New Beta of Website Available for Testing

Friday August 20th, 2004

Steven Garrity today announced a new beta design of's website. The new design, done by silverorange, upgrades the navigation and freshens the look of the site. Steven and the other designers are interested in hearing feedback, but want those who provide feedback know that the home page content has not be updated yet. Also, there are some other outstanding bugs, which are listed in the feedback link.

#30 Re: Re: This is an improvement?

by Toe

Saturday August 21st, 2004 8:38 AM

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Sure, I understand that. Probably part of the problem is that this seems like it was designed bass ackwards - I would think that the first and most important page you see (ie the home page) would be the first one you'd finish, and then you'd base the others around that, rather than the other way around. Still, some of my comments apply equally to the other pages. For example, the color scheme and overall presentation still feels rather cold and dull to me. On the product pages, I still think the area below the big "Firefox - Download Now" box (which doesn't look too shabby) still feels a bit cold and could still use some separation, even if it's just simple white space. (that's part of the reason I prefer fluid-width designs, you don't end up with huge wasted gutters on the sides and a tight clump with little white space in the middle, it balances things better) Also, what's up with that left column on the "Why Switch" and "Releases" pages? It's there on some pages, but just disappears on others? Not something you want to do with navigation! For that matter, why is the narrower column on the right-side on the product pages and on the left everywhere else?

One more question that needs to be asked: where does tie into all of this? I would think it should be featured quite prominently in the navigation, probably as a tab in the header.