A tale of two redesigns

Published: April 25, 2007. Filed under: Misc.

Newsvine launched a redesign, or possibly a “realign”, today, adding a number of useful features while staying true to what has, overall, been an attractive and successful layout. Criticisms in the discussion thread are met with haiku and promises to work on it. Result: pats on the back all round.

Fark launched a total redesign today, and the number of design sins not committed is perhaps the easiest thing to enumerate:

  1. It doesn’t have any glossy Web-2.0 reflections.

And, well, that’s about it. Criticisms in the discussion thread are met with a “get over it” attitude. Result: formerly paying subscribers posting copies of their cancellation statements in the discussion thread to emphasize their displeasure.

One of these redesigns could learn a lot from the other.