Yahoo News gets a major redesign, puts a greater emphasis on content and a customizable news stream
Noted by TechCrunch, the various sections are still listed down the left-hand side of the page, although the typeface is cleaner now and everything generally looks far less archaic.
Three news items are displayed right at the top, with a larger one taking the lead and two smaller ones bolted on the side. Photographs are given more space to breath and this helps the trio of featured articles really come to the fore. Headlines are clear and there's even room for a sub-header on the lead story, dragging the homepage up to date with most modern newspaper sites.
The column underneath lists all the available news stories for that day. Yahoo has a small team producing its own editorial content, but the company still relies on heavy syndication from the Associated Press and Reuters. The balance here is illustrated more clearly than ever before, thanks to a number of corresponding filters at the top of the feed.
The news stream is also customizable; users can roll over the story with their pointer and click the cross symbol to dismiss it. Yahoo will ask the user if they want to receive less stories on a number of relevant stories, effectively curating the coverage shown to the reader. The topics are served up automatically, so Yahoo is clearly categorizing these stories in one way or another.
reading about the design update and it's features is one thing, but i'll admit – when i pulled up Yahoo! News earlier and saw the redesign, i was like "now what the hell did they do? geeeesh".
not really dig'n it.