Looking Ahead to 2012 and Beyond
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy new year! Hopefully 2012 brings good fortune your way. Second, I apologize for the lack of updates to the blog in the past year. Since the birth of my daughter, it’s become more difficult to find time to update the gallery along with consistent updates to the blog. LogoGala recently was showcased in an article for the best logo inspiration galleries and in the caption, they mentioned that LogoGala has a blog along with the gallery, but the blog was rarely updated. That really made me realize how much I’ve been neglecting the blog.
Since day one, LogoGala has been at a disadvantage compared to other logo inspiration sites. The other popular galleries allow designers to create an account and manage their own profile as well as allowing designers to upload and remove designs as they wish. I’m not a developer and did the best I could with what I had at the time. That just meant that I had more work to do to upload designs to the gallery and manage profiles for everyone. My plan for the future of LogoGala is to completely redevelop the site from the ground up and start over. The current system is too far ingrained that I think it would be way too difficult to convert the current system to a system that would allow designers to upload and manage their own work. So, I’ll start from scratch, develop the site the way it should have been from day one and allow designers to take control of their logos on the site. The site in it’s existing form will continue to exist, but it will exist as an archive only. No more designs will be added to the current site once the new solution is complete. I think this the best option for myself and the designers that have made LogoGala a success. Do you think this approach is the best option? If not, what would you do?
Lastly, I want to try to keep the blog updated more frequently. I used to write a “best of” article each month that consisted of the best designs (in my opinion) in the gallery for that month. It became increasingly more difficult to look through the gallery entries for the month, decide on 10 designs and then create the blog entry. So, my solution to this is to simply feature one design in the “best of” article each month. I think featuring one design instead of 10 would make the recognition more meaningful for the designer of the selected design. I may even get real crazy and design some kind of badge which can be uploaded to the winner’s website. What do you think about this approach?
I would also welcome designers to write blog entries for the site as well. Not only would it keep content on the blog fresh, but it also presents more exposure for the designer than just a single logo in the gallery. If you’re a designer and you’re interested in blogging on LogoGala, please contact me.
Thanks to everyone out there who’s submitted designs this past year (and since the site launched). It’s because of you that LogoGala continues to be one of the most popular logo inspiration galleries.
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