Major upgrade in my opinion. Much cleaner than the last version.
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Major upgrade in my opinion. Much cleaner than the last version.
Can the old people who complain about change complain about the change of the website when they don't even know who the internet is?
How can I see the new website when you young people keep posting comments??!!
Well, this old guy thinks the new web design is ugly. It is gaudy, while the old design looked cleaner and more modern. This is an "improvement" like putting a Halo on the Stadium was an "improvement." Not so much.
I agree that most of the functionality seems the same. Which raises the point: if there is no change in how it functions (no additional features, etc.), why change?
I think it has to do with the observation by one of the commenters that the new design looks more like a store (or maybe a bazaar). They wanted an excuse to do more advertising and sponsorships. Brandon is fucking with things to make more money.
"I agree that most of the functionality seems the same. Which raises the point: if there is no change in how it functions (no additional features, etc.), why change?"
I agree here pretty much absolutely. The last Mgoblue.com change made the functionality, esp. with videos, much better. This looks the same, only more confusing and busy. The real thing, though, is the ethos that if anything has been the same for more than a few months at a time, we should change it. Ending is better than mending, and a gram is better than a damn.
But now the new design has not one, but two, bars that are always on the screen giving you links to the Facebooks and the Twitters. Isn't that what all the kids are doing these days?
like what i see
Wow....that page definitely put the "B" in busy. A lot going on there.
You can tell their web developer is not one of the white space devotees.
That bar along the bottom is just one step too far. I don't think it has anything you can't find elsewhere on the main page.
I think that Hoke has changed the tide on the website. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe in it. Never in a million years I would have thought that. People clicking on the website is a good start.
I agree, though, this version is much cleaner and better looking.
I don't think it's terribly different. Everything looks to be in the same general areas, they just changed the colors and made TV and Social Media more prominent.
Eh, I like it, but I'm not really a fan of the 'locked' banner thing...
Glad we finally got Maize and Blue on there. Was getting sick of that royal blue crap. It reminded me of kansas because it's royal blue and white. This is Michigan for God sakes.
looks more like a store.
Does anyone know the story or status on Marell Evans?
And 'meh' on the redesign if you really want to call it that...maybe they upgraded the CMS, reskinned the top nav, and called it a day. In fact, as far as the UI is concerned they really didn't touch or upgrade anything. The sites derived from CBS interactive anyway with the web producers listed respectfully from Gopher and Badgerland...Gosh Brian, please stay independent!
check the tickets link:
is that him in the middle? God this guy is everywhere.
Actually, it almost looks like they just photoshopped his head into the middle of that pic, much like many others have done on here.
Looks great, not really that much better as far as usability is concerned. I agree that the fixed top banner is unnecessary, and the fixed bottom bar is overkill.
Looks good, and I'm still there under the "Shop" tab so it's all good.
The nav bar on the bottom is a tragedy, though.
I liked the old one...not that I don't like the new one either.
not a big change but makes it look clean
It's funny when you're surfing a page one minute, and the next it's completely different. I was browsing the site earlier today and I would have been very confused if the whole thing had changed if I had opened up a link.
It's too bad they had to rip off mgoblog for a name, though.
in the top menu bar. I'd prefer it to be more muted.
The maize just offends the eye on a website unfortunately.
Maize and blue don't lend themselves well to attractive web design. Bold, primary colors aren't good for websites. I've gotten used to mgoblog but when I first started visiting I was a bit put off by the theming.
This was an upgrade, but I think the site was due for a wholesale makeover. Looks a little like putting an old picture in a new frame to me.
So glad the same unstable/incompatible flash player got reskinned. It looks so beautiful while it's crashing/not playing on iOS now.
Bring back Real Player! lol
The website reportedly had an offer list that included Ohio State, ND, and Oklahoma. ND was coming on strong, but the website was at the UTL game, and that was enough to get him to pull the trigger and go blue.
His highschool coach was really talking him up and I heard that Fred Jackson said it had the potential to be the best website he's seen at Michigan.
I have no idea where you think this is a positive. Websites don't work in the Big Ten, with its huge buildings and many file cabinets. A little website can't compete, and I don't see how it isn't obvious.
I'm going to dissent here a bit. The top banner is too large in the vertical direction. That coupled with the bottom bar make the actual viewing window very small - at least on my widescreen laptop. On the front page the "front story" picture takes up the whole screen, vertically.
Think they have embraced social media much?
I wish it was all on a maize background. I don't like all the white on the page.
There's no other word for it. A huge step backwards in terms of graphics. Functionality looks a little improved, and yeah it looks like the whole thing was built around social media entryways. Which I couldn't care less about. I'd give it a C-.
Seeing this prompted me to take a quick ramble through some other athletic department websites just for the hell of it. See who's got the best-looking website. I looked at Stanford, Cal, Ohio State, Michigan State, Duke and Auburn. They are all strikingly similar. Like they used the same .html design manual, in fact. Ours is not close to being the best, and might be one of the worst-looking. The surprise was how nice Sparty's website is. For all of the technical wizards in Berkeley, Cal's website is pretty dull. They are all so average, and the new MGoBlue.com is low-average.
Sorry; that's just the way it looks to me. If anybody knows of a really dazzling Collegiate A.D. website, I'd like to see it. Dave Brandon might, too.
Okay, I get the top banner and a big white empty screen as it freezes my browser. Thought it was just overloaded with everybody checking out the hot & new, but tried several times with a computer scan in between. Naturally tomorrow is the first game this season I was going to have to appreciate through the official audio stream, which I have to access through MGoBlue.com, which I can't access. Life is hard. Fanhood is hard.
So without seeing it, I agree with everyone who says it's ugly and stupid.