Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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Darkroom: I think the new DPR logo/header looks a little lost in the page now, doesn't seem to stand out as much, especially in the dark mode. Maybe it's the loss of the camera from it.

Any chance of a keyboard shortcut for switching modes? When the sun comes out, reflections are more visible on the screen, switching quickly with a shortcut would be useful without having to get to scroll to the top, change mode and get back to your place.

i'll find out. How about the space bar? down arrow? (joking :) )

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 20:02 UTC
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steviewa: The white version looks horrendous, by far it makes it the worst looking site out there

second worst: http://www.theworldsworstwebsiteever.com

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:36 UTC
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ZoranHR: I can not find ´dark/light' swicth on mobile version. Does anyone know where it is? Thanx

it's in the menu

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:34 UTC
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Robert Schroeder: Responses "fell into one of four buckets"? Obviously for my position there was no bucket: I don't care ;-)

I wouldn't have minded if the layout stayed as it was, but I don't think the new layout is bad, either – it indeed is probably a bit easier to read.

I've got more issues with the general usability of the site than with the layout, but it seems those things are slowly getting addressed, too...

'after filtering out all the complaints about the pop-up asking for feedback and those that took the time to tell us they had no opinion' (that includes you :) )

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:22 UTC
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Alphoid: Honestly, I think it hurts your branding. It's good to have a distinct brand. White-on-black may be very 1990, but you just went to 100% generic.

Have you considered a more artistic scheme? You can do very nice things with off-whites, which have better readability than white, and also help establish a unique feel and brand.

I'd just avoid the generic high-tech white-and-blue.

to be clear, as noted in this story and previous ones, this was NOT a redesign, it was a re-skin (a new coat of paint if you will). A site this big and this old cannot be redesigned in a matter of weeks, but we will be re-visiting the overall design at some point. Honestly that's the point we'll bring in UX expertise.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
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gehairing: Why didn't you made the tests on an intermediate "gray" theme ?
For those who find white too white and/or black too black. :)
You've probably tried or discussed this option ?

many options were tried and tested, including gray.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
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ChicagoInPhotographs: I think this website looks better than it ever has. One thing not mentioned is the font, I like the new font.... it is new right?

yes it is

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:52 UTC
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Alphoid: Honestly, I think it hurts your branding. It's good to have a distinct brand. White-on-black may be very 1990, but you just went to 100% generic.

Have you considered a more artistic scheme? You can do very nice things with off-whites, which have better readability than white, and also help establish a unique feel and brand.

I'd just avoid the generic high-tech white-and-blue.

I'll check with my sales and marketing team... oh yeah that's right, we don't have one.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:52 UTC
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Carlos Loff: I hate this new template - There is a growing stupid stress around the media world to keep changing and renewing things just because some books say it has to be done - ridiculous, the old one was full of personality and much better, it was your flag, unique and strong - Damm Marketing Experts - Sheep and Zombies always on TREND

Thank god for that manual switch and since your Marketing Zombies are always on the trend, tell them to have a system to check witch color people switch to use most

Why spoil what is good just to say you are innovative ???

1) you're wrong about the ads vs articles - this was driven by user demand, nothing else.
2) no no no. I literally just emailed my Amazon boss to show him the new design - the first time he'd heard about the change.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
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PropaPH: I'm a media professional and spend all day looking at images on a computer, in a company of more than 500 similar workers. The overwhelming trend in software interfaces in the last few years has been towards neutral-to-dark backgrounds to help reduce eye strain for people who work long hours constantly staring at a monitor. Sites that use large areas of white background are visually uncomfortable and seem amateurish to me for that reason.

if you mainly only look at pictures on DPR, black is best. If you read a lot of the articles, white seems to be preferred. Choice is good :)

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:34 UTC
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piratejabez: I demand a referendum! ;-)

careful what you wish for

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:20 UTC
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Carlos Loff: I hate this new template - There is a growing stupid stress around the media world to keep changing and renewing things just because some books say it has to be done - ridiculous, the old one was full of personality and much better, it was your flag, unique and strong - Damm Marketing Experts - Sheep and Zombies always on TREND

Thank god for that manual switch and since your Marketing Zombies are always on the trend, tell them to have a system to check witch color people switch to use most

Why spoil what is good just to say you are innovative ???

yup. Every 18 years, like clockwork.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: I want a pink theme. it's only right for there to be a pink theme and sensible at that.

working on it now ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
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Suave: "we saw a significant difference between those using the white and black versions of the site, with those opting for the lighter theme spending almost twice as long and reading almost twice as many pages as those who stayed with the black theme. "

How about comparing it against age of an account, number of comments, uploaded photos, or whatever metric you use to measure active participation, not just consumption?

yup. fewer than 0.2% of unique monthly visitors post/comment/add a photo to a gallery. Most are here to read.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
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Jan Itor: What's next?
Red on black?

why?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
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Suave: "we saw a significant difference between those using the white and black versions of the site, with those opting for the lighter theme spending almost twice as long and reading almost twice as many pages as those who stayed with the black theme. "

How about comparing it against age of an account, number of comments, uploaded photos, or whatever metric you use to measure active participation, not just consumption?

we looked in a lot more detail than covered in the story... and actually the tiny proportion (<0.2%) of our monthly audience that has ever posted/commented/added a photo is expected to stick to black in higher numbers, but that's purely speculative.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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vesa1tahti: Cameras used? Only Canon and Sony? Why not Nikon (D7200)?

try as we might, we can't get a Canon mount lens to stay on a Nikon DSLR (we've got a Nikon mount version on the way, I'm told)

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
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Marcelobtp: what camera was used?

also Sony A6000 and Sony A6300

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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J A C S: There are photos taken with the 7DII, with a second camera (which one?) and with the A6000. Are those three copies of the Sigma?

the third camera is the Alpha 6300

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 15:38 UTC
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jdu_sg: There is a reason most people prefer light text on a dark background. It's much easier to read for most people. And unlike most modern websites, it's not the boring, everyone-else-is-doing-it sheeple choice.

based on the feedback we've received i'd say it's about 60:40 in favor of the black on white vs white on black, but that's just numbers. I'd love to see your research.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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