Show DN: Redesign of Hacker News(medium.com)

over 5 years ago from Andrew Coyle, Designer

  • Kyle CaseKyle Case, over 5 years ago

    Breaking apart each piece of data horizontally in the list item across the entire width of the screen makes it much more difficult to scan. Which is my primary use of the site. With this design, I find myself being able to only quickly scan the title & number of upvotes. This is prettier, but I'm not sure it's a better experience.

    6 points
    • JC .JC ., over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Totally agree. I need all the contextual information immediate when I see the article title to validate if its worth my time to click it. So grouping the time/comment/url closer together is more efficient than a long table row. Current Hackernews and DesignerNews article titles follows that principle.

      Also I use this google chrome extension for HN: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hacker-news-%20/oieefcckcbbgniifdhhialgkmghahjgl

      3 points
    • Andrew Coyle, over 5 years ago

      Ah good points Kyle. I think you might be right. It would be interesting to review the results from list scanning usability studies. I think this redesign will increase the rate of batch scanning, but perhaps decrease the ability to take in the entire context of the submission.

      0 points
    • Ian GoodeIan Goode, over 5 years ago

      Agreed, as someone who goes to HN for the discussion as much as the posts, moving them to opposite ends of the screen significantly increases the time and effort it takes to use the site.

      0 points