It was more than a year ago that we first decided that we needed to redesign the New Internationalist website. We finally relaunched the site yesterday and we'd love to hear what you think!
Its four or five years since our last big redesign and a lot has changed on the web: the mainstreaming of social media, the demise of Internet Explorer 6 (yay!), the rise of the iPad and so on. We wanted a site that felt more modern and easier to use but still fulfilled our commitment to tell the world about the people, the ideas and the action in the fight for global justice.
We've focussed on making the website feel more straightforward, more easily navigable and to highlight the amazing articles from our magazine and our blogs. We also wanted to make sure that our books and shops were more clearly highlighted in the site. Here's a quick rundown of some of what we've done.
- We worked with the fantastically talented designer Andy Clarke to develop the look and feel for the site. You can read all about the redesign process in Andy's blogs.
- We've made it easier to comment on blogs and you can now comment on articles too — you can even tweet about an article and see your tweet right next to the comments.
- We've completely changed the "information architecture". In plain English that means (we hope) its easier to get around the site.
- We've integrated our blogs into the main site. So now its loads easier to hop between blog posts and articles.
- We've overhauled our search and tags facilities to make it easier to find stuff — you can now subscribe to an RSS feed of your search results, so you can keep an eye on a particular topic.
- We've build a new Theme Index which lists all our articles and blogs by broad theme.
- We're going to be trying to highlight more of our videos with our new multimedia block and our video page.
We're sure that there will be lots of bugs to fix, improvements to make and ideas to include. But we reckon that its the activists, readers and the New Internationalist community that make NI what it is. So we'd really love to hear from you. What's good? What don't you like? What we could do better? And what we shouldn't change?