New Yeah! Hackney for 2014
You will probably have noticed some changes to the site. This is part of an overall refresh and a chance to make the site a bit easier to use.
The main changes that you will see
- a logo change
- posting is faster and easier
- more chances to add images
- a more self service events listing
- more comprehensive search
- email notifications
I have a made short screencast of some of the changes, to help explain some of the main changes:
Please note that comment subscriptions won’t work retroactively, so if you want to keep up to date with a thread, even if you have commented before the change, click the subscribe without commenting link.
For the slightly more techie of you, I’ve pulled a few database tables apart and put the back together moving a lot of content from BuddyPress to WordPress structure.
Please let me know what you think, or add your questions in the comments box below.
I will also have missed some bits, so if something doesn’t seem right, let me know and I’ll try and fix it.
Big thanks to @mattyc @quitepeculiar @saladefolle @stephenwalker78 @jystewart for the testing and feedback
sorry if you all got a double email when I tagged you, I think that shouldn’t happen again now
Great work @ewebber – you are the Queen of Hackney! X
Looks great! The events posting changes look particularly helpful 🙂
Thanks Caroline 🙂
I love the community spirit of Hackney! Thank you for putting in such effort to make this space easier to use for the community. But I must state that I am put off by the new logo. It is very clearly a white person’s hand. Is that the most inclusive icon we can use for this diverse community?
Hi Claire, I’d be genuinely interested to know what colour the hand should be, to best demonstrate the diversity of the borough?
Hi Claire, thanks for the comment. I went through a lot of iterations of the hand. The outline is based on a real hand. The person who the hand belongs to isn’t white, but I chose it for shape rather than any other factor. I felt orange was not related closely enough with any real skin tone, but maybe I was wrong. Is it the colour you are referring to?
Hi Yeah! Hackey-ers, the last icon was grey with the bright green Hackney ‘tattoo’. So while it referred to a person’s hand, the focus was on the Hackney symbol. It seems like this new symbol puts a stronger emphasis on the hand. To my eye, the hand looks like it’s a “peach/apricot” colour and strongly indicates that it is a thumbs-up from a white person (albeit a white person as a school child might draw one – with a peach crayon). Were you able to get any feedback from Hackney locals while you were designing the new symbol?
Without something like the Hackney-tattoo to focus on, the take-away message of the Yeah! Hackney symbol entirely rests on that hand, and consequently what kind of hand is a ‘Hackney Hand.’ Perhaps returning to a monochromatic or blatantly-not-skin-colour pallet would move the attention back to the message of the symbol: “Thumbs up!” A message that I fully endorse! Cheers
Hi Claire, I had a lot of comments from people saying the grey looked like a zombie, many people also didn’t really get the Hackney map thing either. So as a chance to make a change I removed both of these. Nothing in the logo was meant to offend anyone and colour choices were made purely on a design aesthetic while using a colour that was not too close to any particular skin tone. I appreciate the feedback and I’ll take it into consideration.
Thank you, Emily. I have just added an event and it was so quick and easy to use! Excellent.! This site was recommended to me and I shall be quick to recommend it to others. It’s a great service for us living in Hackney wanting to know what is going on in our borough.