MySpace's New Look Seems the Same Old Mess
MySpace is sporting a new look today, as my colleague Mike Musgrove notes in his story. It's drawing some early, if limited praise; TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld writes that the redesign "shows that MySpace can clean up its act without giving up the ability for every member to customize their MySpace page exactly to their tastes (or lack thereof)."
My own reaction? Meh.
The new home page is, indeed, more organized than before, with blue boxes that group some common functions. But the massive ad background for the new Batman movie, complete with a video clip that plays automatically, quickly destroys any newfound sense of order. Things aren't much better after you log in, with only a slight reduction in the number of blinking, flashing and usually irrelevant ads.
My visceral dislike for this popular social-networking hub's cluttered look is not exactly news. But I think I'm getting less tolerant of its ugliness as other sites show they care to craft interfaces worthy of words like "clean," "efficient" and "elegant." (I can't stand to read the Drudge Report for the same reason--would it kill the management there to get a real font and hire somebody who knows anything, absolutely anything at all, about good design?)
Or maybe I'm just too old to use a site that does such a good job of imitating the chaotic decor lining the inside of so many high-school locker doors. What do you all think of MySpace's redesign?
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