Instead of going with superficial badges, I would create some sort of deeper network. For instance, some sort of hierarchy between users:
- “the first 9” (a badge for each of the first 9 authors, ever, on Envato)
- and overall, going back to the actual author-levels and not numbers. I think that took a huge symbolic element from the marketplaces. Maybe I’m just a child, but being “author level 5” sounds much more boring than having eg. a “diamond paw”. You could get so creative with that: 1$+ (wooden staff), 100$+ (double wooden staff), 1K+ (metal-headed wooden staff), 5K+ (metal staff), 10K+ (double metal staff), 40K+ (gold-trimmed metal staff), and up to saphire, ruby, diamond, fire, whatever. I find this so fun that I would even design them.
And perhaps temporary badges, similar to the “trending” ribbon on items, that represent a temporal feat by an author:
- “weekly top seller on all marketplaces”
Just a few ideas to think about.
Why do you even care? The chances of selling your theme precisely on these two days is extremely slim if not nonexistent.
Oh, almost forgot, if you need the images without signature, simply contact me as well.
Not too long ago I started a thread about offering my photographs for your products. I have now released my latest photography-album from my trip to Stockholm, and well, it can also be all yours to use.
Use it and abuse it, and if you need higher resolutions simply contact me.
That’s about it. Have a good one.
Here are some thoughts that I think should help. Feel free to email me if you want to discuss them further.
1. This isn’t about you or somebody being a bad designer, it is about coming out with something completely unexpected that serves no purpose at all. You’re wasting so much time and effort changing elements of the site simply to follow a trend-bandwagon. The fact that other popular sites do it doesn’t mean that you should – or at least not in a 1:1 fashion. If you want to mimic other popular sites’ styles, than take sites such as Behance or Dribbble, etc. for example.
2. Focus on these marketplaces and their content. If the popular sites moving this brightness-trend are mainly text-based, then they are out of the picture and should not be used as visual idols.
3. (despite point no.1) Designing 101: you never use a full-blown color for a main spatial element. That’s a punch in the face, brother.
4. Do it softly. You often get carried away by your euphoric office-bubble and forget how your users may react. Instead of going from 0 to a 100, take it easy and start off with a few things, then a few more, and see where people react negatively. You should take your phased roll-outs as examples: as far as I know, they haven’t triggered a wave of hate such as your sudden roll-outs.
5. And don’t fire anybody, just listen. Listen carefully.
Hasta la vista,
I sometimes don’t understand why people want to do something just for the sake of doing it. Only because it is trendy or because they are getting tired of the old.
Considering that the old had to be changed, than a tad-brighter background would have worked, and the font-size could have remained the same.