GeekTyrant Design-V10: Fullwidth Mobile to 4K

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My earliest memory of entertainment news came in the form of Premiere magazine. It was bigger and glossier than the other movie magazines, some would say oversized, images inside went full bleed to the edge, it was a gorgeous magazine — those core design ideas have influenced every single design of GeekTyrant.

The previous design version 8 completed in 2015 was starting to show it's age. (Design-V9 is used on GameTyrant) The number of new mobile screen widths was making our ridged breakpoint heavy mobile code bloated. Also, the affordability of 4K screens started a growing number of readers with massive screens.

Knowing that I needed the reader feedback and time to make fixes, we launched the newest design for GeekTyrant late at night on June 7th. All you readers on Friday were basically beta testing the website. I spent Friday evening and the entire weekend fixing lots of bugs I just couldn't have tested for. So far the design has been very polarizing, which could be due to bugs, and just the new layout for larger screens.

The following are screenshots of how the site's design has evolved and changed from V8 to V10.


Fluid Mobile Layout

The mobile layout of the site makes better use of the width of the screen. If you have an iPhone Plus or large Android Phablet you paid extra for those pixels we make better use of them. V10 also introduces the "Featured Post" and "Post Collections" to the homepage so you can dive deep into the upcoming movies or collections like Trailer, Videos, and Art.

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The Same But Different

If your browser window is 1200 pixels wide you will see some minor changes, images are a bit larger, typography is more refined. But the layout is mostly the same.

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Taking it Widescreen

The most common monitor widths for GeekTyrant readers is 1440px and 1920px. The new fullwidth layout really starts to open up and you get super sized images and videos. This is my favorite new feature of the layout and I have a feeling will be the most divisive as well.

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Load Times

Because the fullwidth layout is loading larger images the site does take a bit longer to load. Resizing your browser width to 1200px will return load times to normal. TIP: making your browser window super narrow will make the site load faster. (Images will be super small, obviously)

Compromising Full-Width for Usability

Images like posters look insane at fullwidth, so I've locked the max height of images to about 90% of the height of your browser window.

4K Screens

The layout for 4K screens is still evolving, but I think it's easily the best looking site in 4K. I'm still making changes to the layout for 4K screens and working toward optimizing the layout for 5K screens.

Notes for Web Dev Geeks

Only about 5% of code from the old design was used. Everything was redone in CSS Grid and Flex. The design uses custom properties and super heavy use of calc. Using clip-path in a few places and unfortunately, Edge does not fully support it. The custom code for V10 is about 1/3 the size of V8, I'm still refactoring to make the code cleaner.

Listening to Feedback

I'm watching the comments closely on the post and across the site for bug reports. Screenshot of a bug really helps (my email is below). If you don't like the layout or you love it, let me know what works and doesn't in the comments. Thanks for reading the super indulgent post I hope you like the new changes.

THE FLASH Star Grant Gustin Admits That Barry Is Past-Due for a New Suit

The Flash is The CW's top show, and his costume has only ever seen one revision and that was only the emblem on his chest. Recently star Grant Gustin admitted on twitter "I feel like Barry is passed [sic] due for a new suit." So is this a hint of things to come?

Many fans in the past complained about the suit's blood red color versus something more scarlet like in the comics. I think a more vibrant red would look really weird in reality and be a pain in the ass to light.

The folks at Comicbook think it's because the suit smells:

When a fan responded by asking him if the old one "smells that bad," Gustin responded with a simple "yes."
That's not a new complaint: superhero actors in general have often said that the worst part of the costumes isn't how they fit, how you move in them, or seeing yourself relatively exposed on camera, but the fact that they tend to absorb moisture and odor.

I'm sure the Flash's wardrobe department builds new suits on the same design due to stunt work and odor, so hopefully Gustin was just joking (otherwise eww). I'm surprised we haven't seen the suit change each season similarly to what we've seen on Arrow. As long as they steer clear of the funky Justice League costume I'll be happy.

New THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Extended TV Spot Gives You More of Zach Galifianakis’ The Joker

Today, we have a new extended TV spot for The LEGO Batman Movie. It's so long it's practically a new trailer. The TV spot feels a bit disjointed, but it features a lot of Zach Galifianakis' The Joker. At a Batman fan and a LEGO Movie fan, this movie is on my must watch list... I guess I should probably bring my kid too. The LEGO Batman Movie open in theaters February 10th, 2017. Just in time for many Valentine's Day dates.

Side Note: Trying out video embeds at the top of the page, thoughts?

New THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Extended TV Spot Gives You More of Zach Galifianakis’ The Joker

Today, we have a new extended TV spot for The LEGO Batman Movie. It's so long it's practically a new trailer. The TV spot feels a bit disjointed, but it features a lot of Zach Galifianakis' The Joker. At a Batman fan and a LEGO Movie fan, this movie is on my must watch list... I guess I should probably bring my kid too. The LEGO Batman Movie open in theaters February 10th, 2017. Just in time for many Valentine's Day dates.

Side Note: Trying out video embeds at the top of the page, thoughts?

Short Teaser for DUCKTALES, Premiering Summer 2017

Click image to view full 76 megapixel image

Click image to view full 76 megapixel image

It's been nine months since we first saw our first image of Disney XD reboot of DuckTales and a couple since we last got a promo poster. Today, we have a new promo image that's 76 megapixels and a stupidly short teaser. I like the art style, and Matt Youngberg — who is a Ben 10 alumnus — as executive producer gives me a lot of faith in the project. Announced today, DuckTales will premier on Disney XD in the summer of 2017 and have 21 half-hour episodes and two one hour specials. My guess is those specials will be for Halloween and Christmas. I can't wait to see more!

Source: EW

Inspiring ROGUE ONE Ad for #CreateCourage Campaign Features a Star Wars Fan in the Philippines

We have a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ad from the Philippines for the #CreateCourage campaign of Globe that I feel is a must-watch. If you are a Star Wars fan, this story will really inspire you. The video is centered on Alex, who is a huge Star Wars fan and wears a stormtrooper helmet to school everyday. Wish I could talk about it more, but that would completely spoil it. As a big brother, I really connected with the story. As an added bonus you can see what schools look like in the Philippines, and yes, they all wear school uniforms.

Finally, "Hoy Pinoy!" to all my fellow Filipinos.

H/T: Neatorama

Must Watch: Hulk vs Hulkbuster in Epic Fan Film “Iron Man: Gamma Protocol”

After over 2 years in the making, Anthony McGrath has finally finished his epic fan film. For the last couple years we've tracked McGrath's progress through concepts and trailers that have been released. I can't even imagine the amount of hours put into this fully CGI project. The Hulk is perfectly recreated, and we even have a CGI Tony Stark, Iron Man suit, and Hulkbuster. The short has a wide range of urban destruction and really great facial animation for Hulk and Stark. This is so well done, It's a must watch to support the Hulk-sized effort put into it.

Must Watch: Hulk vs Hulkbuster in Epic Fan Film “Iron Man: Gamma Protocol”

After over 2 years in the making, Anthony McGrath has finally finished his epic fan film. For the last couple years we've tracked McGrath's progress through concepts and trailers that have been released. I can't even imagine the amount of hours put into this fully CGI project. The Hulk is perfectly recreated, and we even have a CGI Tony Stark, Iron Man suit, and Hulkbuster. The short has a wide range of urban destruction and really great facial animation for Hulk and Stark. This is so well done, It's a must watch to support the Hulk-sized effort put into it.

Sigourney Weaver Says AVATAR Sequel Scripts Are “Many Times More Amazing Than the First”

The hit film Avatar and its long gestating sequels have a minor update from actor Sigourney Weaver. Last we heard there were three sequels, or four, or five?!?! Apparently, Weaver has read three scripts, which I hope means James Cameron has reduced the number of sequels to just three. In an interview with Variety, Weaver shared her opinion on the scripts:

In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.

With these films potentially shooting back-to-back-to-back-to-back, you really need the script dialed in. Cameron is not known for going in half-cocked, watch the behind the scenes of any of his films, the man is a technician. Let's hope they finally have the actors step into the motion capture volume soon.