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And Your Bird Can Fly

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.
posted by gilrain on Dec 9, 2011 - 68 comments

everyone's a critic

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]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Aug 18, 2010 - 66 comments

ESPN Motion - TV meets Internet

ESPN Motion 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.
posted by meanie on Feb 18, 2003 - 12 comments

Unofficial competition to redesign w3c.org

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.
posted by holloway on Jan 10, 2003 - 4 comments

An example of innovative web design

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.
posted by nyxxxx on Oct 17, 2002 - 60 comments

Revamping Yahoo's Homepage

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."
posted by Irontom on Jun 10, 2002 - 20 comments

New Design? Good, Bad?

New Design? Good, Bad? What the hell? Did I click a skin option?
posted by physics on Mar 31, 2002 - 52 comments

Iconocast

Iconocast -- 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.)
posted by mattpfeff on Nov 9, 2001 - 12 comments

Whoa! Amazon.com's

Whoa! Amazon.com's added a new tab to it's menubar. And it's got MY name on it!
posted by Taken Outtacontext on Sep 26, 2001 - 46 comments

One of the classier TV channels around has done a site re-design.

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.
posted by aflakete on Apr 20, 2001 - 8 comments

August 17, 1995.

August 17, 1995. / Today
posted by tiaka on Feb 22, 2001 - 19 comments

Razorfish

Razorfish redesigns. Why does it look like MarchFirst?
posted by muta on Feb 13, 2001 - 25 comments

Altavista redesigns.

Altavista redesigns. Again. Seems they're trying a Yahoo/DMOZ feel this time, with LookSmart results as their directory. Didn't they do this once before?
posted by danwalker on Feb 3, 2001 - 13 comments

News.com gets redesigned

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.
posted by hijinx on Jan 23, 2001 - 32 comments

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?
posted by jkottke on Jan 21, 2001 - 28 comments

Feed redesigns.

Feed redesigns. I can imagine the design review: “Easy on the bandwidth!”
posted by capt.crackpipe on Dec 11, 2000 - 39 comments

Starbucks gets a new look.

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?
posted by Brilliantcrank on Nov 14, 2000 - 20 comments

Amazon.com redesigns

Amazon.com redesigns with Palm Beach County in mind. [via Mockerybird.com]
posted by rlef98 on Nov 11, 2000 - 10 comments

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.
posted by hijinx on Oct 31, 2000 - 8 comments

Go.com redesigns.

Go.com redesigns. Some sort of improvement...
posted by owillis on Oct 17, 2000 - 7 comments

Netscape redesigns.

Netscape redesigns. Eh.
posted by owillis on Oct 4, 2000 - 36 comments

The Economist redesigns its web site.

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)
posted by werty on Sep 26, 2000 - 17 comments

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.
posted by tiaka on Sep 14, 2000 - 8 comments

The White House redesigns its web page

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 web site.
posted by rschram on Aug 17, 2000 - 11 comments

Amazon.com's nwe navigation

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.
posted by Christopher on Aug 13, 2000 - 6 comments

These sliding menus

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?
posted by fpatrick on Jul 28, 2000 - 9 comments

"If you never fly, your wings are useless..."

"If you never fly, your wings are useless..."
posted by ZachsMind on Jul 23, 2000 - 4 comments

IAM sues Razorfish for Poor Design

IAM sues Razorfish for Poor Design Maybe it doesn't work on AOL 4, but it's not that bad--is it?
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Jul 14, 2000 - 14 comments

Fireland

Fireland redesigns. I...I...I love it! Possibly my favourite site on the web.
posted by Succa on Jul 11, 2000 - 0 comments

Rampant Redesigns: It seems to me that everyone is spending their time redesigning. Could this trend among blogs be revealing a weakness... that the same old thing can and will get boring?
posted by pasties on Jun 6, 2000 - 19 comments

Photo.net redesigns

Photo.net redesigns 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...
posted by holgate on Jun 6, 2000 - 6 comments

yahoo doing some small re-designing

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.
posted by tiaka on May 27, 2000 - 5 comments

Ugly, ugly ugly.

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? Blegh.
posted by gsh on May 22, 2000 - 55 comments

Everything old

Everything old 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.
posted by hijinx on Apr 20, 2000 - 15 comments

M-W redesigns

M-W redesigns 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.
posted by sylloge on Apr 16, 2000 - 4 comments

Bing! Bing! Amazon moves to two rows of tabs!

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.
posted by sylloge on Apr 5, 2000 - 20 comments

derek's redesign

derek's redesign is up. comments? [i think it looks lovely]
posted by palegirl on Mar 29, 2000 - 28 comments

Freeserve relaunched today:

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?)
posted by williamtry on Mar 15, 2000 - 1 comment

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.
posted by mathowie on Jan 21, 2000 - 7 comments

Ugh! Jakob Nielsen is at it again,

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.
posted by mathowie on Nov 18, 1999 - 2 comments

Check out the new Netscape home page.

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.
posted by mathowie on Nov 10, 1999 - 5 comments

heh, Altavista left some of their old URLs up

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.
posted by mathowie on Nov 9, 1999 - 2 comments

My god, does the new Altavista look butt-ugly.

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'?
posted by mathowie on Oct 25, 1999 - 0 comments

Holy crap! Check out Adobe's new redesign.

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.
posted by mathowie on Oct 4, 1999 - 0 comments

The LA Times is working on a new look.

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.
posted by mathowie on Sep 22, 1999 - 0 comments

A great story on IBM.com's redesign.

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 better now.
posted by mathowie on Aug 30, 1999 - 4 comments

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