Here are a few more screen-shots of what we’re working on for the January launch. The first reflects your comments about switching the Welcome and Events columns. There was logic (and solid logic at that) behind their original placement; the image in the Events column competes with the campaign images and the “stickers” (those nifty cut-outs of people) and really weighs down that side of the page visually. We’re going to have to be mindful of this as we rotate images into that space. As you can see, the one in the screen shot is not so bad in this regard, but a stronger image in that location (say one with a lot of heavy color) will read much differently.
These next two examples are various treatments for a news “feature”–something big going on that we want to pay a lot of attention to. Examples of things that might wind up in this space would be last year’s Mars landing, Inauguration of a new president, or, say…the President’s trip to China. This space is curated by The News Service, so you can rest assured that the folks making decisions are qualified for such a high profile space.
Currently, Will is working on some refinements of the concept of the boxed feature. If memory serves, he’s exploring ways to lighten up the grey while maintaining a good contrast with regard to the font. And…um…some other stuff…all of which I am ashamed to admit I have forgotten.
Please feel free to chat about these designs…as you can see by the switched columns, we’re open to change.
Also, I feel compelled to note that I will be out of town until 12/14…so there is a good chance the blog will be silent for a while. Please do refrain from putting out APBs for me…I’m just going off to another mindwashing seminar…I mean…small vacation.
Edited on 12/8 to add the following:
I’m sorry, folks, I didn’t really do a very good job of explaining that second set of screen shots above. They are not replacements for the home page. Rather, they’re treatments of special news events–something big enough that we would want to give it added attention on the site. The single shot above–with the news thumbnails–is the day-to-day version of the page. The two below would only go live when something big and exciting is going on. The rest of the time, you’d see the more familiar news thumbnails (which are bigger now, by the way) and headlines. -L