Posts by GravityDept

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GravityDept says

We also gave locked badges a lock icon overlay and made them slightly blurred to add to the unlocking mystery and suspense.

The mystery and suspense of what comes after 3 is palpable. Really not a fan of the new badges. Not because the old ones were perfect, but because the execution just feels half baked. Envato can do a lot better.

1. Way too large on forums. Avatar + 4 badges is usually taller than most comments. Looks super awkward: http://cl.ly/X9FB

2. In forums, because of 4 badge limits most users have similar or identical badges. There’s just not as much variation and that makes them ignorable.

3. Designer is color blind, so removes the colors that made badges unique and now they’re all yellow or orange: http://cl.ly/X9FB

4. Designer admits drawing them large and then realizing they were too complicated to scale down. Most are still un-identifiable despite being 70% larger than old icons.

5. Everything has to be in a circle or hexagon, which distract from the icon’s clarity.

6. Metaphors are totally non-sensical. Community and Forum superstar contain no stars. Guy with a black eye is a Collector. I don’t even know what Collector means in the context of Envato. I don’t collect items, I buy them for work. Items aren’t trading cards.

7. Missed opportunity to tie in nature elements from marketplaces. Have a feeling those are getting axed soon anyway.

8. Over-reliance on cutesy characters that look distinct on “badges” page, but all look the same as 34px icons.

9. My “badges” page is disconnected from my “account” links menu. Really confusing how to find them now that it’s showing personal info not community info.

10. If game-ification (puke in mouth) was the goal, why not allow viewing other user’s badges or comparing two profiles?

11. New badges = my badge order was shuffled. Thanks for something to fix.

12. Why did we get new badges and not faceted search? Seriously. That started like 2+ years ago.

13. Alignment is off. This city deserves a better class of criminal.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
+3 more
GravityDept says

We also gave locked badges a lock icon overlay and made them slightly blurred to add to the unlocking mystery and suspense.

The mystery and suspense of what comes after 3 is palpable. Really not a fan of the new badges. Not because the old ones were perfect, but because the execution just feels half baked. Envato can do a lot better.

1. Way too large on forums. Avatar + 4 badges is usually taller than most comments. Looks super awkward: http://cl.ly/X9FB

2. In forums, because of 4 badge limits most users have similar or identical badges. There’s just not as much variation and that makes them ignorable.

3. Designer is color blind, so removes the colors that made badges unique and now they’re all yellow or orange: http://cl.ly/X9FB

4. Designer admits drawing them large and then realizing they were too complicated to scale down. Most are still un-identifiable despite being 70% larger than old icons.

5. Everything has to be in a circle or hexagon, which distract from the icon’s clarity.

6. Metaphors are totally non-sensical. Community and Forum superstar contain no stars. Guy with a black eye is a Collector. I don’t even know what Collector means in the context of Envato. I don’t collect items, I buy them for work. Items aren’t trading cards.

7. Missed opportunity to tie in nature elements from marketplaces. Have a feeling those are getting axed soon anyway.

8. Over-reliance on cutesy characters that look distinct on “badges” page, but all look the same as 34px icons.

9. My “badges” page is disconnected from my “account” links menu. Really confusing how to find them now that it’s showing personal info not community info.

10. If game-ification (puke in mouth) was the goal, why not allow viewing other user’s badges or comparing two profiles?

11. New badges = my badge order was shuffled. Thanks for something to fix.

12. Why did we get new badges and not faceted search? Seriously. That started like 2+ years ago.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
+3 more
GravityDept says


Why aren’t you consulting? There’s way more money in it for people that know Magento well compared to theme development. If you’re not in the top 10 authors for a category, you’re making peanuts. Your skills are way more valuable outside the marketplace.
Thanks for the suggestions GravityDept. Can you explain little bit more, what do you mean by this, and how could I do that?

Loosely: consulting is working directly on behalf of a client, and freelancing is working under agency who manages the client relationship. Both can be good. If you have expertise (technical or design or both) with a platform like Magento, and are inclined to pursue clients to serve their needs — then there’s a lot more opportunity than building themes. I’ve definitely moved far in that direction since 2010 when I helped kick off the Magento category, but I still work on my theme because it’s a stable side income. There are tons of stores running Magento Community that don’t have relationships with Magento partners who need to push Magento Enterprise (good for the right sized client). If you have the capability get involved in the Magento community, blog, release open-source code, and eventually work will start flowing your way or an offer to join an agency. I get too many of both, but I’m happy to stay independent after 5.5 years doing so. It’s all on you to make it happen though. It’s not for most people.

Summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN_JYp9_y8k

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
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GravityDept says

1. Category is too saturated (like most these days).

2. You’re too late to land higher on the Magento pile.

3. Your expectations are too high after working less than a year.

Why aren’t you consulting? There’s way more money in it for people that know Magento well compared to theme development. If you’re not in the top 10 authors for a category, you’re making peanuts. Your skills are way more valuable outside the marketplace.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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GravityDept says

Magento is not shutting down. Magento Go (the SaaS platform) being shutting down because it was a bad market fit. That’s a good thing for everyone who uses Magento Community and Enterprise, which did take off.

I’ve written about why Magento Go was a bad fit before, and am very happy they finally took the hint and are focusing on their viable products: http://magento.stackexchange.com/questions/542/what-are-the-theming-limitations-of-magento-go/618#618

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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GravityDept says


I’m a few hundred dollars from the $125k mark. Can you swap the $250 Envato Studio credit for a year of TutsPlus ($180)?
If you reach the milestone before September 1st you won’t get the envato studio credit.

Pretty stupid to announce the new tiers a month before they’re in effect. What was the point of that?

Now it just feels like I’m losing something worth $250 because I happen to be close to the next tier. If Envato has UX designers, this is what they should be working on because I’m about to have a bad experience.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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GravityDept says

I’m a few hundred dollars from the $125k mark. Can you swap the $250 Envato Studio credit for a year of TutsPlus ($180)?

I just spent about 20 minutes browsing through Envato Studio and there’s literally nothing on there that’s useful to me. If you can sell enough to reach Elite level you don’t need WordPress installation services or basic photo editing.

It’d be a lot more valuable to have access to learning materials than homogenous services from freelancers. Envato can keep the $70 difference as a tip.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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GravityDept says

You have 1000’s of world class designers here, why not just start a competition for a marketplace redesign with some incentives – you could even have the community vote for the best designs.

Paraphrased: “You have 1000’s of world class designers here, why not convince them to do spec work.”

I’m fine with the 80×80 thumbnail staying, but I’d really like to see the 590×300 preview image updated and used in lists (not the hover box). Browsing by thumbnail is basically a crapshoot because you have to hover every…single…icon — which doesn’t work on tablets. Most of the marketplaces are visual. It’s inane that items only have an 80×80 icon to entice any interest.

Overall, I like the new homepage direction though.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
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GravityDept says


Hire a content strategist/writer not an SEO “expert”.
Not always true. You can get to the top of google with rubbish content. I keep bumping into these sites on my searches.

That’s not a valid goal. Anybody can weasel into the top for a short time. Only good content stays there.

603 posts Magento Elite & Gravity Maker
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $125,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
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GravityDept says

Hire a content strategist/writer not an SEO “expert”.

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