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: Not a fan
by VenomousGecko on Wed 26th Dec 2012 05:14 UTC in reply to "Not a fan"
VenomousGecko
Member since:
2005-07-06

I second some of edwdig's concerns. The first thing that jumped out at me (and I do remember Thom stating that the site might not ship looking like this) is that there is a complete lack of OSNews branding. To me, there is no "feeling" of OSNews in the site design, sans green. Even OSNews at the top of the page is simply text. The other thing is, as edwdig pointed out, the flat design. I too feel like there is this huge pendulum swing toward flat design and it is being overdone. Sure, the design does not have to jump out at you like a webpage from 1995, but using shadows, rounded corners and bevels can be very simple and pleasing.

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RE[2]: Not a fan
by Morgan on Wed 26th Dec 2012 05:20 in reply to "RE: Not a fan"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Take a look at the main site as is though. Flat, rectangular buttons and the only exceptions are the "search" and "RSS" buttons with just a bare hint of a bevel. Apart from that, we have the comment box buttons which are themed by the OS/browser. Everything else is flat and fairly simple, and very text-oriented.

The new design just seems to be an evolution of that.

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RE[3]: Not a fan
by gan17 on Wed 26th Dec 2012 05:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Not a fan"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Maybe their opinion might be more to do with the monochromatic look, not the actual flatness? Similar to how people mistake contrast for sharpness in photographs, to some extent. It might not be the actual flatness that's bothering them, but the nondescript nature of the layout. Personally don't see it as a bad thing, but I assume some people would like more "pop" in their web pages. Just an assumption, though.

Strange that I prefer the light grey backdrop to the black, considering I often work with dark terminals and GTKs. The light theme's got a nice smoothness about it, without the jarring contrast ratio of the dark theme. Heck, I think I'll go make a new Xdefaults colorscheme around that light grey and green, just for kicks.

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