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Do you think having giant images as the focal point of a website should be the new standard in website layout? Instead of focusing on the design of the site, everything is completely simplistic with a giant image that fills your screen with an article and comments under it. While its not uncommon for images or a video to proceed an article, these giant images seem a bit distracting to me. If this is the new trend of website design, I'm not really feeling it..






I do like the image annotations, but the overall look seems so basic and there is so much more scrolling now. At least when you click on latest posts it has smaller images to see an overall list of articles:




On my laptop, my resolution is 720p. Maybe this isn't as bad on a larger resolution? I've found myself holding the CTRL button and mouse scrolling down to get a smaller look.


Facebook's new News feed has larger images too now, but not nearly as big as the Gawker sites.


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I actually like this view better because it reminds me of the old layout of Kotaku. The previous layout became annoying when you clicked on an article in the sidebar and the sidebar changed to articles related to that article instead of the home page sidebar... i hate losing track of where I was when I'm scrolling through articles.


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I find it okay. If you think better can be done you should at least try.


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I use to think Flash was the future to all websites. Now I think its an annoyance that allows banner ads to become more irritating. Whether by having sound, expanding causing me to miss what I was going to click on, etc.

Those who fight deplorables should see to it that they themselves do not become deplorables.

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So true about flash. I remember entire websites being designed in just flash. All the special effects, etc. would look nice but it would lag on lower powered computers and navigation was usually a b*tch because you could never open a link in a new tab. As for me, I've been out of web design for so long I don't even know how to code in latest standards. I would really need to teach myself completely new coding to get myself up to par with the newest browser standards. The only thing I can do now is use software like IPB and customize it to my liking. Depending on how IPB 4 turns out I might change the entire look of the site again. Of course if that happens, all content will still be here and it wouldn't be anything like the conversion process the site went through from vB.



I actually like this view better because it reminds me of the old layout of Kotaku. The previous layout became annoying when you clicked on an article in the sidebar and the sidebar changed to articles related to that article instead of the home page sidebar... i hate losing track of where I was when I'm scrolling through articles.


Yes, that was so damn annoying. After browsing their site for about an hour last night it was growing on me. I still don't care much for the gigantic image view but the latest posts seem fine now. On a bigger monitor the large image view isn't nearly as bad. My main issue was that on my laptop, unless I had the browser set for fullscreen (F11) I could only see the image with no text under it, or a cut off image with the title underneath it. It was annoying not being able to see it all at once considering its technically just a single image and one line of text.


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