>What I have so far:
Hmm. Nice and simple.
1. Doesn't fit 800x600 w/o overlapping. Maybe make the left hand nav,
which takes up a lot of estate, narrower. Check out other online news
sites--see how small they make their left hand nav?
2. Ads to right are huge--are you going for ad or for content? Decide
capitalism or content! (just kidding)
3. Most of content gets lost below the fold. Make font smaller? Use Georgia?
4. Personally, I think the "+" "-" metaphor is played out and really
primitive, Maybe think of more elegant ways to do navigation? Plus it
takes up like 20px.
5. Need more hierarchy. What's most important? right now, you got
just top stuff = most important going for you. Ads seem pretty
important cuz they are graphic and in color. Maybe use a combo of the
three (color, position, size) to establish a "most important,"
"important," "the restof the stuff," and "ad" hierarchy. Same with
the sections on the left. . .
Have you looked at other news sites as case studies: even the big
ones, nytimes.com, cnn.com, msnbc.com can give good clues. Especially
since they are the ones who have "trained" users and set standards in
online news sites, it seems smart to follow some of their lead. . .
at least for now :)
:) And I say this all with love,
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