MIT website redesign(

over 5 years ago from Alexander Stocker, Founder

  • Nic TrentNic Trent, over 5 years ago


    4 points
    • Account deleted over 5 years ago

      Cool. I think it has some fundamental issues, beyond the terrible colours , which are subjective, that make it less than ideal.

      1 point
      • Nic TrentNic Trent, over 5 years ago

        Genuinely curious what fundamental issues you believe are wrong. I wrote some things I like, don't like below. They were dealing with some interesting issues if you read the behind the scenes.

        3 points
        • Account deleted over 5 years ago

          The page isn't balanced

          There are four different things competing for your attention

          Everything is horribly crowded (15"MBP screen)

          There is no clear heirarchy

          The tooltips obscure the links, showing me pointless URLs that I can't do anything with.

          The top nav disappears when you scroll

          Join us in building link doesnt provide any context, and seeing as the rest of the page is so confusing it makes me not want to click it

          When you click search in the top right corner, the animation is almost seizure inducing.

          That's just a few.

          4 points
          • Brendan Appe, over 5 years ago

            While I agree there are some hierarchy issues (the smaller sizes address this, making search the clear priority) I disagree with some of your other points.

            The page to me doesn’t feel too crowded at all, and I’m viewing it on a 13” macbook. There is a search to the left, and image to the right with a headline peaking from below indicating scroll to read more. It feels clean and rather simple what my options are here.

            The URLs are not pointless, their URLs are very tidy. You can easily see if a link is taking you to news, an alumni page, the library site, etc. It potentially obscuring the link is really a non-issue, move your mouse.

            The top nav disappearing could be problematic, but it seems they’ve done a good job ensuring most pages aren’t very long so maybe they found it unnecessary?

            Your last two points are fair, though I assumed “Join us in in building a better world” had to do with their community involvement/volunteering efforts, which was correct. I could see including that on the homepage a client demand and them doing the best they could with the real estate provided.

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            • Account deleted over 5 years ago

              But thats the thing. you have basically infinite space to use. They've tried to cram it into this weird split layout which has more problems than it's worth. They could've made it a lot cleaner and usable if they'd gone for a more traditional layout. It would solve most of the problems on this site. Form before function and all that.

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