New site layout wishes
- Keep the color contrast between user comments. Makes skimming so much easier. Might want to add something similar to the main page. Some color makes visual parsing of a page much easier.
- I don't see the Amazon link anymore. My firewall filters it out along with all the ads. Can it be a link on the page and not a frame redirecting traffic to amazon every time I view BluesNews. Us ad-blockers are the ones that need it to support the site through it.
- Rarely use the sidebar, but if it becomes a drop down menu I'll never click on it and "STORIES OF NOTE" and "POPULAR THREADS" will become even less useful
If you want examples of what to/not to/ do, view Netflix and Videosift's new layouts. I don't like Videosift's layout, but it is nice enough to allow me to keep the old one(always a good idea when experimenting with a new design). While Netflix thinks it's users don't know what's good for them, and every part of their new design is more efficient and useful. It might be on a tablet, but definitely not on my desktop. With all tabs named "Netflix" and no longer containing the title name; Tree-tab browsing is difficult on their site. Why do they think only using the top half of the page to display the movie info is better than the whole page? Having to click on Overview/Episodes/More like this/Details is much less efficient that scrolling. Trying to read user reviews on their site is like using Metro on a desktop. If you can't tell I really
hate Netflix's new layout. Every time I've seen someone try to make a single UI for all devices it ends up worse.