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Q and A: Site Design

Nick Finck

February 7, 2006 at 12:53 PM

Ok, so some readers pointed out several things about the design they did not like in this last readership survey. I am going to attempt to summarize them here.

First, contrast. Some readers have complained about the contrast on the site.. asking that we up the contrast. Well, I am not sure exactly what specifically they are referring to but I have a few ideas. Perhaps its the washed out lighter color set we are using for some of our secondary colors. On the home page we also have a not true black text on a tan background. So I am curious, could any readers shed more light on this?

Some other readers also pointed out that the font is, well, as fun and exciting as Arial can get. So, well, we changed it to include Myriad. Only a few eagle eye designers ever noticed the change. Is it any better? Do you have any font suggestions for us?

Next one reader complained about seeing the blog column on the right being pushed below the article column and nav column on the left. Is anyone else seeing this? If so, what browser, platform, and browser/screen size are you running at?

Lastly, one reader, outside of the survey complained about the site's text not scaling high enough. While I do realize it should scale as far as needed... has anyone else experienced this prior to my mention of it? Anyone want to pitch in to help solve the problem?


Ryan Bates

February 8, 2006 at 9:57 AM

Although I don't regularly use it, I have seen Internet Explorer on Mac OS X push the blog column below the article and nav columns on the front page. When I stretch the browser window way out (about 1200 pixels wide) it pops back up. There are a few other layout problems with that browser as well. However, Microsoft no longer supports the browser (heck, last I heard crashes it) and most everyone uses Safari on OS X now, so the numbers are probably very few that have this problem.

Nick Finck

February 8, 2006 at 11:31 AM

Ok, so only IE on the Mac. That's at least a start. Thanks for the feedback Ryan!

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