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MSNBC Redesign

Tiff Fehr

November 12, 2007 at 6:54 PM

While it certainly smacks of a bit of bragging, I’d like to mention that msnbc.com launched a new design over the weekend. Full disclosure: I work for msnbc.com and had the honor of playing a supporting role on the totally epic redesign team. But truly I believe the redesign holds interest for web professionals, too. On one hand, the minds behind the redesign posted thoughtful, frank comments on the lengthy, user-collaborative redesign process and underlying goals on our redesign blog. On the other hand, with the new design we took (anticipated) shots for the usual suspects of issues and compromises that arise when you take on redesigning the surface of a massive website and entrenched, elaborate publication system. It may not be the latest/greatest in web standards and design, but it is a big leap in that direction, in a very visible place.

Comments

Iolaire McFadden

November 13, 2007 at 7:01 AM

Nice look and feel. Its a big improvement over the past version well still having some of the same feel.

Ty

November 13, 2007 at 9:28 AM

It looks to make pretty good use of web standards, but it doesn’t rate well on the validator. Initialy I find the huge pop-up blocks of menus annoying, maybe I’ld actually grow to like them, but I doubt it.

Nate Klaiber

November 13, 2007 at 12:22 PM

I think everything looks great. It seems refreshing. I didn’t use msnbc.com before, so I don’t have much to compare it to. I would agree with Ty though, I found the fly out menus to be a nuisance.

That is minor and it is obvious you guys have put the time into planning this re-build. Congrats.

Darren Hoyt

November 13, 2007 at 6:38 PM

Just wanted to chime in and say this new layout really exceeds what I would have expected. Very elegant use of color and space, esp for a mainstream news portal.

Tiff Fehr

November 14, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Thanks for the comments! As with most realignments, the state of code for msnbc.com is a work-in-progress. Same with the user-experience. As I mentioned on Mike Davidson’s analysis of the redesign, we have grand plans for (and long-standing grudges against) the left- and top-aligned navigation. Stay tuned, of course — one of the best parts of the redesign is some organizational and workflow changes that greatly improved how quickly we can change things on msnbc.com.

dharmesh

November 15, 2007 at 11:10 AM

I really like new design, except mouse over fly outs. Very bad user experience in my opinion.

Johnny

November 23, 2007 at 5:13 AM

I don’t see what the fuss is about. I think the design certainly lacks balance and any hierarchy of importance among design elements. Don’t remember the previous design, but this is quite poor in my opinion actually. Yahoo, AOL, Google all have more digestible news pages. Yank yer head out of yer arse and quit smacking each other’s…

Martin Espericueta

November 26, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Ty said, “It looks to make pretty good use of web standards…” – The new site doesn’t even declare a DOCTYPE. Pretty, yes…standards compliant – hum…nah

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