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Lots of updating and housecleaning going on around here lately, the most fun being the launch of our new site here at www.chasejarvis.com.

As such, I wanted to invite you to poke around our new digs. Lots of new photos–twenty something new galleries, there’s finally a video page, and…well..a lot more. And we’re continuing to update and transform the site into a smooth machine over the coming week. That said, your feedback is incredibly valuable to us. We’re listening – so thanks in advance. We know there’s still a lot to work on, especially with the blog and the mobile version. (There’s still flash in there, but, we’re evolving and will continue to…). At any rate please hit up whatever needs addressing in the comments. Or if it’s time sensitive and something’s busted, ping @dartanyon.

Huge thanks to my crew for the hard work – especially amidst all the other work we are lucky enough to be buried in. And we’d be remiss to not thank the great team at Livebooks.com – Matt, Dale, Adam, and Jericho. Thanks a mil for the collaborative process in creating our new site.

I’ll be on the Twit.tv Photo show at 1:30PM today talking about the new site, and photography in general. Tune in.

And again, thank YOU for visiting.

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It does seem to take a while to load for me on various machines and broswers, particularly the bolg. It’ll get 80% done and then drag it’s heels for a bit before dropping the rest right in. Maybe it’s a caching issue my end. Maybe others have seen the same?

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Yea, no way on the font! Its terrible. I also liked the fact that the old website wasn’t as large. This one basically fills the screen. I don’t like it.

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Been searching for a means to contact/inquire about the possibility of adding captioning to the videos posted on this website. Had no luck, and figured this was the best place to comment on it… I enjoy this website as a source of information, inspiration and a means to kill time whenever I’m not doing something. There are some who are more visual savvy, rather than hearing, like myself. So I was hoping to ask you guys, if you would be willing to add subtitling or captioning to your videos, as well as the Live videos once they’re done (Live captioning not needed, I can wait :) )

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The same is valid for the font on the “hover over” effect with the red semi-transparent background. With the images below still patially visible and uneven font letters it can often be difficult to read.

I’d also move the area for leaving comments on the blog above the list with existing comments – when the list runs very long it’s easier and quicker to post a comment. I realize it might lead to some people not reading everything, but that’s not always necessary.

Lastly, I would be happy to see a larger default font for the blog posts and comments. It’s rather tiring to read at 1920×1200 while it’s always a joy to read your posts and the discussions. :)

I hope I haven’t come out too criticizing. I love the new design, just wish the fonts will be easier to read and more fitting to the overall look. :) You’re an inspiring photographer! Love your work and what you do to teach and educate others! Keep it up.

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The new site looks good- a vast improvement.

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jeremy says:

I love all the new content! the added photos and more videos is great….

but MAN, can i just piggy back on the font comments, i was a fan of the small fonts myself once too but I am having a hard time reading the font, and if i am wearing my contacts well forget it. I’m sure you’ll get that worked out cause It seems i’m not alone…heck, i can barely read what I’m writing in this box!

but again I love all the added content…so until the font thing gets worked out, your my “playboy magazine”…no one actually reads the storys, we just come here for the pictures.

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I don’t normally comment on blogs. But I would just like to say: I like the websites concept. I see what you guys are trying to achieve and I think its great. And knowing you and your team all the problems will be sorted out in no time.

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Dan Speicher says:

love the new site,

One quick suggestions/comment

when you click on the search button to search the blog, it takes you to the homepage… trying to find that post about giros from “Thats it thats all”

Looking forward to seeing your work

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Shane Parker says:

Hi Chase!

Just passing through real quick, so haven’t had time to snoop around much. Couple of notes:

1- Love the new blog layout
2- Not so much on the regular site… gotta get away from Flash. Glad to hear you’re working up to an HTML5 version. I’d really like to see a tablet-friendly design on the main site.

I’m sure you’ll do just fine no matter what you settle on.

Aputure says:

The styling and content of the new design is good. However, I’m not sure about the font, the missing team profiles (they were good), and the image choices on the front page. Otherwise, good job!

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Wow, lots of complaints. This guy is one of the top, most successful photographers in the world. Whatever he’s doing, he’s doing it right (enter pic here of Chase slapping someone in the face with a stack of hundred dollar bills).

Juan says:

I always admired your old website over anyone elses..it had a clean, timeless style. Sorry, not diggin’ the new one.

hd says:

i clicked on the APPLE link at the top right, THAT SHOULD DEF be a POP-OFF window and shouldn’t take you away from the main site.

the picture of you holding the scotch or whatever? channeling cary grant or something?
i get it, “let’s mingle,” but on the iTunes site it looks lame. you’re better than that!

Daryl says:

Great site man! Congrats!

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Why did you guys go with flash? The old site was class! The blog did need the update though. Anyways keep up the good work!

Andrew says:

I like the new look. But as others have said, Flash? I’m not completely against Flash but there are better options. You don’t need HTML5 to get this look, JS/HTML4/CSS2 would get you there.

A couple of problems I can see at the moment, the back button doesn’t seem to work (at least in Chrome). The gallery pages (photos, projects) seem to take an age to load. There’s only a few thumbnails, they should download in a snap.

I know you’re working with a partner so there will be limits with what you can do and the quality of your work far outweighs my nitpickings.

Cody Min says:

great stuff. did you remix some of the photos?

personally, not a fan of the blog layout. feels a little cluttered. also, i miss the info for each image in the gallery. it was really insightful.

Camden says:

First, I love all the new work that you put up and have looked through every gallery at least twice now.

The search function isn’t working for me. The search box doesn’t match where you actually type and if you click within the box it links you back to your home page.

Trying to go to previous blog postings the link “older entries” takes you to a different view of the current posts and it won’t go back further. Even if you manually type in the page number you want in the url it still takes you to the same page.

Good luck with all the debugging that comes along with a new great looking site. Cheers

Dov says:

Love your content. Have been a CJ fan since the beginning. But there’s too much. I spend more time clicking around from image to image, rather then really appreciating your work in full. You have super strong images mixed with weaker ones. Narrow it down to your best 20 (minimum) to 30 (maximum) images. That’s all you need. 5 is the magic number. After the 5th image, a potential client will know if he or she will want to hire you or not. Clients don’t have time to sift through a dozen image galleries. Your website is the handshake (make it brief, strong and memorable) and your social media sites are an extension of your hand shake- put all other content there.
Lose the font style. Your content is original and one of a kind as it’s always been. Find a font that will match it. Lose the flash. 1/2 of your image galleries don’t show up. Having to refresh is redundant and not fun.

Continue with the amazing imagery.

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Sorry dude – have to say I much preferred the last website

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Hi Chase!
I love the new work and I know that a new website is a lot of work and you probably have many reasons behind every choice, but just a few thoughts:

1. I really really hate flash sites. I hate the way flash compresses images and on a big screen I think the quality is not as good as it should. I can see there’s a good image there, somewhere behind those artifacts.
2. I probably would like a line or two explaining what I’m going to see, for the videos. Maybe that’s just me, though. It’s also a pity that you don’t cross content. I’d probably be more interested in watching the Seattle 100 video with the photos and the book or somehow being able to navigate back and forth sections, which now seems not possible. It seems like you’re forcing me to follow a navigation path instead of going where I feel like going.
3. I like to scroll through the blog. I read yours via RSS feed, but if I ended up here and wanted to go through your archive (which is something totally worth doing) you’d force me to click a lot.
4. the typewriter font is a bit ’90s, but the ’90s are back and you’re from Seattle so OWN it!

Nikhil says:

Hey Chase,

Looking good.. but still needs a bit of work I guess :)

1. Some problem with the ‘Search’ function on the blog – redirects me to your homepage.
2. The tab key doesn’t seem to be working on ‘Leave a Reply’ while switching from Website to the main Comment box. Goes back to the top of the page.

Great job otherwise..

Cheers,
Nikhil

Brenda says:

Yesterday I viewed this on my iPad and it was a completely different experience. That disappoints me. The PC version is much richer. I’m surprised you didn’t choose a platform that embraces and exploits the iPad as a medium.

Kalyan Yasaswi says:

where is the crew page? :|

Jeff says:

Love the site, love the work!

Let’s swim the English Channel! :D

Samuel Jesus says:

First off all congrats for the new website.

I found 2 small….lets call it bugs, that are easy to solve:

1 – Here on the blog, if you are filling the fields to leave a reply, and change from Website field to text with the help of the Tab Button, you actually change to the search textbox;

2 – The copyright text at the bottom of the page ((c)Chase Jarvis 2011 Powered by liveBooks) sometimes is above text (About Section) or above controls (Photo Section);

Continue with the great work

Samuel Jesus

bimal nair says:

Nice. But frankly, the horizontal bar adds pain to navigate through the site. Wish the page width was wide enough to avoid the horizontal bar.

Tomeu says:

The thumbnails in the Photo section (http://www.chasejarvis.com/#mi=1&pt=0&pi=2&p=-1&a=-1&at=0) load veeery slow…. Nice design indeed!

Matthew says:

Hi Chase,

Please note this is a personal opinion only based on comparing what I liked about your previous site.

Sorry, not liking the changes at all. I think it has gone backwards from your previous website. The typewritter font is making the site look amateurish whilst the other site looked slick and smooth. I preferred the format of the front page photo scroll on the previous site to, it was easier to see the images and had more of a slick look to it. Same goes for the photo and projects pages, it actually looks a little dull in comparison to your personal creativity.

I am also a personal fan of having a blog page as scrolling, plus having the post show up, at least with part of the post in view with the read more to open it up fully on a separate page.

Sorry, as I know someone has put some work into this, But, I do not like this site at all, your previous one was much better. I don’t think this site really represents the quality your work or your creativity.

Matt

Paul Kennedy says:

Lovin the new site, much more in it and so easy to look around. Nice job

Girish says:

Great site. I like the look. I even like the font style. Something different than the normal. Content is brilliant, no doubt about it.

TroyK says:

Chase – it’s good to see the fresh new look and you have gotten some very helpful feedback. I was thinking you should have your buddy Zack Arias do his website critique for fun..?

Dylan says:

I don’t know what resolution you uploaded the rotating photos on the homepage at but at my monitor’s 1920×1080 resolution they look really pixellated :(

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i just like to see a little info in the pictures gallery. i.e. who what when and or where. something like that. just my 2 1/2 cents

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Looks pretty good.

One thing that I try to bring this up whenever I run into it, 5-8% of all men are colorblind (whether they know it or not). The most common form of colorblindness is red-green colorblindness. I’m among them. One thing that’s very frustrating is when a site has black (or very dark) text with undecorated red links sprinkled throughout. I, and other people I’ve asked with similar colorblindness, find it VERY hard to pick out these links because red doesn’t particularly stand out of dark text for us. There is a popular tech website I read for a long time before realizing that there were links in the articles because they were red and the rest of the text was black. I emailed them about it, got no response and have since stopped reading that site because the amount of effort it took to spot links in the articles made it frustrating. There are at least 3 other popular sites that I don’t follow for the same reason.

I usually read your site through the RSS feed, so this isn’t as big a problem, but it is something that you should be very aware of.

Scott MacKenzie says:

I just watched the show–and NOW I know where that big face at the end came from.
Congrats on the new look.
And Thanks Much for the interview. They’re always fresh and inspiring, especially for me personally Now, because I just left after two semesters of photography school. And Thanks for the tip about Squarespace.com. I might get into that.
Anyway, THANKS AGAIN, because without your head-up on facebook, I would not have known about the interview. It turned a drag of a day into something pretty damn exciting.
Cheers!

Phil Hoyt says:

GAHHH! I was using your old site as an example of how I am making my new site!!!! and now it is gone :(

Jordan says:

On the landing page, as soon as I hover over the main large image in the middle on Chrome 13 on Windows 7, it shows scroll bars. Doesn’t happen until I hover over one of the main middle images. Otherwise looks pretty good at first glance. Great job everyone.

Nate geslin says:

Looks pretty good!

One nit-pick: I’d increase the margins/padding for the blog posts. It seems just a little crowded. The text is just a little too close to the images in the posts. Also, on my iPad, there is no margin on the left side. Unless that was intended, you might want to increase that a little just to make it a little cleaner.

I also agree with the other posters, dump the flash as soon as possible. Jquery and HTML5 will do a better job and you will be able to maximize SEO more effectively.

Keri says:

Great fresh new take on the site.

Glad you kept it nice, clean and simple and kept all the great content nice and accessible.

Great work Chase, Dartanyon. and the team :-)

I’m really digging the organization of the site. I cant wait for the HTML 5 version as some people mentioned. Only thing I’ll point out is that i liked the font on the older site more than this new font. But on the website, I love how the images are neatly organized and the video section is sick too. I love everything about it. For some reason, this new site seems a bit faster loading than the old one which is also a PLUS. Just adjust the font and it will be perfect. Again, thanks for everything. I was not happy that you didnt do a pre-interview and didn’t drop in at the end of Gale Tattersall’s creativelive seminar but I guess this is not the right time and place to talk about it. It was a really amazing workshop and I gained a lot more on vision than that of Vincent Laforet (not saying Vincent wasnt great)…Anyways, again, thanks for all the goodies and new images that I just feasted my eyes on. You’re a true inspiration!!!

Max Riche says:

Very nice look! and much more “rawness” and variety of images than before! +1! :)

Two of the thumbs in the “photo booth” gallery are not the good ones though, they are taken from the desert-ed gallery

Cheers

Tim Venchus says:

Redesign is looking good — can’t wait for the HTML5 version! One hiccup I’ve noticed: when I click in the blog page’s Search bar, it kicks me back to the homepage instead of just letting me search from where I am. This takes but a moment, but you know how A.D.D. we internet users are these days!

Thanks for all the great work, tips and shared creativity!

Chase says:

great find. thx Tim.

pixelmixture says:

flash is really a bad choice

hd says:

the font — enh — it’s ok — agree with a commenter that it would be nice to have an indication under the thumbnails as to which pic you are viewing — it could be a little underline in red, or something… otherwise, lots to look at (almost too much?)

Tim Streland says:

Hey, love the new design. I have to agree with the font.

But i liked the view-mode for the pictures. Now I have to click when I want to go to the next image.

Keep it up! I’ll follow!

I’m actually surprised more people don’t like the typewriter font … although I was with you at one point in time. But I must say it’s grown on me.

Maybe we just have to get used to it. As someone that checks his website almost everyday, I kinda got used to the old font and this one is quite different from the old one that I’m used to. Apart from that, the new site is much more organized than the old one :-)

René Bruun says:

Checked the site out early this morning, love the new look and layout. Personally I get the typewriter font but done people don’t like it. I enjoy your work and excitement about photography, keep it up.

Paul says:

Flash? Seriously?

Chase says:

I know. we’re in a migration/transition period with our partner, livebooks. html 5 will be the next dog we’re hunting with…

joop says:

Fix the font guys :)

Chase says:

thanks… font will get addressed. we’re working on readability plus some styling. thanks for the feedback.

Mike Folden says:

I’m diggin the new look. It’s still simple but I love the way the galleries are displayed. Good work fellas.

John Wayne says:

First off, congrats on launching the new site! I know what a pain that can be.

Overall I love the full width images on the landing page. Why wasn’t this carried over to the photo galleries?

You should also have a look at the URL’s your website is producing; these should be human readable, not machine code.

I have have some pain associated with navigating within a particular gallery. The thumbnails don’t seem to line up to anything. Further, there is no visual indication of what thumbnail you are looking at, and while not confusing for some photos, it would be much more human to have an indication. This becomes especially problematic when your thumbnails run the full width (and beyond) of a browser window.

I also don’t know what the top navigation (header and such) are lining up to, across the site I couldn’t find anything other than the main section pages. Why not have this line up to the most common photo/video width?

Overall, your work is really fantastic (of course) and the images look great within the website. The new site puts more of a focus on breadth of images, and then single images, but has some problematic navigation issues.

Chase says:

good points john – the algorithmic logic for the scaled images is still getting tweaked to be able to bounce btwn vertical, square and horizontal images. that should be operational in the near future.

we couldn’t pick photo width to pick up to because they are evenly split between about 5 formats.

the thumb indicator is also in the works i’m told. it was a gripe of mine that’s getting addressed.

all great feedback that we’re working on. many thanks

luca brajato says:

+1 Eric. I’m not a fan of that font, especially not browsing on high-res screen (from my Macbook Pro is really much better than on Windows)…
Anyway, great concept and structure! Waiting to see further updates!

Corbin says:

+1 Eric. The font comes off as more amateur-looking than before.

ken savage says:

Looks good. Having some issues on iPad with the navigation. Cant figure it out quite just yet. Still debugging for ya.

Eric says:

Congrats on launching your new site but that typewriter font is not working at all. It’s super hard to read and seems really cliche. I would try exploring a few different font options.

Jay R. says:

I agree with Eric; the new blog font is rather difficult to read even after increasing font size in Mozilla. It has that crazy look to it, where it looks readable at a glance but when you actually focus on a word/letters them seem to fade away (what i like to call the faint star phenomena if you’ve ever experienced that).

Chase says:

thanks… font will get addressed. we’re working on readability plus some styling.

Adam White says:

Chase,

I actually like the font. Maybe it’s just me. But I do like how the site is running now. Can’t wait to see what else you add.

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