The New Design and Your Feedback

open_culture_beigeAs you prob­a­bly know, Open Cul­ture launched a new look last week, and it seemed worth devot­ing a few words to it. With the new design, I was hop­ing to give the site a more invit­ing look and stream­line the over­all nav­i­ga­tion. I was also hop­ing to make it clear that user con­tri­bu­tions are always wel­come. If you have tips on good media, send them our way. And if you ever want to write a guest blog post, please feel free to let me know what you have in mind. The more indi­vid­ual read­ers con­tribute, the more our com­mu­ni­ty of read­ers ben­e­fits.

I def­i­nite­ly want to send a word of thanks to the folks at Rolling Orange, who han­dled all of the design and imple­men­ta­tion. An excel­lent group to work with. Also, I want to thank Eric Ober­le who has been very gen­er­ous with his tech sup­port since the begin­ning.

Last­ly, this is a great time to ask you what you would like to see from Open Cul­ture in the future. What should the site do more of? What should it do less of? What good things haven’t we thought about? Your input would be real­ly appre­ci­at­ed. Feel free to send thoughts from the con­tact page, or add any thoughts in the com­ments sec­tion below. Thanks in advance to all…

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  • linda says:


    I love Open Cul­ture. You’re doing a great job. I pop in almost every day and very much enjoy the vari­ety of top­ics. So, thank you for all your good work.

  • Anonymous says:

    The col­or com­bos are a bit dif­fi­cult to read (dont have great vision). You can mea­sure them at

  • Janet F says:

    I love your new look!

  • Gingembre says:

    I like the design very much but the font size and col­or make it dif­fi­cult to read, par­tic­u­lar­ly the gray on gray. Per­haps using bold font and increas­ing the font size a tad would make all the dif­fer­ence to those of us with less than great vision. As it is now I have to squint to read the text.

  • Anonymous says:

    New look is attrac­tive, but I agree with oth­ers that the leg­i­bil­i­ty suf­fers. Needs larg­er, dark­er text.

    Keep up the flow of inter­est­ing arti­cles.

  • Dan Colman says:

    Thanks all for the com­ments. I will def­i­nite­ly take these into account and fig­ure out how to address them. Any oth­er thoughts are cer­tain­ly wel­come. Cheers,

  • Bart says:

    Form fol­lows func­tion.

    The func­tion itself is bril­liant.
    So des­gn­wise ist is hard to do sth. wrong. As long it does not influ­ence the usabil­i­ty.

    A change refresh­es the brain ;-)

  • Spamboy says:

    Actu­al­ly, some of us *don’t* know about the new look, as we receive our infor­ma­tion via your RSS feed. :)

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