New Rails identity

It’s been 10 years since we last updated the Rails identity, so with Rails 5 just around the corner, we thought it was finally time for a fresh look for a new day. This is it! We have a brand new logo, a brand new site design, and lots of lovely new illustrations.

We can thank Basecamp designer Jamie Dihiansan for the awesome new look. The brief was that Rails shouldn’t feel slick. It should be warm, approachable, and welcoming. Rails is in a different place from where it was in 2004. We aren’t courting cutting-edge early adopters, so we can lay off the gradients. Rails is now for everyone and our site should reflect that.

The Rails Doctrine

In concert with the new look, I wrote the eight major tenets of The Rails Doctrine. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but please do give it a read if you want to understand deeper the values and practices that underpin us as a framework and a community.

A new video is coming

I was going to record a new video for the homepage, but since we’re just on the cusp on some changes to Rails 5 that’ll change things a bit, I’m holding off until beta2 (which should be out shortly). In the mean time, you can enjoy the introduction to Action Cable. But rest assured that it’ll soon be replaced by a new, proper introduction.

Hope you all enjoy the new look. Now let’s ship Rails 5!