Monday, February 19, 2007

I'm a Cranky Old Man Who Doesn't Like Change

by Brian
What the hell have they done to the IMDb?

8 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

My eyes!

2/19/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

They were way overdue for a redesign. At first glance I don't immediately dislike it, which is a good thing.

2/19/2007 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

A question of how to frame the issue, I suppose. You say, "They were way overdue for a redesign." I say, the previous design's endurance was a sign of its simple brilliance.

You say, "At first glance I don't immediately dislike it, which is a good thing". I say, it's more fun being reactionary.

2/19/2007 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I had become unhappy with the old design. It reminds me of the late '90's Yahoo portal somehow (and I was thinking that Yahoo's design was getting creaky, too, but who knew how long it had been since I had looked at one of their non-mail portal pages--they now look a bit snazzier than I remember).

I can be a cranky old man, too, and too often my immediate reaction to a design change is that I don't like it. That wasn't the case this time, perhaps because I tend to prefer sans-serif to serif fonts. Heck, they should just let you customize the look with a variety of skins or something....

2/19/2007 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Text is tiny, and what space this gives is not used to any good advantage. Putting the cast list like that is like a blade to my eye.

I'll take practicality over snazzy any day. What was there before worked. Might not have been pretty, but it worked.

Heck, they should just let you customize the look with a variety of skins or something....

That would be kinda cool. Then I could remove their forum thing which always just annoys me.

2/20/2007 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Sherry said...

I just noticed it too when researching Covington Cross. The actors listings in movies / shows are odd. Guest stars show up first and then the primary actors are lower.

2/20/2007 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I think that's perhaps just one of IMDB's quirks of handling TV series. I don't know anything about Covington Cross, but the old page seems to have the same listing order?

2/20/2007 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Wagstaff said...

My reaction was pretty similar to jaydro's - I wasn't clamouring for a redesign but now that it's happened, it's nice to have a change once in a while.

Is there a section on the site where you can see all the major changes - content and graphical - they've made to the site over the years? That would be really interesting to see. I can remember around a decade ago where they had graphical icons of varying kinds for features like 'external reviews' and the like. Moving away from that was a big step forward in efficiency.

One of the best features they've added recently is the photo stills and shots taken of actors and movies from decades gone by. ( e.g. the pictures for 1950s movie actress Carolyn Jones) They've added a real sense of flavour and character to the site imo.

That would be kinda cool. Then I could remove their forum thing which always just annoys me.

The standard of posts in the IMDB forums are pretty disappointing from what I've read. Maybe if they'd been created a few years earlier (like when user comments were brought in) it would've made a difference but they make the reader responses on Hollywood Elsewhere look sophisticated by comparison.

2/24/2007 09:30:00 AM  

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