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Paul LabergeWeb Platform AdvisorMicrosoft Canada
If you frequently visit this blog, you may have already noticed some not-so-subtle changes to the look and feel we made. It's not a mistake - we've been deliberating the overhaul of the experience you have on this blog over the past little while.
There were a lot of little and not-so-little things that bugged us (and a number of the readers of this blog!) about the experience of reading this online journal. Personally, my biggest pet peeve was the size of the text column in the blog itself. Way too narrow.
Well, we made the changes we hope you like them. Among the big changes that you will notice are:
We hope you like the changes. This is an iterative process and as suggestions are given to us and ideas pop into our heads, we'll make more changes to make your experience on this blog even better. On that note, if you have ideas for us or comments on the changes we've made, we'd love to hear about them - send us a comment on this post and we'll gather the feedback!
Here is a before and after look comparison. Thanks to our intern, Mark Zielinski, working hard to give a fresh look to our blog.
Paul and Qixing
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Nice changes! The side navigation box was a bit heavy before, I like how you have relocated it and lightened the design. This is a good example of how a little typography and alignment can go a long way for legibility.
This is very good! The new design is nice and clear.
I prefer this one, but I do not quite agree with "my biggest pet peeve was the size of the text column in the blog itself. Way too narrow". It is commonly admitted that people have difficulties to read when content has more than 12 words per line. Look at times.com, msn.com, yahoo.com, they all use small columns for their layout.
Quote from "Web Style Guide - Basic design principles for creating web sites":
"The ideal line length for text layout is based on the physiology of the human eye... At normal reading distance the arc of the visual field is only a few inches - about the width of a well-designed column of text, or about 12 words per line. Research shows that reading slows and retention rates fall as line length begins to exceed the ideal width, because the reader then needs to use the muscles of the eye and neck to track from the end of one line to the beginning of the next line. If the eye must traverse great distances on the page, the reader is easily lost and must hunt for the beginning of the next line. Quantitative studies show that moderate line lengths significantly increase the legibility of text."