Twitter has launched
an entirely overhauled version of Twitter, today, including a new version of its website, its apps, and TweetDeck (now native on Mac, rather than using Adobe AIR!). You currently need to download the latest version of the Android or iPhone app to see the new version of the website. Dan Frommer offers some good first impressions
After nearly a decade in dark blue, the entertainment review aggregator site Metacritic.com
launched its first major redesign
last week, abandoning its old
data- and list-heavy format for graphics, features
and a more professional white background. The site invited users to comment on the changes on its blog, where they are being almost universally panned
. [more inside]
It's been years in the making, but I can finally say that the Internet has finally met TV, through the medium of sports. ESPN
and MSN have introduced ESPN Motion. Along with their site redesign, the once static front page is now a video. Right? You think. Usually this stuff doesn't work, but it doesn't require streaming or waiting (I must concede though that I am on a *very* fast internet connection). Basically you have to register for espn.com and then download a 500 KB file and run the installation. After a few minutes, it works fine. I think the program keeps the video updated in a cache on your hdd but it would require more research.
Note: you are required to have Windows 98 or higher, a fast internet connection, and Windows Media Player.
Unofficial competition to redesign w3c.org.
In early December last year the w3c.org homepage
released a redesign
using XHTML and CSS
. While everyone appreciated the cleaner use of markup the response was wholly underwhelming
and most felt the design did a disservice to CSS. ...hence the competition, duh.
An example of innovative web design
This was a site made for last tuesday's Buffy episode. I thought it was a really good example of what could be done with design...and there's not even any flash. Just the poems and pictures of a fictional girl who knows she's about to die.
Revamping Yahoo's Homepage
"The redesign is being fueled partly by advertisers, which are increasingly demanding more real estate on highly visible spots such as Yahoo's home page. Advertisers are irked that they can only buy minimal exposure on the main page of a site that draws a massive audience."
New Design? Good, Bad?
What the hell? Did I click a skin option?
-- a fairly well known (I think) Internet marketing newsletter -- has redesigned its site. Founder Michael Tchong thinks the new, Flash-based design's "fun interactivity" will one day become "the hallmark of all online media." A dangerous claim to make, especially now.... (Google cache of the old design is here
added a new tab to it's menubar. And it's got MY name on it!
One of the classier TV channels around has done a site re-design.
I think it's pretty neat, but it's a bit um flashy and so drags with a slower connection. I've been watching movies for over 30 years, but I'll still come across a gem on TCM now and then that I've never seen, or sometimes even heard of. They're running some more recent films lately too, like The Hudsucker Proxy
a few weeks ago.
redesigns. Why does it look like MarchFirst
Again. Seems they're trying a Yahoo/DMOZ feel this time, with LookSmart
results as their directory. Didn't they do this once before?
News.com gets redesigned
and ordinarily I wouldn't consider this newsworthy, but the incredible overrun of annoyingly large banner & Flash ads is the matter at hand here.
The NYTimes looks back
upon its 5 years of existence on the Web. There's even a small Flash movie detailing how the front page has changed
over the years. When the heck did the Web start getting old?
I can imagine the design review: “Easy on the bandwidth!”
Starbucks gets a new look.
Sigh. More tabs. I really liked their old site and it was much better than their new home-grocer like design. Someone needs to spearhead a grass-roots organization to stop the spread of tabs. Any takers?
with Palm Beach County in mind. [via Mockerybird.com]
The redesign blitzkrieg continues: Webvan
is getting a new look, complete with light influences from Aqua and - yes - amazonesque tabs
. As an added bonus, it won't work with Macs. I'm interested to see how this plays out.
Some sort of improvement...
The Economist redesigns its web site.
It's in the fine-tuning phase and doesn't launch until next week, but it's linked off the current Economist home page
. (more inside)
Anyone remember Studio Archetype? Man, were they ever great!
Today, as I was looking through the "Official Site of the Sydney 2000 Games"
, I was saddened, at how sick it all is, I mean, little 30x50 banners for texaco? or for something called "win big, click here", it all might as well be "Click here for live nude 18 year olds" for all I care. Design?
There is no design, well, a good one anyway, all you see is this little 2point verdana type that shows the news. Seeing, ofcorse, how no one else
does this sorta thing. NOT AT ALL.
All I can do now, is dream of how good the Nagano site looked. And days of Archetype have been long over. Maybe it's sometimes good to look back, you see how every single site has become the same, link news here, provide in-depth stories here, place important graphic here.
The White House redesigns its web page
Spin up front, navigation off to the side. Reminds me of a weblog. I always thought the original deisgn looked too much like the Vatican
Amazon.com's new navigation
Opened my mailbox and lookee-here, a message from Amazon.com's Jeff Bezo's for me? Yup. Looks like he's not only trying to push every product under the sun, but also acceptance of his company's new navigation.
These sliding menus
may not be anything much to you design mavens out there, but to a simple engineer/management consultant like myself, they are addictively neat. Whenever I check out the site, I find myself pulling them out and playing with them while deciding where to go in the site. How'd they do that?
redesigns. I...I...I love it! Possibly my favourite site on the web.
It seems to me that everyone is spending their time
. Could this trend among blogs be revealing a weakness... that the same old thing can and will get boring?
Yet another bastion of "webbing like it's 1995" is gone. Nice, clean interface, but there's something really
disorienting about a Philip Greenspun site changing so radically...
yahoo doing some small re-designing
, and I say it's about time, I was never implying they should have a flash intro or something, just something newer. It's a pleasure anyway.
Ugly, ugly ugly.
The Salon.com redesign is finally - and unfortunately - live. It's not a magazine - it's a portal!
Mignon Khargie - wherefore art thou?
is new again. I ranted on this a little in my blog, but here is the crux: why does something that looks like a Commodore 8-bit demo program earn respect as a good web design? The font is even a direct lift of the 64's built-in font. I find it kind of funny that we're trying to duplicate stuff that was done well over a decade ago, but because it's on the web, it's good design.
but doesn't actually improve the site. One curious (read: irritating) thing -- if you are currently looking at a definition (with the definition tab highlighted) and you click on the thesaurus tab, it doesn't automagically look up the same word in the thesaurus. It just gives a new search box. Dumb.
Bing! Bing! Amazon moves to two rows of tabs! Interesting . . .
I've been part of dozens of conversations about what they were going to do when it *just got too wide*. The Amazonization Effect principle dictates that it will take 30-60 days before other big etailers follow suit because now it's OK to do it
Just in case I'm a test case here, I've posted the gif here
is up. comments? [i think it looks lovely]
Freeserve relaunched today:
Considering that the vast majority of UK internet users have this set as their homepage, what's your opinion on the new-look Freeserve homepage. (it's like MSN - no?)
Me + 2 hours of boredom = possible MetaFilter redesign
. I was thumbing through this book
on my shelf and got inspired. I don't know if it will work with the text-heavy posts though. Maybe with some tweaking, I could get it working. After I get the archives working, I'm going to allow for different page designs in the preferences.
Ugh! Jakob Nielsen is at it again,
this time quantifying design conventions for the web.
This quote of his stands out to me in a bad, bad way: "Therefore, I recommend following the conventions even in those cases where a different design would be better if seen in isolation." Instead of pointing out the recipie for making a boring, slightly functional site, I wish he'd stress alternatives to the emerging trends in corporate web site design.
Check out the new Netscape home page.
They're showing three different designs right now, upon reloading either www.netscape.com or home.netscape.com, I'm seeing these designs: old one
, new one #1
, and new one #2
. I like the new one #1 the most. There's probably more stuff on the page than there was before, but it's organized better. It's nice to see someone doing something different than the snap/metacrawler/go/altavista portal madness, I like the new ones a lot better than the old one.
heh, Altavista left some of their old URLs up
after the redesign. Take a look at the top banner, remember how useful the altavista.com page used to be? Thanks to their current redesign, I prefer this version
of their search engine.
My god, does the new Altavista look butt-ugly.
Can you find anything anymore? I could barely see the search box when I first loaded it. And that new logo? Yawn..... And what's up with the new slogan? Smart is beautiful? What's next: 'Altavista: Check out the size of our brains'?
Holy crap! Check out Adobe's new redesign.
I love the dhtml, it looks a lot like a flash-based site, but without requiring a plugin. Although their sloppy coding creates a sideways scrollbar when they don't really need one. I like the navigation and love how selected areas "pop out" of the nav bar to indicate where you are in the site.
The LA Times is working on a new look.
My first impression is 'huh?' I know they contracted out Frog Design
, which usually does good work, but have these guys ever tested this on anyone? It's over 700 pixels wide, the custom tabs on the left take up half the screen space, leaving little for articles (and taking all the focus away from the news). Why would you go to a Newspaper site, but for news? I hope this is an early beta, because it needs work.
A great story on IBM.com's redesign.
I have rarely used IBM's former site because it was so hard to find things. I just revisited, and I could find several products I own in only three links off the index page. It's a lot