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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:02

Today we are rolling out a new responsive design for the main page of Neowin news.

 

Once the prerequisites are done, the main page will be offline until it is completed. We've taken into account all the feedback over the past couple of years, and the design has actually been almost a year in the making. It will now be fully responsive, with larger fonts and darkside is back.. there's even an "Auto mode" that changes the default theme to darkside on sunset. While we know it won't be perfect and there will most likely be bugs from the offset, we've had the test site open to staff and subscribers for the last month (and two weeks for subs) for feedback and based on that feedback we feel we're on the right track.

 

A couple of points to make clear what is happening,

 

- Only main will be updated today, once we're happy that we don't have to make further changes and ensure it is bug free, the wrapper on the forums will also get updated.

- The "wrapper" is the header (navigation) and footer, the content area of the forums will remain as it is.

- The forums will not see any major update, IPB4 will happen this year, and that is when we'll look at the forum style again.

- We'll listen for bugs and feedback.




#2 Sszecret

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:13

It'sHappening.gif . 

 

Eager to see how the new design looks. Also, yay for darkside. :D



#3 +Frank B.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:40

Good luck with the upgrade.



#4 Tigurinn

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:08

Looks actually pretty good.

 

I usually really dislike when websites "upgrade" their designs (more often than not, it's a downgrade in my opinion) - but a big kudos to all involved in the new design



#5 Enron

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:09

Upgrading to what, Windows 8?



#6 68k

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:22

The new front page is just horrible unprofessional. I'm very disappointed. I'm seriously considering switching to alternate news source. :(

 

Please give viewers the choice to switch back to the old look. I'm not a fan at all of the huge fonts and excessive white space, and all the scrolling that comes with it.



#7 Mur

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:26

The new front page is just horrible. Very disappointed. I'm seriously considering switching to alternate news source. :(

 

Please give viewers the choice to switch back to the old look.

 

I too am actually very disappointed. I definitely prefer the last design.



#8 Jose_49

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:28

I like it a lot!!!

 

:D

 

 

I hope we can see now post likes in mobile!!

 

Edit:

 

Loving how the comment is at the top!

 

 

Thanks Neobond



#9 Dot Matrix

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:28

LOVE the flat look! :D



#10 68k

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:30

LOVE the flat look! :D

And the large fonts, and all that white space/HUGE icons? It's ridiculous that I can only see five latest news stories on a 24" screen! I don't mind a flat look, but why does everything have to double in size?

 

I also dislike how news has been merged with app updates; even more time wasting with excessive scrolling.



#11 rfirth

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:31

LOVE the flat look! :D

 

It's still nowhere near flat enough, though. So many gradients.

 

I'm reserving judgement for a few more hours/days, though. It's obviously not finished. Or it better not be. Too much dark gray text on dark blue background.

 

There should have been a competition to come up with a redesign.



#12 My8th

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:33

The top slidedown menu gets in the way when I scroll up, I like how Ars Technica does it.



#13 cork1958

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:33

Looks actually pretty good.

 

I usually really dislike when websites "upgrade" their designs (more often than not, it's a downgrade in my opinion) - but a big kudos to all involved in the new design

 

I agree. When most sites "upgrade" their designs, it's usually more than a downgrade. I'll give kudos also, even if I don't like it as much as the old design. I know what kind of work goes into this.

 

The new front page is just horrible. I'm very disappointed. I'm seriously considering switching to alternate news source. :(

 

Please give viewers the choice to switch back to the old look. I'm not a fan at all of the huge fonts and excessive white space, and all the scrolling that comes with it.

 

Wouldn't say it's horrible, but not as smooth and easy on the eyes as previously. Yes, pleas give us the option to revert to old look!!



#14 OP Steven P.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:35

People who want to switch to the old look, can use their eyes and select the summary view for news listings :p

 

We opened up a little too early for everyone, we still need to sort out a bunch of news logos and what-not



#15 -Himanshu-

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 13:36

Don't like it at all.