I have been playing around with ToolGuyd’s logo, trying to see if I could tweak it to look a little better. For now, it seems to work well enough, so I’ll leave it alone.
While I was testing things out, I came across some of the site’s older logo files, and thought you might find it interesting to see how the logo progressed through the years. The changes aren’t too drastic except for in 2011 when our current design was created.
2014 Logo Ideas
I think that the non-textured graphic is a little punchier and cleaner looking, but don’t know if it’s the right way to go.
While I like the alignment better in the second and fourth variations, the stacked design might be a little small and flush graphic design makes the graphic look too puny.
I could take the celebratory hammer graphic away entirely and keep it reserved for special uses, such as favicons, awards badges, and avatars, but then readers would stop wondering about why it’s backwards. We can’t have that now, can we?!
I put forth a few minor changes recently.
Second, but perhaps more significantly, I enabled “lazy” image loading. Some parts of the site can get image-heavy, especially our recent ultimate gift guide. Images will now load as you scroll down a page, instead of all at once. If you come across any glitches or issues, please let me know! This *should* improve loading speeds and site performance in certain cases.
Third, I made the top menu bar “sticky,” such that it sticks to the top of the page as you scroll down. Again, if you come across any issues or just plain don’t like it, please let me know!
I initially intended for the sticky feature to be used with a top-located promotion bar to let readers know of special giveaways, articles, and things like that, and still might change things up later on based on feedback.
A rather outdated “shop” link in the menu has been changed to Where to Buy. If you want to support ToolGuyd with your purchases, or simply want to see which distributors we recommend most, check it out.
You might have seen the GearGuyd link in the menu at the top of the page and the GearGuyd recent posts list at the bottom of the sidebar to the right. I guess it’s a good thing, but I just don’t have time to create new content over there.
I have been considering bringing some limited off-topic content to ToolGuyd, mainly technology-project related, such as personal robotics projects. Nothing about kitchen appliances, movie trailers, or anything like that. Maybe I’ll spin up a once-a-week break time column here where off-topic discussions can go. If you like the idea, great! If you hate it, please let me know!
Please don’t hesitate to chime in with feedback, good or bad, as it really does help.