Monthly Archives: June 2008

CNET Redesign Coming, Unfortunately

Last Monday CNET announced on their Outside the Lines blog that a redesign is underway. Normally I enjoy seeing new designs released, but not this time. I’m a big fan of CNET’s current design. It’s got a great look, and it’s inspired elements of designs I’ve worked on before.

The new design, which they showed a few screenshots of, just looks…bad. It looks generic and not well-thought out. There’s less whitespace, and the navigation doesn’t look as usable. I don’t particularly enjoy critiscising other designers’ work, but this…just isn’t as good. It’s several steps backward.

See a preview of the new design here. Then compare it to the current version.

The announcement has several pages of comments consisting mainly of people pointing out why the don’t like the redesign, with a few people who do like it mixed in. Will the management pay attention though? I find it a little disturbing that the author of the post said

From some of the commenters it appears the paint job framing the content is more important than the content. Yellow, red, green, blue, black whatever. We came up the cleaner look and updated logo for presenting content. Beauty is only skin deep….

So Mr. Farber went from detailing why CNET “needs” a redesign, and why the design is important, to saying the design is irrelevant? Besides, the abundant comments aren’t just about the change of colors. The new design just doesn’t look as usable, nor as unique.

10 Design Roundups You Shouldn’t Have Missed

It seems that a new post showcasing a collection of interesting web designs surfaces every week or so, sometimes more often. Here are a few older ones that 25 Beautiful Minimalistic Website Designs Part 2 (also see parts 1 and 3) 32 Lightweight Designs…

BlogBuzz June 28, 2008

Flash Page Peel Ads

One thing I’ve found interesting of late is Flash Page Peel Ads. They’re an intriguing form of advertisement. You’ve probably seen them in some form or another by now. In a textbook case, a page with one of the ads on it appears to…

Firefox: Going Strong

On Firefox 3 “Download Day,” over 8 million copies of the updates browser were downloaded. And countless more copies have undoubtedly been downloaded since the end of the record-setting event. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Firefox accounts for an estimated 22% of internet users currently,…

Book Review: Designing the Obvious

I recently came a across a mention online of Designing the Obvious by Robert Hoekman Jr. Being a cheapskate as usual, I checked the local library’s catalog for the book, and checked it out the next time I went there. Designing the Obvious is…

WordPress 2.6 Beta 1

The next version of WordPress has reached it’s first Beta version! If you like to experiment with the cutting edge, or if you want to know what will go into the release, head over here. Note that it is not recommended that you use…

“Push-Button Publishing”: Why It’s Important

I spend so much time writing on how to move beyond Blog*Spot, and how to run a more professional blog, that I sometimes forget the importance of what Blogger.com calls “Push-Button Publishing.” And more often, I forget that I once was at a similar…

(Multi)Design Spotlight: Mozilla

With the launch of Firefox 3, Mozilla redesigned all of their sites (save for the Mozilla Foundation at Mozilla.org). As usual, their designs are clean and usable, and they have the signature “Mozilla Look” that they’ve had since the Firefox project took off. Let’s…

Firefox 3.0 Testing

Firefox 3.0 is out now. If you’re a Firefox user, then chances are you’ve already downloaded and installed it, maybe played with some of the new features a bit. However, there’s serious work to be done, albeit quick work. Whether you’re a regular Firefox…

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