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Westword's new home page a lot better than these embarrassing past designs

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Looking at Internet page design from years past has an almost high-school-prom-like photo quality to it. That color scheme! Those buttons! Why is that blinking?!

Westword's gazillionth new redesign, which just went live, will look like one of those prom shots a few years from now. But right now, it's a lot better than the embarrassingly bad -- but kind of cute -- home pages of the past on view below.

About the New Home Page:
The new design (all interior parts of the site will look the same) promotes six big stories of the day and replaces the rotating set of four stories on the right and the headlines list you used to see on the left of the home page.

The most recent featured blog posts from all of our blogs (Latest Word, Backbeat, Cafe Society and Show and Tell) are listed in order, freshest first, below the six big stories. Below the list of blog posts are featured stories from that week's print edition on the left and on the right, and national stories picked by Westword editors.

There are other evolutions in the works, too (slide shows, navigation), which we'll be debuting over the next few months.

If you like this new design, or hate it, let us know below.

The Old:
Now go down memory lane with these images, courtesy of the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. In all, there have been about ten home-page designs since the mid-'90s, including tweaks and likely hundreds of code rollouts. Amid all these digital fluctuations, there have been only four Westword logo iterations, notes editor Patricia Calhoun.

Travel with us from Monday all the way back to December 26, 1996:

Monday, December 5, 2011:



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13 comments
Bobbert
Bobbert

I like the pages that include Fletcher, Holthouse, Gallo, Jargon, Dexheimer and Kenny Be the best.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Honestly I'm still partial to the early 2000s designs, before you started using Village Voice's platform.  That was when I started reading Westword online more than in print.  It was simple and clean, like Craigslist still is.  Less can be more!

thespot84
thespot84

Guys, westword is owned by the village voice, and all their papers are the same (SF Weekly, Dallas Observer, Miami New Times, etc) so they really had no choice in the matter.

sporobolus
sporobolus

i think this was the first time i've seen the home page in a couple of years, and i'm unlikely to see it again soon; i just follow certain feeds and load a few articles with JavaScript off in my newsreader (keeps the flashing ads under control); i see WW is still pimping pageviews by needlessly splitting articles into multiple sections — redesign that and i'll be impressed

KaDargo
KaDargo

Sucks!  Don't cave into software engineers trying to justify their paychecks!!!

cmack23
cmack23

This new design sucks!! The way it looked on Monday was way easier, the sections were more clearly defines...it was much easier to get to cafe society etc and know where you were clicking, this looks like a cluster.  Hard to navigate and no Blog tabs...sometimes if it aint broke dont fix it. 

eCurmudgeon
eCurmudgeon

Still think the 2008 version was cleaner and easier to navigate.

misslee
misslee

Dislike. But I guess we never like change at first. Not enough to click on above the fold - too much scrolling to do. Headline font unnecessarily large. Pics at top too big. Prefer blog listings separated into categories. Like the old layout much better...

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