10 comments

  • Simon EvansSimon Evans, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    A lot of this is good, but plenty is pretty poor.

    Image/icon quality isn't great, and even worse when being scaled upon hovering on tiles.

    Can't read this and there's a 1px blue line at the bottom for some reason: scotch

    Was it rushed out?

    6 points
    • Nicholas Cerminara, almost 6 years ago

      Hey hey made an update to this. Thanks for feedback.

      Also - I'm not a designer. So definitely appreciate the feedback.

      In time most images won't have text on them, so the whole bleed thing / stretching will phase out. Any other thoughts are super welcome here

      0 points
    • Nicholas Cerminara, almost 6 years ago

      Hey hey made an update to this. Thanks for feedback.

      Also - I'm not a designer. So definitely appreciate the feedback.

      In time most images won't have text on them, so the whole bleed thing / stretching will phase out. Any other thoughts are super welcome here

      0 points
    • Nicholas Cerminara, almost 6 years ago

      Hey Simon - Made some changes throughout. Any other feedback you have is appreciated.

      0 points
  • Kevin LetchfordKevin Letchford, almost 6 years ago

    The sub text is hard to read on a lot of the articles. Like learn webRTC, is nearly impossible to read.

    3 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, almost 6 years ago

    There is a lot of visual noise and inconsistency throughout the design, especially on the single pages. It suffers from huge-hero-image.syndrome. The sidebar on each single article is loaded with images, ads, high in visual contrast, ads, different colors, ads and even more posts. You use kinds of listed-article states on the single page: trending posts, next up posts and most popular. All of them waste a big amount of space.

    If you compare the content and the sidebar area, you'll find that people will probably look from image, to title, to sidebar, because the contrast is so much higher then the contrast in the content area.

    I personally think that the correct word for it is "too much". Too many elements, not well directed side content - the site feels like many sites, that are designed for proper ads display. Most ads are in the sidebar, that draws most of the attention in.

    All elements of the visual design might be solid, though subjectively liked or not, but they suffer from undirected contrast. On some areas, for example the title, you have huge amounts of white space that matches the font-size of the text - too much even, imho. Its hard to find the invisible lines. Adding to this, are imho poor editorial choices as well. Don't put text on a thumbnail, if you have text on it. But I get, that you had to do this, because the image in the single-view takes up 70% of the viewport.

    From a personal view, I think all of this is visually too big and too confusing. It looks like a 2012 tablet-first design; it looks almost exactly like thenextweb.com. It also took me a few seconds, to realize what this is exactly about, even though I am still not 100% sure - because when I read scotch.io I immediately thought of usewhiskey.com. But then, the logo looked a bit like a hurricane glass, even though scotch is served in a tumbler. But thats just personal. I just got very confused with the brand. I personally appreciated well directed visual hierarchy. It doesn't have to be overly minimal, but I am just tired of seeing hundreds of images on the home page and hero images that are just unnecessarily huge. Besides, I personally would never put an article image as a background-image. Its not being crawled and there is just not really a good reason, for why you couldn't just use a figure-element with an image inside that is semantic.

    On another note; You wrote "again". How often is the site being redesigned?

    1 point
    • Nicholas Cerminara, almost 6 years ago

      Hey Thomas you have no idea how much I appreciate the long response. Thanks

      I should start by saying I'm a developer not a designer :p, but I see what you're saying with the too much stuff going on. Might trim this a bit and "neutralize" the contrasting colors.

      The image thing is a real struggle. A long time ago (for whatever reasons) we have these huge banner images with text on them. It makes it really hard to use these. I think after reading some of the feebdback we'll phase out the "image tile" component where it uses these as the bg image (for now).

      I also was very heavily inspired by Next Web...

      Lastly, we redesign it every 6-12 months for fun. :)

      0 points
  • Stefan TrkuljaStefan Trkulja, almost 6 years ago

    Apart from the readability problem - the navigation is very confusing (unlike the previous versions). I think that fixing those two should be your priority.

    0 points
  • Nicholas Cerminara, almost 6 years ago

    Just launched a redesign of scotch.io. Experimenting with a few pretty new fun/intense UX things. Thanks!

    0 points