Monday, February 05, 2007

Terrible Times Redesign

Hurrah for the web consultants. Another website redesigned and ruined. I cannot believe that the new Times website has gone live in what can only be described as an Alpha version of the site. It looks awful. Admittedly the navigation bar has been made simpler than the odd mix of horizontal and vertical that the site used to sport, but this has been done in such an ugly fashion that any navigational benefits are lost as a result. It also loads incredibly slowly for some reason - slower in fact than any of the other UK newspaper sites I visit (Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, Mirror, Independent and the NOTW). There are objects floating everywhere and there has been no effort made to streamline the page. It is now a horrible mess of icons, stories, pictures and links. And who chose that awful font size and the shocking colour scheme?

Update: The site is so bad that had to go out and buy a paper version. Is this their cunning secret strategy to drive up circulation?


Ian said...

The typefaces look crazy on my screen. Can it be possible they didn't test on a variety of browsers??

Disillusioned and Bored said...

It looks shocking on mine. What browser are you using? I'm using Camino on a Mac, but it also looks crap in Safari.