Kevin Rose is the man with a seemingly golden touch on any web start-up he is involved with.
Already well known for being the brains behind Digg, and now Pownce, he also has an Internet video start-up on the go in the form of Revision3.
Revision3.com has recently undergone some design revisions, and the new look gives usability, rather than aesthetics, the upper hand.
A Simplified Homepage
The homepage has been simplified providing an immediate focus with a large feature box that rotates through different site promotions. Each show now has it’s own section which is easily accessible from the “Shows” drop down menu along the top of every page.
Streaming video flash players on each episode page have been bumped up to 555×337 which really draws viewers in. Each show has a plethora of different subscription formats which are only a tab away from the recent episode list.
At Expense Of Visual Design
The overall restructuring is a welcome improvement, but unfortunately it came at the expense of visual design.
The new color scheme is drab and bland with a “corporate” feeling that first comes to mind. I suppose this is to appeal to advertisers that Revision3 is trying to attract to buy ad inventory but it feels like something from early 2000.
The Old Design Was More Cutting Edge
The old design (pictured below) felt slick and cutting edge just like the network itself. But the worst offender of this new look is the typography.
For one, it is a light grey (hex code #666666) and could stand to be darker (like #333333) for increased contrast and thus increased readability.
The line-height is also not set leaving lines scrunched together making it harder to read. In short, the new design is missing the final polish which used to set it apart from other media websites on the net.
Back To The Drawing Board
Daniel Burka has been the lead designer on most of Kevin Rose’s web projects but it looks like he didn’t have a hand in the new Revision3.com.
He must be too busy working on Digg and Pownce, two sites I really admire from a design perspective. Luckily I have no reason to visit the Revision3 site on a regular basis except to subscribe to new shows.
I hope they take a second look at things and update the style to match the new functionality.
Russell Heimlich is a digital media engineer and technology journalist. Catch his thoughts put into words at russellheimlich.com
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