Redesigning a website: Avi

Yet another one of my projects, Avi • Simple placeholder avatars, grew too outdated to support it. I had to rewrite it from scratch.

I took the opportunity to redesign it as well.

It's quite a simple project, so it only took me a couple of hours. Here's what I did:

  • replaced my abandoned framework Micrus v4 • Beauty of simplicity with Symfony 5,
  • replaced custom Assetic setup with Webpack Encore,
  • updated Bootstrap from 3.0 to 4.4,
  • added more contrast to the design, while keeping it simple,
  • removed the ugly logo,
  • replaced the font that I used to overuse, Ubuntu, with the beautiful Baloo Thambi 2 and JetBrains Mono,
  • moved the generation of links from backend to frontend – now it gives you an immediate feedback to changes in the form, without having to reload the website,
  • removed the “Latest generated avatars” section – I never liked it, but I needed some showcase of what this project does… with the immediate feedback in the “Try it!” section, it's not needed anymore,
  • included some more optimisations.

Before:

After:

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Mam nadzieję, że się spodoba! :)

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