This past week, yours truly, William Saturn, decided to redesign the interface of American Third Party Report (ATPR), which had recently been acquired by myself and fellow Independent Political Report (IPR) writers Jed Ziggler and Paul Frankel. The new interface is based upon that which IPR used from its founding in 2008 until its redesign in 2013. The intent of this new interface is not simply to focus on the old times, but to recall fond memories of what IPR once was.
As reported here, ATPR was founded in July 2014 when disaffected IPR contributor Krzysztof Lesiak established it as a competitor to IPR, covering “third party news & views.” Joshua Fauver, who had worked with Lesiak at IPR, joined on as Editor-in-Chief. Though the site initially published nearly 300 articles, posting became sporadic in the latter part of 2014. By 2015, activity on the site had ceased. Last month, Lesiak announced the discontinuation of ATPR and offered use of the site to IPR contributors. Us contributors accepted the offer and decided to use the site to post personal editorials for later publication at IPR. We have since used the site in that capacity.
Last week, while doing research on IPR in the Internet Archive, I became reacquainted with the previous IPR interface. A rush of nostalgia came upon me. I realized how much I had missed the former design. Eventually, I thought of the idea to redesign ATPR based on this interface.
Though I could not find the “Cutline” theme IPR had used, I discovered the nearly identical Coraline Theme. I then searched for the original IPR header without text so that I could write in the site’s title. I contacted former IPR Senior Editor Trent Hill who redirected me to Jason Seagraves, the founder of IPR and designer of the original header. Seagraves did not respond to my inquiry, so I decided to create a similar header from scratch.
The original IPR header featured the U.S. Capitol, an American flag, and the Declaration of Independence. Instead of the U.S. Capitol, I chose another U.S. Monument: Mount Rushmore. In conforming to the website’s theme, I used the graphic I had created in 2013, which replaced the faces of Mount Rushmore with four modern third party leaders. Next, rather than the American flag, I chose a flag more closely related to independence: the Gadsden flag. Patriots used the flag during the American Revolution and its message “Don’t Tread on Me” has become a rallying call for Libertarianism. I retained the Declaration of Independence because of its association with separation and dissent. However, I used a different graphic that worked to complete the piece. For the text, I used the website FontSpace.
After implementing these changes and moving a few widgets around, I believe the site has resurrected the feel of the original IPR. Hopefully, this will inspire the IPR community and foster growth of the American Third Party movement.