I was searching for some design patterns and came across an articles from Smashing magazine. The new layout intrigues me a bit, as it's definitely 'out of the box', displaying the title and the meta info on the right side and after the article actually starts. What do you think about this approach?
I feel like this is innovation for the sake of innovation, really it's just confusing. There are some reasons to stay in the box when it comes to UX.
It's quite old and very bad.
This isn't new. They've been testing this for at least a year now if not longer.
I've seen this on a test before, and I see it's almost the same as then. Anyway, I really can't make myself look at it. This flashy red color just makes everything look the same and harder to read, especially without same image to accompany it. Looks cool, until you try scanning for article titles then it becomes a distraction. Articles are also a bit confusing as well.
I'm sorry this is just my opinion, but it's just too different than the rest of the sites where I read stuff (Medium etc.), probably that's why. Maybe in time I would get used to it, but not sure if I want to...
This is so bad :(
There doesn't feel to be any real hierarchy of information. Just text. Everywhere.
Read the opening 2 paragprahs, then the title, then a summary, then links for further reading (feels like end of article)... its very confusing.
- Started reading the article before the title of it. Super confusing
- Table of contents starts below the content? It scrolls me back up...
- About the author feels super out of place. I haven't even read the title yet.
- I have a hard time separating the main article content from everything else
Yeah, it was posted on here 8 months ago: https://www.designernews.co/stories/81447-smashing-magazine-radical-redesign