Updated Twitter Background

Mon, 2 Aug 2010

I've finally got round to updating the background on my twitter page. Rather than the twitter cloud effect, it now features a cup of coffee, some paper doughnuts, my notebook and me with a model. Far more appropriate I'm sure you will agree!

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Comments (9)

  • Smelter August 3, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Rob, how about making the

    Rob, how about making the instructions available as a PDF download.

    It may have only taken me only 10 minutes to copy and paste the text and pictures into "Word" and make my own PDF (including the time taken to download and install CutePDF), but it would have been nice to collect the instructions at the same time as the model.

    Opps this should have been in mushroom section 🙁

    • robives August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

      There are a couple of reasons

      There are a couple of reasons that I've put the instructions on the web site rather than in the file. Mainly, I want people to be able to see what they will be getting without having to commit to buy. I think (hope!) that the instructions for construction make an interesting blog post. Not adding the instructions to the file saves production time and means that I can produce more models.

      Secondly I know that people share the files with other people so having the instructions on the web site encourages the recipients to visit the web site.

      Would it be useful if I created a 'print page' view for the instructions?

      I'm interested to hear what people think about this and am always willing to change my mind in the light of  opinion.

      • Smelter August 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

        Good points Rob, I’m all for

        Good points Rob, I'm all for getting the hit count up for the site, but…

        with the passage of time I find that if I don't have the instructions with the model then I worry that left on the web site they will get pushed so far down the list (with your prolific output ) that I may never find them in the future.

        • robives August 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

          While on the same subject,

          While on the same subject, what do people think about kit placement ? Currently most of the new models are appearing in the blog and as Smelter points out, they do drift down the list of new posts over time. 

          So, are the models okay where they are Is it fun searching through the blog and finding all sorts of treasures? Or should I pull all the models out and add them to the shop – with free downloads for members of course. 

          • maxlrainer August 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm

            Hi Rob, I would prefer to

            Hi Rob, I would prefer to have the instructions with the pattern-pdf, or, even better, as a single pdf-download. But I think the idea of a 'print page' view for the instructions isn't bad too.

            Maybe you can list the free downloads somewhere on your site (Showcase?) and link them to the corresponding blog entry, where any member can download them.

             

  • Shelley Noble August 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    WOW! That new background is

    WOW! That new background is PERFECT, Rob! Love it! And this here new site is pretty schnazzy too! Congratulations!

    • robives August 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks Shelley 🙂

      Thanks Shelley 🙂

  • WillOhio August 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    The models as presented in

    The models as presented in blog form feels rather personal, informal & like we are having a discussion. I rather like that approach.

     A Print Ready Instructions button would be most useful. I've had to make my own set of instructions for the Crow model & Hoot automata for use with some younger cousins while we were on vacation last week. (We like to make papercraft or play board games on the rainy days or evenings). And it was easier to have a printed sheet in front of them than to have to keep swinging my Laptop screen around and scrolling down to the next step!

     Cheers & Thank you for all the wonderful kinetic sculptures.

    Will

    • robives August 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks WillOhio, that is what

      Thanks WillOhio, that is what I was aiming at. I'll have a go at a print ready view for instructions as soon as I've finished the Giraffe. Should be just a case of knocking up some CSS.  Famous last words.

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