June 21, 2010

A new look for Cricinfo blogs

Not only does the blogs section now look better integrated with the rest of the site, we also believe it is more reader-friendly

You are reading this on a page different from the one you're used to seeing for a Cricinfo blog.

I must admit it took us longer to get here - the blogs section was feeling, in a visual sense, more and more disconnected with the other parts of the site - than we bargained for, but it's been a busy few months for the design and production teams. Since the redesign of Cricinfo, they have relaunched a Formula One site and delivered a World Cup one for Soccernet, while continuing to polish Cricinfo.

The real purpose of a redesign, of course, goes beyond the cosmetic. Not only does the blogs section now look better integrated with the rest of the site, we also believe it is more reader-friendly. The page headers are cleaner and sharper, the text-display panel wider, and the type better spaced. The navigation has been shortened to make it look less cluttered, and all blogs are available via a couple of dropdown menus and on the page footer.

More importantly, your voice finds a more prominent space. We have introduced a comments feed on the right-hand column of the blogs homepage, which is an invitation to you engage in a meaningful discussion not only with the writers but among yourselves. Also, there are now feeds for comments - for all blogs and individual ones.

This is the second significant section redesign for us this fortnight. Most of you will have seen our new Video and Audio page, which as the name suggests, combines our multimedia offerings. Among the improvements: a larger video player that enhances the experience of watching a clip manifold, and a more visually appealing listings display, with pictures for each item.

As always, some of you might miss the familiar, but clearly, it was time to move on.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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