Saturday, October 24, 2009

On the Redesign of CNN

CNN has recently redesigned its homepage. Now, instead of seeing the CNN logo in the left-hand corner of your screen, you're visually assaulted by a mammoth red banner with a bold CNN logo in the center. It's impossible not to see it, which is probably CNN's purpose, but it also makes everything else look small in comparison.

Another thing, besides the smallness, that I noticed on the new homepage is the divisiveness--or should I say the division-ness? It seems like there are more separators--bars or lines--that divide modules on the screen. Whether the point was to make things more clear, or to emphasize differences between modules, I'm not sure.

Finally, as has happened with CNN design changes in the past, not all parts of the website have been completely changed. If you check out some other sections, you'll still see the familiar logo in the corner, not the giant red banner, and you will see the same navigation bar. However, video has been integrated more thoroughly with articles, and the player, in my opinion, is sleeker and less clunky.

What do you think? Check out the CNN website. And here's my "Question of the Week (or whatever Period of Time That Suits me Therof)": Has a website you go to frequently changed its design, and if so, how? Do you like the change? Why or why not? Write your answer in the comments section if you dare. Thanks!


Post a Comment