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This Is a Joke, Right?

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  • You're not serious about this "new look" for MSDN, are you?  The existing look is MUCH better than this new one.  I don't even want to waste my time describing what's wrong with it.  For you to come up with this "new look" in the first place strongly indicates to me you won't even understand if I tell you why I don't like it.
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:49 AM

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  • I do agree that the new site is visually a step backwards:

    1. Purple buttons. Just say no.
    2. Poorly designed mix of fonts - the "old" msdn site's choice of fonts is much cleaner and more readable.
    3. WAY too much visual noise - the old msdn site is much cleaner. The new one has a lot of awkward, visually clashing icons and odd choices of spacing and very thick dividers. Very cartoony.
    4. Poor layout for Z-scan: The new pages are unfriendly to casual left-to-right/top-down scanning. Too many sections. Sections not aligned, and so on.

    Overall, if you took this site and told me that the old site was the new design, I'd believe it. That is not a good sign.


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    Thursday, October 15, 2009 5:53 PM
  • I'm afraid I have to agree.  It's like we're going back in time.  The new design looks more like MSN than MSDN :-(
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 1:39 PM
  • I'm interested in hearing more about what you don't like. I manage the UX/Design Team at MSDN and we worked hard to solve a lot of existing probems - but obviously didn't meet everyone's expectations. The new design was based on customer input from the past year, and the goal is to have a more consistent design across the network. With our previous design, we really didn't have a consistent use of templates and the location of information from site-to-site varied a lot. Our goal was to take the designs of our best-performing developer centers and apply those consistently across all the sites.

    Please let me know what specific aspects of the new design aren't working for you, and I'll talk to my team about how we can address the problems. We do have plans for a much more user-configurable approach, since it's clear that everyone's working style and preference do vary quite a lot.

    Thanks,
    Chris

    Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:33 AM
  • I actually love the new design, for one.  It is clean, uncluttered and much easier to navigate through.  I didn't think I'd be liking the blue/purple motif, but it's growing on me.  The animation seems tasteful to me.  The new Lightweight view of the MSDN library is an excellent home for those of us who liked loband a lot, but found ourselves missing the search feature.  

    Personally, I would say job very well done on the redesign.
    Monday, October 19, 2009 9:44 PM
  • Overall, if you took this site and told me that the old site was the new design, I'd believe it. That is not a good sign.
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    That describes it best. 100% agreement.
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009 6:42 AM
  • I don't know why you didn't like it but yeah the color choice is kinda weird but I love its new simple view. I don't know but like most of programmers I don't like complicated views and that is what MS is trying to accomplish, providing more readable and clear-cut user interface experience.

    I agree with previous one was better thing, but it was better but complicated so to me, because of readability the new outlook is way better than the previous one and I don't care for the colors or other thing, new tabbed language code selector and new dark colors are way better.

    Thanks.
    I am not a perfect developer but i have perfect developers' habits.
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 7:45 AM
  • Hi folks - we've decided to turn off the auto-play mode in the Community Activity area, and will reintroduce that option at a later date.

    Thanks much for your input.

    Chris Dahl
    MSDN UX/Design
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 4:01 PM