New website and logo!
When I (Tom) started working on Tom’s Planner in 2007, internet companies came and went in a cycle of 5 to 7 years. Remember Friendster, Myspace, Yahoo? It just seemed that on the internet you had a window of opportunity of seven years tops. So that’s what I thought I would have as well. Seven years. But it’s 2019 and here we still are, 12 years later and doing better than ever! A bit like Google. I know, not exactly the same story, but just saying 😉
It kinda makes sense though. Gantt charts have been around for more than a century and most other websites that started out around the same time that solved a real problem in an easy to use way are also still around and doing very well.
So we are looking much further ahead than we did in the beginning and we are in it for the long run! Among others, this means we will have to keep on adjusting to the trends of the time every, more or less, five years. And that’s what we just did. Today we bring you a new website and a new logo with a new fresh and more current look. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Besides changes to the general look and feel, we have worked on the core message on the website as well. After more than 10 years we know exactly where we stand, hence our new motto: ‘Gantt charts for the rest of us’. I think it covers exactly what we do and what we have to offer. If you are planning a mission to Mars you will need one of those expensive overly complex project management programs like MS Project, but for the rest of us, Tom’s Planner will do just fine. Actually much better! It will get you started much quicker, save you a lot of time and frustration, you will be able to involve others much easier in the process of planning and it’s much more flexible so you can have it adjust to you and your projects instead of the other way around.
We also have made the tone more friendly, personal and approachable to match what we stand for. That’s why we chose the doodle illustration style and the down to earth design style for the pages. Two personal notes from me have been added to the website and we included many quotes from Tom’s Planner users themselves.
This has all been a lot of work! I am super happy with the result and I am immensely proud of the team that did the work. Six people in four different countries in as many timezones have been working on this for the past five months. A shout out to Josh Garofalo for the copy, Iurii Ieltsov for the design, Alexander Chumak for development, Sander van Beusekom for the illustrations and David de Bruijne for the videos. You all did a great job!
Next will be a redesign of Tom’s Planner itself. Everything will stay the same, it will just get a new, fresher and more current look with a simple, robust and timeless quality to it.