I checked out CNN today and was surprised to find that the site has been redesigned. The UX geek in me took over and I immediately clicked and scrolled through the site to take it all in….do I love it? hate it? prefer it over the previous design?…and have come to the conclusion that I am NOT a fan of the redesign.
Here are some of the reasons why…
- Latest News- I am coming to the site to find out about the latest news, and I’m sure millions of others are looking for the same thing because it is a news site (obviously). Instead of featuring the “Latest News” section at the top of the page, it’s found mid-page under featured stories that I may or may not care to look at depending on the subject matter. I have a 13 inch Macbook, which means that I have to scroll to view the full list of “ground breaking news” - LAME. So for all the net book users out there, sucks for you, you don’t get to view latest news above the fold.
- Header- Does it really need to take up that much screen real estate? Another interesting observation is that CNN has re-branded themselves by dropping the .com off there logo.
I’m sure that there are a lot of cool/ lovable features of the site that I have yet to explore, since discovering the redesign 15 minutes ago, but those are my initial thoughts, off the cuff.