The New Wesleying Header

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In the introductory post to the new site I failed to mention our new header.

We thought we’d change it up for a few reasons. One is that the new site has a much wider layout than Wesleying did on Blogspot. The old header image could only fit here by scaling it up, which didn’t work out too well visually, and we don’t have access to the source file to easily make modifications.

We also just wanted a fresh start. It’s a work in progress, but the idea is to build up a gallery of great Wesleyan photos submitted by Wesleying readers and contributors, and use them to change up the header image every now and then – to fit the weather, or special events and holidays, or just because. Kind of like Google, but I imagine there are more decent photographers at Wes than there are amazing graphic designers.

For the first one we went with this picture taken in the WestCo courtyard on Zonker Harris Day two years ago (you know, back when it was a thing):

Zonker Harris 2007

It was an obvious choice because Zonker Harris is about as “Wesleyan” as it gets, and the space cropped for the banner is generally evocative of Wes when it’s nice out and people unleash their creative energy on any available surfaces.

My Photoshop skills are fairly basic, and the banner up top is the best I could come up with on short notice – we’re working on a more visually appealing way to use photos in the header without it conflicting with the text.

Changes will be up soon, thanks for your comments and suggestions.

64 thoughts on “The New Wesleying Header

  1. Anonymous

    When they first made the banner it wasn’t at the top all the way, and someone asked for it to be moved up, and they moved it. And now people want it back down again.

    The solution: New banner. A white one so it’s neither at the top nor below it. How about… the old one?

  2. Anonymous

    When they first made the banner it wasn’t at the top all the way, and someone asked for it to be moved up, and they moved it. And now people want it back down again.

    The solution: New banner. A white one so it’s neither at the top nor below it. How about… the old one?

  3. Anonymous

    I like the idea of switching the headers based on what people send in, but the weird cropping on this one makes me want to scroll upward.

  4. Anonymous

    I like the idea of switching the headers based on what people send in, but the weird cropping on this one makes me want to scroll upward.

  5. Anonymous

    It must be possible to have a header that isn’t dull/institutionalized (not that I thought the old one was, it just is in comparison to this one) and also not representing Wesleyan’s eccentricity in a superficial way (as #3 put it).

    I like #6’s idea but I don’t know photoshop.

  6. Anonymous

    It must be possible to have a header that isn’t dull/institutionalized (not that I thought the old one was, it just is in comparison to this one) and also not representing Wesleyan’s eccentricity in a superficial way (as #3 put it).

    I like #6’s idea but I don’t know photoshop.

  7. Anonymous

    yeah can’t you just take the old header and center it? it’s a white image on a white background, so who cares if it’s not wide enough..?

  8. Anonymous

    yeah can’t you just take the old header and center it? it’s a white image on a white background, so who cares if it’s not wide enough..?

  9. Anonymous

    I like #6’s assumption that you can take a picture of anything and then do photoshop at it until it looks good.

  10. Anonymous

    I like #6’s assumption that you can take a picture of anything and then do photoshop at it until it looks good.

  11. Anonymous

    @5:07: I think the poster was re-posting the comment because the relevant post is now this one, not that one. Not a big deal.

    Obviously Wesleying is run by a few very devoted individuals, and they get to decide what to put on it, but it’s not a personal blog, it’s news for the campus. I don’t think it’s bitchy to say if we think it looks amateur or doesn’t mesh with the rest of the site or doesn’t represent Wesleyan fairly or anything. They asked for feedback, and obviously people aren’t entirely happy with it, so they’re saying so.

  12. Anonymous

    @5:07: I think the poster was re-posting the comment because the relevant post is now this one, not that one. Not a big deal.

    Obviously Wesleying is run by a few very devoted individuals, and they get to decide what to put on it, but it’s not a personal blog, it’s news for the campus. I don’t think it’s bitchy to say if we think it looks amateur or doesn’t mesh with the rest of the site or doesn’t represent Wesleyan fairly or anything. They asked for feedback, and obviously people aren’t entirely happy with it, so they’re saying so.

  13. Anonymous

    they said the photo was going to change for special occasions, like google does. it’s not temporary though.

    also, sorry to be dumb, but why doesn’t the other header work? it was surrounded by white anyway, and the background of this site is white, so if you need it to be wider just extend the whiteness… right?

  14. Anonymous

    they said the photo was going to change for special occasions, like google does. it’s not temporary though.

    also, sorry to be dumb, but why doesn’t the other header work? it was surrounded by white anyway, and the background of this site is white, so if you need it to be wider just extend the whiteness… right?

  15. Anonymous

    Oh, and also, as said above, the picture is going to change from time to time. You know, multiple perspectives and all that.
    -#7

  16. Anonymous

    Oh, and also, as said above, the picture is going to change from time to time. You know, multiple perspectives and all that.
    -#7

  17. Anonymous

    To 4:11,

    First of all when you post on a blog anonymously, it seems kind of bitchy to post again (anonymously) to complain about a lack of response just because nobody was interested in your comment the first time.

    Nevertheless, here’s a direct response from me. Wesleying doesn’t belong to everyone. It’s a thing that some nice people do for the community. It’s not their duty to worry about whether or not their graphic design fairly represents every member of the community. To quote the post you link:

    “it’s media that a person (or a group of writers, in this case) personally enjoys and want to share.”

    Exactly. So is the entire blog. When a wesleying blogger posts a funny video from youtube I don’t complain about how that writer is imposing his taste in funny videos on me. Instead, I just watch it and laugh or not, depending on my taste.

    Furthermore, I think you’re being overly sensitive. I don’t think the image looks like it came from a Hallmark card, and its kind of ridiculous to demand nothing but plain text. That picture makes me think of having fun in the springtime. I don’t think there are leagues of kids who saw that picture and felt alienated from some oppressive hippy culture. Get over it.

  18. Anonymous

    To 4:11,

    First of all when you post on a blog anonymously, it seems kind of bitchy to post again (anonymously) to complain about a lack of response just because nobody was interested in your comment the first time.

    Nevertheless, here’s a direct response from me. Wesleying doesn’t belong to everyone. It’s a thing that some nice people do for the community. It’s not their duty to worry about whether or not their graphic design fairly represents every member of the community. To quote the post you link:

    “it’s media that a person (or a group of writers, in this case) personally enjoys and want to share.”

    Exactly. So is the entire blog. When a wesleying blogger posts a funny video from youtube I don’t complain about how that writer is imposing his taste in funny videos on me. Instead, I just watch it and laugh or not, depending on my taste.

    Furthermore, I think you’re being overly sensitive. I don’t think the image looks like it came from a Hallmark card, and its kind of ridiculous to demand nothing but plain text. That picture makes me think of having fun in the springtime. I don’t think there are leagues of kids who saw that picture and felt alienated from some oppressive hippy culture. Get over it.

  19. Anonymous

    i agree very much with the linked comment — it’s definitely “faux-cool”. like we’re trying too hard to be rebellious and wesleyanish.

    let’s get a normal photo of college row or something and, with our aforementioned awesomely artsy students, make it fucking amazing looking though photoshop or whatever. people can just submit their pimped-out photos online. THAT will show wesleyan’s true colors in a much more sincere way than “let’s have a picture of a spraypainted van because we’re cool and artsy and we use spraypaint”.

    it also doesn’t match the rest of the blog at all. it’s kind of embarrassing.

  20. Anonymous

    i agree very much with the linked comment — it’s definitely “faux-cool”. like we’re trying too hard to be rebellious and wesleyanish.

    let’s get a normal photo of college row or something and, with our aforementioned awesomely artsy students, make it fucking amazing looking though photoshop or whatever. people can just submit their pimped-out photos online. THAT will show wesleyan’s true colors in a much more sincere way than “let’s have a picture of a spraypainted van because we’re cool and artsy and we use spraypaint”.

    it also doesn’t match the rest of the blog at all. it’s kind of embarrassing.

  21. Anonymous

    I think it’s a good choice. It shows an “unofficial” but significant part of Wesleyan life which the administration is not a big fan of, just like this is an “unofficial” but significant blog which the administration doesn’t control. It’s thematic!

    Besides, it says in the post that the photo will change. If you don’t like it another one will go up eventually.

  22. Anonymous

    I think it’s a good choice. It shows an “unofficial” but significant part of Wesleyan life which the administration is not a big fan of, just like this is an “unofficial” but significant blog which the administration doesn’t control. It’s thematic!

    Besides, it says in the post that the photo will change. If you don’t like it another one will go up eventually.

  23. Anonymous

    i kind of agree with that linked comment. zonker harris day is cool, but it’s a really tiny part of my wesleyan experience. something more universal would be nice. like the falafel cart! haha.

  24. Anonymous

    i kind of agree with that linked comment. zonker harris day is cool, but it’s a really tiny part of my wesleyan experience. something more universal would be nice. like the falafel cart! haha.

  25. Anonymous

    I like the picture, but I’m not a fan of how it reaches to the very top of the page. That kind of makes it look like my browser fucked up and cut it off.

  26. Anonymous

    I like the picture, but I’m not a fan of how it reaches to the very top of the page. That kind of makes it look like my browser fucked up and cut it off.

  27. Anonymous

    i really like the picture, but as a header it’s kind of unpleasant on the eyes and doesn’t mesh well with the whole site. but that’s just my 2 cents.

  28. Anonymous

    i really like the picture, but as a header it’s kind of unpleasant on the eyes and doesn’t mesh well with the whole site. but that’s just my 2 cents.

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