27 thoughts on “Orange you glad”

  1. I’ve noticed that the footer is becoming the “Appendix” of information for websites in the last year or so. Footer, not just for “Copyright sitename 1996 – 2009″ anymore! Looking good.

  2. The total picture looks quite nice. I’m not keen on the color of the unvisited links in the “for your further pleasure” section; they seem dangerously close to the unreadable combination of maroon on black.

  3. Very orange.

    Not that orange is bad. Just, you know, noticeable.

    Seriously though, I’m liking the redesign. In particular I love the footer. Apparently “fat” footers are in style right now. Which means I’m getting the sudden itch to go change my own.

    Also, I love the simple header. I couldn’t say why. It’s just appealing.

  4. Loving all the info in the footer! After working with me for years, you probably know what I’m going to say next:

    There is a lot of stuff in there (which is good) and it’s all screaming for attention (not as good). This space needs a bit more breathing room, a smidge more space (about double what you have) between and around items (you can cheat your grid a little). Your width is pretty set, so it may mean making the images a hair smaller.

    Also, there’s a lot of text in there. I see where you are going with more contextual block of content, which means subheads are probably overkill, but pulling the text color back a bit might help. The images and the text are all vibrant and about the same intensity, which has the same effect as lots of paragraphs with no subheads. But pulling that text back to a somewhere between #666 and #999 would let the images essentially be your subheads and help break up some of that traffic jam feeling. And maybe a light border around the “Taking Your Talent to the Web” cover so it doesn’t drop back and make a dead space amidst the more vibrant images.

    All nitpicking stuff sure. I’m really looking forward to see this puppy go live!

  5. Similar comment to Jason Santa Maria, regarding the footer.
    Where you see a big footer on other sites, they tend to have a wider measure, so end up with more space between items.

  6. On the whole it’s looking great. But the letter spacing of the subheads in FF3 and IE8 on Windows seems a bit odd, i.e. too much. In Safari on Windows they look fine though :/

  7. Maybe it’s too early to address that, but i find the black :active links annoying.

  8. @Jason Santa Maria:

    Yeah, the footer feels crowded. I was hoping my sense of its crowdedness would go away with time. Good feedback as always, sir. Thanks.

  9. Like the added margins on the masthead. I think “Web design news and information…” needs to come up a pixel to align with the bottom of “zeldman.com.”

    I’m in favor of the orange. I like the idea of using bold color in a web publication because you can. I think the only reason it rubs some people the wrong way is because it defies convention in the print world, because printing color costs money. Though maybe there’s something else I’m not getting.

  10. I’m in favor of the orange. I like the idea of using bold color in a web publication because you can. I think the only reason it rubs some people the wrong way is because it defies convention in the print world, because printing color costs money. Though maybe there’s something else I’m not getting.

    Strong color pleases some people and rubs others the wrong way. This is always the case when you work with strong color.

    Also, what’s beautiful in one OS on one monitor at one gamma setting can be painful to look at in a different OS, monitor, and gamma setting. Most computer users don’t color-calibrate their monitors, etc.

    I always used color in web design. Most of us did in the early days.

    The Apple-influenced “web 2.0″ style that began gaining influence in the early 2000s did away with rich background colors. That style still looks very good.

    But style is fashion.

    This redesign hearkens to a much earlier version of the site; it’s a brand restoration, if you will.

    People unfamiliar with the old brand (or those who are familiar but never liked it) may not like where this is going. I may build in a style switcher to give them a more neutral background if they prefer.

  11. Blew air into footer with about two minutes’ CSS tinkering. Looks way better.

    Yup, already way more inviting to read. Now that the graphic header you had off to the left is gone, I don’t even miss it. Woo!

  12. I second Mr Eisenberg on the “bold dark orange on black” links down in the footer. It’s a bit of a strain to read. I like the orange theme though, and not only because it harks back to the good old days.

    Oh, the wannabe editor in me is asking why the ISSN has a period but not the “Made in New York City”, and I’d also like “Previous Reports” not to be a button – not least because in the past I’ve pressed it instead of submitting a comment.

  13. I love the boldness of your redesign. I think it links back to the first version of alistapart.com in a way (or at least the first version that I saw – with the orange background and all) and still it’s new and fresh. Nice contrasts which I think is easier to look at than the creamy version you have now. This is the kind of design I think you’re brilliant at, but that I haven’t seen you do in a long time – if you don’t mind me saying so. Makes me smile. Cheers :-)

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