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new and improved!

February 1st, 2010 | 5 Comments

new stuff
Today I’d like to introduce you to a completely redesigned MrBiggs dot com. The redesign is obvious on the external side, which is the side that you see. It looks different and hopefully it’s easier to navigate and more interesting to read. The redesign also extends to the internal workings, as I’ve finally dumped the manual updating of html pages and thrown the whole thing into WordPress. I’ve been using WordPress as a blog on my site, what you know as the News page, since 2006. Ever since them I’ve been wanting to wrap it or something like it around the entire workings of my site, but the learning-curve proved to be significantly slower than I imagined. I know, I know, your grandma made a WordPress blog and had it running in twenty minutes. Ok. Mine took a little longer. Leave me alone.

As with all websites, this one isn’t done yet. I have some plans that I haven’t had time to implement yet. Namely I’ll be adding a number of sections to the illustration department and, I hope, creating a searchable database of sorts of hundreds of illustrations. The idea being that if you want to see all the work I’ve done for the New York Times, or all my illustrations of robots, you can do that. It’s not there yet. Furthermore I have a lot of goofy stuff I plan to add to the miscellany page, I’ll be adding a comics section in the books department pretty soon, I’m going to have a section where you can see and maybe buy the screenprints I’ve started making, and I’ll have better categories and general taxonomy of the News pages so that you can find stuff in the archives more easier-like. Because I know that you want to search my archives and read about what I was doing in 2007. I also plan to have several “making-of” areas where I’ll show the process of complete projects, including initial sketches, research, and finished work.

As I add these functions, features, and sections, I’ll post about the additions here on the News page, as well as the new work, events, and general ranting that I’ve always posted. If you follow the News here via RSS or Atom, you might need to re-up your subscription by clicking RSS link. I’m not sure whether the changes carried over.

One of my personal favorite changes is the front home page, which has several background images it randomly cycles through each time you visit. Go ahead, check it out and refresh the page a few times.

So go now and poke around. And if you don’t mind, please let me know if you find any broke stuff or things that look wrong.



  1. Wendy Babb says:

    groovy! 🙂

  2. Niiiice. Love the home page illo trick thingy.

  3. Marta says:

    Its wonderful, happy, a new smile for me 🙂 I come and peek once in a while, just to be surprised. Love your illustrations, would like to live inside one for some time.

  4. Mark says:

    I’ve been wondering why you hadn’t been posting…I just figured you were on an extended vacation or something. Just came to the site today and realized that the feed in Google Reader didn’t transfer to your new feed, so you may still have people who are waiting for a post on the old feed. Not quite sure how to do it, but if there was a way to send an update out on the old feed saying, “I’m still posting, just on this new feed” then they’d switch over. Now to catch up on a whole bunch of missed posts…it’s like Christmas! = )

    • Brian says:

      I don’t have any idea re: old feeds new feeds. Whatever WordPress uses is what I used. I signed up for Atom when I rebuilt the site, but feeds is one thing that is unnecessarily byzantine and I’d have no idea how to post something on an old feed. So, glad you found the new stuff! But anyone who is still lost in Google Reader or whatever is beyond my help…

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