12.15.09

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2010 is going to bring some serious changes to Changethethought. I am currently concepting new ideas and strategies for the next phase of the website. Currently I have decided there will be 3 major sections of the website. The sections will be the blog, the studio and the store. Each section will be a site within a site. The store will most likely be very simple and mirror the current Merchline website. There will be sponsored advertising on the new site as well but I am going to filter the advertising to keep it relevant for the audience. I want to avoid having anything on the site that isn’t something useful for the readers. I have tried to avoid advertising in the past but the site has grown too much and I need extra support to keep developing Changethethought further and offering more to the readers.

The studio site will include the collective portfolio of both myself and other Changethethought creative members. You will also be able to view minimized portfolios of Changethethought authors and contributors.

The store (in time) will also offer up goods from Changethethought authors and contributors, so hopefully everyone involved can benefit if they so choose.

It is really not terribly difficult arranging boxes and selecting fonts when designing a website, but what really counts is content. The reason the content counts is because that is the value offered back to the readers.

With that in mind I would very much like to ask all of you what you would like to see on the next version of Changethethought. Some of the current ideas involve the main curated blog feed, an image only feed, a user generated feed, a section for interviews with other artists and designers, a non art/design side blog news feed, a link list, a featured artist/designer banner section, a recommended product/fashion section and potentially a forum. Larger images will remain but there will most likely be an expanded option that allows for longer posts and more in depth reads. The links will remain on the main page though, so you won’t have to expand the post to inject the inspiration vein quickly and directly.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you would like to see on the new version of the site. I want this to be something different that helps everyone. I want to make this a community. I want it to be a first of it’s kind where inspiration, a creative service cloud network and products are all provided in one spot. I am looking for ideas from people who matter most. You. And I thank you so much for the support that has brought Changethethought this far.

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14 Responses to “Changethethought 2010”

  1. Christopher Says:

    Damn. Nothing huh? Crickets. Crickets.

  2. Ryan De La Hoz Says:

    Hey Chris! Haha. My wish is to keep coming up with quality updates for the blog! It has been a pleasure.

  3. Lifter Baron Says:

    I think you have it squared away pretty well. I think the key here would be simplifying those things you stated and making it all extremely easy to navigate, share and participate in. This of course relies on the UI more than anything.

    I think adding something like interviews and studio visit to the type of content could be cool. Anything behind the scenes is fun. … …

    Thats all probably obvious. Ill hit you back in a bit.

  4. Christopher Says:

    Yeah. Maybe I kind of answered all of my own questions already. I just wanted to thoroughly concept this out before I sat down and started designing the nuts and bolts. I just really want this to be a hub that people can use. Not just a link blog.

  5. Jeff Says:

    The idea of three main sections should simplify everything nicely. I like the current blog format which is simple and highlights the content without to many distractions. The other features you listed all sound cool as long as the main blog feed stays uncluttered. Great work with the blog, looking forward to another great year of posts!

  6. Chris Says:

    Yeah, I think ironically a lot of people are migrating away from blogs like QBN and Computer Love to blogs to simpler blogs like Changethethought, Grafik Cache, Surfstation, Boooooooooom, Picdit, Design You Trust, etc. So I don’t want to scare people off. Just give them a little more. I think FormFiftyFive has done a good job at that but offering the services of my studio along with a collective portfolio and online store is something a little new and different though. Hopefully people will dig it and not get confused.

  7. Emory Says:

    I’m more interested in-depth ideas like interviews, studio visits, etc. I think it devalues the work to just show images with no context.
    I also like the idea of including more lifestyle type stuff.

  8. Christopher Cox Says:

    Yes, I am hoping to be able to focus more this next go round on more in depth content. I also would like to select a few people from different creative fields to interview over the course of every month.

  9. Lee Cherry Says:

    I love visiting this site. I think you’ve nailed it and you’re going to nail it with the new version. Keep up the good work and thanks for existing. If I were to suggest anything, I’d say go analog and have a physical retail store as well. Peace, Lee

  10. Anthony Cozzi Says:

    Hey brother! As far as content I’d like to see more Art and Illustration and less design. I really like how intuitive FormFiftyFive is. I also like the header illustration from guest illustrators. A mobile version of your site would be nice. Keep the “Off the Record” section, i feel it’s just the right amount of news, opinion and politics. btw – I’m working on a print for your store. ; )

  11. jc Says:

    Love what you do here! thanks for continuing to surprise and info with all beautiful things from the world of design, art and music! I’ll take whatever the redesign is :) just keep the awesome content coming. The only thing is if there’s a way to twitter out headlines of posts when they go up that’d be great. thx.

  12. Christopher Says:

    Thanks a lot guys. Making the posts easier to tweet and having a mobile version are all the kinds of suggestions and ideas I am looking for. Any idea is welcome. I am also thinking of allowing users to create an account to keep a record or archive of their favorite posts. I am also thinking of numerically ordering or assigning a number to each post to hopefully make it easier to search the archives. Formfiftyfive is brilliant. I want to do something similar but a little more robust.

    And Anthony, I am sorry I have been out of contact my man. I have just been swamped with this and the rest of my responsibilities. We are still on to do some stuff together very soon. Be patient. I am busting it right now. Good looking out on the poster front though. Thanks man.

  13. allen Says:

    I’d like to see comments added to the “Off the record” section. Everything else sounds great especially the store front allowing people to sell art on the site. Keep up the good work. We need to have you guys over for dinner at the new place.

  14. nikki Says:

    I think everything sounds good. I’d like to see more photography and pop culture! You’re doing great .I’d welcome change.

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