Newly redesigned "year on site" badges

Discussion in 'Site Announcements' started by sothis, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. sothis

    sothis Forum Moderator Anime-Planet Founder Developer

    Posted by sothis on Apr 8, 2021
    #1
    Today we launched a new vision for our "year on site" badges, including Newbie (the first badge you receive when you activate your account), years 1-8 of being on the site, and new badges for years 9-30.

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    We've come a long way with the badges. The first set were added 11 years ago and had a cartoonish feel. After we announced Anime-Planet's new brand, we wanted to update all of the old badges to have an updated style. We spent some time re-skinning the initial set of badges first, and launched them in 2019 to mixed reviews, which were warranted. Though the old cartoonish style didn't match our current brand, the community was concerned that the new ones felt a bit too much like generic clip art and felt generic.

    We then tried again with a few of the badges, which many felt were better, but on the A-P team we felt like something was missing still. Now, we have a new illustrator on the team who's been helping with direction for our image and branding assets - they're also responsible for the recently announced new youkai mascots, for example. With them onboard, we went back to the drawing board to figure out how we wanted these to work.

    We knew we wanted the new badges to be closer to our brand - elegant, whimsical, japanese-patterns and themes, and papercraft style, so we eventually landed on a sakura tree that grows and changes over the year, starting with a sprout at the Newbie stage.

    Old versus new

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    At first, we tried using a single tree image that grows and changes over the entire 20 years of the site, plus at least another 10 years for the site's continued existence. But we also knew that years 1-3 needed to be interesting on their own (not just green leaves) because many in the community have only been around for that period of time. And there's only so much variation you can do for 30 images in a row.

    So we finally decided that the tree would go through a 5 year "cycle", where it slowly blooms, then the fall/renewal stage, and then the tree returns slightly larger/more elaborate for the next cycle. Doing this allows us to continue growing the tree as Anime-Planet continues to grow older.

    The final badges are:

    Newbie

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    Years 1-30 for being a member on A-P

    From left to right, top to bottom. Each row is a cycle of 5 years, starting with year 1 on the upper left.


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    Years 9+ are brand new, so if you've been on the site longer than 9 years, log out of your account and then back in to receive the new badges.

    We hope you love these badges, and are now working on redesigning the other remaining badges. Creating brand new badges isn't on the short-term radar as we first need to finish all of the existing badges, and then fully recreate the code for how to add badges, so that we can add them more quickly and easily in the future.

    If you'd like to help with our ability to get the badge code and designs done faster, please consider becoming a Patron for Anime-Planet on Patreon.

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  2. Trix0n

    Trix0n Silver Supporter

    Posted by Trix0n on Apr 8, 2021
    #2
    These look great, I love them! Thank you for all the hard work put into changes like this!
     
  3. Nekus

    Nekus Well-Known Member

    Posted by Nekus on Apr 8, 2021
    #3
    They look dope, love the idea behind the!
     
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  4. Cresenes

    Cresenes New Member

    I'm excited for them. Hope to see more great quality from the A-P team!
     
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  5. Abrahamuwu

    Abrahamuwu Database Moderator

    Let's GOOOO!! Looks awesome!:drink:
     
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  6. SHOTO777

    SHOTO777 New Member

    These look great! YOu should be proud of them!
     
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  7. Bloodlord739

    Bloodlord739 Well-Known Member

    Love the concept. Sakura trees never fail to wow me in any anime I watch.
     
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  8. OkamiHime95

    OkamiHime95 Well-Known Member

    This is neat! :smile: Thank you Sothis, and A-P team!
     
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  9. ReAerith

    ReAerith Database Moderator

    nice
     
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  10. Manthika

    Manthika New Member

    Cool, I now dread spending two years with only leaves and no flowers in the future, hahahaha XD
    Pretty badges for sure, though
     
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  11. AndriasSch

    AndriasSch Member

    These look so cute :)
     
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  12. Akishima

    Akishima Well-Known Member

    Brilliant idea and love the design! Can't go wrong with cherry trees and the fact that they grow over time is a perfect representation on the site.
     
  13. mykaa

    mykaa New Member

    Posted by mykaa on Apr 8, 2021
    #13
    yessss!
     
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  14. JailBait707

    JailBait707 Active Member

    i like the design, nice
     
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  15. Saeryen

    Saeryen Well-Known Member

    Ohhh so pretty! Thanks again Sothis!
     
  16. Qplayer

    Qplayer Active Member

    These are great! It's nice to not only have badges for the years beyond 8 but well into the future for the site.
     
  17. abbyishere4manga

    abbyishere4manga New Member

    Wow! I love the cherry blossoms~ So fun!
     
  18. sp3ct3rgaming

    sp3ct3rgaming New Member

    Looks awesome! :D
     
  19. Purrichan

    Purrichan New Member

    Woww, son muy lindas <3 Nunca decepcionan ├ęstas novedades, gracias!

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  20. Keneko

    Keneko New Member

    Posted by Keneko on Apr 8, 2021
    #20
    lovely~
     

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