A cleaner, simpler reboot. What do you think?

For the past 12 months, I have often asked you, our community, how we could improve the site — how we could make it better, cleaner and simpler to use. And each time, you have responded with great suggestions. We took all those suggestions and passed them on to the folks at SilverOrange, the design firm that has done the Mozilla and Digg sites, to come up with something simple, utilitarian and classy.

Of course, the new redesign had to reflect some of our business realities — incorporating content from our network sites, for example, and including advertising without being too suffocating. It took a while, but we finally got it done.

logo_big.gifThe new, two-column design features our new, more formal logo, designed by Arno Gelfi, a friend of ours from Red Herring and Business 2.0. And it addresses our readers’ biggest complaint — that the main content block was too constrained and narrow.

A couple of points about the new look: We have created a featured posts block right at the top, which allows us to showcase some of our long-form writing. Readers kept telling us that trying to find these stories was quite frustrating. Of course, we as writers want to get read, and we think the new design makes it easier for you to find these “featured” stories, which are also available via a featured story RSS feed. The new design is also — at least in my opinion — open and airy, giving me an opportunity to put up shorter posts, quick links or random musings.

The GigaOM network stories are available at the bottom of the page, and hopefully you will sign up for our network RSS feed to get the latest from what our diligent team of writers is crafting throughout the day.

The focus of this redesign is simplification. Hopefully you agree. Of course, your feedback is invaluable and we eagerly await your suggestions.

(We are going to be tweaking it over the weekend, so bear with us while we make the changes and perfect it. Of course, let us know if you capture any bugs. Also check out the new look WebWorkerDaily)

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By Om Malik

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  1. Nice one Om and crew – looks like you have come over to my blue side :) Def. more airy and open.

    My only thought would be to add another color in the text and headers somehow – right now its a ton of blue with no breakup.

    I assume its still being installed but a variety of pages have no content and there are no meta desc or keywords.

    I didn’t realize you guys were hosting on wordpress.com!

  2. Love the redesign! The simplicity is great! I hope to see this applied across your network eventually. :)

  3. James Westfall Friday, November 23, 2007

    Looks good. The clean look lends itself to the quality posts. Thanks & keep it up.

  4. Layout is much better now. No Space-Crunch now.

  5. With Firefox on Leopard I’m seeing a scrollbar on the rhs of the blue page header (scrolling down reveals the GigaOM logo)

  6. Reply-ing to a particular comment is not working. Gives some error. But the new commenting is much better. You don’t have to do – @Name – Reply.

  7. Really first class design. Easy on the eyes, and easy to navigate. Bravo!

  8. @ John

    I am using the same browser to check things and not finding that problem. I was wondering if you were getting caching from the old site. ANyway if you send me a screen shot info at gigaom dot com, it would help debug.

  9. s. tunji turner Friday, November 23, 2007

    greatly done, thanks tam gigaom

  10. @ Allen

    Thanks buddy. Can you elaborate on your comment about the colors. Would really appreciate it. Thanks for the feedback.

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