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As both a long-time fan of Penny Arcade and a web developer who wanted to learn AJAX I decided to re-design some aspects of their website as a personal project.

The idea for this redesign came after I watched the episode of PATV entitled ‘New Hire: Part 2’. In it, Penny Arcade’s business manager, Robert Khoo, asks three potential new hires what was wrong with company’s website. The question stuck in my brain and, over the course of the next couple of months, I thought a lot about what I would change on the site if I had an opportunity to redesign it.

The biggest problems I thought should be addressed/re-worked were:

  1. The tagging engine: It should include support for both single and multi-word tags as well as display each comic’s tags alongside/near/underneath wherever it appears.
  2. The news page: A comic should be available on the same as it’s corresponding news post without being obtrusive.
  3. The tag cloud: Users should be able to quickly sort / filter tags based on relevant criteria like amount, recently used tags and popularity.
  4. Make sharing easier: Create a painless, unobtrusive way of sharing comics on popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Digg.
  5. More nimble/quick/bandwidth efficient: Transform the process of moving through Penny Arcade’s vast archive from the current snail’s-pace-single-pageload-per-each-comic into a nimble, thumbnail-glancing, tag-associated experience.

Was I successful? I think so. You can see completed, fully-coded site at

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Posted in create on February 07, 2011 by respondcreate