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Sep 25, 2008 09:56 AM

Here comes the new look!

In a matter of minutes, we'll launch the new visual design of CHOW and Chowhound. You'll experience an interruption in the function of the site, but we'll be back online soon.....

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  1. Wow, nice work.
    But I really need to get some work done. Well, maybe tomorrow.

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    1. re: Mila

      Still not doing my work.

      But since the majority of complaints seem to be about the font size why don't you...
      Set font sizes in a CSS.
      Provide a link that sets a cookie.
      Pull the users preferred CSS on login, which could include font size and a myriad of other styling.

    2. Ummm... is there a functional reason behind the new look, or is it merely a redesign for design's sake?

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      1. re: grillit

        There are functional changes, some of which are the combining of our blog content and exposing search on each board page. Renaming categories in the navigation so they make more sense and utilizing a rollover dropdown in the nav bar because we felt many people were missing the little arrow indicators on the right of each category. Also we have introduced a third column promo unit that exposes board content in a more accessible way.

        On the design side we needed to neutralize the palette of the site so we can display recipes and food related visuals without a large maroon cast on everything. We also added a font called Georgia to mix up textures and increase readability. This site previously used just one font which made creating hierarchies of information in text a problem.

        These are not all the changes but some highlights of whats been changed so far.

      2. When i click on Chwhound, the "South" link is below my screen and I can't scroll down to it.

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        1. re: southernitalian

          Did you try using the down arrow to get to it - that worked for me.

          Edit - I meant the one on your keyboard.

        2. The font is very small....I guess you need to make more room for the big advertisements on the right of the screen.

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          1. re: Mari


            The body font has not changed size. Only the headline font on the regions list came down is size a point.

            1. re: Design_Team

              The user names in the threads are much smaller though, and harder to see.

              1. re: MMRuth

                Hey MMRuth, What OS and Browser are you on?

                The names are showing up the correct size on my OS (mac osx firefox).

                We will try to fix the issue you are having.

                1. re: Design_Team

                  MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0

                  By the way, I'm referring to the user name in 'non-expanded' posts by the way. It's fine in the expanded ones with the avatars.


                  1. re: MMRuth

                    10-4 We will bump that up, it will take us a little while to get to it, but I promise we will take a look and address.

                    1. re: Design_Team

                      Thank you. BTW - are avatars supposed to be visible in contracted posts? Because if they are, I'm not seeing them - don't care one way or the other, but thought I'd mention it.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        They are not supposed to show up there actually. Our thinking is that they will add to much height to the list. If they are not present you can scan more topics on your screen.

                2. re: MMRuth

                  I agree with MMRuth; and the lack of contrast makes it harder for my old eyes to read anything.

                  1. re: mnosyne

                    Does the same to my young eyes. The burden of being a bat in a woman's body...

              2. re: Mari

                Gray/black on white makes the font seem smaller. It's a much harsher look and much harder to look at. Lots of white on a screen tends to blow your eyes out.

                1. re: ML8000

                  Yeah, I was thinking this same thing. At least the cream-colored background didn't harsh your eyes out - but ALL THIS WHITE is screaming at me! Design Team folks - I know you just went through a whole design re-do, but can the Bright-White-White! background be taken to a softer, creamier white - maybe with a hint of beige? It surely would be a lot better on the eyes.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I feel the same - it is fatiguing.

                    1. re: meatn3

                      Me three. squinting hard after about 3 minutes. ugh.

                  2. re: ML8000

                    +1 on the white background. Way too harsh!

                    1. re: jackiecat

                      It's horrible to read.

                      It's incredibly slow. I hit Reply and timed how long it took for the reply box to open up. Over a minute.

                      And it's ugly.

                      edit: You know that moment when the post is loading and it shows up as black on a soft yellow background? Much easier to read. Also ugly, but better contrast and I care more about ease of use than how attractive it is.

                2. i like that there's a slickness to it that reminds me of a zine... but i don't think that this is helping functionality. i understand that you haven't likely integrated or improved the engineering side of it, but i'm almost finding the text is now receding into the background more and it's almost easier to see the ads and the boxes around each text bit rather than the info i really want. perhaps a tweak in colour? and reducing the thickness of the lines for the boxes? wouldn't mind either if the text not in the boxes were a scotch smaller. the largeness of it seems to press upon me their importance and cause a distraction though i'm not inclined to link to a place or attach a photo.