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Creamy cogs

Posted Mar 29, 2004 in Design.

I really like the new design of Happy Cog. The creamy colors make the site far more welcoming than the orange monstrosity that came before. It seems to be very user-friendly, and the new images on the About Us page are better.

There a couple of things I don't like. First of all, text-resizing is not available when using Internet Explorer for Windows. Using relative units is not difficult, and guys like Jeffrey Zeldman know perfectly well how to do it. Sometimes I think he chooses not to out of defiance against our masters. I think the Contact Us page should have a form, as well as the regular email address. It is a minor point, however. No method of skipping the navigation is provided, which isn't great from an accessibility standpoint.

There are a couple of oddities. There are several subtitles, such as MAKING A DIFFERENCE and PAINT IT, BRUNETTE, which should really be in header elements. CSS could be used to convert the headers to inline elements, and also to render them in uppercase. Also, I am not quite clear as to why it is necessary to use JavaScript, as a means to navigate back to the home page, with an onClick() event on the banner. Is this to avoid a duplicate link?

Overall, I think the new site is orders of magnitude better than the old one. I prefer it to either Zeldman's personal site or A List Apart.

Comments

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    I agree, the Creme version is better than the previous one.

    Still, there was something about the orange version that really set it apart from everything else and made it memorable. But this new one is a lot easier to read and very professional.

    As far as the text resizing goes, maybe he is doing it as a sort of "punk rock" middle finger to IE. Who knows?

    I really like A List Apart, although I would really like to see a search function added.

    Posted by Todd on Mar 29, 2004.

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    My problem with ALA is that it is rather narrow, and the text is too small.

    I agree that the previous version of Happy Cog was memorable - I remember that I didn't like it LOL. Seriously though, Jeffrey needed to let go of the whole orange thing just a little bit.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Mar 29, 2004.

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    >I really like A List Apart, although I would really like to see a search function added.

    A List Apart _has_ a search function.

    Posted by sanchez on Mar 29, 2004.

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    Yep, just saw that. I don't know what I was thinking...maybe too early in the morning?

    Posted by Todd on Mar 29, 2004.