The Evolution of Design
This is a mockup of the top menu-and-slides assembly on GeekStuff4U.com circa 2011. You’ll notice that everything is flat - the black bar at the top, the slides, and even the half-transparent logo-and-menu bar gimmick looks visually on the same three-dimensional plane as the slides (and the black bar); not to mention the white background. We received a couple emails from friends and acquaintances who each had their two cents to offer, the most oft-occurring of which was to blast the flat, uninteresting and visually unappealing look of the front page.
So we added shadows.
Well, shadows and a little pseudo-curved menu bar a la the iOS lockscreen clock. Now it’s got depth! It’s got pizazz! You could almost reach out and feel the elements with your fingertips! Later, we added the dark background to turn it into what you see today:
Then, then then thenthenthenthen, infuriatingly, Microsoft has to come and bring
sexy flat back, punting the only good thing about Windows Vista - Aero Glass - into the deep, dark dredges of history.
And, as we all know, Apple followed suit.
So, to recap, it turned out the when we thought the design of our website was backwards and full of shtako, we were in fact ahead of the entire design race! Then, of course, we had to go and frack it up and devolve a few years worth of designy goodness.
For the time being, we’ve decided that the shadows and the pseudo-curved menu bar on our webstore are going to stay - although there may be a large redesign in the near future, the least of which is to enable a responsive design to accomodate smartphones, tablets, and other devices. If you have any comments about the looks of our webstore, such as color schemes, element positioning, usability, or UX design, please feel free to let us know! We love feedback.