A few months ago The New York Times announced that they were working on a redesign. I signed up for access to their prototype, and got access last month. Checked out a few articles and dove into the source, and here's my view on the prototype.
A few things I really like about the redesign prototype:
- The navigation can be triggered simply by moving the cursor towards the left side of the screen.
- The custom shortcuts in the navigation! Stored using (HTML5) localStorage.
- Custom social buttons!! They never use the official social buttons (by Twitter or Facebook), which is a good thing in my opinion.
- Left and right navigation within the article to quickly navigate to the previous/next article.
- I really like the minimal media enlargement / modal view. It is very easy to navigate through the items inside the article (keyboard shortcuts included. This article is a great example including images and video (with a dark
A couple of (intereseting) things I discovered about the NY Times redesign prototype:
- Loads almost all of the JS files inside the <head>
- Uses jQuery 1.7.2 - while the prototype only supports modern browsers, so jQuery 2.0 (which is faster and smaller) could also do the trick. Although I do understand the development of the prototype had started before the launch of jQuery 2.0.
- The article pages are quite large: between 1.5 and 2.0MB seems to be the average.