33 thoughts on “Why Less is More”

  1. Om, I think the new site looks great. I sub to your RSS feed so don’t get to check out your site all that often. But I’m glad I checked it out today! The site looks great!

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  3. While I can see the intended goal of the minimalistic design was successfully implemented, I much preferred the previous incarnation.

    The site now feels too basic and visually does not represent the terrific content.

    Just my opinion.

  4. Dorian-

    I hear ya, this design is much cleaner than the previous one. Many readers gave feedback on the previous look saying that it was overcomplicated, difficult to read (due to a serif font used in body copy which kills readability), and generally busy, so Om wanted to make sure usability mis-steps encountered in the last one didn’t translate over to this design.

    The biggest change is that there are 2 columns now instead of 3, which definitely gives it a simpler look. We consolidated a lot of information into the right column in an effort to keep the main area visually uncluttered, and I think it does the trick.

    But then again, Om was the client and he’s satisfied… so as the designer I’m not going to argue!

    Thanks for the feedback Dorian.

  5. One shortcoming–the comments are hard to follow. Specifically, the line that lists the comment author is centered halfway between comments, and a quick scan doesn’t make it obvious if it goes with the comment above or below. Other then that, it looks great.

  6. Frank opinion. Too simplified. I really really liked the earlier wordpress design. I thought it was fantastic. White and very functional. The wp design had recent articles and a lot more articles fit onto the homepage. Certain stories could be highlighted to give them prominence.
    Can’t see that now in the new template. Just a tad bit underwhelmed. The header “Om Malik’s blog” needs to occupy the length of the content column. Right now its too short.
    Comments to your post are increasing as your site’s popularity increases. Is there a way to preview posts before they are posted like Cuban’s blog?

  7. My only complaint is that commentors can’t post pictures of themselves by their comment. Considering Om gets to put his pic up there, it would be the only fair thing to do.

  8. That was actually a joke. I think it’s easier to imagine us all as very sexy readers than to face the reality that your blog is read mostly by four-eyed geeks.

  9. Maybe I am missing something but why is there no easy way to navigate content (prior story, next story) both in this version and the last. I find that I have to go back and forth between my portal page and back if I want to see your last 3 stories for example. If I click archives, it seems I am forced to pick a category and not see all by date.

  10. QESG not. The previous versions have tended to feel like om has a personality. This is blando land. The logo treatment at the top gives it away. Do it again.

  11. Hi Om,

    I am a regular reader of your blog and I greatly appreciate your take in the broadband world. This site appeals much more to me. It is much more readable and thanks for relegating the ads to the detailed page.

    However, the color of the site appears incongruous with the nature of the content, subjects and the personality it represents. IMHO, the site presents content on the cutting edge of technology – the colors (shades of blue) appear to lag behind.

  12. Oops, just noticed something. The line showing the time and author of the comment seems an oversight to me – “Manish Oct 17th, 2005 at 8:41 PM”. Shouldnt this be “Manish Oct 17th, ….”.

  13. The comment above did not show what i highlighted, sorry – Instead of “Manish at October 17th….” in the comments, shouldnt it be “Manish on October 17th….”

  14. Fuck. Does this mean I have to change my shirt?

    (Humorously, to me, I was actually looking for a story in which to spam comment about the new-yet-again design. Imagine my delight at this very thread.)

  15. After playing around on the site more, the only thing I dont like is the css comment properties. When I was reading through a post with 10+ comments it is hard to define if the name above or below the comment field is ther person leaving the comment.

  16. With SO many blogs using Kubrick or K2 and just changing the header, this design is refreshing and clean, I love it!

    I’m another follower of the “Less is More” philosophy. Less wasteful design, less unrequired nav’s and info. More RELEVANCE. More DIRECTION.

    It’d be nice to see the usability guru, Jakob Nielsen’s view on the site, against his recently published ’10 Mistakes of Blog Design’

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