Andertoons.com is one of the best and most popular cartoon websites online.
There are thousands of great cartoons to choose from, and buying and downloading them is a breeze. Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? I can create custom cartoons to meet your needs, quickly and at a fair price.
Andertoons also partners with outstanding sites like Small Business Trends and GoComics, shares thousands of cartoon related images on Flickr and Pinterest, and with over 13,000 followers and over 10,000 tweets to date, Andertoons is definitely on Twitter.
We’re just getting started
After almost a year of planning, and more than 4 months of design and development, I’m very excited and proud to announce that we’ve just launched the best Andertoons.com yet.
Here’s just a few of the awesome new features:
- A beautiful, clean new design
- Vastly improved cartoon search
- Lightning fast page loads
- Bigger, better, beautiful cartoons
It’s spectacular, so let me show you around. Let’s start with the…
Andertoons has always looked good and worked well:
But we’ve taken that great design and tweaked it in all sorts of subtle but substantial new ways:
Here are just a few changes:
- Easier-to-read Helvetica navigation
- Clear, prominent social media links
- Plenty of white space (hooray!)
- Better organization
- And big, beautiful cartoons (which I’ll address in more depth later on).
But while we’ve made all sorts of improvements, the site feels and functions almost exactly like the Andertoons.com everyone is comfortable with. Pretty much everything is right where you left it, but it’s been cleaned up and polished a bit. Have a look around and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I think it’s amazing, and I know you’re going to love it.
We were one of the first cartoon sites to really implement robust cartoon search. Users can quickly search captions, tags, and topics, making it quick and easy to find great cartoons. But sometimes the previous database’s brute force SQL approach gave you a quirky result. For example you might search for “cat” and get a business cartoon with “categorically” in the caption.
The new Andertoons search is really smart and lightning fast. It’s based upon the same open source full text search server that powers gigantic sites like Craigslist and DailyMotion. And not only are the search results better, but you can do all sorts of fun things like searching ‘”cat” and “office”‘ to find cartoons about cats in the workplace. You can even search for cartoons by their inventory number if you know them.
Our new search is really outstanding and it makes finding the perfect cartoon faster and easier than ever.
As I mentioned above, the new search function is unbelievably fast, but we’ve also employed some ingenious Ruby/Sinatra, CSS3, and image optimization to speed up page load times by as much as 600% in some cases.
Want to see just how fast Andertoons is? Check out the new “page generated in…” stat at the bottom of each and every page. I just loaded the home page in 0.282923666 seconds, and found a batch of cow cartoons in 0.029928941 seconds!
No more waiting for images or databases, just good old fashioned zoom.
When I started Andertoons 10 years ago, the internet was a vastly different place. Sites still asked you to sign their guestbooks, no one knew what a blog was, and screen resolutions were 800 x 600.
It was sort of a wild west and anything went, which I think explains my decision to present my cartoons at 340 x 273 pixels. Here’s an example:
We began with limited space and a goofy design and those dimensions worked for a long long time. But it was time for a big change (no pun intended):
Each and every cartoon in the inventory has been recreated from the large original 300 DPI TIFs to a more usable 480 x 360, that’s around 40% larger than the previous images. And as long as I was doing that, I individually adjusted every cartoon for contrast and sharpness, and cleaned up scanning errors. I also replaced the variously sized captions with a uniform, legible font that’s really easy to read.
Basically, every cartoon is bigger and better.
So that’s the new Andertoons.com. Completely redesigned from the ground up, but comfortably familiar too. Have a look around, give everything a try, and I know you’re going to love it as much as I do!