unlikely.

At the moment its bordering on unusable for me and certainly a step backwards (when viewed on a desktop).

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By in Bangladesh,

The site itself looks and functions well, but there isn't a way to zoom in on pictures. Hope you can fix it Huw! :D

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By in United States,

I like the design overall - a lot of improvements over the previous version. Like others, I miss the "New at shop.lego.com" and "New in the database" bars on the homepage - they area useful to have! :) Other feedback:

-- I'm sure I am in the minority here, but I would like to see users have the option of keeping the top menu bar on top of the window while scrolling through pages and search results. I don't think everyone would like it, hence the thought of making it a user configurable option.

-- This also applied to the old site, but as we're providing feedback... :) In "Queries", I would like to have the option of changing the "Select *" to select ONLY desired fields. I don't need to see every field on every query... it would be nice to be able to produce a subset of fields.

-- What happened to the integration with Rebrickable??? (( Edit:: I found it when I rolled over the "Export" label. That is not at all intuitive... the original import/export screen was far easier to use, IMHO. ))

Thanks for the site, and all the hard work you've put into it - both old and new!!

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By in United States,

The new design is awesome!

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By in Canada,

Ok, so I checked out new site a little using my mobile device, no problems till I tried to review a set. First of all, the .sliders to give the set a rating were quite difficult to position correctly, and seemed they were unresponsive, I did finally get it right after a minute though. Secondly, I still can't type anything in the review box, there is only a blank white space which does not respond to anything.

And one question Huw, does the 'save' button actually save unfinished progress and let you come back and finish it later?

The overall design of the site looks great! I'm going to miss the blue though... :-)

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By in United States,

cheshirecat -- Very well said! I feel the same way.

Everything is so much 'bigger' on the redesigned site which causes much more scrolling compared to the current site, especially when browsing sets. For me, this negates the purpose of a large, high-resolution monitor: more screen real estate.

When viewing My Collection on the redesigned site, it wasn't readily apparent the headings (Sets Owned, Sets Wanted, etc.) were actually links.

The redesigned site seems to load okay on my HTC Arrive (Windows Phone 7) but viewing any list of sets only allows about one set on the screen so again, lots of scrolling.

The responsive design is nice so a consistent experience is available on any device.

I didn't get too far into it but is barcode scanning still available on the mobile version? I've scanned many barcodes on my wife's Samsung EPIC 4G Touch.

Thanks again for all your hard work, Huw!

Cheers from Claremore, OK USA!
Dave

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By in United States,

Any new look is hard to adjust to, but this is just too much. Everything is big and pretty, but lacking in content and readability. The Sets I Own for example in the old look was nice balance between images and details. Now with the new look I see huge images and buttons, even the text looks like images with the blue background. Why loose all the set details?

One feature I was hoping would be on the new site is a way to print "Sets I own". After looking it has gotten even worse. I am sure the more we play we will get use to it, but the lack of a print friendly page hurts! I say we need a print friendly view for Sets I Own.

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By in United States,

Writing reviews on a phone is a known issue and one I hope to remedy soon.

There's certainly some mixed feedback coming in now. Nobody particularly likes change if they can avoid it, I understand that. But without it we'd still be stuck in the dark ages, or in this case the 20th century. The new site will go live and will look more or less as it does now and part of the reason for this test period is so that people have time to adjust and get used to that.

> does the 'save' button actually save unfinished progress

No, it submits it for moderation. You can go back and edit it once it's appeared, though. Maybe that's something to add later.

I'm very happy to add new features, or reinstate missed ones but won't be making any fundamental changes to the design. Tweaks, yes, but not complete rework!

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By in United States,

cheshirecat hit it right on the head, though I didn't see it until I read their comments. Comparing the 2 provided links for "apples to apples" was eye opening for sure!

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By in United States,

Can't get the new site to work on my (work) computer, but it looks very nice on mobile.

I'll check the new site with my home PC later today and fill out the feedback form.

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By in United Kingdom,

Comments submitted, Huw! Looks good from my standpoint!

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By in United States,

I actually like the %100 width. When I am on my hi-res I can make my browser window smaller to create a width of my liking.

On http://new.brickset.com/mycollection page I would add a link to Sets Owned with the other links as it is not intuitive to click on the table header.

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By in United States,

I gotta say, for the record... the new design both looks and functions well on my LG Spectrum 2 Android smart phone.

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By in Canada,

I like how the site flows and everything is compartmentalized and easy to follow. Also the big thing of course is the layout and images are not fixed anymore and they grow/shrink based on resolution and browser size. The one bug that always bothered me is that on the old site when you sorted columns by numbers it didn't sort them properly; the sort was alphabetic as opposed to numeric. This has been corrected in the new site.

A couple notes though
1. Might want to check the colour contrast rates to sure they are sufficient; the blue text on dark grey background as well as white text on lime green background are difficult to read.
2. When you zoom on a piece or minifig, you might want to make the links look more like buttons by modifying the CSS to make them rounded and perhaps add 3D affect.

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By in United Kingdom,

Initial thoughts - it's very bright! I think that might be contrasting with the current design, which has the blue background to temper the white.

I like the demarcation between articles, comments etc. as a dotted line.

The width is good, except when you scroll right down in a load of comments - then there is a chunk of whitespace off to the right (such as these comments on this page!)

I could get used to it though! Keep up the good work.

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By in United States,

I really like the navigation bars on top, you roll over them then they drop down with associated links. Very nice and intuitive.

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By in Hungary,

Looks nice and all functions I use are working perfectly.

Why so small header? The big grey area between the small header on the left and the "search" function looks a bit odd. And some of the remarks in "my sets" section are too long, e.g. all details per countries listed next to the polybags are unnecessarily lenghty.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'll send in some comments via the feedback form, but initial impressions...

I've tried it on both a laptop running IE8 and an iPad running IOS5 / Safari, and it looks as thouogh the new site has been optimised for tablets and the like. It looks quite slick on the iPad, whereas it's something of a mess on the laptop.

Far too many fonts in use (I'm pretty sure that the rule of thumb is no more than three different fonts on a website), and you appear to be using non-standard fonts, so that while section headings and so forth look nice on the iPad, IE is having to replace them with a fairly ugly looking monospace font.

The designer's brief may have been to make it 'Lego-like', but to my mind it doesn't appear that s/he has achieved it. Sure there's a fair amount of primary colour usage, but if it wasn't for the Brickset logo (and the content obviously), there's nothing that would make me think it's got anything to do with Lego - it reminds me a bit of the Early Learning Centre actually.

I'll admit to being a stick-in-the-mud who doesn't do change willingly, but I think I'll be sticking with the old site for as long as possible. I'm fine with under the hood technical changes to improve the site's functionality, but from a look and feel point of view, the old site has the new one licked.

Also had a login issue, btw - couldn't log in with my email address, but could when I used my userid.

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By in United Kingdom,

Having now looked at the site on my phone (android) it works really well there - the text is a good size, the sidebar becomes a footer so doesn't overpower the main content and the whole page becomes much more structured. On a mobile device it is really good.

The background pattern on the header and footer doesn't look right (on the desktop its a stud pattern) on the phone its all messed up and repeats badly. It also looks odd at the bottom of the footer as it doesn't appear to line up with the overlaying text. The two copyright blobs span a bit of pattern, a dark grey stripe and then light grey.

Those are the only issues, and overall the mobile version is really really good.

I have to say though, it makes the desktop site appear even worse - literally it is much nicer/easier to read on my phone which just makes no sense at all. Its your site of course but if it was mine I wouldn't release it without some fairly significant tweaks to the desktop site - smaller font sizes would be a must to me and is so easy as to be barely worth giving a second thought to. I can understand not wanting to add white space left and right, but I think it would help, although with a smaller font size manually adjusting the window would work but users shouldn't need to do that to make a site readable. I would also look to make some tweaks to give the user some structure clues. Whether thats making the grey dotted lines slightly darker, playing with spacing between items etc I don't know. Like I say, up to you, but as it currently stands you've made the desktop site as clumsy as using a mobile site.

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By in United States,

Excellent! Looks great from what I can see

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By in Denmark,

looks great!

Still, maybe the colors are a little to bright, its kinda hard to read the "MY SETS"label.

also, i agree with cheshirecat about adding some tweaks or lines to give the desktop site some structure.

cant wait to see the final result:)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw, can I leave my feedback here as a comment?

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By in United Kingdom,

Responsiveness much improved for blackberry. Liking the new look.

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By in United Kingdom,

Testing the new website on a tablet device, there is no way of being able to pinch zoom in or out which personally hate whenever income across any websites which do not allow this as with having very poor eyesight it really helps when it comes to navigating around and reading the site.

Also, the colours for the main headings in my opinion are dreadful, especially the lime green used for the browse button horrible on the eyes, almost painful and considering that is the primary one to use, for me anyway, I don't particularly want to have to endue that kind of thing.

Although I may be sounding quite negative, and and I am strongly on those two points, in playing around with it and using the features I like it. As has already been stated, no one particularly likes changes and indeed, this new website will take some getting used to and to become accepted as the norm.

Oh, and like as many have said already, I really do miss the new in database that was clearly on the front page and would for it to be brought back. It may be located on the new site somewhere but to me if it is, it is no way near clear enough

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By in Canada,

Will the forum also be updated?

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw - neither of those fonts are standard at least up to and including win7 (and as they are google fonts i doubt they come with win8 either). So we get Courier (bleh) and Ariel. Apple people will get Rockwell (I assume) and Helvetica.

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By in Ukraine,

leave this new idea behind, the old is MUCH better!

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By in United Kingdom,

For people who are saying it's 100% width and that there's no 'whitespace' at the sides anymore, I'd advise getting a widescreen monitor or using a larger resolution! :) I use a 1920x1080 resolution monitor, and there's loads of whitespace at the sides. The maximum width of the site appears to be around 1100, so if your resolution is smaller than that (e.g. 1024x768) then it will look 100% width with no whitespace.

However, I think I'm right in saying that most desktop resolutions these days are larger than that, with a significant proportion at 1920 wide, so Brickset, IMHO, is following the trend of wider resolutions.

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By in United States,

What did you like about the new site?
It's a very well designed site, that looks modern yet doesn't loose the original Brickset charm.
I'm very happy that "My Sets" still has the same wording and information as the one on the old Brickset.

What didn't you like?
I liked the drop-down menus under each link, e.g. hold your mouse over "My Sets" and get a small mini-menu of links on that page. Not a big deal, but I rather liked it. I also somewhat preferred the smaller size of each item on theme, year, ect. lists rather than the larger size used on new Brickset. But, once again not a big issue to me.

Did you find anything that didn't work or didn't look right?
Everything seems to work smoothly.

Overall I think it's a awesome site that looks excellent and still retains the Brickset charm.
Also, on mobile with my Droid X running Gingerbread everything appeared to work fine, nothing out of place or 'funny'.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw - re the fonts, I've taken a screen shot and I'll mail it to you.

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By in United Kingdom,

Paperballpark - The most common laptop/desktop sizes are 1366, 1024 and 1280 with less than 10% at 1920. At 1280 which is what I'm on it is effectively 100% (just a bit of padding down each side). But you're right, the 100% issue isn't the biggest issue but it just adds to the feeling of being lost. Far worse is the font size, and generally bulky nature of it all.

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By in Romania,

Good refreshment of the site. But, as pointed out already, everything is HUGE on my screen (27" fullHD), so I had to scale down to 75% (maybe a normal would be ~80-85%).

In Amazon shopper, I liked more the old functionality (check-boxing what I am interested in). Also, marking of sets I have and sets I own is not really nice implemented, with big colored squares (it's just a matter of design).

Good job overall, did not hit yet any showstoppers! Congratulations!

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By in United States,

> there is no way of being able to pinch zoom in or out

When on a phone, there's a link right at the bottom of the page to switch to the desktop version.

> Will the forum also be updated?

Yes

For those that think everything is too big: this is a modern website design trend and as I said I didn't like it at first but it grew on me. Take a look at these other blogs that I read, which recently underwent a redesign as examples: http://www.photographyblog.com/ and http://www.pocket-lint.com/.

Be thankful that Brickset is *still* not plastered with ads!

> Huw - neither of those fonts are standard

No they are not but they are downloaded from Google by the browser and display just fine on every browser I've tried although admittedly I don't have IE 7/8/9 at my disposal.

There are some tweaks needed still: the font used for the links in this comment, for example, is too big.

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By in United States,

Does this mean I'll be able to log in to the site on my iPhone again? That stopped working at some point and I don't know what's causing it.

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By in United States,

I just tested it with an LG Connect and the website is very responsive. Sparing use of color really makes the site pop!

On the PC side, I like the table view layout of owned/wanted sets. ACM seems a bit less clunky (probably due to better responsiveness also) than the old version.

I haven't found anything that makes me say I like the old way better so that's a plus.

Thanks,

Mike

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By in South Africa,

Awesome work. As a web developer by profession myself, I really like it. Minimal and functional! ;)

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By in United States,

I'm seeing a lot of 404 errors generated by IE7 and 8 which do not comprehend some of the CSS being used. It's likely that if you're using those you will have an slightly impaired visual experience when using the site. I don't know whether that extends to fonts, but it may do.

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By in United States,

I don't know quite what to think of the new site. It looks a little cluttered to me and I am not able to log in for some reason.

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By in Mexico,

I like the new design, even if it seems a bit too bright for my strained eyes, but it seems to use the space a lot better than the current one.

I also like the fact that it tells me how much would it take to get all the sets in my wanted list.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmm. Just taken a look at the two sites you mentioned (photographyblog and pocket-lint).

Neither, I'd suggest, are anything to aspire to - the photo blog is just one block of text after the other, while Pocket-Lint is just an unholy mess.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is only a cliche because it's true!

Still - this is your site and you must do with it as you wish, and I humbly concur with you about Brickset not being plastered with ads.

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By in Canada,

Then may I suggest the same standard functions for pm's as for comments on any other thread?

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw - CSS3 font face only works on ie9 and up so the fonts won't work on those. Bizarrely I can see the @font-face for the Noto Sans but not the Arvo-FS. irrespective its not rendering nicely on a desktop (chrome browser) s and w are particularly nasty. In this article the s in Brickset in the article title is a good example and the w's in the 'welcome page on the new site' link only half render.

Both of those, Pocket lint and the photography blog have issues and neither look particularly good imo.

Huw, out of interest of the two links to the creator sets tables i posted originally, which in your opinion is nicer to look at on a laptop/desktop screen?

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By in United States,

the site is great but for your wanted list could you have a method of organization like by date added or something like that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant new website, i'm commenting from my nexus 7

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By in United States,

Bright background like on the browse, my sets, and more... tabs are hard to see the text IMO. Although I should wear my glasses :P

Has a nice wide open layout with no cluttering. Looks great on my nexus 7 in portrait or landscape.

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By in United States,

There are still bugs when i organize the sets by part number.
Collectible mini figures theme
taco tuesday guy is listed before the complete collection of the lego movie figs.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'll leave full feedback when I've looked at everything in enough detail, but first I'd like to report a Bricklist bug.

Some sets in Bricklists repeat themselves a number of times (the same entry appears multiple times), for example 5000022: The Hulk and 5001623: Jor-El in my Bricklist.
It should look like: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?7157
But repeats certain sets: http://new.brickset.com/sets/list-7157

Added by Huw: Bug now fixed, thanks...

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By in Ireland,

Amazing job and good luck to getting even more people to visit the site
As comic book guy from the simpsons would say.BEST.WEBSITE.EVER

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By in United States,

Hey hue I have a I phone 4 and nothing seams to work it looks old and my seys are not going in when I check it says the current update is there

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By in Taiwan,

I think you did an amazing job, I like the new design but I would like to see a few things come back / be added :
- when in list view / gallery view, display the year of the set
- when in list view / gallery view, display the price of the set (can be small)
- when in list view / gallery view, display the number of parts of each set (can be small too)
- hide the "clear my wanted list" deeper in the menus because it is now on the main "my sets" page and too easily clickable I think

These could be options.

Although I like responsive design, I think that the texts are too large for large screens (maybe >1345px wide). I am accustomed to having a lot of things displayed on my screen (1080p) and on the new version of brickset, I feel like I'm back on a 720p.

Nice work :)

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By in United States,

@BrickBob09, you've found a genuine bug! Thank you! I'll get at sorted,

@tumaskrall10, I can't replicate that can you send me a screen shot?

@leoparder, There is scope for adding more to the gallery view: it's a case of getting the balance right between having it compact and providing more information. I have thought about adding number of parts etc. myself, and probably will.

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By in United States,

While I appreciate all the hard work and effort that has been put into the site redesign...maybe I'm becoming old and obstinate to change...

I'm sure it's more user friendly for the touchscreen fan-base, but I'm not really enjoying it as much from a mouse & keyboard perspective. Everything fills up much more screen space and requires quite a bit more scrolling to see the same amount of content you could normally see on a single page without having to scroll at all. The huge pictures and text may work & look better for articles, blogs, and reviews, but don't seem as relevant, pertinent, or functionally useful on a website that is, at it's heart, a database.

Someone commented that it's "minimal and functional." Well, that may be true from a design perspective, but I like my info! Designers can keep their white interiors with white furniture and their single picture of a white sphere on their wall. I'm sure it's very "in" but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to have one just like it.

I know we're heading toward a one-size-fits-all world, but perhaps the new design could be the "touchscreen/mobile" site and this could remain the standard site :)

I don't hate it, and I guess I can get used to it...but I don't feel like I should be using that kind of phrasing for an "improved" version of the site.

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By in Belgium,

I use Brickset very often to search a specific set and to have all information direct at my disposal, like the pics, the minifigs, the instructions, the parts index and...the reviews.
For me on the new design the part how to the reviews are visualised is less clear then before.
I searched for instance on the Haunted House, and now I find some video's and underneath only the reviews. It's not clear nor which one were made on Eurobricks...it's all the same grey area...maybe some colours or better emphasis on the different sort of reviews would make more sense. Btw in my opinion I would place the video's after everything else, but that's more a personal opinion maybe.

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By in United States,

The site is looking great so far, but there are a few thing that need work.
1. Make a way to enlarge pictures on the homepage.
2. Don't stop the random set of the day, it is very fun to see which it will be on any certain day.
3. Readd all the fun features to my sets, such as, analyse my collection. That was one of my favorite things about the site.
4. Provide a faster way to get to the "New sets in the database" button because if you miss a few days there will be more than three sets and the pictures in the slider bar menu are too small to be sufficient.
Other than these issues the site is looking good.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very nice design, looks and matches Windows 8! Good work.

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By in United States,

I like the redesign of the site.

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By in United Kingdom,

I do not like the background redesign so much visually as too much white background loses me. I always loved that Brickset had plenty of easy blue going on so the eye is not over scanning in endless white as with so many sites. The redesign is fine otherwise, I just prefer light writing on dark or a darker background, even slightly.

To be honest I'm just grateful your site exists Huw :)

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By in United States,

I wasn't able to log in onto the new site. Maybe that's true of everyone?

I still like the old (or "classic") brickset better. But I'm sure the new one will grow on me in time. One of the things I like about the way it is now, which is missing on the new ones is the article titles are highlighted in the greyscale, which makes it very easy to quickly browse across articles.

Also, definitely keep the "I want" option for the sets. Its nice to keep track of what I want and is especially useful for keeping track of amazon and making trades.

Another idea that would be nice is a way to browse sets across multiple themes. Say I wanted to look at the new sets coming out in 2014, but don't care about Duplo or Hero Factory. Or if I am only interested in seeing what sets came out in Space, Pirates and Castle in a given year.

Steve

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By in Czech Republic,

After browsing the new site for a while on a 10" tablet I admit it's an improvement. But the sacrifice is too high...

It's the same mistake Microsoft did with the Win8.... why forcing people to use interface intended for small touch screen on large non-touch display?

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By in New Zealand,

The new site looks a bit more modern there is heaps of White which will take more battery life
it fit in which other sites like the lego shop and lego product the new site is much better than the old version

I like the new version any way
Great work Huw bringing brickset into the future and I hope there won't be any ads in the future as well .

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By in United States,

The only thing I like on the new site Is that it list how many sets I own when I browse the sets. I think the new site is too hard to move around. Would like to see the price of the sets on all views when you browse. Don't like the new amazon list liked the old one better. It may be my phone that is making it hard to see the new site. I have a galaxy note 2. Don't get the tabs across top of page just a menu bar, and when I click on something I have to click on more choices before I see anything.

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By in United States,

I'll come right out and be honest. No offense or anything to you Huw, but I slightly prefer this design more. While the new design is fast and sleak, I found it slightly hard to use and it took me a few minutes to figure out "Browse".

It's also missing New in the Database. Which means that to find new images, I have to go look around for new ones. Opposed to just seeing them right in front of me. I understand that most new images are shown in news articles, but not many, only ones that are highly anticipated or it's the first unveiling of the set.

My final issue is that the news is slightly glitchy. For example, I just checked it out and the articles "Simpsons House Revealed" and "False Alarm: No LEGO in Happy Meals", overlapped eachother.

Other than that, I find multiple good things in the new site. Like the login feature is much better and now I don't have to go to an entirely different page to login.

I also like how fast it loads. Each page I selected loaded in a few seconds, which is a huge plus.

Overall, some things are bad, some are good. Though the one that trumps is probably the old one. Add New in the Database to the new site and you got me hooked.

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By in United Kingdom,

I know I emailed you via the website Huw but would love you to make it a bit more personal with a little biography about yourself, why you started collecting, top 3 sets etc, would make interesting reading for myself and other AFOLS and be nice to see others like Captain Rex there, will make the site seem more personal and human rather than a normal website,

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By in United States,

i honestly hate it because it has a complex design i think it is better this way because it is simple

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By in United States,

This is really awesome! The design is beautiful and works great on iPad. Great work, Huw! I'll be sure to fill out the form to win myself some polybags.

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By in Norway,

I love simple things, so I like it the way it looks today. Simple and very functional.

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By in United Kingdom,

One thing I've noticed today is that the latest Lego Movie set review (the Melting Room) is a bit messed up with regards to picture and text positioning. I'm sure it's just a case of old tags not being used anymore and stuff like that, but it'd be nice to get it all lined up again :)

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By in United States,

I can't get to it on my iPad 'Safari could not open the page because the server stopped responding'. Works fine on windows 8.1 machine.

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By in United States,

I for one really like the new site. It looks newer and up to date. I love how in sets I own and want, I can get some much more information without actually having to click the set. The whole site is now so much easier to get on my phone. I'm also glad the forum has not changed. Two thumbs up.

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By in United States,

So far I'm really enjoying the new site. I've been browsing around the old one since Christmas, and the new one is like a breath of fresh air! The text is sharp; the colors are nice; and I'm eager to try it out on my mobile device later to see how it changes over there.

Thanks for your work on this community; I'm excited to be a part of it!

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By in United States,

What I care about most is tracking my collection. That said, I love the improvement to accessing the ACM. Far less cumbersome. Thank you!

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By in United States,

I haven't tested the new site much, so I can't comment on bugs or anything, so I will comment on the general look of the site. I think it looks good and has some nice new features, but I do miss the classic blue background, which is very characteristic of Brickset. The white/gray is just kind of bland and boring, and reminds me of a shopping website (although it is used in a lot of current websites, including Lego Shop at Home).

I also prefer the old/current "Browse" page, as I like being able to see the lists of all the years, themes, etc., although I think the new format will be more convenient for smaller screens (i.e., smart phones).

All in all, though, I much prefer the look and layout of the current site. The new site seems to have pretty much all of the old features that I use, just in slightly different places. The new site seems a little less user-friendly, but perhaps that's just because I'm used to the classic site. The classic site is much easier on the eyes, mostly blue and white/gray with hints of light blue and dark red, and has a simple, intuitive feel to it.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but the new site seems to be more 'busy,' perhaps due to the wide layout, large text, and lack of the boxes (not sure what they're called) surrounding titles for each news item. That said, I think that with some minor tweaks, the new Brickset could be as good as the classic one.

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By in United Kingdom,

Okay this is what I think...
Signing in is easier, and I quite like new EBay feature(is it new?) But there is no Friends List and I don't like part with the recently
Added to Lego.com.
However the design is modern and sleek, and is very fast, it works very well on my Nexus 7.
Overall I like the lay out of the old one, but the I like the sleekness of the new one.

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By in United States,

Wow! I like the new feel of the site, it's very clean, and it's so colorful (instead of the regular shades of blue and gray), I think it really gives a good Lego feel. The new tabs are better as well, and have brought a few new features to light that I haven't come across on this version. I also like the new "Buy" feature, which I think is very handy, and it makes the E-Bay auctions and sells a bit more easy to access, compared to how much navigating the site there used to be just to find E-Bay sales. The new Amazon feature (It's new to me at least!) is cool, I like how it shows the discounts on Lego sets happening right now. It makes it a bit easier to find out the best prices on Lego sets currently.

Overall: I believe the new website has a very modern design, and is easier to navigate through than this old one. I think it's a well-timed upgrade, and looks great! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Great! However I'm used to this one, I like the layout of the site that its still similar to the old one.

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By in Belgium,

I tested the new Bricklink site on my iPhone 5 with iOS 7.0.4. The layout looks very nice and has a very useful menu to navigate. It's very easy to read news articles and to search for lego sets. I also logged in with my Bricklink account to test things like viewing my profile, my sets and it works great. I love this new layout already and having a mobile version of Bricklink makes it alot more easier for reading news or adding your favorite sets on the go.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, looks fantastic :) Love the new colours and bold design. Very well done, have submitted my feedback form.

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By in United Kingdom,

I couldn't dig through all the comments to see if anyone has said this, but I noticed that it seems to go American with the dates - showing May 1st instead of the 5th of January.

Otherwise it looks good.

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By in United States,

Will i still be able to go to the old site?

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By in United States,

I really like how the new review format looks, the print looks to small on the old site so this is much valued improvement.

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By in Canada,

wow. im speechless. Its soooooo AWESOEME!!!! The look, the bright colours, the sharp pictures, omgoskg, its AMAZING!

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By in United States,

Looks nice on the Nexus 7... where I seem to be spending more & more of my time. Congrats!

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By in United States,

I was hoping the themes would be grouped into group themes like on this site instead of just by letter order like it is on the new site. It's going to take a long time for me to get used to the new site, part of my hesitantly comes from when GameFAQs did something like this and it took super load times for it to lode anything. Luckily this isn't happening on that site but i have to say I'm going to miss the old version.

But to all you guys working on this I have to say thank you for putting the time and effort to make a better site.

thank you

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By in United Kingdom,

I had a nosey liked it very much. Brighter and more colourful and a lot easier to navigate around WELL DONE :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

On my Samsung Galaxy S4, the header and footer 'stud' backdrop looks rather messed up for some reason. I'm not sure if it's the colours in the shading which aren't showing properly, but it really doesn't look right.

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By in United States,

@you_will_forget, where are you seeing May 1st instead of Jan 5th?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not a great fan of change for the sake of change. However the new site does have bigger text so it will be easier to read.
I will find my way around the new site eventually. :)

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By in United States,

There should be an option to elaborate what type of condition the 'Owned' sets are in like: 'Mostly Finished', 'Model but not figures', or 'In Pieces'. Or maybe on option to say how many of the figures you own in the owned sets because some of the figures might have been traded or sold.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think it looks tremendous - really like the new house style and layout - works well on both desktop and Android. Well done, Huw ! My biggest concern is that everything looks very big; could do with being scaled down substantially. 'My Sets' in Gallery view now displays exactly half the number that the old site on my screen.

A couple of minor issues:

* When I look at 'Sets I want' there seems to be no option to actually view the sets; only to 'Clear' them. This isn't the case on 'Sets I Own' which has a range of options to view/clear etc

* On the 'Buy' tab within each set, the little graph image which opened up a tracker of the set's price at various Amazons has now gone - or at least isn't visible to me. This was always very useful - has it now been retired ?

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By in United Kingdom,

I've not been a user of Brickset for long, (about 2 weeks now I think...) but in that time I've got quite used to, and appreciate two facets of the current design:

1) It's minimalist - there isn't anything on the page eating screen real-estate that isn't needed (and as you pointed out Huw - no adverts!), so you get maximum info on the screen.

2) It is responsive! I very rarely feel like I'm waiting for anything to load, and it works really well on my mobile.

The new design, I remain to be convinced by.

1) It feels big and clunky on my laptop screen, much more duplo to the current site's lego, so it feels like you are getting much less info in the same window size. I know you say that current design trends are for bigger and clunkier looking sites, but as one of my teachers used to ask "If everyone else jumped under a bus, would you?"

2) It feels slow. I'm having to wait for all the parts of the page to load, and that's on the laptop with a wired connection. Is there likely to be a performance increase when you switch it to be the main site?

A suggestion:

Would it be possible to include a user preference to set the 'zoom' level? So those of us that prefer smaller text can reduce the size? (And would offer the opportunity to enlarge for those with smaller, higher resolution screens.) So that, e.g. in gallery view I can get six columns of items as I do with the old format, rather than the 4 with the new?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw the 'Americanised' dates are in the database news box at the top right of the front page. Odd, as I've not noticed that before.

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By in United States,

I use a non-smartphone, so the tablet-optimized experience tends to make fonts bigger than they really need to be for me. Would there be a way for basic mobile phones to still get the old m.brickset.com, which is really handy when I'm skimming headlines?

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By in Canada,

Looks good from a quick browse on the Desktop PC. Got some really bizarre kerning (eg, huge space between w and s in browse) but it may be standard for Arvo-FS. This is in Chrome with zoom at 100% (issue appears better at higher zoom levels). Not as bad in Firefox but the issue can still be seen. Tried using Google's typecast to test but can't get the site to load atm.

Will have a more in-depth look around later, but thumbs up from first impressions.

One thing to be aware of (which I'm sure you are) with responsive sites is that the same content is sent to all devices regardless of bandwidth (bandwidth is usually smaller and more expensive on mobile devices, tho' this is becoming less of an issue).

Interesting that you went with modernizr instead of bootstrap - will have to check it out.

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By in United States,

I really like the new page and it also looks more attractive, there is one thing that is missing. The part where it says how many pieces I own. I really liked that feature. Everything else is good! :-D

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By in United Kingdom,

Loving the new look! Looks really good on my Nexus 7 both in mobile and in desktop formats.

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By in Germany,

I love every single thing about the new layout/design ever since I first laid eyes on it a few days back. All this "old is better" will be forgotten quick enough, I am sure.

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By in United States,

I'm sorry, but I don't see the link to what is going away. Can someone help? Thanks!

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By in United States,

Huh; for some reason, I can't log in on the new site...

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By in United Kingdom,

After having read all(!) above comments, I wonder: Huw, are you still happy you asked everyone's opinion?! ;-) Let me just say that I hope you understand (but may not feel...) that all these comments (even the negative ones!) reflect our love and appreciation for Brickset! We all want Brickset to look and perform at its best but there obviously are different opinions on what that is...

Earlier today I submitted some remarks/suggestions for the logo via the form. Looking back, I realize that I got a bit carried away doing that (though I still stand for my suggestions). So here are some more general remarks about other design changes. Again, please feel free to disagree!
- On a computer, I too find it more difficult than before to quickly screen the content of say the homepage. I think some bold text or additional dividers/borders could improve this. By the way, on my iPhone the layout works much better!
- The rainbow colours, big buttons and somewhat "Western-style" font don't match with how I(!) see Brickset, that is a reliable, accurate LEGO set database and a no-nonsense-yet-"soulful" source of LEGO news and reviews by and for AFOLS. In that respect, I still had no problem whatsoever with the more subtle colours of the original site.

However, in the end, what I like about Brickset is the tone of the articles and the excellent content. As long as those remain, I'll keep on coming back!

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By in Canada,

^^^I didn't see it either.

I WASN'T ABLE TO LOG IN - I entered my information and it told me that it wasn't valid. I entered the exact same information on the old site and it worked perfectly, and I did that twice, with both username and email. This is obviously affecting my ability to review the site, and my full views will be posted at that time.

Some quick thoughts - I have mixed feelings. I agree that the old Brickset was dated, and that it needed an update. The "new" Brickset is significantly different than the old one. The white background colour. I view Brickset on Safari v6.1 on a 27" iMac, and after a day under fluorescent lighting and white paper, I really do like the blue background. Others have suggested that the new site might be more geared to mobile devices more than computers, which is an agreeable suggestion. 70% of your user base is still the main group that needs to be pleased. Overall, the site has lost its structure. It isn't as easy as it was to browse sets and news. I really liked the smaller pictures on the table-type set view, and the smaller font all over the site.

I certainly would decrease my use of the site if the My Sets page would no longer give statistics on your collection. I saw this on a post above.

What michaelw116 and cheshirecat (first post) said above is certainly what I agree with. If there was (a) a way to change the zoom level on the site and (b) a way to go back to the old blue background/design - obviously not with not all old features - that would make it 100% better. Also, I would like it if I could take away as a site customization the "Our community" sidebar - I don't use the forum, I don't care about new reviews, and I don't use either Twitter or Facebook.

I also completely agree with what ^Thunderburt has said above. Huw…We really do love Brickset and we want to make it better.

Once again, I have yet to submit a form, as I can't login, and want to give a complete review.

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By in United States,

I like it, is easy to navigate. Like the My Menu tab. The new site is much easier to read on my Samsung Tablet. Looking forward the roll out.

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By in United States,

Overall I like the new site. I primarily browse on a tablet and find the me interface easier. Only thing I found so far is this comment box. Could it maybe be moved to above the comments themselves.? When there are lots of comments it takes a lot of scrolling on a tablet without the scroll bar.

Thanks

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw

It's on the homepage, the news box at the top on the right with "** new set inventories have been added"

I've just had a look from my PC as well as the tablet and both show the same.

Updates from Saturday are showing as 1st April.

Aaand I've just noticed someone has already answered.

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By in United States,

Normally I dislike change, but this new layout is really good! The only thing I miss is when there is only one search result, the old site would open the result automatically opens the result instead of showing it in a list. Regardless I love the layout :)

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By in United States,

What rewards await us, specifically?

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By in United States,

looks great
and my iphone version is working great now

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By in Germany,

I appreciate the hard work that went into brickset.
I have tried the new site on my iPad.
It looks colourful and modern, but I think it wastes too much space and everything is too big. I need to scroll far more than before. Also it does not let me zoom on my iPad. I know this is considered to be modern, but I very much prefer to have things a bit smaller with the option to zoom if I want to.
Could we have the option to have a zoomable desktop version (also on iPad) where text and spacing is smaller, please?

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By in Australia,

When opening the home page for the first time, like others found it overwhelming.
I like the overall design which is fresh and works well on my iPad,, but I don’t get the font size, spacing and general style. The site just looks weird on my 27inch iMac.

I work for a very large company and we have just been through a 2 year migration of redeveloping our internal SharePoint site. The first design was very similar to Bricklink in the use of fonts, spacing and styles. We were advised that this is the latest trend, and that’s what we should be using. But at the end of the day a web site is for delivering content to the end user, in hopefully the most efficient way possible. Does the new design achieve this, on first impressions I don’t think so.

On a positive vibe, I like the menus particularly the ‘My Menu’, and having the ability to add links to you your own menu is great.

Overall a great step forward, but I think you need to tweak the styles.

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By in Canada,

So I'm liking the new design but I noticed that the amazon price comparator could maybe use a few tweaks. When scrolling down the list of city sets for example I found it difficult to keep track of the columns to certain countries as the list is long. Is it possible or practical to have the country header fixed as one scrolls down the screen? Another possible issue. Any chance of having a checkbox like before to filter out the various themes so I don't have to scroll through all of them? I'm using an iPad.

Thanks Huw.

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By in United States,

The look and feel are better than expected, as well as, the overall experience has been improved in the browsing of sets and it surprised me how easy it is to get used to the new overall design and new functions.

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By in United States,

I actually love the site! You worked very hard on these new contents of upgraded websites. I'm pressed.

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By in United States,

I still prefer the old brickset, but I do like how it feels more organized then the original site.

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By in United States,

I've always used the site on my iPad, and I actually think the old site is better in some ways - notably the ability to zoom as well as the "my collection" page. The option to see how many pieces I have has always been one of my favorite features of the site, and I wish the new site had this feature as well. That being said, I do quite like the overall brighter colors of the new site - even if I did like the old blue background more.

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By in United States,

I really like the site, but I found a bug about cataloguing minifigs, which I sent feedback about :)

Nothing big, just when I see a minifig that is unmarked and I go to the "in 4 sets" button and click "I own this set" (or something like that) when I go to the minifig gallery again it shows that I still don't have it in a set, even if I refresh the page...

I dunno if I'm doing something wrong... but just wondering

Thanks!

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By in Hungary,

Engrave another mark for the "doesn't like the new design" column.
The gallery view doesn't work, the browse for themes is an endless list without the former "favourite themes" pictures. And the whole "new design" is totally unnecessary. What's wrong with the old one?

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By in Netherlands,

Wow. I really like it. And it finally works on my IPhone and IPad :-)
Will be testing a bit more, but nothing serious right now.

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By in United States,

Thanks for your continued feedback, there are certainly some mixed feelings about it, which I expected: I can't please everyone all the time :)

I'll get the date issue sorted.

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By in Australia,

love the new design. much better viewing on my mobile. just tried desktop out too and overall very slick professional looking.

some functionality ideas:
- add a show/hide all option for the themes on the amazon buy page. they show all by default and since im only interested in prices for 2 themes its a bit of a pain to go thru and hide every other theme, especially on my mobile device

-love the extra data such as pieces, minifigs and rrp in table view when browsing sets. would it be possible to default the rrp to the rrp in users home country and currency like on the amazon buy page.. right now i see the rrp in US dollars even though i live in Australia

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By in United Kingdom,

I was wondering why do sets I want ,come up when I want to view the sets I own? It has sets I want and sets I own :s

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice! Mabye you should make a turn back button for people who like the old one?

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By in United Kingdom,

Or run a poll for:

a) Keep it as it is.
b) Change it to the new look.

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By in United States,

Via nexus 5, many images on the mobile site appear to be designed for a much lower resolution, and appear noticeably blurry

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By in United Kingdom,

One more comment from my side about the new site design and then I promise to shut up (I so hope you didn’t underestimate the response, Huw...).

It only just occurred to me that, apart from reasons I mentioned before, there is an additional and maybe even more important reason for me preferring the old design. Let me start by quoting you: “The current version of the site was designed by me, a developer, and it shows. Although it’s perfectly functional, it looks dated, lacks finesse and any real design flair.” You put it as if that’s a negative thing but I’d like to state the opposite: because it was designed by you, the design had the modesty and tidiness that perfectly matched the honest, accurate, objective-yet-personal tone of your articles and reviews. Brickset is not only a solid database and excellent source of news/reviews, it also reflects the (main) person behind it all and that's why I like it so much!

Now that someone else has done the design (even if he is a professional web designer) and has taken it in another direction (even with your approval), I feel like the appearance doesn’t quite match the content anymore. It’s as if I’m still hearing you speak but when I look you’re wearing a dress... A yellow one even. ;-) Using that metaphor, please see my remarks as me saying I like you better in trousers.

HOWEVER, I know you’re still the same person underneath so if you feel comfortable dressing up like that, you should do so and I will respect that. Who doesn't can simply turn around and walk away.

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By in United States,

^An interesting point of view, thank you!

@ArkahnX, Which images? Set images? Not much I can do about that as I suspect the Nexus 5 and iPad etc. scale them up given they are high resolution devices. Surely it's the same on the current site, though?

@Patch22, where are you seeing that?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw, you can download free virtual machine images for testing websites with various permutations of Windows and IE from this Microsoft website:
http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads

If you install Virtual Box (also free), then you'd be able to try out all of these combos:
IE6 on XP
IE8 on XP
IE7 on Vista
IE8 on Win7
IE9 on Win7
IE10 on Win7
IE11 on Win7
IE10 on Win8
IE11 on Win8.1

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By in United States,

@Huw. Nice work, colorful, I like the larger photos of the sets in the sets owned and want sections. Not exactly sure any suggestions yet, but I am sure as time moves on, the community will notice what they like and do not like. I tested this on my HTYC Windows 8 phone and works great, no issues thus far.

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By in United States,

Loving the new site - looks much better on my wide screen monitor!!

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By in Bulgaria,

Huw, I'll miss the old design, I'm so used to it, it's functional, clean, user-friendly.
The new one is more modern, I guess it's better, at least this is the trend these days, I can't deny it.
The designer has created a very good website, probably not better than the old one, but rather more modern-looking.
I tested it on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3) and so far everything is working fine :)

I guess the idea behind the new design is to be oriented towards mobile devices rather than desktop PCs. it's a fact that mobile devices generate more and more of the internet traffic these days.

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By in Jersey,

just spent an hour or so going over the new site
im impressed by it all the colours the info and other things
you must have spent a lot of time on this and well done
when it becomes on line it will probably take me a few
weeks for me to find everything but heyho that's progress

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By in United States,

Huw, I would love to be able to get to different set detail pages with a next or previous button. For example if I'm looking at the Star Wars theme and on the detail page for set 75016 it would be great to have the option to move to the previous or following sets detail pages without searching for the new set number or going back to the them page. Maybe that can be done already and I'm missing it, if so please enlighten me.

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By in United States,

I really like it. The new format was impressive and user-friendly. Great work!

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By in United States,

@scottiej82, that's already on the to-do list, for some time after launch.

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By in United States,

love the were to buy showing all the best discount prices to get set's

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By in United States,

I like the look and feel so far and I was disappointed that this new site didn't have a "Related News Article" listing below current news, then I looked back at the old site and realized that it never had that feature. It just feels like a lot of current news and media sites and most of those have a related article section. Could that be implemented?
Another thing is there a way to see all the current news without having to select either the category or month option after clicking the News button? News is the main reason I visit this site. I currently use the RSS feed for news but that links me to the old design will rss feeds still work after this new design is implemented?

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By in United States,

Not sure how I like the new design. I think it looks too much like a good deal of lesser lego sites out there. Brickset has a unique look and the new design seems to lose that. While it may be ugly it is comforting in a strange way. i think brickset should,look like,a standout to match the quality of its content. I also am not a fan of the expansion of everything. I have always appreciated the compact nature of the main page which suits my more visual nature. The new design seems to have more text to read through and less pics.
I have been coming here since the first day I left the dark ages. And brickset is still the first site I read in the morning. So change is hard for some of us. I do appreciate everything you have done Huw and I do appreciate the amount of work it requires to update ones website. I'm sure there will be adjustment for us all. I do wish you the best of luck and hopefully you'll have some hair left after this is over.

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By in United States,

looks pretty good a little bit of back ground color on the front page to help distinguish story to story would be nice. The white background looks crisp but is a little overwhelming when going through the stories.

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By in United States,

I have the iPod version and I like it but there are just a few improvements I would like it to have. 1st can you keep the tabs that open up the news thing I still like them and it lets me read what I do want to read. 2nd its just a tad to wide I need to scroll back and forth to see all of it. 3rd can you possibly add a comment section so I don't have to touch on the brick set thing then sign in, I think it will make it Easier to use. But the rest is great i think it still looks good.

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By in United States,

Hi Huw, few comments from a designer… :)

1. Overall I like it, it's much cleaner and more modern.
2. I would push for MORE whitespace in many places, particularly between columns. The main content and the "aside" are way too close on small to medium-size screens.
3. You should also check your column alignment. The left edge of the More button and the aside should line up, but they are a few pixels off. If you're not using a grid system site-wide (ala Twitter Bootstrap) I would recommend it.
4. The few remaining gradients (comment boxes and Related Articles are the ones I see) are out of place. I suggest you go all-flat.
5. I agree Arvo is a strange choice; it's especially too heavy for body links. Noto-sans is fine, but it does slow the site down… not sure it's worth it.
6. I'd like "Continue Reading" to jump out more.

And a few comments on the mobile-specific design:
1. The phone-sized home page needs more obvious spacing/dividers between posts. Discounts at Amazon posts use too much vertical space.
2. Buttons and menu options may be too small.
3. I would make all article images full screen width, with no side margins. Looks nicer. :) Also goes for the float:right images, which don't work so well on mobile anyway.
4. Brickset logo should be bigger. :)

Nice work! I'm looking forward to future iterations.

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By in Canada,

While I'm still getting used to the new design, I embrace the change and look forward to using it to the future.

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By in United States,

wow I like the new Brickset it very new and 21st century Ilook forward to using it.

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By in United States,

The new site is awesome!!

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By in Netherlands,

Looks good only a pity like mentioned before I can't log in (yet ??). Looked at my profile and found out my wanted and owned are added together now, I suddenly own 660 sets now. On my wanted list are al the other sets I didn't mark as owned or wanted, I'm gready for Lego but now that gready....

Overall a good first impression.

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By in United States,

The new design is awesome like i said before. It looks more friendly and happy than blue and boring. I love the new design . The font is good. it also looks great on my iPod.

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By in Ireland,

Well put me in the bah humbug camp.
I had a preview a while ago and most of my comments still stand. I don't like the big fonts; I prefer more content and less scrolling. While I like the brighter look there's a lot of inconsistency. The menu goes with the metro look but then In the news is using gradients and the title-less news feed has a different gradient (and doesn't align with In the news). Our community looks different again.
The headers for articles are cluttered; title, author, time, tags, number of comments, number of views and then all the social media icons. I don't use Twitter, Facebook and the rest of them so I'd love an option in the preferences to not show them but I realise I'm a minority in that respect. The comments link looks the same as the tag links and is repeated at the end of the article so I think that ca go from the header. Number of views? Not interested.
The OCD in me just noticed that the menu buttons use the same colours as in the logo but in a slightly different order...
In the sets list the new filtering is great! But the gradients (especially in the filter bar) and borderless images don't do it for me. The 'Buy this set at Amazon/Ebay' make the cards unnecessary long. I understand why they need to be there (though I must admit I never use them) but can the layout be improved? Can you maybe put 'I want' and 'I own' side by side? Again all this scrolling...
Each card has tags like in the news for year and categories. That's well done, handy and consistent. They also have a tag for the set number, right below the set number in the card title and linking to the same page. I think the set number tag is unnecessary.
In the menu it's 'My Collection' and 'My Sets', but on the card it's 'Your Collection' and 'Your Notes'. Also, under My Sets there's Sets You Own. You should make that consistent.
And can 'Our Community' be changed to just 'Community' or 'The Community'?
In the Reviews the cards have a similar look and feel to that in the set list, only here the set number/name is not a link. Easy fix for consistency.
On the old site the reviews have 3 handy links: all reviews by this user, all reviews for this set and the profile of the user. On the new site only the link to the profile remains. Is there a reason the other two are gone? Can we have them back?
Back to the homepage. Can we have the Random Set back? And maybe add Random Minifig?

I know, a lot of comments. I do this stuff for a living...

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By in Australia,

Another bloody change, just to satisfy someones lame vanity, for a perfectly good and fully functional website. So what is actually broken on the current website ??? I can tell you nothing, the new one looks like it's been designed by a bloody 2 year old child, not a pro web designer, thats for sure and it's total rubbish!!!

IF IT AIN'T BLOODY BROKE, DON'T BLOODY FIX IT!!!

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By in Austria,

the new font is nice, I like if it is more colorful, but it is also a bit very white… and of course much too big fonts and preview pictures….
on the current site I like that everything is visible on first sight, so you do only need menus if you want some more details, so please keep the "new in shop at home" and "new in database" constellation +++ I love the random set…
I like the organization/structure of the old one, why not only change the design (color range, fonts, adjustment of window size)

the new one looks more like a newsflash, I like at the old one that it not only is a database and set guide, it looks also like one…
the old one looks very orderly and also a bit strict, the new one a bit too confusing on first sight, so a way in between would be good...

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By in Czech Republic,

Maybe everything is too much big... But the colors are nice.

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By in United States,

I guess I am just a dinosaur. I like the old site much better for much the same reasons others have listed. However, its the future, so we either like it or gravitate to somewhere else.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really quite impressive. The simplicity of the site makes it wonderful. Can't think of any needs for real improvement, my only suggestion would be if a set has multiple images perhaps hovering the cursor over it will flick through the different images.

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By in United Kingdom,

I wasn't going to bother looking at the new interface, but I was taken to the new-style product page from the latest Simpsons article, and it took me a while to realise I was still on Brickset and not on someone's amateur blog.

A bold step backwards, in my opinion. Everything is too big and too bright, and the interface takes up way too much space compared to the actual information being presented. Stick with the professional look you have now if you want the site to retain its usability (and its audience).

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By in France,

Wow... Nice job, really !

But, however, 2 minor points : about the "Buy"tab, "Discounts at Amazon.fr" & "View discounts in Fr", these 2 tabs are they not repetitive ?

"Amazon price comparator", I like new formula, but, I prefer to keep the list of checkboxes, easier & less tedious to find our favourite theme... ;-)

I don't browse any website, I take an interest in some theme & I find the most shimmering formula !

Good job ! <3

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By in United States,

So far I have only used this new one, it's taken some getting used to but now I really like it! Oh, it's not much of a problem but when I was browsing sets by year in gallery mode and went to the next page the images, and descriptions weren't in the right place I waited a bit and worked again but... Oh this happened on an iPad air

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By in United States,

I noticed that the Amazon discount page no longer shows the historic low price for each set.

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By in United States,

Unable to sign in through the mobile site. After 1 put in my name and password it still has log in. Does anyone have the same problem.

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By in United States,

Very nice!

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By in United States,

your site really great and new website really awesome and dynamic design. I am impressed with your work.

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent reworking of the old site and very pleasant to use well done Huw a Big Thumbs Up

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By in Italy,

After a fast look, I've to say that I like the new design: it is modern and more touch-friendly (I often consult brickset from the smartphone, so it is good!). A bit new TLG site, a bit new windows interface.

I tried the search, and it seems more functional, but I've a doubt: above the search results there is a bar with the searched therms, and you can click on the "x" and remove the term. But I never obtained more than a single block of terms so... what is the aim? Otherwise, how can I obtain a list of more than one element?
At start I thought that with a more generic search I could obtain more blocks all matching with the search, and I could remove the ones I don't need: it would be a very good thing! For example searching for "doo", I could obtain a list of results based on "door", "outdoor" and "doom" word. Or maybe searching for "classic" I would obtain "classic castle", classic "space" and "classic town" and for example remove only the last one because it is not interesting for me.

Anyway I'm ever a bit afraid when you loose some functionality you have before, because there is ever some user that consider that functionality very useful. I hope all the functionalities will be replaced before the new site will replace the present one.

A little question: will the old version be available even after the new interface will be setted as primary?
That would be a good temporary solution so that users can use all the old feature not yet implemented in the new site.

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By in United States,

I'm not crazy about it to be honest. I appreciate your efforts though; I know how difficult it is to design a site. I think it will only take a little getting used to, seeing as I've come to love the site over the years.

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By in Switzerland,

Choosing between "Descending" and "Ascending" was way easiser and more straightforward than choosing between "high > low" and "low > high". Besides, writing "low > high" does not make sense mathematically, so it adds confusion.

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By in Israel,

Needs more of the classic blue.

But besides that, the new one is really awesome! Great work!

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By in United States,

Huw, overall the design is very nice and bright. To me, it seems less "skimmable." The text is lower-contrast, and it is hard to read through the comments quickly. To my eyes, the comments blur together, there's not much difference in priority between the author/timestamp line and the comment itself, and maybe too little whitespace.

It would be great to distinguish comments from each other better, maybe with alternating shading, and playing with the whitespace and contrast between different text elements. The same goes for articles.

Even though the current Brickset has a very dated design, it is clean, high contrast, and easy to read.

Love the new look, but it's a bit of overload on the eyes and hard to separate out (edit: and prioritize) information. Good luck with the rest of the redesign.

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By in Poland,

"Better" is the worst enemy of "good". I don't think that you really need to change anything on the site, but I understand that in modern world there is common rule: "We don't change it to make it better than it is now".

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By in United States,

It is going to take some getting used to but I like it so far from my quick perusal. My sets and minifigures are still easy to access and the color contrast is different but I like it. Thanks so much for producing this site. It has become my absolute favorite and go to when figuring out what pieces belong to what set. You have been a life saver for this particular collector!!!! Thanks again!

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By in Denmark,

i can not log in to the new Brickset...
use pc with firefox...hmmm i will try on explore now

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