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You need to have a redesign because familiarity breeds a kind of complacency--- Timothy White
Here we are, about 5 meetings, several concepts, hundreds of lines of code, a fair few emails, texts and calls, 2 new plugins, 2 retired plugins, 2 rewritten plugins, a couple of late nights, and 1 and a half broken laptops later, welcome to the new Nouse.co.uk.
Our aim with this redesign was to freshen the site up a bit and to rearrange pages to make it easier for you, our readers, to find and look over content. On the home page especially we've brought everything together, providing a better overview of the latest and greatest content on the site.
I'd like to think we've gone for more of an evolutionary than revolutionary approach, building on the best of the old site and not changing things beyond being recognisable. Moving forward is an important step with any website and I hope people see this as a move in the right direction.
This design also aims to look to the future, embracing some new web technologies and increasing and utilising our presence on social networks to offer quicker snippets of news and links to features or news on other websites that we've enjoyed reading and think you'd like too.
The expansion of our "most read" sections to also include the "most commented" recent articles will hopefully help draw your attention to the active - and sometimes quite lively - discussion and debate that goes on around the site. Who knows, it may even encourage more to join in and add a comment with their point of view or insight on a topic.
As with most updates to this site, this can still be seen as a work in progress and we will continue to make tweaks here and there. We hope you enjoy using the new site and will appreciate any feedback, good or bad. The comments are open below for your thoughts on the redesign or even any feature requests or suggestions that you may have, or alternatively feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or ideas.
Last, and definitely not least, massive thanks must go to our graphic designer Jonathan Frost for his tireless and pivotal work on this, and also thanks to Hannah, Camilla, Mia and everyone else for their input.