Version 5.0: April 24, 2013


Several major new design changes including:

  • A combined header/navigation bar that takes up less space and has different modes: transparent and hovering over the featured carousel on the home page and a fixed white bar on subpages.

  • Full width featured content carousel

  • More content is now viewable in the viewport

  • This version now has 66% fewer shields

  • Bug fixes

  • Fictitious: The site is responsible for you know what happening to a certain Game of Thrones character.



  • Version 4.5: April 14, 2013


    Several visual, layout, and typographic improvements including:

  • A new masthead page design featuring bigger, more readable mastheads, Vol. 163, a new header, and more prominent pdf viewing links.

  • New page header designs featuring more color, better readability, and a subtle shadow effect that makes the logo header and page content look like they're floating above the header image below. See http://www.pennlawreview.com/about/sharswood.php

  • Fonts are more consistent throughout the site. We've stripped out Lucida Grande and gone full Proxima Nova.

  • Branding colors are more consistent. We use the same blue everywhere now.

  • Larger text in some places to provide emphasis.

  • New simpler grey footer design

  • Bug fixes



  • Version 4.0: April 4, 2013


    A big upgrade, including:

  • Full width header images

  • No more grey borders. Tons of edge-to-edge white space to run free.

  • Content pages now have a new more flexible look with drop caps, a left social column, and centered content with extra white space on each side to improve readability

  • New white header and drop shadow

  • Persistent navbar

  • New simpler grey footer design

  • More ProximaNova Bold. Less ProximaNova Condensed

  • A new design FAQs page for interested parties

  • Fictitious: The site now brews cortados.



  • Version 3.0: December 28, 2013


    A big upgrade, including

  • A new home page layout - moving the print section to the left column, creating new sub-columns to more efficiently use space. The twitter timeline no longer takes up an column down the entire page. The current print issue box now supports issue month.

  • Massive backend overhauls to provide support for issue dates, publish dates for online content, and author bios

  • Content pages now show author bios upon hovering over the author's name.

  • Content pages now include publish dates

  • A new layout for content pages with more focus on the content and more room to breathe. The top image headers for each section have been stripped off the content page to focus the eye to the text.

  • New breadcrumb navigation

  • New layout for the print edition page.

  • The back end has been updated to php 5.3

  • Last, but certainly not least, a completely overhauled full-width navigation bar that anchors persistently to the top of each page. New buttons on the right for "subscribe" and access by members to the intranet.



  • Version 2.9: November 19, 2013


  • Featured images now also display on the relevant content pages.

  • Prep work for some big new changes coming soon.



  • Version 2.6: November 19, 2013


  • New buttons for viewing full content pdfs

  • New social sharing links to Twitter and Facebook on content pages

  • New slider design with new gradient and titles/subtitles. Slider now allows swiping on phones and tablets.

  • Debates now include navigational tabs to jump between debate sections.

  • Articles now show related responses in the sidebar.

  • Debates and Essays are now on the home page. Tech Editor should manually move latest content to the top of the column.



  • Version 2.5.5: October 14, 2013


  • Online Exclusives will now be listed in chronological order on the home page, instead of the previous order of Response followed by Case Note.

  • Featured Essay has been added to the "Online Exclusives" column on the home page.

  • While the Announcements ticker was added in secret and kept dormant in a prior release, it has been activated to announce the Bluebook User Survey. Dormant code for the announcements ticker is present on non-content pages and the home page. The ticker was found to be too distracting on pages containing content and was kept off the Print Edition, Debates, Essays, Responses, and Case Notes pages.



  • Version 2.5: October 6, 2013


  • The dropdown menu for print issues is now a manageable height and scrollable.

  • The Print Edition sidebar now shows Volumes instead of duplicating the functionality of the Issues dropdown.

  • You can now view version history.

  • Compatability fixes for Firefox.



  • Version 2.3: October 4, 2013


  • The site now has an Error 404 page! Try going to pennlawreview.com/blahhh

  • We've learned how to float text and other page elements above a fixed photo background. We promise not to abuse this power.

  • New design for the "About the Law Review" page.

  • Now with 56% more rectangles!

  • Footer text above the shield is now editable instead of an embedded graphic.

  • Replaced Copyright with Subscribe in footer navigation.

  • Bug fixes.



  • Version 2.2: October 4, 2013


  • You can now find how to subscribe to the Law Review with a new page and link in the navigation bar.

  • You can no longer subscribe to an email newsletter we never actually sent. You're welcome #LessSpamPlease

  • Replaced the subscribe button in the header with social links.



  • Version 2.1: September 29, 2013


  • Code to activate a scrolling announcements ticker box below the header on certain pages has been added but is being kept dormant for use for important announcements. Stay tuned.

  • Updates to the status board design to include Print Essays and Online Essays.

  • You can now skip directly between Online and Print Submission instructions on the Submissions page.

  • Abandoning Helvetica Neue Ultra Light on Macs in favor of Proxima Nova Condensed Light (viewable on all platforms.)



  • Version 2.0: September 28, 2013


  • The submissions page now has a status board.

  • New design for the Print Edition section of the site. Eliminated the header image with a cleaner typographic header.

  • Articles and Online Content now display the title of the content in the browser title bar instead of the broad content category.

  • New navigation bar design that better integrates with the header and adopts Proxima Nova

  • Condensed Light for larger text and better readability and spacing.

  • Dropdowns in the navigation bar now have downward-pointing carats.

  • Integrated Glyphicons from Bootstrap for download glyphs and home icon.

  • The Contact Us page now has a live map.

  • New sub navigation column in About pages.

  • You can now more easily access old mastheads through the sidebar.

  • New Symposium navigation.

  • Removed dynamically anchored navigation bar for better compatability with mobile browsers.

  • New homepage carousel popovers.



  • Version 1.8: September 20, 2013


  • We can tell you to not use Internet Explorer, especially anything older than IE 9, but we can't break into your offices to force you to switch to Chrome/Safari/Firefox. So the site now looks minimally presentable on IE 7 and above. IE 6 users, sorry, not sorry.

  • You can download Chrome at www.google.com/chrome



  • Version 1.7: September 16, 2013


  • Navigation bar moved to the top of the page.

  • Testing: Added an anchored navigation bar that scrolls with you.

  • Added Google Analytics tracking code.



  • Version 1.6: September 15, 2013


  • Registration is now active for the 2013 Symposium.



  • Version 1.5: September 9, 2013


  • We figured you guys are smart and know when you are online (hint to others: you're online right now) so we scrapped the "Online" in our website header logo.

  • New animated header.

  • New footer design.

  • Goodbye skeuomorphism! The site has been flattened with defined borders and a light grey background. The design no longer resembles a floating roll of paper. Sections of each page have been broken up into discrete pieces.

  • Added direct download links to featured stories on the home page.

  • Stories on the homepage now dynamically expand with "read more" links.

  • Added "scroll to top" button.

  • New Online Hub at pennlawreview.com/online.



  • Version 1.1: July 29, 2013


  • Design tweaks and bug/performance fixes.



  • Version 1.0: June 24, 2013


  • pennumbra.com is dead! pennlawreview.com is live! Long live pennlawreview.com!

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