TidBITS Bottom-Up Redesign

TidBITS has undergone a massive redesign, and I’m so excited for my friends there — not just a new look for the site, but a whole new publishing infrastructure.

Fun fact: Most of the HTML and CSS on the old site was coded by me… in 2007 (ironic that the link goes to the article in the new design). I’d love to say that the robustness of the code is what kept it live for 11 years, but it looked pretty dated within just half that time. The backend was custom-coded by Glenn Fleishman, and while it did a lot of what TidBITS needed for specific situations, all code becomes spaghetti at some point.

Now, the site is clean and modern and uncluttered and FAST. And responsive: load the site on an iPhone and switch between portrait and landscape orientations, for instance. Publisher Adam Engst elaborates on what’s new and different in Everything You Need to Know about the TidBITS 2018 Infrastructure.

I’m still a contributing editor at TidBITS, but I had very little to do with this new version. My most valuable input was helping to refine the new TidBITS logo, which is clean and elegant, works at several sizes, and still retains its own personality.

TidBITS Logo Final

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  1. www.chicagoapple.org April 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Jeff, I actually wondered at times who did the design for TidBits (and lots of other sites) – and kudos to the new logo! Very nice work! Russ Conte


  2. Mike Richardson April 26, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Another terrible wasteful redesign that feels like someone is trying to force an iPhone view on my much bigger and more capable laptop. It feels like there’s no navigation at all and that most of the content is probably gone.


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