The new design is total shit. I can't think of a better word for it other than shit. The "Classic" view is a bit better, though. Why they don't just use that as the standard view mode is beyond me. The page is also very bland looking. I miss the pink and green everywhere.
I've never gone to Kotaku except once or twice, and that was only to follow the progression of a single story. But having gone there just now to check it out. It's horrendous. I can only view one story at a time? They claimed that this was to have articles not get buried, but ironically since you're only posting a single one, it means articles will get buried faster! They changed the look of their layout and they didn't change that ugly-as-sin green logo of theirs?
Funnily enough I'm working on a project for my web design class. And one part is to list 4 badly designed sites. I think I need to edit that.
You watch that tone when yer talkin about TNR.
"However, Times New Roman? Seriously? c'mon now. Get a real font, ffs. "
That's one of the master fonts son.
As far as the site goes.... m'eh, I was indifferent to it's design before and I remain pretty indifferent about this one.
As I complained on Twitter already, wedging the article list between the scrollable area and the browser scrollbar is terribly disorienting. Especially egregious considering the new layout requires way more scrolling; prioritizing fluff images over content.
I would like to see some eye-tracking results for this.
There's a lot of hate for this new design, but I have to say I like it a lot. I don't read Kotaku, but the sites in their network I do read (Gizmodo, io9, Jalopnik, Lifehacker) have changed to the new design as well. It's a much cleaner and easier design to navigate in my opinion.
Kotaku as been awful for a while now as a website, at least for what I enjoy from a gaming site. The new redesign isn't helping, it looks terrible, thought my browser was broke at first.
Never forgive Kotaku for banning me because I disagreed with an article they wrote, wouldn't have bothered me if I'd deserved it by being offensive or rude but I gave a fair and kind response to an article they wrote a year back and then WHAM! banned. Pathetic.
Honestly, it looks terrible, it might be easier to navigate and click what you want but with the multitude of news stories, interviews, live blogs, announcements etc they do on that site, it's harder to read on that ONE news story because it's sandwiched in-between crap you don't give a shit about
I think it's probably the worst site redesign I can remember seeing simply for the fact that it sacrifices function for beauty, and even then, it doesn't look spectacular. The color scheme is weird, especially given that they didn't change the bright green logo. The only part that really matters is that there's no longer a blog-ish way to scroll through stories and get little snippits on what they might be about, leaving it up to the joke-ish titles to fill you in on article content, which is not ideal. Not too big of a deal for me, however, since I visit usually only via the RSS feed (which Gawker limits anyway to get you to go to their site for the page views, but I can understand the need for that).
Hmmm, my bad. My hasty dismissal meant I missed the blog layout style button. At least there's an option, and at least that fixes one of my problems with the layout.
I clicked on the next post link under the main article and it took me to io9's site with no navigation route back to Kotaku.
That was enough to confuse me and it only took one click. If you need instructions on how to navigate your site in 2011 then it's already failed.
" I clicked on the next post link under the main article and it took me to io9's site with no navigation route back to Kotaku. That was enough to confuse me and it only took one click. If you need instructions on how to navigate your site in 2011 then it's already failed. "Yes.