Death to JavaScript Rock Stars!

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We’ve been listening to your feedback today, about the new jQuery site redesign and one thing has become clear:


Death to JavaScript Rock Stars!

Poor dude didn’t even last 24 hours. We wanted to have some fun with the home page, but this bordered on a little too “extreme” for most tastes.

We plan on bringing some further revisions to the homepage in the future, but in the meantime here’s a quick overhaul, put together by the always-excellent Scott Jehl, that’ll help tide everyone over:

jQuery Homepage

As a token of our appreciation for sticking with the “JavaScript Rock Star” for a day we’ve included a little Easter Egg in the new site. It would be useful if you knew the Konami Code.

Naturally, the whole redesign still has many tweaks that’ll be made over the next couple weeks, especially to individual page fonts, font sizes, and colors.

I want to, once again, thank Scott Jehl for all the hard work that he’s been putting in to the site design – and the excellent Varick Rosete (of nGenWorks and Happy Webbies) for the great illustration that he drew for us.

Here’s to many happy days of rockin’ out with jQuery!

160 thoughts on “Death to JavaScript Rock Stars!

  1. ohh good grief. It was a graphic for goodness sakes. GET OVER IT FOLKS! I actually liked it. It gave me a chuckle, and anyone that whined and complained about it needs to get out and get some kind of a life. I don’t think you should have caved on this one. Screw the masses! That’s what makes a true rockstar! Ya don’t like it? Go use mootools or something. Jquery is for true coding rockstars, not stiff as a board nerds!

    Next time have a graphic with a dude holding up his skateboard shaped keyboard labeled: “code or die” or something corny like that. I vote bring the rockstar back!

  2. I find it interesting that many of the comments here that are the ‘most passionate’ are generally the least useful in terms of valuable feedback.

    Objectively critiquing a design and analysing it’s success against a set of objectives is not ‘complaining’ – it’s par for the course in any graphic and communication design process.

    Subjective references to cool, rad, hip, edgy, exciting, different, powerful, strong, non-serious, fun, humor is irrelevant if the design doesn’t achieve it’s goals.

    Although people are treating this as a taste war over the inclusion of the illustration – the real discussion is – whether http://www.jquery.com is aimed at individual ‘Rock star’ aligned designer / developers or aimed at a broader target market.

    If it’s the latter, then the original execution failed to communicate that, regardless of anyone’s like / dislike for the illustration or the resulting adjective inducing community reaction.

    This process would (or should) have been done by the web team before the design progressed and for the reaction to be so strongly opposed to the end result – they either didn’t invest enough time researching and assessing that, or made too many assumptions, or deliberately elected to do it knowing that this would happen. Either way, it will be a valuable learning experience for them.

    Being serious about design is not synonymous with producing ‘serious design’, it’s about communicating the message effectively to the right audience and for the right reasons.

    As for some of the more colourful and passionate remarks from people about their fellow users – anyone that makes statements like that either hasn’t or doesn’t work in a commercial design / development environment, or if they do, is someone I’d certainly not want to work on a project team with.

    jQuery is a fantastic community and a great project, let’s work together to keep it that way by keeping feedback constructive and objective.

  3. Thank god for people like Ian – being one of the earliest negative commenters on the redesign, I felt kind of guilty being in the boo section. Still, I think people need to step away a bit and stop calling people names based on their expressed opinions. What is this, the 19th century?! C’mon people.

    Having said that, I congratulate the team on making the community-based approach so centric to the whole redesign of the site. We appreciate and love that you are striving to bring the tool closer to us.

    And to all the profane commenters lamenting on the removal of the rockstar banner – if *you* liked the banner, that doesn’t mean the whole community cares you do. A site is meant to attract a wider community of professionals, amateurs and hobbyists, not narrow-minded jackasses such as yourselves. And selling a site that features an icon that is frowned upon within the professional community (you know, like people that actually pay for you to play with JS!) makes it hard to sell the library to the people you have to work for. They’d rather you choose Prototype or Dojo, since they’re more clasically aligned with the whole API scene (even though they are laymen, but that’s how the ball rolls). With good reason!

  4. Um… a clarification is in order – my last parenthesis was aimed at bosses, not Prototype and Dojo. They have both earned merit in my eyes, and the clarification will hopefully avoid a flame war over it.

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  6. I like the new design, but am I the only one seeing horrible banding in the blue background gradient? I’ve seen this happen before, and I believe it to be caused by lossy compression of a 1px-wide image (I’ve tested and confirmed this). Try using GIF or PNG for the background image, or a 5px-wide JPG.

  7. Paperboy on said:

    I like the new design!

    Now the site just needs a discussion forum — That would make it much easier to help each other out in the community.

  8. raymond on said:

    I’m surpise to find out that jQuery’s logo an now the website is linked to rock music! Rock music is known to be associated with devils, demons and sexual immoralities.

    If you should research the history of these things you will see the truth behind a lot of these rock groups.

    Why on earth would jQuery be inspired by the some that does not speaks to the upliftment of the human race?

    Can someone please explain this to me so that I can understand the mindset behind the jQuery Team. Is it that everyone on the team is in agreement to linking jquery with rock music?

  9. The story here is less about jQuery than the growing up of JavaScript.

    For years JavaScript engineers have been saying, “No, JavaScript is not a toy, it’s actually a powerful dynamic language.”

    The jQuery Rockstar, therefore, was completely off-message.

    I’m not sure John Resig “gets” the ramifications of what he’s created yet. From his twitter comments he seems a little irritated by the realization that professional programmers need jQuery to appear to be a professional tool.

    It’s always hard when something that was a playful and clever experiment grows up to be useful, and has to conduct itself in an adult way.

    But he should be proud.

  10. I normally don’t get involved in such discussions anymore, but could not keep my mouth shut.

    Not really sure why anyone complained about the rockstar. I thought it was a fresh approach. I was laughing when I heard that people brought the design down. Really, some people need to loosen up ;)

    That design never compromised any corporate promises or lead into a wrong impression of what jQuery was and will be. If you can not sell jQuery to your customers because its frontpage is to flashy, you are doing something wrong :)

    For anyone actively using a javascript lib, what counts is its ability to reach goals, not how its frontpage looks.

    Sorry but a flashier website just pulls in more people , than the current crippled left over. All that talk about script kiddies, that is how innovation happens, how new blood and new ideas enrich a project. Projects that close their door to the so called script kiddies, loose spirit fast. Not just talking here, I actually witnessed it multiple times.

    I have been a jQuery fan from the beginning and sad to see a cool fresh design get pulled down by its community. I am sure the jQuery team stood behind the new design and that is what counts.

    Well just my to cents.

    And guys keep up the good work.

    Cheers
    Alexander

  11. >>For anyone actively using a javascript lib, what counts is its ability to reach goals, not how its frontpage looks.

    There are a lot of books on “branding,” if the events of the last couple days has you mystified.

  12. Thanks ,nice to hear that, really new to me ;) Even though jQuery is community driven, the brand is a symbolic embodiment of what it stands for and is deeply connected to the creator/ development team itself, who decided on the new design in the first place. Its not like it was a bad design. But no need to get any deeper into that. Like I said above, just my 2 cents and no need to overvalue my comment :)

    Cheers
    Alexander

  13. Ummm, for those that took offense to my comment, it was light hearted and you probably should not take it so seriously. (I think there are pills for stuff like that). I have been professionally in the industry for years now and with much success – and my clients/employers/co-workers have been extremely happy with my results.

    That being said, Bring back the rockstar!!

    @Ian and Klemen just reeelax. It’s gonna be o.k.

  14. jive – I haven’t taken any offense from your comments.

    My post was a general statement to the community and not a reaction to what you had to say – your comment just happened to proceed mine at them time of posting.

  15. John Howard on said:

    Would have been better to put all that effort into being sure the site is viewable in all browsers. As it is, it is not viewable in IE7 (and, no, ‘switch to a real browser’ is not a solution).

    As a guess, I would guess the white background box is a div that needs a ‘clear: both’ element so that the white box envelops the content, that evidently is floated.

    As it is, there are raggedy white boxes around the ‘Main Page’ heading and the rest of the text is a completely unreadable blue on black.

  16. So where has Mr Rockstar gone? Permanent secondment to Guantanomo Bay, where he will be forced to read the source code for Prototype over and over again until his brain implodes with an audible wumph? Or has he gone to that great big recycling bin in the sky?

    Poor b*stard…

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  18. Just a quick comment, I can’t spot it being mentioned before (except for an IE6 comment), great new site but it doesn’t work in IE7. More specifically the blog doesn’t work, probably a float issue. The white background doesn’t extend all the way down the page causing the blog to be unreadable. Which is obviously a shame!

  19. Fuck you. I hope you took offense to my comment. The rock star was just a design. It was fun and you bitches complained that it depicted an image the resembled a life. So you lifeless emo faggots decided to fucking bitch and moan and cry like the cunt nerds you are.

    Coding is an art. It’s not for lifeless shitstains. Coding is a fucking art and Javascript / JQuery are making leaps and bounds in the realm of web software.

    So quit your bitching, assholes.

  20. Love the new design, except for one thing; the latest plugin releases – why can one not go to the plugin description when clicking on the title ? Previous design you could use the breadcrumb (still quite annoying), now the only thing that you get to see is the description of the update, pretty useless, take me to the plugin description (with its real description, demo etc).

  21. It’s been said here, but I’ll chime in as I still don’t see it fixed. Blog not working in IE7 can wait, but the more important issue is that the jQuery docs don’t display in IE7. I use FF3 for my browsing, but I keep Internet Explorer loaded on my other screen for testing and quickly looking up docs.

  22. I’m thinking maybe ‘bad ass’ might of gone over better in the developer crowd than rock star, it doesn’t imply age. Hey even my former boss gave me a coffee mug with ‘Bad Ass’ right on it. So even in the business/corporate environment we can have some charater, right?

  23. John Howard on said:

    Why do differences of opinions have to descend into obscenity-laden retorts? That damages the perception of credibility/respectability far more than the choice of artwork on the main page.

    Too bad there is no ‘flag as offensive’ button.

  24. Perhaps it needed to be a short animation instead, about going from mild mannered nerd (professional image) to ROCKSTAR!!!!! (banner image that is now gone).

    My question is, why does it have to be professional? Why should the look of the website matter if your trying to sell it to management and clients. Shouldn’t the features be the selling point? It’s not like you can actually SEE it on a website…

  25. I most feel bad for Varick Rosete, who spent his time and talent on such a great-looking image. Whether or not it should be on the site, his artwork was stunning.

  26. Fuck you. I hope you took offense to my comment. The rock star was just a design. It was fun and you bitches complained that it depicted an image the resembled a life. So you lifeless emo faggots decided to fucking bitch and moan and cry like the cunt nerds you are.

    Coding is an art. It’s not for lifeless shitstains. Coding is a fucking art and Javascript / JQuery are making leaps and bounds in the realm of web software.

    So quit your bitching, assholes.

    Dude. Decaf.

  27. Man, who care’s about the rockstar. I use jquery because it is, simply put, the best javascript library out there. As long as the documentation works, I’m golden.

    Actually, i don’t think Decaf would cure Reason. I think a good ass beating is the only thing that can cure some people. Do you really think he would say that to someones face and get away with it? You can pretend to be anyone you want on the internet, and some people think their god. But he does have a point…

    Cheers, guys. Good work on the site. I think you should a picture of Joe Satriani on the home page and say ‘… the satch of javascript libraries’. :)

  28. Just took note of the redesign; I’m a little sad I didn’t get to see the much maligned “rockstar” graphic before it was brought down. However, the new logo and site look excellent; I especially like the changes made so far to the Documentation section, and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

    One thing I noticed: I didn’t go through the many responses to determine if this was brought up yet, but there’s a slight usability improvement that could be made. Change the “compression level” checkboxes to radio buttons, since they’re mutually exclusive choices. Unless, of course, you plan to expand the options to change this somehow.

  29. A few more things that could use improvement:

    1. The info box popups on the home page overlap oddly and are generally a bit… janky.

    2. The main menu links (Download, Documentation, Tutorials, etc.) in the header and footer could use a more pronounced hover behavior to indicate selection. The drop shadow is a subtle enough to be unnoticeable past 6″ from the screen. There’s an inconsistency between this and the hover over the topmost links (jQuery, Plugins, UI, etc.)

    3. The links across the page content could also use a hover effect; slight color change, underline removal, whatever.

    4. The Documentation link in the footer has a drop shadow on the text at all times, not just on hover. It seems to be the only one suffering from this bug.

    Again, things look great.

  30. Dietrich on said:

    Man! Wish I viewed the site earlier… the Rock Star Rocked!!! jQuery is so cool it can even bring back the 80s.

  31. [insert elitist comment regarding design target audiences that reveals more of a sense of self-importance than useful criticism]

    [insert patronising assumption that Resig doesn't understand "his" users]

    Right. Next topic.

  32. Death to the new design!

    - This is a step back for the jquery image.
    - The gradients are horrid and the logo is fuzzy.

  33. I like the new look. I would just say the dark blue color looks cool but maybe a little less on the dark but no big deal. Also it was abit confusing because I’m so use to the old jquery logo. The new one threw me off for a second. Personally I hated the old wiki style layout it was slow and sometimes a bit annoying to use. Wiki’s are ironically not all the spetacular in regards to navigation. Only something a programmer could love. Speed is great on this new site.

  34. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the rock star motif when it was up. Right now, while the new design is attractive, it’s a little too reminiscent of every other Web 2.0 site out there.

    I’d love to see some kind of mascot, odd gimmick, or other differentiating part of the design. After all, jQuery is different, its site should be too.

    Props on the easter egg. Contra cheat code FTW!

  35. expected a little more from the most excellent javascript library on the web. logo is fugly! horrible font imho.

  36. Well done Jquery team, Menus, colors, layout, all so nice. the site is very intuitive and looks great. @Ian, some great points made.

    Marketing, or focus groups can help heaps. I have been part of a few steering groups for open source projects, and always had fun.

    Keep up the great work!

  37. David Smith on said:

    Love the new site redesign. Would have loved to have seen that “Rock Star” dude, but I came accross the redesign too late. However it sounds like you made the right decision to remove it.

    New design is great and very up to date. Like the fact that you didn’t go for a “WOW WEB 2.0″ look, and instead went for subtle gradients, clean lines, neutral colours and brighter tone’s for emphasis. Great job.

  38. A web developer on said:

    I don’t care about designs.If jQuery uses a single page with just those download links to helpful resources,it will work for me.I only care how the thing (jquery.js) is working.Does it fulfill my demand?Is it the most useful library?I think all the answers will be a big ‘YES’.I was really shocked reading those responses on the rockstar logo,banner thing.So all of you use jquery because this site looked professional?LMAO!!!Won’t you use it anymore if the site is changed to an ugly design?Well,here is the sad part of making anything ‘so much user friendly’.When the things will be easy to use,it will attract many people(majority of them will be non-professionals).They don’t know whats inside and how it works,they will just see how the site looks(as they are non-professionals).They even have to show their clients jquery.com to get the permission(!!!!) to use jquery.When I work on a project,it depends on me what I will use.If you are client you just check how the things working and if there is any error.It is really a useless community who don’t look inside,don’t respect the hard works,just depends on the outlook.I hope jquery.com will be redesigned to give it more professional look so those non-professional end users get the feeling of being professionals when they come here.
    OMG!!!I am loosing my professional mood because of this non-professional look of jquery.com,it makes me to forget all my skills ;)

  39. PLEASE do something about the docs part of the site. it’s down or unbearably slow to load 75% of the time.

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  41. @Sam Hill – maybe we should listen to this guy, or perhaps he should redesign the jQuery website himself, since he just complains about everything. I get really sick of comments, like from this guy, from the community.

    And really, if you base a framework off of a websites design and/or graphics, and try to play that “it’s hard to sell this to clients” card, you are just dumb. You don’t sell JavaScript to anyone, you make their site for them, and you make it work, it’s YOU who has the problem, not your client.

    Get with the current century folks, and lighten up. Seriously. A lot of you are just a big f’n drag, and honestly, you annoy me to the ‘nth degree. I try and keep positive with what’s new in web technology, but it just seems like everyone wants to bitch and complain. Give it up, go plant a tree or something.