Site Design: Utter Madness of The Globe’s Homepage

The Globe’s website opens up to the day’s readings, with the top of the page presented in an utterly bland fashion as seen below:

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It offers the option to look at the “ePaper,” but that personally doesn’t appeal to me either. (It’s the format their mobile app follows- post about that coming soon!)

But what is a deceptively simple design at  first, turns into a chaotic heap of confusion when you scroll down:

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As seen above, The Globe does highlight it’s subheadings in red, but it’s barely of any help. The sub genres are chaotically mixed together.It’s hard to believe that they got the title of “Best designed news website in the world” from Society for News Design in 2011. (They didn’t make it in any category since)

The font is not large enough (smaller than the headlines!), and spacing makes it even harder to differentiate. The random order the genres seem to follow is the final straw- who decided that articles by Michael A. Cohen should follow the “Analysis” section? And what was the thought process behind it? I certainly do not understand it.

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They usually provide live updates on the very top of the page, such as live videos of press conferences, or scores of various sporting events, which is a nice touch.
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 Nothing excuses the rest of the page, though.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 8.52.58 PMTheir “must reads” show up only halfway through the page (much after the madness- so much for emphasis!) and they barely put any videos on the main page (even though they do a very good job with them, have their own Youtube channel, and identify as a broadcasting and media production company on Facebook- posting about that soon!).

If you go through the categories, such as the metro section, the design is still bland, but MUCH neater than the home page:

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Articles listed under the Metro section of The Boston Globe.

They could use more visual appeals, however. Couldn’t hurt to at least fill the blank spots with visual stories.

FINAL VERDICT: Online site needs a MAJOR redesign!

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