Saturday, June 21, 2008

Redesign!

Let me let you into a little secret - Kasterborous has been redesigned! I know, it's amazing isn't it, you could barely tell. In fact I had to be told by text message by Messrs Dry and Lum pointing out the differences while I was away visiting London Village last weekend.

(Incidentally we stumbled across a small revue where something called Spamalot was playing. Very funny. Had that Jim Robinson off of Neighbours in it. But anyway...)

This isn't the first time Kasterborous has been redesigned, of course. Oh no. This on the right is Kasterborous v3.1 - a development of the very similar looking v3, but with added Torchwood goodness. This version premiered in 2006, and we've been pretty much stuck with it for quite some time - initial plans for a revision began around a year ago, but time constraints through work and all that other rubbish sadly got in the way.



Now on the right is Kasterborous v3 - very similar, but you can see where the differences are. Love that pic of Troughton and the Cybermen!

However before the sexy blue number there were others...





Kasterborous v2.1 - now there's a new one for many of you! In principle very similar to v3, it was very pale, but a good showcase for Anthony Dry's artwork. When Kasterborous started, we gave it a simple mission statement - "rant and draw". I would rant and Anthony would draw. It's worked pretty well over time with more ranting from me leading to a lack of drawing, but I digress.





Kasterborous v2 is when it all started happening, really - with a database-driven website we could achieve so much more. Excellent piece of work by Mr Dry in the top left there too - you don't get many Tom Baker pics out of him, let me tell you.





In late 2004, v1.2 was launched and already Anthony was working on v2. The reason? I was very dissatisfied with the way news was handled on the existing websites, all parrot-like repetition with very little - if any - opinion. I mean that approach is fine for a lot of people; after all, how many of us have a proper good look behind the news in any subject? So the brown became white. Of course before the brown...





...We had the green.

In these days I didn't know much about web design - it was all magic to me. As such I thought that green looked ace, and that Anthony Dry was the cleverest man in the world. It does look bloody awful though, looking at it again now.

Kasterborous v1, so the official story goes, came about following a chance meeting between Anthony Dry and me, Christian Cawley, in the Outpost Gallifrey forum. Of course, official stories are rarely true. Anthony, Terra and myself were of course there at the beginning of Doctor Who - in fact, you could say that we founded Doctor Who fandom, way back in 1964...

4 comments:

Anthony said...

Bloody awful! I tell thee thats design will be back, you know how things go in and out of fashion!

Love the initial version, almost slipped my mind that :)

Christian-Mark Cawley said...

I know, look at those haircuts...

Brian said...

Wait, I thought it was said that one of the three original Kasterborous team supposedly died and was replaced with a look-a-like. Do you guys remember this?

Christian-Mark Cawley said...

yeah that's right, then when one of them went solo, there was this big thing in the music press, and one of them had seeded the content of every review with clues!