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7 May

Mark’s Daily Apple Redesign Finally Coming!

The long awaited redesign of Mark’s Daily Apple is almost here. Yesterday I tweeted to all my fellow tweeters a screenshot of the redesign (follow me on Twitter for exclusive updates!). Today it’s your turn. Below you’ll find an image of the new and improved Mark’s Daily Apple (click on it for the full size). I’ve only included the one truncated image because I don’t want to give everything away just yet. You’ll have to wait until Monday for the unveiling, a video from yours truly and an introduction to all the new features and changes.

I’d love to hear your first impressions in the comment board. Thanks!

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Holy crap that’s awesome! Looks great, Mark. Can’t wait to see it in action.

    Manatoa wrote on May 7th, 2009
  2. Looks great. I’ll miss the brick red color though.

    Brett_nyc wrote on May 7th, 2009
  3. Looks more professional – almost swanky 😉 I like the tabs at the top (wish I could click them now! Especially the “Forum” tab!).

    Holly wrote on May 7th, 2009
  4. It’s looking good! I like your indigenous people’s squat photo in your “birthday shoes” (I’m guessing you’ll rotate a few shots up there?).

    Also am pumped to see you’ll have a search box (connected to Google site search?) and a handy navigation menu that includes your more popular posts.

    Overall looks pretty clean! The green apple color may take some getting used to, but change is good. Are you going to throw a widget that puts up your latest “tweet” in the sidebar?

    Justin Owings wrote on May 7th, 2009
  5. FYI – The image of me doing the Grok squat in the header changes every time you reload the page. The images will be of me and my friends/family living the Primal lifestyle. I plan on adding new photos fairly regularly. Check back on Monday to see the rest of the pics.

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  6. Good questions, Justin. Yes, better navigation, Google style search results, and tweets will be in the sidebar.

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
    I love that pic. of you on the beach, it says in itself, a fun place to be, which is exactly what MDA is-FUN!
    I’ll be on the lookout Monday and can’t wait to see it all, one word description-AWESOME!!
    Very well designed, it seems easy to see everything at once!

    Thanks Mark for bringing back the forum!!

    Donna wrote on May 7th, 2009
  8. Great look Mark, but your knees are tracking in, flare them out more, and get those heels on the ground.

    George wrote on May 7th, 2009
  9. Looks great! I love that you are incorporating pictures of you and your family, and adding a forum. Very Nice!

    Krys wrote on May 7th, 2009
  10. Looks awesome. Love the layout. The only thing that would make me happier is a solid publication date for your book!

    Mike wrote on May 7th, 2009
  11. Looks clean! I like it.

    I don’t see a recipe tab…please please please tell me recipes will be broken out individually and easy to find!

    Can’t wait for the book!

    mark wrote on May 7th, 2009
  12. I heart MDA. It’s new incarnation may attact more readers and therefore get the PB word out. Looking forward to the forum, a recipe section and more great photos- esp. of the personal variety which really helps folks feel connected to you, your staff and the PB lifestyle and community.

    Marci wrote on May 7th, 2009
  13. what about a handy “print this post” button? you’ve got some fabulous recipes that i want to print (at least to a pdf) but i don’t necessarily want the comments. otherwise, looks great.

    Jennifer wrote on May 7th, 2009
  14. Forums… Hooray!!!

    Ian wrote on May 7th, 2009
  15. Looks good so far.

    Can’t wait to pre-order The Primal Blueprint too!

    IDRISCKY wrote on May 7th, 2009
  16. Looks Great. The Black and Green is the best. Can’t wait to see it fully functional.

    Dave | The Intelligent Workout wrote on May 7th, 2009
  17. Congratulations! A very clean and professional looking design.

    And – I also see that we will be able to Pre-Order your new book. I will be one of the first to do that.

    Can’t wait.

    ReachWest wrote on May 7th, 2009
  18. Awesome! Cannot wait to see it (and the book, and forums)

    Jedidja wrote on May 7th, 2009
  19. Yes, recipes will be easy to find in the sidebar, via the new search engine, the sitemap or by category. Also, there will be a Primal recipes section in the forum where people can publish their own creations.

    “Print this post” is included, Jennifer.

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  20. I like it a lot. I love the combination of black and light green. Have you considered extending the black frame to the rest of the page?

    I also noticed the link to a forum, which is great.

    SerialSinner wrote on May 7th, 2009
  21. SerialSinner –

    The black, green and off-white extend to the edge of the window.

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  22. Great, Mark!
    This is perhaps the final boost (the inclusion of the recipes tab, for further simplification) that will help me off my butt and including more primal foods into daily nutrition.
    Of course there’s the Tahoe Endurance 50k, but otherwise I’ll be primal (then again there is the Tarahumara, my bad, so maybe I’m good).

    Jhound wrote on May 7th, 2009
  23. Looks great, Mark. Very modern and up to date. Will the little cartoon ‘Mark’ be making an appearance on the new site or have you retired him?

    I’m mostly excited to pre-order your new book!

    – Jude

    Jude wrote on May 7th, 2009
  24. Jhound – That’s what this is all about. Helping people go Primal. I hope you find it makes it that much easier.

    Jude – It looks like the cartoon has been retired for now. But who knows? It might just pop up time and again. We’ll see…

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  25. Wow Mark,

    great job and design. I can wait to browse this new site on monday. Are we going to be able to pre-order your book on monday to?

    Katamori wrote on May 7th, 2009
  26. Yes, the book will be available for pre-order on Monday.

    First 1000 will get Free Shipping and Handling and an autographed copy from me.

    Estimated ship date is a couple weeks after the launch.

    I’m glad you’re all excited about the redesign and the book. Tell your friends and family!

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  27. An overall improvement in my opinion. Though I liked the caricature a lot!
    The photo in the header could be a little bit more stylish. Maybe some fisheye photography of the same scene would do it.

    Andreas wrote on May 7th, 2009
  28. Andreas –

    Yes, I’ll be playing around with the photo style. We’re getting started with a handful of basic Primal photos, but I may change the style/direction at any time.

    Good thought. Thanks!

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  29. Great design and good luck Mark.
    Personally, I would keep the cartoon. There is something a bit naive or even “primal” in it. The new design is more “clean” but the old apple dude is smiling…
    Looking forward for the book.

    Dael wrote on May 7th, 2009
  30. Thanks for your thought, Dael. Yeah, a lot of thought was put into the direction we take the new design. I worked with some great blog designers on this and at the end of the day we decided to try something a little newer, fresher, more modern. I like the think the new design will grow on people just like this one has for some people.

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 7th, 2009
  31. Yay!
    Reserve a nice, cosy place in the forum for me, I want to feel confortable in my new home.
    Nah, I guess that’s overexaggerated, but I’m definetly looking forward to the forum. Primal people unite!

    madMUHHH wrote on May 7th, 2009
  32. Me like.

    Ryan Denner wrote on May 7th, 2009
  33. I LOVE the new fresher design, including colors! I like the idea of a series of Primal photos that rotate in some way or other. I am hoping that the search function will be a bit more relevant in terms of what it brings up, but otherwise have no big ideas for improvements. Looking forward to the forum so I can have easy access to recipes, learn about Primal footwear, etc. I also really like the links you provide both in and at the end of your posts as it is always a good way to review older posts I likely would never think to re-read. Can’t wait until Monday!

    Rodney wrote on May 7th, 2009
  34. Mark, I really like it.

    “Primal recipes section ” That will be cool too.

    Congrats! I know it takes a lot of work.


    Marc Feel Good Eating wrote on May 7th, 2009
  35. Mark your new site looks fantastic, it’s green, clean and fresh looking. It looks like it has easy tabs to navigate around the site too. I am looking forward to the forum and all the other extras like the video section.

    Great job, only I have one complaint, I won’t get to view this till Tuesday (Australia)! Can’t wait :)

    Sonya wrote on May 7th, 2009
  36. red apple turns to green?
    I like em both.
    I only wish the fuming fuji would be able to come back with the green wave too…

    riceball wrote on May 7th, 2009
  37. Looks great — I especially like the search capabilities that box promises. Let me add my plea for a tab to get to recipes, maybe another for references (e.g., to underlying articles for those who want ’em) and maybe another for “friendly websites:” I’ve followed several that stretched my thinking. Good on ye, Mark!

    Samantine wrote on May 7th, 2009
  38. Mark,

    You can make your new website black and white with stick-figure pictures and pencil scribbles–just as long as you still provide the great information that brings me back for my daily apple. But, that’s a nice looking sample!


    John wrote on May 7th, 2009
  39. Mark,

    Wow, your redesign looks great! Nothing to say that probably already hasn’t been said, but it’s clean, it looks like it’s easy to navigate and I love the color scheme. Way to go brotha!

    All the Best,

    Andrew R
    Go Healthy Go Fit

    Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit wrote on May 7th, 2009
  40. Looks really good and more easily navigatable (is that a word?). I do like the topics, catergories, etc. down the right-side of the current website design.

    Sterling wrote on May 7th, 2009

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