T3G-2G Development previews of Tacoma3G 2.0

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Hey guys! Big news.

The Tacoma3G website and brand as a whole are undergoing a massive overhaul! I'm taking our community to the next level by redesigning the website, creating a new logo, adding a real store where you can buy 3rd Gen. Tacoma parts, and finally adding a proper website homepage.

I like to be transparent with how I manage T3G so I've decided to create this thread to occasionally share small previews of what I'm working on behind the scenes. I love receiving feedback, so please do tell me what you hate or love in the separate feedback thread. I don't want to push anything out that you guys are not happy with.

Suggestions and comments are here: FEEDBACK - Tacoma3G 2.0 development previews
 

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As I said in the first post, I'll be sharing previews of some of the stuff being worked on behind the scenes for T3G 2.0, which I think we're dubbing T3G-2G for kicks. There won't be updates for everything and they won't be frequent. But if there's something worth teasing, I'll tease it. Plus, it gives everyone a chance to tell me why you hate it so I can fix it before it ever goes live. :cool:

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T3G-2G Preview: #1 {Alpha v1.0.0}

Styling

  • Header design
    • I have never liked the header of T3G. I'm not a fan of the logo, its size, the way the navigation tabs sit in it, the Tacoma images on the right side, etc. That said, T3G-2G will absolutely have a redesigned header. The mock-up below is a mix of a working website on my local development server with actual changes to code that I've made, combined with some of my very bad Photoshop skills to put the idea I have in my mind on paper. This is an extremely rough mock-up (hence alpha v1.0.0) and the logo and truck are placeholder images until I have better ones (looking to redesign the logo and add varying vectorized Tacoma images on the right). Most styling that makes certain elements pop and look flashy isn't there either yet. This is mostly to show the potential new shape for the header.
  • Color scheme(s)
    • I've always loved the color options we have for our styles, especially now that we have the dark versions. However, I also always wonder if the light versions are fitting for an outdoor / nature based community. They do look professional, but they don't make you feel like you're overlanding while you browse the forum, you know? So... I'm experimenting with some new colors and new background patterns. My intent is to dial in on the quicksand version (as always) and then branch it out to the other Tacoma colors and their dark versions.
  • Typography
    • This isn't shown in the mock-up but I'm experimenting with a slight change to the default font style used across the website to give it a little more of a modern feel.

(You can click the images below to enlarge.)

The mock-up in its baby stages:

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Compared to what we have now:

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And no, I didn't intentionally model this after those classic Toyota stripes, but I now realize it does resemble them:

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That's all for this update. Feel free drop suggestions. Or don't because this will probably change 100 times before it goes live anyway.

Please post your feedback on this preview in this thread: https://tacoma3g.com/threads/tacoma...s-post-your-comments-and-feedback-here.10934/
 

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It's been a while but I assure you I have been working crazy hours on T3G2G. I'm finally back with another update!
To comment and share your feedback on this update, please use this thread: Tacoma3G 2.0 (T3G-2G) development previews: post your comments and feedback here
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This preview is about the new design again. I have essentially scrapped what you saw in the previous preview. I'm going for a very modern web look (known as Web 2.0). I understand this type of website styling is not for everyone and I don't expect everyone to move away from our current styles (which will always be available as options).

Anyway...
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T3G-2G Preview: #2 {Alpha v1.1.0}

Styling

  • Header design
    • I have never liked the header of T3G. I'm not a fan of the logo, its size, the way the navigation tabs sit in it, the Tacoma images on the right side, etc. That said, T3G-2G will absolutely have a redesigned header. I've already tried and scrapped many new header designs. But I think I might finally be in the right direction with this one. Please ignore the placeholder logo in the screenshot; it won't look anything like that. I made the navigation tabs much bigger, moved the user account info to the top right of the page, and have some cool ideas for the images that will fill in that entire header area.
  • Color scheme(s)
    • I've always loved the color options we have for our styles, especially now that we have the dark versions. The new design will still have all the same color options (dark versions included). But I made a noticeable change to their hue(?). They are a little more what I would call... coffee flavored. I'm really liking the toned down versions of these colors.
  • Typography
    • I knew I wanted to change the main text font to something that feels more modern but I wasn't sure what to use. I think I finally found it. This font is a pretty drastic change from our current styles and might be the change that takes the most getting used to. But I've been using the forum with this font for a bit now and it really grew on me. Definitely feels modern. One might even call it... hipster.
    • Additionally, almost all text is slightly bigger than its relative version on the current design.
  • Textures
    • I'm not sure if you will be able to see it in the screenshot, but there are some speckled-marble-ish looking backgrounds in a lot of the content areas. These textures kind of give it a 3-D look and I think they match the "coffee flavored" color tones well.
Again, this is an extremely early and rough preview. Ignore the logo and anything else that looks unfinished or broken.
(Click on the screenshot to make it bigger.)
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Please let me know if the route I'm taking with the new design is completely awful to you. I'd like to dial it in sooner than later. No point in launching it if no one wants to use it.
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Very small update here. But there is so much more that has been nearly completed, so stand by!

(To comment and share your feedback on this update, the FEEDBACK THREAD.)
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This preview is about the logo redesign. I’ve always disliked our plain logo but I’m not good at graphic design so I could never really figure out a new one.
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T3G-2G Preview: #3 {Alpha v1.1.1}

Styling

  • Logo
    • As I said, I’ve never liked our logo. It is very generic and has nothing to do with our hobby. There are some really nice logos out there in the Toyota / 4x4 scene
    • As I’m not a great graphic designer, I tried something simple but hopefully rememberable.
    • I used the TRD font as a reference and manually wrote “T3G” in the same style. It ties into our niche much more than the current logo does.
    • It will take me a while but I’m gonna try to make a full “Tacoma3G” version as well.
    • I feel like this has potential for multiple variations and colors.
    • I think it would look cool on stickers, patches, shirts, etc.
    • The TRD font is kind of weird to begin with. As a result, this logo feels kind of weird at first. But it has been growing on me.
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Please let me know if you dig or hate this logo in the FEEDBACK THREAD!
 
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Little tiny update here. I hope the small updates aren't annoying. :oops:

(To let me know if you love or hate this update, use this thread: FEEDBACK - Tacoma3G 2.0 development previews
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This preview is about the logo redesign. I’ve always disliked our plain logo but I’m not good at graphic design so I could never really figure out a new one.
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T3G-2G Preview: #4 {Alpha v1.1.3}

Rank structure

  • I've always liked the little "T3G Level" system we have. The text under your name that changes as your total "reactions" received gets higher (think: upvotes).
  • However, I was never really a fan of the rank structure verbiage I was using but I couldn't think of something better. For example, the rank I had looked like this: "T3G Level: Legendary"
  • I finally revised it in a way that I'm finally happy with; military ranks! specifically, United States Marine Corps ranks.
  • For now, they stop at E-9. But if any of us ever get that high, I can start adding the officer ranks too.
  • The new structure looks like this:
    • I • Recruit
      • 0 total upvotes on your account
    • II • Private
      • 1 total upvotes on your account
    • III • Private First Class
      • 50 total upvotes on your account
    • IV • Lance Corporal
      • 100 total upvotes on your account
    • V • Corporal
      • 250 total upvotes on your account
    • VI • Sergeant
      • 500 total upvotes on your account
    • VII • Staff Sergeant
      • 1,000 total upvotes on your account
    • VIII • Gunnery Sergeant
      • 2,500 total upvotes on your account
    • IX • Master Sergeant
      • 5,000 total upvotes on your account
    • X • Sergeant Major
      • 10,000 total upvotes on your account
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Again, I know this is a microscopic update. Hopefully it's fun for someone.

Please let me know if you dig or hate this update in this thread: FEEDBACK - Tacoma3G 2.0 development previews
 
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