CSS-Tricks Redesign(css-tricks.com)

over 6 years ago from Charles Jones, Visual Designer/Developer

  • Brennan Smith, over 6 years ago

    I think Chris Coyier is a genius when it comes to CSS but I am not too sure about these redesigns he does. This might be just me but it feels web 2.0 and the menu at smaller screen sizes is either a bug or needs some margin in between menu items.

    5 points
    • Charles JonesCharles Jones, over 6 years ago

      Things do get a little cramped. I would assume he is doing some progressive things to where some elements do not play nicely/very intentional design choices.

      He kind of addresses that here: https://css-tricks.com/redesign-v15-notes/

      0 points
    • Erik ShawErik Shaw, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      Genius is generous. Chris is simply the messenger. The majority of "tricks" come from other people, however, that's not to say the content isn't interesting or helpful — it is. But, the site design has always been poor, in my opinion. That's what you get when a dev attempts design.

      3 points
      • Charles JonesCharles Jones, over 6 years ago

        I agree to that to some extent. The site is so accessible to gain information quickly and that reads well though; It might not be a trendy/modern design aesthetic, but I don't think that is necessary for the subject matter and tone of Chris' site.

        1 point
      • Thomas MathewThomas Mathew, over 6 years ago

        What's poor about it?

        1 point
        • Erik ShawErik Shaw, over 6 years ago
          1. Information Architecture: It's very difficult to decide what to read. There is no hierarchy of content. Should I read the left column, or right? Very overwhelming.

          2. Typography: The text is too large and in-your-face. Text is meant to be read, not looked at. This makes it hard to quickly scan the content and focus.

          3. Spacing: The site feels very cramped resulting from the layout and text size. It could benefit from some white-space.

          4. Aesthetic: Harsh gradients, weird header and footer "angular" thing, non-harmonious colors, etc. There's a difference between "intentional ugly" and poor visual taste. This is the second.

          I could go on, but it's not very important as this is purely my opinion. Chris does a fine job managing the site and this has nothing to do with him personally. Simply, my observation and feeling.

          9 points
          • Thomas MathewThomas Mathew, over 6 years ago

            All good points, I mostly agree.

            I rarely spend time on the home page, though, so the typography and layout of the article pages is most important to me. I didn't immediately notice, but I do think the articles feel more cramped (I wonder if the line-heights are actually smaller).

            0 points