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2013 and Beyond

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Happy 2013!

I think we can all agree that last year was insane. It was a huge step for this website and a huge step for Christopher Nolan's career. Over the past 12 months, activity on Nolan Fans doubled and we watched the last of Nolan's Batman films.

The future is a mystery and I'm excited.
But first, a look back...

Every year, we've redesigned Nolan Fans and launched a new version of the site on January 13th, the website's birthday.

This was the very first version of Nolan Fans (launched January 13, 2009). Try not to laugh.

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Turns out, the website was a hit and so was Chris Nolan. We redesigned the site for the first time and launched a new version on January 13, 2010, adding film screenshot galleries and downloadable screenplays. We already had a growing podcast at this point.

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For 2011, we decided to forego any huge changes to the site's appearance, but we wanted to make some refinements. We freshened up the header area, redesigned the Media section of the site and updated the Films pages to include box office numbers, review statistics, awards listings, and poster galleries.

We also developed a new convention for our frontpage news articles. Each one required an awesome banner made by Teddy.

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We skipped a 2012 update, mainly because Teddy and I felt the site was nearly perfect for the time being. In an attempt to keep the tradition alive, we experimented with some very interesting and radical design ideas. In the end, we didn't fall in love with any of them. As January 13, 2012 came and went, the site's design was left untouched.

Fast-forward to today and you'll notice that it's nearly January 13th. Guess what… we're redesigning the site. And we're redesigning it in a huge way. We've been toying around with things on and off during the last two years -- we finally cracked it. We've set some big goals this time around and that means we won't be ready in time for January 13th.

Below is a short list of things you can expect. I'll make a new feature request thread as we get closer to this release so we can have an open discussion about the new stuff.

- entire redesign, built from scratch
- a responsive layout (optimal viewing experience on all devices)
- iOS web app
- new forums
- new chat

Ending this post without a quick teaser would be wrong.
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Oh! We'll start doing podcasts again, I promise. There's a contest coming soon too.
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o hey Alex

Im pumped!!! Woo hoo
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Can't wait! :D
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My body in ready fo this drizzle
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AlexHaas wrote:Fast-forward to today and you'll notice that it's nearly January 13th. Guess what… we're redesigning the site. And we're redesigning it in a huge way. We've been toying around with things on and off during the last two years -- we finally cracked it. We've set some big goals this time around and that means we won't be ready in time for January 13th.

Below is a short list of things you can expect. I'll make a new feature request thread as we get closer to this release so we can have an open discussion about the new stuff.

- entire redesign, built from scratch
- a responsive layout (optimal viewing experience on all devices)
- iOS web app
- new forums
- new chat

About damn time, and ya'll better not be trolling us.

But seriously thanks. I think Teddy is also just glad this site didn't go the way of M Night fans. :P


Ending this post without a quick teaser would be wrong.
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I have no idea what the fuck that means, but it looks exciting.
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I think I figured out the teaser...
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Memento polaroid. :|
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This all sounds great to be.

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Yay! Podcasts coming back!
btw. Nolanfans Alexa ranking: 97,447
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Looking forward to the new design.
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