Check out The Escapist's Updated Layout!

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evilneko:
I hope that giant header thing isn't present on the forums.

It isn't. The forums should look pretty much the same :)

Evil Smurf:
How can I access the forum easily? It needs a button like last time so I can get to the forum sections with ease

Horrible, just horrible.
You didn't have to change it the first time around, it looked damn good before. The new one looks like absolute shite.

RanD00M:
Horrible, just horrible.
You didn't have to change it the first time around, it looked damn good before. The new one looks like absolute shite.

The old site layout didn't allow content to stay up longer then a day before it needed to get pushed off in order to make room for new content. The newer layouts allow more predominate placement of content for a extended amount of time.

Mind expanding on your opinion, 'the new one looks like absolute shite'?

It looks very good and very nice, I can't wait until I can try it :D

I don't like the way you seem to push the forums more and more out of the spotlight. The awesome forums are what separates the Escapist from all other video game sites and I fear that this will harm the community in the long run.

EDIT: Other than that, I think it looks great! Really slick and easily navigated.

ThyNameIsMud:
Mind expanding on your opinion, 'the new one looks like absolute shite'?

It just does. It feel cluttered and unneeded. The header makes it look like a bad knock-off off of the old Gamesradar layout. Instead of having the forums in the navigation bar, it has been thrown somewhere in the fucking corner next to the store. The whole arrangement of things being switched up seems pointless. And last but certainly not least, it just doesn't feel inviting.

Nasrin:
As far as I can see there are two Critical Miss episodes currently listed in the features area of the nav bar/header. Is it not appearing there for you?

What it was apparently is that the features tab of the navbar wasn't loading at all. It did after I flipped the navbar around 3 or 4 times, but none of the secondary tabs were loading originally. Maybe make the navbar changes load quicker? I wasn't aware it did that til you asked me the question and I checked around a bit.

Still, don't understand why features wouldn't load on the "Latest" tab in the first place. I understand that videos are probably more popular, but I don't see why both can't exist on the "Latest" tab and have more focus left in the individual category tabs.

Edit: Apparently, it's not all the tabs, but the very first time I try to load the features I get a blank tab. I have reproduced this several times, using Chrome, if it matters. Also, loading a different tab besides "Latest" first then loading the Features tab does not cause the bug.

MiracleOfSound:
Once again, the Escapist is quite possibly the sexiest looking site on the web right now.

You know there's been porn on the internet for like, 30 years now, right?

OT: Looks good, I'm not a particular fan of the current 'Your Recent Posts' box but it looks like that's been changed. So, s'good.

Woodsey:

MiracleOfSound:
Once again, the Escapist is quite possibly the sexiest looking site on the web right now.

You know there's been porn on the internet for like, 30 years now, right?

Porn on the internet? Madness.

I am ecstatic to see the news returned to the front page, and the features too. While things look a little cluttered in the screenshot, I will wait to see what it is actually like when navigating the site. Also, the new header looks pretty slick. All in all, this is looking great. Might even get me to change the Escapist back to my homepage.

imnotparanoid:
Oh god just yesterday I thought 'Huh when this design first came I didn't like it, but its really grown on me, hopefuly it doesn't change and confuse me again though!'

But fortunately the changes all seem to be good, so I will let you off.

I forgot it changed.

I'm sure I'll forget again.

Thank you for removing the top news bar. Gah that thing made me feel stupid on a daily basis.

Also, for people who did not temporarily let their pub club expire or others who know about the layout, is it easier to navigate to groups now?

AzraelSteel:

Nasrin:
As far as I can see there are two Critical Miss episodes currently listed in the features area of the nav bar/header. Is it not appearing there for you?

What it was apparently is that the features tab of the navbar wasn't loading at all. It did after I flipped the navbar around 3 or 4 times, but none of the secondary tabs were loading originally. Maybe make the navbar changes load quicker? I wasn't aware it did that til you asked me the question and I checked around a bit.

Still, don't understand why features wouldn't load on the "Latest" tab in the first place. I understand that videos are probably more popular, but I don't see why both can't exist on the "Latest" tab and have more focus left in the individual category tabs.

Edit: Apparently, it's not all the tabs, but the very first time I try to load the features I get a blank tab. I have reproduced this several times, using Chrome, if it matters. Also, loading a different tab besides "Latest" first then loading the Features tab does not cause the bug.

I believe that Critical Miss will be appearing on the "Latest" tab. It just happens not to be on there at this moment.

As to your other comments, I'll let tech weigh in on that.

Ekit:
I don't like the way you seem to push the forums more and more out of the spotlight. The awesome forums are what separates the Escapist from all other video game sites and I fear that this will harm the community in the long run.

EDIT: Other than that, I think it looks great! Really slick and easily navigated.

The forum box is still featured pretty high up on the page in every area of the site except the home page. The front page's job is to help you guys be aware of our content, so it makes sense for us to feature content higher up there.

Most of my Escapist browsing is done on my smartphone during random slow periods at work, and I do just have a bookmark to the main page and use that as the hub to whatever is new in all the categories.

I was very displeased when you changed to the current design of the site, and as time has passed... yeah I still hate it. So I'm actually looking forward to change. This new design looks to be several steps in the right direction.

One thing I would really like would be options for a darker color scheme that would be nicer to the battery of my phone.

And yes, I've been lurking for over 2 years.

forum list sould be up at the top
can you swap it with the thing about stuff picture

Im going to miss having a forum section in the header :(

God Damn! I just got fully knowledgeable about the current layout since it changed! CUUUUUURSE YOOOOOU ESSSSCAAAAAPIST! (Meh, I'll just have to get adjusted again).

Edit: I'm not saying I won't give the new layout a shot, but it's just gonna be one of those "ugh, I find this mildly annoying for the first few days".

Nope.

I'm still not convinced, looking at this from a usability perspective. Everything on that page screams for attention on the same level. There's no guidance, little direction and structure. It's just a mess of thumbnails with phrases now, I have no idea where to look for what. It needs way better grouping to begin with. And quite a bit more white space. That page looks incredibly cramped and honestly a good web design needs to breathe.

I wonder, do you guys do user testing? You could really do with some eye-tracking tests for starters.

Any chance you'll have a "Click this to use the new version now?" thing for people who aren't really concerned with the shock of a new website?

Once it is ready I mean.

I'm cool with the changes and am looking forward to the full redesign and upcoming tweaks and additions. Seriously, that's genuine; I liked what I saw in the video.

Unless update means a rollback to when the site design wasn't a clusterfrak of unnecessary clutter, running about as smoothly as a rhino trying to ice-skate I won't be particularly impressed.

Would prefer the button for the forums to be on the main bar. Other than that, looking good.

New layout

Interesting, more intuitive, considerably faster. I like it.
Thank You The Escapist crew. :]

I DON'T LIKE CHANGE.

Seriously? Why did you change it? I mean besides the "fresh coat of paint"? Which is fair enough, really, but still. I'm scared.

The columns look a little squashed together but I like how I can now see more news and feature articles on the main page, looks like it will be much easier to keep up to date with articles on the site. On the whole the new layout looks quite snazzy if I do say so myself.

The home page is ok but you guys need to work on the forum layout a bit, I tend not to use my browser full screen and on chrome it seems to want to be wider then I like it.

Why does the entirely useless header take up 1/3 of my browser window? Is this really necessary?

It needs to be about an inch narrower to actually fit on the screen.

I like it. Especially the 3 column layout at the lower part of the page. Makes things large and clear, and separating different types of posts is really useful. Although I'm getting something weird happening. On my browser (Chrome) there's always a large grey area at the top of the every screen.

I do not care for this new layout, it sucks. It's too clogged together

It's pretty horrible. The footer, I like but...

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What the crap is this, a header should never take up half the god damn page, there is so much empty space in there. It looks like you've taken the page, crushed it down, just so you can move all the space that would have been around the main stuff into the header. Which makes the content look even more cluttered (which I didn't think was possible) than the previous layout.

From aesthetics point of you, yeah it looks quite pretty. From a design point of view, it makes me want to stab my eyes out, I'm a student in this field, it makes me cringe how bad the usability of it all is, IT PHYSICALLY UPSETS ME.

The features section is nice, but in the wrong place. That feels like it should be on one of the sides. As for the whole, staying up for a day thing, yeah that is an issue (not really for me, I check escapist every day because I have no life) but for most people yes.

And I won't even get into how you have seemingly made massive div holes in the design to purposefully make it look worse for anyone who doesn't have ads. (Ironically, It might have made it look much better, as it used to)

Jandau:
Why does the entirely useless header take up 1/3 of my browser window? Is this really necessary?

I will second this. It could be 50 to 75% smaller and still work well

I don't love it, but I like it a heck of a lot better than what they are getting rid of.

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