Boing Boing: zine, blog, and back again
Here's to another twenty-five years of the world's greatest neurozine!
Twenty-five years ago, Boing Boing started out as a print ‘zine, pasted together and published on a photocopier. Now, after more than a decade on the web—and hundreds of thousands of posts, links and comments—we're taking a turn back to the mindset that made us. A love of ‘Zine-style journalism, art, and abject nonsense is in our souls, and you'll be seeing a lot more of it here at Boing Boing in the coming days, weeks and months. With a renewed focus on original features comes a new homepage design, crafted to highlight the fantastic articles, videos, podcasts and comix created by of our cabal of happy mutants.
That kind of work will have more prominence on our home page than before, living in a feature column to the right. And the fast-moving blog river we all know and love stays on the left, still in reverse-chronological order.
Two streams of stuff, two speeds, and a more consistent, easily-scanned layout for all of it.
There are also other tweaks to the homepage, aimed at making everything simpler, faster-loading, and easier to read. Links are now blue instead of red, at the request of our color blind readers. Excerpts are shorter, and bloated video embeds are banished from the homepage. Unnecessary internal links are pruned: Each post will suggest exactly where to go next—and as often as not, it'll be offsite. Enjoy your trip! We hope you’ll come back soon.
This is an ongoing project, with more changes to come, especially for our podcasts and comix. There are even rumblings of print, and other hijinks tied to our 25-year anniversary.
We know you all so love redesigns ... and you can tell us all about it on our BBS, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page. We'd like to hear your feedback, good and bad. We have thick skin and open minds. Mostly, anyway.
Thank you all for sharing 25 years of high weirdness, brain candy, and mischievous fun for higher primates. Boing Boing ... the world’s greatest neurozine. Again. (Still.)
P.S. If you get nostalgic, here’s a traditional reverse-chronological blog version of the homepage.
P.P.S. Special thanks to the talented team of Dean Putney, Ken Snider, Jonathan Schreiber, and Mike Towber who were instrumental in making this redesign a reality.
In the late 1950s, a truck carrying a cement mixer crashed on E300 Road between Talala and Winganon, Oklahoma. Apparently too heavy for anyone to deal with, the mixer sat for decades where it was occasionally graffitied or whimsically decorated. In 2011, artists Heather and Barry Thomas celebrated their wedding anniversary by transforming the drum […]
In this fun episode of Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools podcast, they talk with Lux Sparks-Pescovitz, 14, about his passion for GameBoys, cassettes, DIY sushi, and his new iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit. He’s quite an interesting young man; I’d like to meet his parents someday. Listen here: Cool Tools · 234: Lux Sparks-Pescovitz
When you’re ready to take a break from doomscrolling, stop and send your scream to Iceland. It will be blasted from a real speaker that has been placed in one of the country’s regions. “Scream therapy.” You’ve been through a lot this year and it looks like you need the perfect place to let your […]
No matter whether you go into the office or work from home, whether you roll out of bed at 5 a.m. or never get up before 9, we all agree a day can on how you feel first thing in the morning when you wake up. If you wake up feeling groggy or out of […]
The aluminum can is a great invention. And for 60 years, it and its crafty little addition, the pull tab, have made transporting and drinking all of our favorite beers, soft drinks and other beverages about 1,000 percent easier. Of course, evolution continues — and even an innovation as awesome as the aluminum can is […]
It’s tempting for many young professionals to assume that because they’ve spent most of their lives posting links to Facebook or pushing selfies to Instagram that they have the skills needed to be a digital marketer. Creating compelling content is certainly important, but if you’re not up to speed on search engine optimization (SEO), how […]