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The New Look of iLounge

As you’ve most likely noticed, we’ve just unveiled a makeover for iLounge’s front page, trimming down text blocks and adding new site features. We’d love your input (positive, negative, or neutral) on the new look, so please let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

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1

looks good… woo. im first

Posted by Francis on June 2, 2004 at 11:40 PM (CDT)

2

At first, I was suprised to see the change, as the first thing that caught my eye was the Playstation symbol in the prodominant image (it was accompanying the article about how Sony cemented iPod as the superior player).

Other than that, its nice for most ppl new to the site, but for ppl like me who just read the news, it means scrolling down a bit further, though that’s hardly a problem.

Posted by Sraphim on June 3, 2004 at 12:20 AM (CDT)

3

i like it, but i agree with srpashim that the playstation thing [which is readily identifiable] is very prominent and was the first thing i looked at, wondering if i had gone to PSXLounge by accident.

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on June 3, 2004 at 2:23 AM (CDT)

4

A nice change, looks great!

Posted by Charmaine on June 3, 2004 at 2:51 AM (CDT)

5

I like it!  I primarily come here for iPod accessory reviews and it bugged me slightly that they were listed with the iPod mini accessories, so I love the new separate listings.

The only thing I can pick at is that the “new” and “mini” icons next to the review headlines seem to be stretched a little tall… maybe the height attribute is a bit higher than it should?

Apart from that minor pick, I love the redesign. :)

Posted by Jon Eccleston in UK on June 3, 2004 at 4:19 AM (CDT)

6

looks great, contrary to the first few post i didn’t even notice the playstation thing. when i first came here i began to browse the new layout to look at all the changes. Great job at the redesign guys.

Posted by stefan on June 3, 2004 at 4:45 AM (CDT)

7

Standard pregression of improvement we’ve come to expect from the smattering of well manicured websites we see!  Good job!!

Posted by W9FIF on June 3, 2004 at 8:11 AM (CDT)

8

It’s great! But with the new prominence places on feature stories and reviews, I hope you update them with new material frequently. We readers are always wanting more, unfortunately.

Posted by dce on June 3, 2004 at 9:02 AM (CDT)

9

Since you asked, the “reviews” page would be much more useful if each of the products had the final rating next to it on the main reviews page.

Imagine that I’m a casual reader who has come here to look for advice about an iPod case. There are a dozens of case reviews there. It’s great that it’s so complete, but it’ll take me a long time to read them all. I’d much rather look at the highest-rated cases first, see if they meet my needs, then work my way down.

It’s not really a problem, but the conceptual distinction between the info in the FAQs and the Tips and Tricks has always escaped me.

Other than that, it’s a very well-designed site, and you should be proud of it.

Posted by CopRock on June 3, 2004 at 9:56 AM (CDT)

10

Looks great! Congrats and thanks! ;)

Posted by Darrell on June 3, 2004 at 10:01 AM (CDT)

11

I love the new look guys.  It’s cool and easy to find news.

Posted by Kee-Lo on June 3, 2004 at 12:25 PM (CDT)

12

I have to agree with CopRock,I need a new case and would like to see the highest rated ones first.

The new look is great, but I liked the old design better, the “Classic” iPod Lounge.

Posted by FrogFreak on June 3, 2004 at 12:32 PM (CDT)

13

I am neutral.  I think you did a great job, but i was simply used to the old design.  After a couple of days I think I’ll like it.  Excuse the phrase but: Mad props, yo!!

Posted by supercarrot900 on June 3, 2004 at 1:28 PM (CDT)

14

It’s nice but I found I’m either locked out or the forums are closed.  There’s not even a place for me to put my name for this post. 

Honeybee1236

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 3, 2004 at 11:33 PM (CDT)

15

When you decide to read this and answer me, I’d like to know why I am locked out of the forums now and why there is no answer to my e-mail I sent.  At least give me an answer.

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 4, 2004 at 9:37 AM (CDT)

16

I dont really like it im sorry but i prefer the old layout better

Posted by [email protected] on June 4, 2004 at 10:26 AM (CDT)

17

It’s nice but I found I’m either locked out or the forums are closed. There’s not even a place for me to put my name for this post.

Honeybee1236

Still having problems accessing the forums?

Posted by MadPict in UK on June 4, 2004 at 1:05 PM (CDT)

18

It’s okay, but it seems really busy for me. I come here primarily for iPod news, and its not that accesible. It just seems a little too cluttered.

Posted by draell on June 4, 2004 at 5:43 PM (CDT)

19

The orange text is aweful.

Posted by BCcat in Vancouver on June 4, 2004 at 10:17 PM (CDT)

20

I think the orange text is part of the package and not up for debate ;)

But the clear colour concept is eye-catching and easily identifiable as the brand ipodlounge so it’s ok!

as for the new design: I agree that it is a good evolution of the site structure, keep up the good work!

Posted by aptmunich on June 5, 2004 at 2:35 AM (CDT)

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