Canada.com recently launched a long-overdue redesign of their website. I’ll let you decide what you think on your own, but I find it way too busy, deeply unusable and just plain ugly. As somebody (I think it was on here, but I can’t find it now) recently remarked, they went from looking like an early-nineties website to a late-nineties one.
One particularly laughable navigation element is the ‘share it’ section. This teases with the prospect of citizen journalism and reader engagement, but turns out to be the bucket for stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else. What do obituaries (new user-generated content, every day!), personals and e-cards (speaking of the nineties) have in common? They do have a discussion group, but they managed to select the ugliest, least user-friendly forum software I’ve seen in years.
What’s the worst offense (aside from the subscription walled gardens)? No RSS feeds. C’mon, it’s nearly 2006. Nearly every media outlet in the world offers RSS feeds. CanWest is among the largest media conglomerates in Canada. What possible reason could they have for not implementing them?
Colby Cosh is none too impressed either. He’s wrong, of course, about design, but he’s correct about the laughable new slogan (so designed by committee): “Where Perspectives Connect”.