Matador Network Unveils New Design

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It looks like the coding elves at Matador Network were busy over the weekend working on a site redesign that was unveiled today. The new site features a rotating featured article slider front and center and 15 links below to articles from their various sub-domains (a nice touch is that the stories are organizable by popularity or release date).

Overall I think they did a nice job. I know just as well as anyone that any design is always a work in progress. However, my only concern is that new color scheme “above the fold” is a bit dreary, with the color black predominant in the navigation bar and featured article background, and dark grays used for the font colors. Set in front of a light gray in the site background, it seems like the amazing color photographs the site is known for get a little lost in the mix.

But I do think the streamlined navigation and organization is an improvement, and it looks like they’re putting a new emphasis on social media with predominant facebook integration. Overall, a nice job, and I look forward to see where they go from here.

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