Hi guys. I’m going to have to step away from this for a few hours, but just thought I’d give you an update on where we are with some of your comments on the redesign:
Re: the comments section
- The pink lines are gone for the moment, but I think I’ve fixed the spacing/padding issues. (Hopefully?) I have a pending question at a tech forum for how to make the first level comments stand out more. If anyone is handy with CSS and can figure it out, I’d love to hear from you.
Re: the fonts:
- I’m bummed to hear that you guys don’t like Arial, which I actually chose because a number of fairly big news sites — including The Wall Street Journal — use it for their main body font. I’ve made the kerning a bit wider, but let’s try to live with it for a few days and see how we’re feeling.
- I’m also surprised to hear that anyone misses the old logo, or thought the one in Courier was more professional. The current font, called Whitney Condensed, was designed by my friend Tobias Frere-Jones for the Whitney Museum. I thought it struck a great balance between being legible, bold, professional, but still friendly. (I was kind of expecting more pushback on the cursive font, a free one called Lover’s Quarrel. Is that still rendering in Comic Sans for anyone?)
Re: the ads:
- Didn’t add any new ones, honest, or make the current ones bigger. I suspect it’s a layout issue (padding or margins or some such), and will look into it as soon as possible (but I thought the comments section was a much, much higher priority today).
Thank you for your patience, guys. Change is hard, but I really felt it was time for it for the site.