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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RE: Feedback
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 16:26 UTC in reply to "Feedback"
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The green is a tad too edgy for my taste.

I chose it specifically because of its neon-radioactive hue. It's incredibly distinctive, and yes, a bit sharp, but that does give the whole a unique identity that would be lost (in my view) with a softer green. Still, this is one of the easier aspects to play with, and of course, actual wider testing on different displays may easily reveal it's simply *too sharp*.

As for the background, I also prefer white to gray in the name of contrast and overall "friendliness".

I dislike plain white as a background colour - I find it unpleasant on my eyes. On my displays, there's more than enough contrast in the current mockups, but again, this may be different for other displays or people with eye issues.

Luckily, the text is actually a dark grey, so I could make it black instead, like so:

Does that improve things? I really want to avoid going all-white for the background :/.

The logo -- where did it go???

I just can't get the current logo to look right on the smaller size I require it - so I went with all text instead. I'm indifferent about it, though - if an actual designer can get the logo to look right at the same size as the text 'logo' is now in the mockups, it could easily work.

The menu bar at the top left

(you mean top-right)

Don't worry too much about the items currently in there - I specifically designed it to be able to hold more items than it actually will, all for future-proofing. The 'advertise'-thing is a vestigial aspect of an earlier idea in which I want OSNews to play a more active role in advertising, and rent out advertisement space directly to people/companies interested. However, this is probably too much work, and likely wouldn't work anyway (we're too small).

The 'support' one should actually read 'support OSNews' - it's a page where you can become a member (pay a little bit and remove ads), donate (perhaps), stuff like that. I just can't find a good single word for it though, so for the time being, I just stuck to 'support' - even though it's clearly suboptimal ;) .

The current UI of having other news items listed along the right-hand side is much more useful, if a bit distracting/cluttered.

Won't happen ;) . Getting rid of the second column is a core aspect of the redesign, and I don't want it back in.

As for the points within the user menu: Where are the links to comments, settings, and submissions?

Same as with the top-right menubar - I just threw a few placeholders in there. It can easily hold more stuff like you just summed up.

It needs some kind of "Search" button for touchscreen users, and IMHO it would make more sense at the top since that's the current established convention on web pages.

I just think it needs to be above the fold, and not necessarily at the top. Putting it at the top would introduce a non-standard item to the top-right menubar (they're all text links, not input fields), which I don't want (it would look hideous). I can play with moving it above the user menu, though. Made a note to try this out.

It's actually a throwback to Eugenia's OSNews - it was at the bottom of the left-side menubar in OSNews 2.

In just about all modern OSes aside from Windows, as well as most web apps, the "Submit"/"Continue"/"OK" button is on the right, and the "Cancel"/"Back" button is on the left[

I prefer cancel to be on the right, but I have no hard feelings about it. I wondered when someone would bring this up ;) . This is easily addressed.

As I mentioned in another comment, the distinction between comments and the ability to identify the speaker is important for the "conversational" feeling of the comments section.

Heard this one loud and clear. I really, really, really don't want to go back to individual thumbnails (god those things are ugly and ridiculous, esp. since many people don't change it and you just get loads of default icons), so I'm going to look for a different solution. I'm currently drawing blanks, but hey, I'm tired.

I'm generally available to contribute a critical eye or a creative hand to the design process

Once we hit the stage where we're going to ask users to test, you're more than welcome ;) .

Edited 2012-12-26 16:29 UTC

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