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(9/5/2001) After playing with some color combinations and trying some tweaks, we've decided to stay with the white and grey color scheme for the site.
Behind the scenes at V Planet we conduct many tests to try to make the new look of our website more appealing and practical for the readers who navigate and read through our site. One issue that has struck a particular chord with readers and V Planet members alike is the new color scheme, which consists of white and grey over a blue background. After much debate and consideration of the alternatives, the white and grey background was chosen as the official final layout for the site.
The first attempt at a color alternative was a black and grey background, as shown above. After asking public opinion and having a meeting with V Planet staff, it was concluded that this looked just too similar to the original layout to be much of a layout change. QB Links Manager Diamond Titan was especially vocal about this design, claiming that he would "do something drastic" if this design was chosen. So this layout idea was dropped.
The next logical step was to try a combination of shades of gray, in order to find a compromise between the dizzying effect of the white backdrop and the repulsive look of the black backdrop. While this grey design was easy on the eyes, it screamed "I'm boring and I make the text and links very hard to read", which lead to it's eventual rejection.
This third site design from Antz actually impressed us a lot, but development into the current site design was simply too deep to implement this one instead. But this finely-crafted layout was enough for Antz to land a position as our newest Game Reviewer. Perhaps in the future he can also be one of our website designers, eh? :)
Our final rejected layout involved a completely revamped website, becoming a true tribute to QBasic by making it look exactly like the QB compiler. However, no matter how much a retro-gaming fan we were, every feeling of nostalgia has it's limit.
Article written by Vance Velez, Editor
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