Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 00:32 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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Not a fan
by edwdig on Wed 26th Dec 2012 03:44 UTC
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I can't get behind the new design. First, I'm really, *really* not a fan of the Metro style flat designs. I'm a very firm believer that we need bevels/shadows/etc to give a little depth. I feel that makes a being difference in drawing your attention to things.

Second, I'm not a fan of the gray background. A quick flood fill of it with pure white in an image editor makes it look a lot nicer me. The text also feels easier to read that way. I'm guessing that may be a side effect of Mac font rendering. I like the black version better than the gray, but not as much as pure white.

I'm also a little concerned about the comments section. You didn't show enough to go off there, but I'm guessing there's going to be a lot less distinction between individual comments than there is now, which might make it harder to follow.

Overall, it just feels so bare. I totally understand why the icons are going, but add that in with the new design choices and I think it's just going to end up being a big boring wall of text. I feel like the site is going to be really unappealing to look at, and I don't think elements will be distinct enough. My gut feeling is that I'd read the site a lot less with the new look.

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