You might have noticed that today the IoT Expert website looks completely new.  And, you would be right.  The whole thing has been re-done.  Why?  There are a lot of reasons, but the bottom line is that I changed my mind.  When Yakob Dedi posted his original design to the 99designs contest I immediately thought, “Wow, that is the winner!”  Then when I sent the design around, one of my good friends said that it was obviously the winner and I should stop wasting time with the others.  But, for several reasons, I ended up going with the other design.

But, I regretted the decision.  And every day that went by, it ate at me.  One of the marketing people that I work with originally said the Yakob “IoT Expert” logo was the only choice from the contest that was iconic.  This comment kept ringing in my brain.  Finally I contacted Yakob (aka AnnSir on 99designs) , bought the logo and started the process of switching.  And now, I am much much happier for it.

IoT Expert T-Shirt

It turns out that the switch was not that easy because the WordPress template that I was using was not very compatible with the redesigned logo.  Then, we descended into the pits of hell trying to find a good template starting point.  Yakob looked at 100’s of different designs.  He selected about a dozen that we went through the merits and problems of.  Finally, we picked a template that seemed to provide all of the features we needed.  The WordPress world has a frightening amount of open-source, freemium and paid developers and it is a pain to sort the wheat from the chaff.  It is absolutely huckster-central.

As we worked through the new design, Yakob suggested that I move to icons for the menus.  When I saw his designs I was convinced.

I hope you like the redesign.  Send me email, tweet me or make a comment.


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