Monday, June 25, 2007

ABCNews.com Homepage Design Update: Small Improvements!

I am happy to share that I noticed some small improvements on ABCNews.com's homepage. They added linear navigation to the main top stories area at the top left of the screen. They also added info on how many people are commenting on these stories right there on the image before having to go to the story. The only thing that would make this even better would be to remove the gratuitous fade-in animation. It is really cool if you aren't looking for news content, but if you are it drives you crazy. I'm requesting content as a user so don't delay it a millisecond if you can control it, especially if it only for an aesthetic reason.

This linear navigation works the way you'd expect it to. Very simple and easy to use. This does, however, make the flawed linear navigation at the bottom that is disguised as scrollbars seem even more flawed. How about putting the same new arrowhead icons from the top into the below section? Consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds but here it would help.

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