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We’re Back!

Welcome to the new look of The Haiku Foundation. This is our “soft rollout,” a chance for you to take a look at what we’ve done, get used to it a bit, and tell us what you think (please use the Contact Box below to do exactly that). We plan our full-blown Redesign Release Celebration very soon.

Our first online site became public in 2009, and we have accumulated many resources since then — our new design integrates them in an organized fashion, rather than simply aggregating them as was necessary on the fly. We hope you will find the new design more intuitive, simpler to navigate, better organized, more accommodating to mobile devices, and more aesthetically pleasing. We also wished to honor our history, so you will find all the features and resources that you have come to expect from us, and look forward to serving you for a long time to come.

This could not have happened if not for the dedicated, long-term vision and work of our designer, Angie Scala of Scala Design, Inc.; the implementation and coordination of our nonpareil web director, Dave Russo; the financial and emotional commitment of the THF Board of Directors; and the energy and effort of our incredible volunteer staff. If this work matters to you, please take the time to contact them and let them know you appreciate their efforts.

So, enough talk — please jump in, try things out, reacquaint yourselves with your favorite features. And thanks for your good will and support throughout this process. We look forward to hearing from you all.

Jim Kacian
President, The Haiku Foundation

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  1. Thank you for this.
    The bright screen is hard on my eyes though not a big problem since I can wear sunglasses.

  2. Great improvements to the site and navigation, Jim. I see several comments on the gray text, and it is not ideal for me. But I’ve had real problems with the Haiku of the Day on the home page because the text “vibrates” against the gray pebbles in the background—maybe I’m alone, but it’s made me nauseous.

  3. Thanks THF for giving us a fresh look — just like the best haiku.
    I like how the graphics slide in from the left and right. A subliminal message of unification. Or maybe that’s just what I want to see.
    So grateful for a new year, a new President, a new vaccine.

  4. This is a lovely clean and easy to explore format.
    Well done, and thank you to everyone involved.

  5. I love the ease of access to all the links from the Home page, especially the Explore subcategories, all of which are working except the Digital Library…don’t know why but I am working from my iphone on safari, if that helps. Thanks!!

      1. update on the digital library link. I was able to access the link located at the bottom of the page (yay) but not the top dropdown menu. ps. Thank you for the great video called first rains. very enlivening!

  6. Congratulations on the redesign of the site. Navigation is a breeze, the muted tones work for me, easier access to all the archives, fully functionality on portable devices. Well done!

  7. Congratulations on the new site! So much dedicated hard work has gone in, that’s very obvious. One small issue for me is text colour. I suffer from eye floaters — a condition common to many ageing myopes. The grey text and my hazy grey floaters are not a good match! Black text would help a great deal in creating a fine reading experience.

  8. Love the new look.
    I find the grey text difficult to read with my old eyes. I noticed that in places on the old site too.
    The layout makes for easier navigation for sure. I honestly got lost at times on the old site. Look forward to exploring on this one. Great job.

  9. It’s great to see THF back this sunny Saturday morning (in Melbourne, Australia).
    Many thanks to all who’ve worked so hard to make the change to the new look: Dave Russo, Angie Scala and those on the Board of Directors. I’m confident that the new design will help finding things in the archives easier.
    The issue with the grey text is a real issue. On my old-fashioned desktop screen it’s fine at first but seems to blur after a very short while. I imagine it would be different on a phone screen or an iPad. (Better or worse, I don’t know.) Maybe it depends on whether one wears glasses or not? (I do)
    I imagine it’s difficult to find the one right shade of the grey-to-black scale for all of the various devices.
    – Lorin

  10. Thank you all for the hard work.
    The site looks great and I look forward to sampling all pages.
    Like Sondra J Byrnes above, I do share the view that the grey type does blur. I appreciate this could be a personal situation and not apply to all.

  11. Website looks terrific…and works well. Only: I wish the type was black instead of gray–difficult to read.

  12. Huge thanks to THF team for all the efforts. If something keeps us all going in tough times it’s this site which is interactive and motivating. Great work !

  13. Huge thanks to Angie Scala of Scala Design, Inc, and to Dave Russo, as well as all the others! I have a good idea how much work goes into a website, as our own needs constant work, and there’s never enough hours in every day!

    Congratulations on creating a fun, new, exciting website and set of resources.

    Alan Summers
    co-founder, Call of the Page

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