Best of the Web

Finished Redesign Notes + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney


Over the past almost 13 (!) years, Design*Sponge has continued to evolve, change and grow based on your requests, feedback and viewing patterns. Last week we soft-launched a brighter, bigger redesign of our home page and after some very helpful (thank you!) suggestions and comments, we’re finally live with what we feel is our final version of this design. What did we learn from last week? You requested an easier way to browse by “most recent” posts and to be able to view those archives in case you’re catching up every few days, rather than daily. So in each of our (now clearly labeled) home page sections, you’ll see a “read more” link that takes you to the dated archives of that content section. BUT, if you only want to view what’s newest, in date order, just check out our featured top post and the next section called “Latest.” You’ll see the most recent 9 posts (just like our old design) and an option to “read more Latest.” If you click that button you’ll see the week’s posts broken down by day, so you’ll never have to wonder if you missed anything or struggle to find something recent. We really appreciate your feedback and it’s been so helpful to work that into this flexible and evolving redesign that helped us incorporate your initial feedback (bigger pictures, bigger text, no more slideshows). Here’s to always growing, changing and evolving with the times. xo, grace

*Image above by Deanne Cheuk for DS Wallpapers, all of which you can download here!





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  • Love the way the “latest” section breaks out…this is even better and much easier than I was expecting! Thanks for listening to feedback :)

  • I had adjusted to the slideshow format over time but I must say, it feels so much more natural to scroll through the photos and read the commentary that way! Beautiful redesign overall!

  • Glad there is an alternative to the new layout – it is always hard for me to read tiled pages.
    Much appreciated, keep up the good work, and have a delightful weekend!

  • Is it me or am I the only one not seeing the Design Sponge header at the top of the web page as in the past?

  • I’d make another suggestion as someone who’s worked with professional web designers on many corporte annual reports. Enlarge and darken the font! Pale blue type is very hard to read, especially when it’s small, and pink is worse. (I’m using Chrome.) I’d have a much easier time reading the site if the type were larger and there were more contrast between type and background.

    Otherwise, a very attractive site.

  • I would appreciate links that open a new tab, especially for mobile. I like being able to click links as a way of queuing up other things I’m interested in (especially if it’s a new-to-me site and I’m likely to go down a rabbit hole) so I can finish reading my original post.

    Other than that, the redesign looks beautiful!

  • GRACE!! The site is looking so, so stellar. So excited for you. I know what’s it’s like to redesign these things and it’s a boogie bear with a million moving parts. It still looks and feels like you, only even cleaner than before and super current feeling. Brava! (or in, the Italian, female plural — ‘Brave’!!) Thanks also for the link love. xoxoxoxo ~J

  • With this new site design, the vertical shots are 3″ too large for my screen (a 14″ screen). It could be the top of laptop we have, an HP Chromebook, but I’m just putting it out there for your information as you continue to tweak the layout. We figured I can zoom out when using DesignSponge to 67% to finally get the images to fit, but it does make the horizontal shots and text quite small. I love DesignSponge so I’ll keep coming back no matter what, but I guess I miss the old layout even though this new one is so pretty. :) Also, Grace tried to help me troubleshoot awhile back and I was so slow to get back to her, so I apologize! :)

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