Say Hello to the New New GigaOM

96 thoughts on “Say Hello to the New New GigaOM”

  1. While it isn’t as flashy and javascripty like Engadget, I like it.

    It is a very clean and simple design that is easy on the eyes. Plus, the content is the main focus.

    My only tip would be to change the color of the black lines under the headers. They look far too strong compared to the rest of the theme. Maybe go for a dark gray color?

    Other than that, it looks great!

  2. I tend to have a knee-jerk reaction against re-designs. It just takes me a while to adjust to a new look.

    But this already feels so much more readable and easier on the eye. Well done.

  3. Very clean interface Om. I like it. One addition (if I may, after the redesign) is you could choose to include interesting articles from your network as part of your main GigaOm feed; much like how TechCrunch does it.

  4. This is definitely a huge improvement. It’s now much easier to navigate the site.

    I love the new sidebar and the menus for Om/Stacey/Liz/Sebastian’s posts – they look awesome.

    Congrats to everyone who worked hard and made it happen, including Om, Chancey, Jaime, & Jon.

  5. Om – The design is clean but my favorite part is “Across the Network” section near the footer – very well done.

    Some observations – looks like the Facebook connect integration needs some fixing.

    Also, I can see just one ad (from WebEx) on the page. Is it because of my geographic location (India) or have you reduced ad spots with the new design. Just curious to know.

    And would love to see a weekly email digest for “Best of GigaOm”.

    1. Amit

      The Facebook Connect fix has been sent to WordPress.com for approval.
      we are reducing the # of ad-spots going forward.
      the weekly email digest is being revived as well. great idea for bringing it to the forefront.

      thanks

  6. I like the new design. Feels very open. I also like having the sites more connected. Well done and kudos to your team.

    One little comment. It would be better if Twitter opened in a new window, so I can stay on GigaOm and retweet.

  7. Congrats on the new look. It must feel great to launch it.

    Nice work on aesthetics, and it’s easy to read, fresh.

    Not sure I’d sort articles by author, though (“Stacey’s Posts”). Too culty, and it dilutes the brand. I’d rather see them sorted by subject matter anyway.

    1. Just want to say that the new look aint good on blackberry. Usually visit everyday, don’t use images.(Blackberry now too)

      The amount of links between the top of the page and the articles seems to have tripled, and when I click on a ‘read more’ I have to rip down the 30 or 40 again… It burns up my bandwidth cuz I just saw all those links… Also, experience less direct/fun.

      I’m sure the designs are nice, but wanted to give my feedback.

      1. Hey, just got my first look on a real machine and it’s really a nice remake. I appreciate the aesthetic and readability.

        My other point still applies, maybe you need a m.gigaom.com subdomain?

        Good job!

  8. TeamOM has delivered “A clean, well lit room”. They say that “good design should be invisible”, your current iteration delivers on this meme. Well done.

    One more thing!

    Have you considered trying the real-time ECHO commenting platform from the talented chaps at www. JS-Kit.com ? Seems to me that it would be a great way to harness and promote more dialogue, going beyond simple commenting into threaded conversations. Higher ROA & ROE (Return on Attention & Return on Engagement – i.e. new component metrics of virtual currency) for all participants. Just a thought!

  9. love it the new all white look! thanks Malik saahb for making things more clearer! it’s not that i didn’t like the earlier look, that was a great one too with readable fonts size and type and thanks for adding wordpress.com connection too

  10. Nice design, very clean and loads quickly.
    I still prefer to read sites, rather than feeds.
    Feeds give you the information, but none of the site personality or feel.

    The only issue is the “shuffled paper” bit of the design, seems to distract the eye from the content when the page loads.

    • probably just me.
  11. Keeps on getting better and better… GigaOm made it to my homepage last week (LinkedIn lasted for Two years), what a nice surprise this morning.

    Great job all you, welcome to Liz, and Kudos to Stacy for her promotion (how is your Daughter doing, with her broken arm and all?)

    Thanks Om for all your work.

    Tariq

      1. Glad to hear that Stacy. Actually I got mixed up with the leg and the arm… sorry about that.
        Maybe I should check on those kindergarten books: this is my hand, this is my leg etc…

  12. Agree with the others, nice job.

    I’d also take this opportunity to dump the characature avatars, I never cared for them to begin with (cheesy), but now they also seem dated. Simple, no-frills photography for me… you don’t work for Schwab…

  13. I guess I’m the only one that doesn’t like it. To me it seems like content has taken a back seat to design. The recent Engadget redesign has given me the same impression.

    I’m on a 13″ MacBook for the most part and what I see when opening the site is a single piece of content, the gigantic article banner. I can wait for this to slideshow through the items but that defeats the purpose. I might as well scroll down. The hover dropdown over the authors is cool but again, I’m moving the mouse just to see more than one piece of content. Also, I come here for all of the authors, not individuals.

    Scrolling down presents another problem. With the typeface so large each article snippet takes up most of the screen real estate and contains less content to get me interested in clicking through.

    I’m guessing on a big screen these issues go away. I found that to be the case with Engadget as I have a 22″ monitor at home and the new design is much more usable. That being said, I now visit Engadget less often because the content is not as accessible on a small screen. The level of effort is greater compared to Gizmodo, as an example.

    Om, love the content and just wish that was more front and center.

  14. I find it ironic that the 2 “news” stories alternating in your featured posts box at the top are “Say hello to the new new GigaOM” and “AOL Reveals Lame new look and logo”.

    Pretty interchangeable.

  15. Awesome design. Looks pretty and close to what we all want. A lot of white space to breathe in. Only superfluous thing is the top bar above Blue GigaOm logo with Page behind a Page. Can’t understand the need of it.

    Still it rocks!!

  16. The design is fabulous. I second all the kudos everyone’s posted. Using flat, opaque elements to create dimensionality, space and a sense of welcome is pure design magic — and very difficult to do. The new design reminds me of the delightful spaciousness of Ukiyo-e prints. Fantastic work. And it loads fast! 🙂 The heavy black bar in the title is fine. All the space requires a few eye-stoppers, otherwise the reader might skid off the screen.

  17. The new design is awesome — just the right amount of content and white space!

    One quick thought on the “Pulse” page… since this is such a great stream of “what’s new with GigaOM”, it would be helpful to see the date/time of each Tweet/post so we can jump into the conversation! Always good to know when the Tweet was posted so we’re not late to join the party 🙂

  18. Om…

    Been a big reader of GigaOm, for a long time now… But my first impression (7mts) of this new site design… is not very good…

    a. makes me feel like I have come to a new place… not one where I would check in twice a day.

    b. less content on one page more clicking less scrolling… you trained me to scroll

    c. Seems like content is being prioritized and organized for me…

    d. the banner on top takes a lot of real estate for no reason… looks like a best buy advertisement

    e. speaking for myself I think that the “Giga Om Topics ” and “Across the Network” Sections are good things but they are at the bottom. While I am use to scrolling for content your site I am not use to scrolling for navigation.

    Just some thoughts… only because I really like the content, and I am aware that I have very little understanding of your motivation for change…

    I know its easier to find problems then to solve them so in that sprit my suggestion would have been to make the new version more twitterish… feed me what you got and let me expand for details if I care… this way I can also see cross network content assets being leveraged better.

    I wanted to give you my impression without reading other comments…so if the rest of the world loves it… great…. I could be completely wrong.

    An avid reader.

  19. I do like the new design. Much more enjoyable on the eyeballs, easier to read, comments look great.

    Only problem is that it’s eerily similar the the Cutline Theme. I see that it is not the same, but it’s close enough that I had to do a double and triple take. Cutline is great (I’ve used it myself), but it is extremely common. Not very original… http://cutline.tubetorial.com/

  20. Have been getting used to the new design for the last few days. My reaction to the design is mixed.

    Old homepage was much better. Landed on the homepage and could get much more inputs as to which post one would like to get into first. Many more post headlines with some description could be seen in a glance and a scroll.

    However, the new design is great once you enter the article. Its good. Thums up to the GigaOM team.

    However I have a question for them, hope someone from the team takes it on.

    Gigaom has 1.1+ million followers on Twitter with a corresponding number of 3K+ on Facebook. While aesthetics is an important objective of any redesign, driving traffic to and within the site are also important objectives. Will the site redesign impact the skew in the numbers in any way?

  21. Good. Very Clean theme, makes the content look more important and readable.

    One quick suggestion…the featured post section takes too long to switch, somewhere around 30-35 secs between each post. You may want to make it faster…say may be 10-15 secs…

    Thanks.

  22. Can’t say that I am a fan of the new design. While it looks gorgeous, I come here to read articles and can’t find them like I used to. As a casual reader who is here a couple times a week, I miss the big long 20 post format of the home page.

    1. Chris

      Thanks for your feedback. We will take this into account and go over all our feedback and make sure we make you happy.

      Hey maybe because it looks good, you can comeback more often and not be such a stranger 🙂

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