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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.06.05]


Although our second design was far superior from my first ugly design, it was beginning to show its age in more ways than one. First of all, it was designed without the newer ad types in mind -, one of our main sponsors, has a 728x90 banner that sticks out like a sore thumb in the old design - in a bad way. Also, dark backgrounds on sites is so... 1999. The grey was definitely an improvement over the original black (in fact we moved from black to grey before the redesign in 2002) but the design no longer portrays the nature of hardCOREware itself.

It was time for a whole new look, to integrate content and ads better, and to look less cluttered and unorganized. I recruited the work of Janne Puonti again, this time from the design firm he works for, Apaja Creative Design. They certainly aren't cheap, but they are efficient, and as you can see, highly talented!

Our new look properly conveys the philosophy of the new HCW: Clean, organized, professional. We haven't changed that much though - you can continue to expect the same ultra-deep testing methods we've always used in our testing, and we will 'tell it like it is' forever!

Feel free to share your thoughts of the new design in the forum, or email me.