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Hard News: Do you like what we've done with the place?

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  • steven crawford,

    This discussion about font design for dyslexia has some useful links.

    I'm dyslexic, and as one of the commentaries at Sacha's linked discussion pointed out, different people have different dyslexic related difficulties. My main problem is word construction. Not so much the reading. Prior to going to polytech and getting an art degree, then making over 2000 comments on public address, I almost never wrote anything, nor did I read allot. Largely due to laziness, and not realizing reading and writing technology is incredibly useful.

    The typography is fine, it is consistent and it's as good as the the next commenter. Unlike my own handwriting, which is the source of much shame and frustration. Its just as well handwritten documents are no longer acceptable to academic institutions or I would never have earned my art degree, which involved typography design.

    Not so keen on Delicious myself, I like stock standard.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4294 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to steven crawford,

    I have never forgiven myself for being a touch rude about your spelling back in the early days and before I knew better and realized it is perfectly fine.One thing I sometimes have problems with is distinguishing between zero and 'O' in passwords.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Yeah, but that's because we're old and our eyes are going ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Well, you caused no harm. I get the zero next to the O thing, in fact, 0o’s both bugger each others occupation of the keyboard.

    I don’t see my dyslexia as a visual impairment. Its more logical. It is the challenge information sequentially and the mechanics of translating it from the textures of sound to the rhythms of literature.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4294 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Now that I've figured out how to turn down the brightness on my new monitor so that all the white is no longer searing my eyeballs, I think I like it.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • matthewbuchanan, in reply to linger,

    Hi, for older browsers in which the slideshow doesn’t run I’d suggest bookmarking the posts page which lists all posts in reverse order. Thanks for reporting the other issues, we’ll look into those missing archives.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to nzlemming,

    I've been told that squinting is sexy. Reason #1,465,821 why my partner has transcended mere awesome and is on a whole other plain of some kind of wonderful.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Georgia on my mind...

    ‘I shot the serif, but I did not shoot typography’
    Applause
    Whistles.

    this biped concurs
    but reflexes got the better of me
    and I Marley Clapton and on...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7885 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    There is one little thing about the new look I'm finding a bit disappointing. I used to like some of the "origins" people put. Joe Wylie's for example, always made me smile. But now, it's truncated to "Down on my knees.." (could be even less, but I'm nervous of spooling back and not being able to find this page again - am I revealing just how hopeless I really am at this stuff?) If you hover over it, the whole lot changes, so it's not something you can discover in any way. Probably not terribly important, but a fun thing that seems to have disappeared.

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Not sure if this has been mentioned but in the “Cafe” section when I hover over things they disappear
    I am using Windows XP
    Means I have to stab in the dark (or light actually)
    It seems to affect the top entry and then ever other one...strange eh
    Other than that I really like the new upgrade from the beta system and can live with that one problem

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    It's slower.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Not for me - especially loving the improvements when posting and editing

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Yeah, definitely much slower here, Fortunate that this is aimed primarily at thə Zew Nealand clientele, Also, this new 'Hard News' font and its placement slipping off the top edge of the banner is not On. Generally the layout feels good though.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Also, this new ‘Hard News’ font and its placement slipping off the top edge of the banner is not On

    Chris, the placement is a deliberate design decision – matches the Public Address logo

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    The public address instance works because it’s the neutral colour of the background, creating an illusion of the letters as pipes branching through the speech bubble. The new font here reminds me of the Truth. Tabloid compared to the previous digicool.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m just offering some points that stick out, worst stuff I can find, no other purpose than to provide feedback.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    The design geek in me is always happy if any font choice draws a response. Was merely saying the placement wasn't a technical error of some sort.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Yeah, I didn't think it would be any error Sacha, it simply doesn't sit well with me, I'm no font expert, but I'm wondering if this is a print font/screen font conflict I'm feeling here?

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Russell: given the cost of running the shop, and the new paint job, is it possible to make a contribution to the on-going costs of PA--something like the modest auto payment I make to the Werewolf site. I would be happy to do so.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • matthewbuchanan, in reply to Jacqui Dunn,

    Jacqui, this was more a practical decision that anything else. We might add them back to the user’s page that lists all their comment posts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • matthewbuchanan, in reply to chris,

    Chris, yes the slowdown is likely due to the fact that we’ve moved the site from San Francisco to Auckland during the changeover. Better for the vast majority of the readership, but we’re continuing to make performance improvements.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    There was the charcoal colour - then the green- now,GO WITH THE RED!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    (It's a colour known as kokowai and has intimations of life & humanity. And, chieflyness...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    yes the slowdown is likely due to the fact that we’ve moved the site from San Francisco to Auckland during the changeover.

    I, for one, will be glad to get these flowers out of my hair.... but bring on the Summer of Love!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7885 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    A few more issues:


    I still don’t think that…

    "First ←Older Page 1 … 7 8 9 10 11 Newer→ Last"

    … makes as much sense as the old – and simpler –

    "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11"

    It is simultaneously more complicated and less usable.


    The “Last Post” link is in the time of the last posted. To go to the end of a thread, I need to click, eg, “09:57AM, 15 Nov 2010”. Why not the link from the words “Last Post” which is what the user wants? Also, hovering over “09:57AM, 15 Nov 2010” makes my cursor arrow change to cursor arrow with question mark, (in Firefox). This seems unnecessary, if not incorrect.

    “A day ago” or even “14 hours ago”, etc. as a time stamp is not useful. If I want to go back to the last comment I read, I need to know the absolute time that comments were made. If I last read a thread at 3pm yesterday, then that’s what I want to go back to, rather that having to calculate how many hours ago that was, every time.

    Where the link, on PAS, that used to say “Read Original Post” (or some such) used to be, it now just has the title of the post. This is anti-intuitive as it looks like the headline for the page that one is currently on, rather that a link to another page.

    Once again, apologies for the apparent negativity; I'm just trying to make note of issues that are performing sub-optimally, so that performance can be made better for everyone. :)

    Thanks again.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • John Fouhy,

    I read this post on my iPhone this morning... Three comments:

    1. iPhone interface is really nice.
    2. There's no margin on the right-hand side -- text can abut the edge of the screen. A little margin would make it easier to read.
    3. I was reading it with the web browser within Bylines (an RSS reader that syncs with google reader) and I couldn't log in. Log in works fine with mobile safari, so not sure what's up with that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report Reply

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