Somehow, this all looks familiar

Wrapping up Crunchable’s eighth birthday with a look back.

Pretty much nobody remembers exactly how Crunchable looked back when it published its first story back on October 24, 2001. But I can say with some confidence that the way the site looks today is pretty darn close.

Crunchable founder Chris Klimas redesigned the site quite a bit in its first few years, so it didn’t look like this for more than a few months. Honestly, I had long forgotten the site’s logo ever looked like this, until Chris graciously wracked his brain to recall the font he had used and sent me a quick cell-phone photo of one of the only official Crunchable mugs ever made. Then I pieced the rest together, relying a bit on my own foggy memories but mostly on the files preserved over at the Internet Archive. There was also a fair amount of improvisation, because some features on the site have changed quite a bit over the years.

Unlike the previous redesigns during this Crunchable birthday month, this design goes pretty much throughout the whole darn site. Feel free to poke around and let us know if you find anything that doesn’t work.

Also, in case you missed them, the previous front page redesigns from our eighth birthday celebration remain online and functional: The crayon version, by my kids and me (week 1); the pen-and-ink version, by my wife Stacey (week 2), and the Facebook version, coded by me (week 3).

Looking forward, we still need ideas from you readers for our overhaul of the site in 2010. Although nobody else contributed to our redesign contest, a few of you did express interest, and we’d still love to see what you had in mind. We also welcome all sorts of other feedback from everyone — about the logos, the photographs, the font, everything. Send us a note or leave a comment about what we should and shouldn’t change next year.

We’re also getting ready for our November issue, Bounty, which is to be published next week. Let us know if you have an idea for a story.

But mostly, please keep on reading and tell your friends. And on our end, we’ll continue looking for great writing and keeping this little corner of the Internet looking good.

Article © 2009 by Michael Duck