Has a hamburger menu so I don't know how to use it.
The homepage clearly makes a statement. Usability wise, not sure about horizontal scrolling in the long run. Good to see a big name trying something a bit bolder than most news outlet.
I'm pretty I don't like the horizontal scrolling.
It makes scrolling this news site uncomfortable. My mouse wheel goes up and down, still the page goes right and left. I don't like it at all.
Also, on a mobile it has no horizontal scrolling, it's the same old vertical. Why would you do it differently?
I'm also pretty and the horizontal scrolling annoys me a little bit.
Was browsing on touch with a Yoga 2 Pro, horizontal scrolling felt very natural. But on the desktop I agree it feels a bit strange.
Horizontal scrolling was a bad idea. I wonder how long until they change it to vertical. I agree with you, it makes scrolling feel very unnatural. Even on a tablet.
I must say I really like the horizontal homepage scrolling.
It didn't even confuse me because my brain learnt that it was horizontal in a split second.
I think we're alone in that thought :P
I agree. I love this.
Same. It was unexpected at first, but quickly adapted to it.
I don't think the horizontal scroll works at all. Fine, you get used to it pretty quickly even though it feels a tad strange to scroll that way.
Yet you go to an article, and find yourself scrolling vertically. Back to the homepage again –horizontal scroll. Do this back and forth a couple times and you'll get frustrated pretty quickly.
Besides the horizontal scrolling i find it very very dense to read.
That's what i noticed as well. It seems like everything is crammed pretty compactly and might need a little more spacing on the articles. Maybe it's because I'm on a retina Macbook Pro, but it seems like there is a lot of content jammed into one view.
I don't get this new trend. In my opinion, a desktop isn't a tablet, and a tablet isn't a desktop.
This design works well on a tablet, it doesn't work (and never will work) on a desktop. Same solution to different problems in no solution - in my opinion.
PS: See the "in my opinion"? :) PSS: What do you guys think? Is this really a solution? Having "web apps" on desktop?
Ok so here's an opinion from a new user (I have never been on Wired's website before):
What is going on? What is Wired Money? Wired Health? These pictures are big and colourful...and takes focus away from the content, which is quite hard to scan. The article titles are very convoluted and weird, doesn't make me want to click on them.
"Facebook revamps mobile search to sift through old posts" is very wordy, for example.
Can't separate ads from actual content.
Article views are quite nice but have very odd footer sections. Did we forget a clear: both somewhere?
The article overview below the articles is a more scannable version of the home page.
I'm thoroughly confused.
The single articles have some interesting elements, but it bothers me that nothing is lined up. Awfully picky of me though.
homepage looks like a less usable clone of the windows 8 "bing news" app. horizontal scrolling has never worked on desktop. but more problematic is the lack of visual hierarchy (i guess that's trendy though).
articles are much worse than the original. it feels like they've chosen to use ads instead of lead images. "read next" is marginalized. comments are completely marginalized (for better or for worse). related content is better presented but in overwhelming quantities.
4/10 looks shiny and new, but prefer the old design. (http://www.wired.com/)
Wow that's bold.
Need time to digest.
That Surface Pro ad is annoying..
Ad Block Plus is your friend (i wasn't annoyed :).
...when you click to "Top Stories" it's really better :)
I mean on wired.co.uk > top stories! It's much better without the ads...
Ah, Top Stories don't have ads? OK I didn't understand because I don't have ads anywhere ahah
Haha.. now I understand.. Yeah and it is cleaner – https://cloudup.com/cdXTAw0ckgJ
Little bits good, lots of bits bad. Over all I find the website stressful to be on!
The left hand menu:
Feels clean, structured and spacious. I like it. Feel that there could be more padding right next to wired.co.uk. Doesn't feel very balanced vs what's on the left.
The left hand menu is severely let down by the wired subscription box in the bottom left. It brings an image into this 'non image' part of the page. Creates a lot of conflict with the content on the right.
The content on the right:
I've been on the site for like five minutes and I still haven't read the article titles of anything. The white text on top of the image is a lot of work to read. This makes sense - as my eye is having to fight different draws to attention. The image in the background (naturally picked to be stimulating) and the text - which I need to read to know if I actually want to click on the link.
The margin around the text is too big. It leaves the article title floating in the middle of the boxes and that again makes it hard to read as I'm fighting all the space around the words.
I'd drastically prefer a separation of the text and the picture. I just want to use this page to choose what to click on.
There is not enough of a differentiation between adverts and article titles. My brain is not sure what to trust.
I think the grid could be better structured. I'm not sure what y'all see but I have 4 articles with a combined height of 80% and then a banner ad underneath. To the right of this structure I have two articles that are a 1/3rd in height that sandwich something that I believe is another banner ad but I'm not sure (it says I'm going to click on a link that looks like 'adclick.g.blabla' - but looks like a [sort of] piece of Weird content).
With better structure my brain could relax and begin to know what to trust.
Not a fan personally. My eyes have been trained pretty well to skim content while scrolling vertically. I don't want to be retrained.
Like the creativity! But think some more aggressive structure would make the experience much better.
The first impression: "what a mess!"
I have the feeling that horizontal reading isn't how our brain process information. I felt lost.
I wish there was better way to scroll through web content;
I don't think mice are keeping up with what people create today.
Looks cool, but I kept having issues with the Apple trackpad left/right scroll going backwards/forwards in Chrome.
I don't like the horizontal scrolling. I can see how it will be useful on an iPad. But on desktop it doesn't make any sense. Also reminds me a lot of the new myspace.
I think it's a big improvement. I mostly like the new article pages. The typography and lay-out is really well done.
I was digging through the source, seeing what they used and found a reference to the "konami code". Put in and press enter. Respect.
Note: Who knew there was a jquery plugin for this! jquery-raptorize
Wired copied the new MySpace =(
This bothers me.
I don't think the tile trend will last too much longer on content sites. Tiles are a useful way to design a flat hierarchy, but content sites require grouping and structure if the user is going to be able to find what they're looking for. This whole idea of an infinite list of everything drives me nuts. Netflix tries to compromise by creating groups of infinitely scrolling tiles - I think Xfinity does that now too.