Inside The BPP

A Miracle: Our New Site

If you've ever worked on websites, you'll know that redesigns usually take long enough for the technology you started out with to be rendered obsolete by the time you flip the switch.

Not so with the new Bryant Park Project. The brains over at the NPR mothership put together a new site for us in weeks, literally weeks. We love it, and we'll hope you'll love it, too.

A huge thanks to everyone at, including but by no means limited to: Jennifer Sharp, Scott Stroud, Darren Mauro, Daniel Jacobson, Todd Welstein, Joe Matazzoni, Wright Bryan, Andy Carvin, Stephanie Oura, Lindsay Mangum, Adam Martin, Joanne Garlow, Ben Hands and much-loved alums Maria Thomas and Jay Kernis.



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Thanks everyone at BPP for the new website. It is lovely and orange as described. There should be an area to book a tour of the internet. HA!

Sent by Justin Palmer | 9:04 AM | 5-21-2008

Hey Justin, glad you like. We are in love with it...m

Sent by Matt Martinez-NPR | 9:26 AM | 5-21-2008

Wow, y'all. It looks great!

Sent by eliz.s. (@elizs) | 9:27 AM | 5-21-2008

omg, amazing, big thanks to all involved. it looks great! (please excuse all lower case---single handed typing. sleeping baby in the other mitt.)

Sent by alison stewart-npr | 9:41 AM | 5-21-2008

Thanks for the shout out-out. The new site looks great! Congrats to everyone involved. Now if I only had time to read, and listen to and view more of what's there. Best, -jk

Sent by Jay Kernis | 9:42 AM | 5-21-2008

I love the new site.

Sent by Steve Petersen | 9:50 AM | 5-21-2008

Neato :D Sarah likes. Thanks for all the work :)

Sent by Sarah Lee | 9:58 AM | 5-21-2008

Well done guys
Hugs Rob

Sent by Robert Paterson | 10:18 AM | 5-21-2008

Well done guys
Hugs Rob

Sent by Robert Paterson | 10:18 AM | 5-21-2008

'tis loverly AND so bright!
will take more brain power, but i suppose that is good.

Sent by m.rawlins | 10:39 AM | 5-21-2008

The widgetability of the new site is excellent. Thanks!

Sent by Colin Divine | 11:00 AM | 5-21-2008

Lovely new site for my new NPR fav--rock on! The orange gives it a very "now-yet-fun" news-y look while still, can't believe I'm saying this, keeping it real.
Anyhow, well played!
p.s. They seriously need BBP in Chicago. . .WBEZ? Hello?
ppss. Way to get Wii Fit is to preorder from Amazon; mine's arriving in about 2 hrs. Sorry, yo.

Sent by Ellen | 11:12 AM | 5-21-2008

this new site is far more functional then the old one, this was a nice redesign.

Sent by manhattan7 | 11:20 AM | 5-21-2008

Whoa -- the site is wild! It now matches the edgy and fun tone of the show, which I love! Nice work.

Sent by Roann Mathias | 11:41 AM | 5-21-2008

nice! keep up the good work!

p.s. stop ripping on libertarians - i am one and I love your show! peace.

Sent by Elliot | 12:02 PM | 5-21-2008

excellent...upbeat, suave and seems easier to navigate...great sites and sounds that touch and tantalize in all directions without getting lost...a show for all seasons having just the right amount of reason and teasin...good luck! signing off...gotta catch a jet plane.

Sent by jan | 12:11 PM | 5-21-2008

oh la la! fancy dancy!

Sent by Michael Wood | 12:32 PM | 5-21-2008

So what's missing still?

Those blog entries for each radio story, or at the least, for all stories that don't have their own entry. BPP folk got to have a place to comment!

Sent by Marc Naimark | 12:49 PM | 5-21-2008

@Mark Naimark: Thanks for the comment about the comments. We're compiling a list of "round two" redesign issues... very interested in your (and everyone's) feedback after you've had a chance to use the new site for a bit...

Sent by Sharon Hoffman, NPR | 1:00 PM | 5-21-2008

Just to second what Sharon said, comment threads for radio stories is in the works. Stay tuned....

Sent by andy carvin, npr | 5:15 PM | 5-21-2008

Thanks, Hoffman & Carvin. Happy to hear you're already on top of that. Site looks great otherwise, although the "Favourites" section links leading to raw RSS feeds raised an eyebrow. My intuition suggests this is temporary and it will be fed into some kind of css-stylized template? Curiouser & curiouser....

One last thing, as much heat as The Takeaway receives, one neat thing is "The Mix" window on their front page. It could benefit from some comment truncation, but still might be an interesting future project.

Sent by CheshireKatz | 6:39 PM | 5-21-2008

The re-design is a MASSIVE improvement! Cheers!

Sent by alanna | 12:34 PM | 5-23-2008

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