As a creature of habit, I don’t usually react well to redesigns of sites I regularly visit. Normally bleary eyed, I click on the URL and go ‘Waaaaagghhh it looks horrible’ and cower beneath my keyboard, vowing to perhaps, if I have time and it’s really not too much of a problem, you know, to possibly write a mildly miffed letter to those responsible.
After a couple of days, I usually decide it’s not so bad, and by the end of the week I’ve completely forgotten what the old site looked like.
I suspect that will happen with the BBC News redesign. At the moment I don’t like it. It looks like they’ve just used the tool to make it wider and added in lots of white. I liked the deep red. It was a cosy colour. White has nothing and leaves me both cold and scared.
But, even so, it does look like an early internet design – the kind of thing sites were doing about five years ago. And how does the design translate into mobile browsing?
So, yes, I don’t like it at the moment. I’ll probably forget I’ve even written this mildly miffed critique by the end of the week though.