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simonswiss says

Yep, this theme has a one-click import dummy content from inside the theme options panel, I confirm.

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simonswiss says

In my opinion it’s not a matter of ‘taste’ and love or hate the new design – it’s about functionality.

There is a golden rule – functionality over design. The purpose of good design is to allow the best UX to express and to integrate flawlessly in the achievement of a desired task.

What are the main purposes of envato badges?

  1. Give a quick overview of an author / buyer’s status. Does (s)he buy a lot? Sell a lot? Did (s)he get involved in many activities of envato (bundle, competition, meetup, forum superstar, ...)?

  2. Generate motivation and pride for authors (and buyers, again) in achieving new badges, get noticed as reputable users, etc.

Are the new icons helping achieving these purposes efficiently?

Visuals aside – the fact that these badges are bigger means that less can be displayed initially (before expanding the list), which damages point 1.

Everyone now seems on the same level now, and there is no separation between a new author and a ‘level 5’ author who already achieved a few things in here.

These icons are too big, but yet they also are too small to handle the way they were designed. This further kills point 1.

For example, it is hard to tell if the bundle pack is a box with stuff in it, or, as someone mentioned, a hamster with a black eye.

Since these icons don’t look good at small scale, it also harms point 2. Authors struggle to get pride in icons that don’t perform as well as they should at small scale.

Don’t get me wrong – these illustrations were designed beautifully. But they are just that – illustrations, not icons.

Don’t wait too long to take actions on feedback.

I like what you’ve done with the “badge unlock” – i get how you want to reward authors for their hard work with a nice surprise like this. This is a good idea. Using detailed illustrations for small icons is not.

The whole concept comes with good intentions in mind. It’s the right of envato to chose their artistic direction and stick to it – but in my opinion, when a huge community of very skilled designers all agree on the same points, you have to take it into account, and make it higher in the priority than what you think it should be.

A lot of authors considered these badges with a lot of pride – especially the paws – and i think many of us have lost a bit of motivation in achieving / unlocking new badges because of their mentioned flaws.

This might not sound like a top priority – but these badges are more than just some visual aspect of the site like the background color or typography.

These badges play an essential role in the emotional attachment of authors to the envato market.

Conclusion – TLDR

Again – this is not about the way these icons look – this is about the way they perform the 2 tasks listed above. To me, the new badges clearly downgraded both of the core tasks these badges are meant to achieve.

I appreciate the amount of effort that was put into it, and all the good intentions to make the community happy. I get that you can’t just revert to the old badges like many of us are asking for, and just flush your hard work down the toilet.

I believe the new badges as is belong somewhere in the user profile page, when clicking on “view achievements”. They would actually do a great job at that, because they do look pretty cool at larger scale.

However, site-wide small icons need to be simplified. It’s not a matter of taste or appreciation for design, but a pure ‘goal-achieving’ assessment.

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simonswiss says



On a more serious note ( in contrast of my previous post )

In my opinion – the only way for authors to keep improving and supporting items is to sell themes on a subscription basis. New devices come out, new Wordpress versions, new browsers with new problems, etc. etc. – the only way to keep supporting items ( and doing customer support ) is with a recurring fee to access updates and support (in other words – to keep your purchase code valid).

This approach would let me:
  1. Improve my item on a regular basis ( Improve doesn’t mean ‘mo options, ‘mo features. Improve as in cleaner code, optimize and test on more devices, etc. )
  2. Keep supporting the item (again – not “forced/expected/mandatory support”, but actual genuine support)

Customers would buy a “re-subscription” and that would mean that I could eventually make more sales and help us keep motivated to improve our existing themes instead of “rushing” to build a new one. This is the actual problem in my opinion and one that I’ve been thinking about on how to solve for a while now. The current model isn’t sustainable – we always need to “build the next big thing” in order to keep sales going instead of being able to focus on what we already have.
When you think about it – every reasonable piece of software out there charges again for updates. Support is always free. ( ScreenFlow, Tower, Sublime Text, Kaleidoscope, 1Password, – just a few apps that I’ve “upgraded” recently to keep up to date )


Norris

A gem between all the comments :)
+10k – the more I’m thinking the more it seems legit!

Absolutely!

I am happily renewing my GravityForms subscription year after year without ever having a second though. I know i will get access to support and updates and i know the value of the product.

I am pretty sure buyers would also happily renew a subscription to an item licence, if the item quality and the support coming with it has left them satisfied.

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simonswiss says



PFFFFFFFFFFFF

1. I have got trend icons from VH stuff. Im glad for this.
2. I add to trend icon to my thumbnail, because this not visible in my profile page.
3. Now, VH stuff remove my trend icon and my file looks like fake.

What can i do???

a) Don’t put trending icon to your thumbnail – trending will come and go and you claiming your own version of the icon is not really the right thing to do.

b) stop posting links to your items in here – it’s against the forum rules (no self-promotion)

c) just keep positive and hope you get back to trending! :)

a) are you joking? (plz read again my comments)
b) its not a self promotion! – I do not need. Here.
c) Im positive, just do not understand why remove the staff the trend icon from my thumbnails. If they have made visible everywhere, I had not done it.

For VH stuff: Please check the history, and set back my trending files!

Thank You!

a) no, i am not joking. I read your comments and it still sounds like you’re doing something unethical.

b) yes, it is considered as self promotion. Read the community guidelines

c) to me, writing in ALL CAPS LIKE THIS and adding 4 exclamation marks like this!!!! doesn’t come out as positive, but rather aggressive and wingy.

You should be happy and thankful that your items were trending for a little while instead of whining to get the trending icon back. That would be being positive.

Have a nice day!

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simonswiss says

PFFFFFFFFFFFF

1. I have got trend icons from VH stuff. Im glad for this.
2. I add to trend icon to my thumbnail, because this not visible in my profile page.
3. Now, VH stuff remove my trend icon and my file looks like fake.

What can i do???

a) Don’t put trending icon to your thumbnail – trending will come and go and you claiming your own version of the icon is not really the right thing to do.

b) stop posting links to your items in here – it’s against the forum rules (no self-promotion)

c) just keep positive and hope you get back to trending! :)

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simonswiss says

farts in my office :/

How often does that happen?

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simonswiss says

Wow, this is really well written. Agree with everything.

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simonswiss says



not a woman? why?
nothing personal, in most cases they create childish, cute, rounded, delicate, soft, detailed design that not suit our case I think
+1… sorry girls

Sorry but this is ridiculous and completely out of place. Dare i say such a “no girls sorry” statement is more childish than the way the badges look.

I don’t like the badges either, but the issue here is clearly not if they’ve been designed by a girl or a boy.. Come on!

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simonswiss says

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Or this one – not sure which one i see, but i definitely don’t see a “has purchased” symbol.

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simonswiss says

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Amirite?

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