New Design - What do you think?

Old Mar 17th, 2011, 03:50 AM
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New Design - What do you think?

I hate to be a curmudgeon - but the new layout is extremely hard to read - and seems to be a change without a purpose. Obviously there are different ways to lay out copy - but there are a couple of standard rules in layout (I have spent my entire working life in advertising):

There are several things that always make copy difficult to read: using drop-out type on a bright or dark color background, using ital type, and using type that is centered rather than flush right. All you have done is prove you can move your cursor to the "center" rather than "flush right" indicator - and made the topics very difficult to read.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 03:51 AM
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Well that's interesting it disappeared wile I was typing.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 03:56 AM
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nothing is lined up in the forums questions and answers. it is all over the place on my mac. tabs everywhere it seems. not good
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 03:57 AM
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now it is lined up suddenly.need to play around with this and see what is up.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:02 AM
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Someone on another thread suggested logging out and logging back in. I did - and it looks a LOT better after than before. No more centering or jumbled text.

Looks fine to me.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:03 AM
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It's better now than it was earlier today. What was the point?? Does it take up less room than the old format?
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:16 AM
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I use a Mac with an ad-blocking utility. Without ads, the new design looks really stripped down. The top is just an orange banner with white text and my profile postage stamp. Neat and clean. All the other colors seem toned down--the blue doesn't look quite so blue, left column more pale.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:34 AM
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Why the pale blue? Makes it hard to read.....
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:39 AM
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It's funny, but the blue is not pale on my proifle page--the old blue is there. The pale blue is not as bad in the right column where it is just our screen names. But I agree that it is difficult to read in the left column when it is on the tinted background.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 04:45 AM
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Is it my imagination? Did the pale blues just get slightly less pale? I thought so. Must be the Fodor's genie. . .
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:29 AM
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I logged out and then back it, but the text is still centered, although not as much as before. There's also much too much white on the page. The combination makes it very difficult to read.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:34 AM
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I HATE the centered justification. Makes it difficult to read. I will log out, then log back in & see if it changes.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:36 AM
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Still centered!!! Fodors, hope you can change this to left justification.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:40 AM
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And now it's not centered. The Fodor's genie must still be at it.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:41 AM
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On my Mac with Safari, I did not experience the centering/overlapping problem.

I just noticed that the margins (far left beyond the Recent Activity column, and to the right and below the current thread) actually have the palest of pale gray tones. This tone is also between the individual posts on a thread. The posts themselves are on white with the thinnest palest dashed line at the bottom of the white area. This change in tone and dashed rule are barely perceptible, and I have my brightness turned up all the way. Perhaps the designers want to use this very subtle tone to take away some of the white glare. (it cold be that this tone was there before and I just never noticed.) I would appreciate if the separating rule was slightly more perceptible.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:46 AM
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We will all get used to it and our addictions to the forums will overde the complaints we have for the moment.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:49 AM
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Try control F5 and see if the text becomes justified.

It is very hard to hard.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 05:55 AM
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My LOG OFF/ LOG ON worked and reset the text... the titles of the posts are too light blue... they need to be darker for us old folks!!!!
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:05 AM
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It doesn't look as modern as the previous version. The orange strip at top is garish and the typeface is difficult to read.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:13 AM
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Just wanted to let you know that I've read through this post and am taking notes on your feedback. As I've mentioned in other posts, we're working on fixing the left justification. Logging out and back in, refreshing the page, or pressing F5 seems to be working for other posters in the meantime.

We're also working on making the lines between comments stronger. Let me know if you have any other questions or problems at [email protected]
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