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justinfrench Envato team says


all thats missing are animated blinking eyes
ya I think each logo should be animated, yes? :)

How about flaming spinning logos that animate in from the edges of the page? :)

Seriously though, we think brands and navigation need to evolve slowly over time in really measured steps.


what is clear is Envato’s Marketplace improvements are still focused on expanding the empire, instead of focusing on the communities requests and what could be improved.

We wouldn’t be testing this if we didn’t think it would benefit the community overall. We’ll be watching carefully!

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digitalscience says

Envato’s already calling it a “logo salad” before putting live.. so I dunno, to me that just doesn’t scream a lot of confidence :)

The thing is though, each marketplace – especially ThemeForest has become big enough to become it’s own entity, why confuse buyers with all the other marketplace logos. ThemeForest is so big, you could probably branch that out to a CMS only site / PSD only site / WordPress only site. Instead Envato is merging everything into one giant conglomerate. We don’t need to sell the idea to buyers how big Envato is, we need to individualize each marketplace more, to focus on content, not clutter.

Picture someone who is completely new to buying stock, and say they wanted to buy images… it will be incredibly confusing, looking at that top nav with all those options – especially the similarity between graphic river and photo dune, I mean a complete newbie would get lost in that navigation.. They’d probably give up and do a Google search for another website.

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WebSmacker says

I agree with having a design contest. How about someone starts it off??? (I would but I’m no designer :)

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WebSmacker says

SUGGESTION: can we have the option to hide that hideous logo banner? For those of us that spend a lot of time here, I think it will give us headaches.

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jonathan01 says

I was under the impression that the ‘Hub’ was what would help in making sure all marketplaces were brought closer together – I didn’t realize bringing the marketplaces closer meant 40px apart on everything.

Sorry guys, I’m not personally attacking developers at all here. I’m personally attacking the reasoning and the outcome only.

If you want to bring them closer then maybe create an all-in-one marketplace, and using subtle well thought out placements you could cross sell related items.

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WebSmacker says

Another suggestion: since this is more for “New” users that don’t know about all of the marketplaces, why not make it a notification box that says “Thanks for checking out Themeforest. Please be sure to stop by our other sites before you leave” and then show the logo banner underneath. It can show until you click the x in the top right corner and then you never see it again and you can use the site switcher that takes up much less room… just a thought…

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purethemes says

SUGGESTION: can we have the option to hide that hideous logo banner? For those of us that spend a lot of time here, I think it will give us headaches.

I’m pretty sure revaxarts will fix it ;)

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RypeCreative says

Good idea! Looking forward to see how it turns out!

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digitalscience says

If you were to keep that top nav like that, I would only suggest making the inactive marketplaces faded

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justinfrench Envato team says

Picture someone who is completely new to buying stock, and say they wanted to buy images… it will be incredibly confusing, looking at that top nav with all those options – especially the similarity between graphic river and photo dune, I mean a complete newbie would get lost in that navigation.. They’d probably give up and do a Google search for another website.

Yes, that’s likely true for some buyers. There are other scenarios to explore!

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