Is that an image carousel I see on the homepage or am I in the Wayback Machine?
there's actually a marquee on http://www.cnn.com/
definitely wayback machine.
I hate it. I already tried to click one and it disappeared right before I could do it and I ended up clicking the wrong story.
Came here to say this. Old Media clearly still run by dinosaurs.
I really hate all the light and ultralight font-weights.
Since the primary activity on a news site is reading, this choice always bamboozles me.
"Hey Apple is using light-weight fonts everywhere, so can we!" said the designer to the board.
"no" - anyone should have said.
With a page that is ~7mb and has over 900kb of JS split between some 80 JS requests (from the US), I'm really disappointed in how this homepage performs. It's abysmal on mobile, even over WiFi. I really hate to rag on others' work, but this is very disappointing. Not a good example of the responsive paradigm.
I'm flabbergasted that they didn't minify most of those files, nor did they concatenate anything.
Try spoofing 3G internet speeds and changing your Chrome debugger to show an iOS6 viewport; it's sad how bad it performs.
I have to imagine that there was an institutional reason that this sort of redesign didn't get the engineering help needed to make it efficient and fast.
I would rather have seen something like time.com or latimes.com. I think those sites are great for news reading.
The front-end dev is shockingly bad. That header pop transition on scroll is super weird too.
It looks crisp and clean, i like it
Sooo generic. Poor hierarchy. Very information-poor — I want my news sites to be dense so I can quickly find articles that interest me. The hovers on the main nav are dumb. Boooooo all around.
Aside from all the awefully optimized files and overweight page load, the main problem I have is the awfully compressed CNN logo on the mobile site, ruins the clean look totally!
Oh, this is missing a lot of polish in information design, visual design and front-end execution. I worked with CNN on a redesign project in 2009 and I know they hired other agencies over the years to help them with redesign efforts. The also seemed to have ditched a redesign that was close to going live late 2013 (see presentation here).
They have a lot of smart people in their digital teams (and editorial, advertising, etc teams also) and it's a huge beast of a site/project. Hopefully this sets them on a great foundation to refine and polish. I'm happy that they are keeping in line with the CNN brand instead of the visual direction of the presentation linked to above.
Fingers crossed this is the beginning of lots of tweaks and improvements based on a solid strategy.
I distinctly remember feeling very positive about the previous CNN redesign, which did some really interesting stuff with article layouts (especially at the time). I can't help but think that this new design is a huge step backward. Now every page on the website is indistinguishable from any of the thousands of cheap "news" blogs out there.
I'm with you. This new redesign doesn't feel special. Feels rather generic.
I think CNN were a bit gel of BBC News.
I'm almost too scared to disable AdBlock and see the "real" site in all its glory.