Editor’s Note: Redesigned

Some notes on our spiffy new site and a special thanks to the people who made it possible.

Hey Readers,

Well, this all looks a bit different, doesn’t it?

Nick and I are absolutely thrilled to introduce the redesigned version of The Bygone Bureau. It’s not just a fresh coat of paint, but hopefully a huge improvement to the way you read and browse our site. We’ve published a ton of incredibly talented writers over the last couple of years, and now we have a design that does their work justice.

The credit goes to our friends David Cole and Tag Savage, who just opened the doors of a brilliant new design studio, Sleepover. We cannot thank them enough. It’s hard to talk about them without succumbing to hyperbole, but I honestly could not imagine a more pleasant redesign experience. Nick and I told Sleepover what we hoped to accomplish — better readability, easier access to old articles, a clean but warm feel — and they delivered something beyond our expectations. We couldn’t be happier.

Also, David bought me a burrito once. It was delicious.

Here are a few things to check out as you browse around the new site:

  • The Authors page is just a stunning piece of web design.
  • Be sure to click on the Subscribe link, even if for some reason you don’t want three doses of top-notch writing delivered to you in the electronic format of your choice every week for free.
  • Type something into the search box. Just do it.
  • Try hitting a page that doesn’t exist.
  • And of course, our best content is more prominent.

To address some general housekeeping, we’ve decided to cut our seldom-updated link blog Bureaucracy. It may return in one form or another in the future, but we decided that refocusing the Bureau on our articles was the best decision. Also, Sleepover will be rolling out a few more pieces of design over the coming weeks, and the editorial staff has a few new irons in the fire as well. Keep an eye out for those. (And let us know if anything looks a little wonky!)

Lastly, we’ll be in Austin next week for SXSW Interactive, so be sure to get in touch if you’d like to meet up. We’re pretty friendly as long as we’re not drunk and you’re not Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

Thanks everyone!

Kevin Nguyen is a founding editor of The Bygone Bureau. His only marketable skill is an above-average knowledge of European geography. He has been useless since the introduction of the atlas in 1477. Reach him by email or follow his Twitter account.