Until today, the Hamilton Spectator's website sucked ass. It was ugly, cramped, disorganized, non-intuitive, slow to load, hard to find anything, and severely search-deficient.
Hamilton Spectator website redesign
The blue, green and white colour scheme is bright and cheerful (if slightly cramped), with eye-pleasing gradients, crisp lines and decent use of white space.
Headlines and summaries of linked articles are now available at a glance, instead of having to click a small plus-symbol to pop out the summary.
Better still, every page now has a basic search form. Before, you had to click on a search hyperlink, which took you to a page that had links to three search options: past seven days, browse by date, or paid archive search.
The new design improves on this with a straightforward, simple search form that covers the past 90 days. (The paid archive search is still available as well.)
Best of all, they decided to preserve pre-existing links instead of burning their bridges. The linked pages currently look like a hybrid of the old layout and the new colour scheme, but it's better than nothing.
It's nice to see Hamilton's premiere print media publication slowly starting to exlore the potential of an online presence. Congratulations to the Spec web design team for a solid redesign that improves significantly on the site.
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