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Our site re-design continues at full speed! We just launched a new Browse Contests (https://www.hiretheworld.com/browse/projects/) page, a new Start a Contest (https://www.hiretheworld.com/start-a-design-contest/) Process and a new Logged in Header!

We're using brand new technology to build these pages. All our new pages use HTML5 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5) & Bootstrap (http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/) and are designed to be responsive - magically re-arranging themselves for different screen sizes, like phones and tablets. You can try this out by visiting one of our new pages & resizing your browser window and seeing things move around!

As with all our new pages, we're focusing on Simplicity and Ease of Use. We're discovering that Simplicity is much harder than it looks and involves making hard choices. Making things look simpler only takes you so far - you have to actually make the simpler to reap the benefits. This often involves re-thinking or even removing features and really focusing on what's most important.

New Browse Contest Page

This page has been slimmed down and simplified a lot. Good grief - look at that old page - so many options! Our old browse was much too complicated and hard to use - we were trying to cram too much functionality into one place. We've slimmed down and simplified things a lot:

Old Browse
Soooo many things to click:

Our Old Browse Page: https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Find%20Work%20-%20HiretheWorld(3).png

New Browse
Sooo much simpler:

Our New Browse Page https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Browse%20Contests%20-%20HiretheWorld%282%29.png

The new version focuses just on Design Contests and just shows you what you need to know. You can still filter by Contest Type, Search and sort the results by clicking on the columns.

We will bring back Freelance Projects and possibly some other features at some point - but only when we need to - and when we can figure out how to integrate them and still keep things simple and easy to use.

New Start a Contest Process

This is something that most people don't see - but it's a really important feature of the site. This is the part of the site that guides Contest Holders through starting a new Design Contest, so it needs to be really simple and really easy to use. It also has to be fast, robust and strike a delicate balance between collecting enough information to run a successful contest and overwhelming new contest holders with questions.

We think the new version is much better.

Here's the old version:

Old Start a Contest Page, Step 1
https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Start%20a%20New%20Contest%20-%20HiretheWorld(1).png

Old Start a Contest Page, Step 2
https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Start%20a%20New%20Contest%20-%20HiretheWorld(2).png

and here's the new one:

New Start a Contest Page, Step 1
https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Start%20a%20new%20design%20contest%20-%20HiretheWorld(2).png

*New Start a Contest Page, Step 2
https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Start%20a%20new%20design%20contest%20-%20HiretheWorld.png

Those are just Steps One and Two (of three), and I've skipped the Sign-In bit but overall, the new version is simpler, friendlier, easier to understand - and much sexier ;)

New Logged in Header
The new header has been streamlined and optimized for touch screen and mobile devices. It's simpler, better looking and works great on any device. This header is used for logged in users on all our new style pages. There are still quite a few old style pages around, so we have a transitional header for them (which isn't as nice) - but those old pages are going away as fast as we can code new ones!

New Logged in Header, User Menu
https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Screenshot%20-%2012-10-19%20-%2006%3A03%3A00%20PM.png

New Logged in Header, Notification Menu
https://htw.s3.amazonaws.com/static/static/Screenshot%20-%2012-10-19%20-%2005%3A57%3A27%20PM.png

What's Next?

We're working as fast as we can to improve the rest of the site and bring our new design to every part of HiretheWorld. We're currently building the new version of Profiles (https://www.hiretheworld.com/forum/discussion/107/new-designer-profiles-feedback-please#Item_0), so if you have things you want to see, now is a great time to tell us!

We also re-designing the Live Contest pages, the sign-up process and the Dashboard - so expect more posts soon! In the meantime - try out the new pages and let us know what you think - and remember to report any bugs or problems you find!

Thanks!
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Part II: When someone clicks on one of the images in the portfolio, it will take you to THIS page, where you can place comments about the individual design, and TAG the photo with keywords to describe the design. 

What do you think of this new feature?
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Some really exciting news... NEW DESIGNER PROFILES!!

We really want to show off the designs from our designers. The new profile is meant to be consistent with the look and feel of the Design Gallery... only now the designers will be credited with their designs more obviously! We're hoping that visitors to the site, and other designers on HTW will give comments on the profiles too.

Give it a 'Like' if you vote for this switch!

Send us a comment with your thoughts too!
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Know anyone who is writing a book and needs a book cover designed? Enter to win a book cover design contest on HiretheWorld for free at www.hiretheworld.com/book-cover-contest
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To continue on our re-branding route... we are leaving the vote for new HiretheWorld designs to the crowd. We are a business based on Crowdsourcing afterall... So, which Favicon do you like the most? Keep in mind that the 16 x 16 is the size you will see on the browser tabs
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We are GIVING AWAY two FREE Book Cover Design Contests on HiretheWorld near the end of September and we need your help to spread the word! Please share this with your friends! Thanks!! https://www.hiretheworld.com/book-cover-contest/
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How do you like our new look?
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Exciting times everyone! We are in the midst of going through a major website design overhaul and we want you to have a say in what you like.

Let's start with our new logo... what's your favourite square format logo? In the comments, write the number of your favourite one!!
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