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General Discussion

New Treehouse Website Layout

I personally don't like the new layout now, but I guess it'll grow on me. I do find all the white space very annoying though. I wish there could be some type of contrast or darker color for the background in the future. Does anybody feel me?

11 Answers

Thomas Daugherty
Thomas Daugherty
23,983 Points

I really enjoy it so far. But I think they are leaving white space for future updates. Not to mention the website is really responsive now!

That's cool. It just seems really bright though.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Whitespace is good for you. It helps chunk the page to make it more scannable and generally increases readabilitiy.

Although interestingly there's some research to suggest that users don't always like what's good for them in particular with line length, they say they like shorter line lengths because they believe it's faster to read in fact that's mere perception.

Thomas Daugherty
Thomas Daugherty
23,983 Points

I think what he really means is that he would like to see a darker theme option.

Thanks Thomas.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Thomas Daugherty -

They worked out the color scheme and type contrast with the current background. To come up with a different dark background would require a lot of re-theming to make sure the contrast still worked as well. Also any UX testing done with the current version would have to be duplicated with the dark version.

Then there's the minimalist aspect of the design, light colors are great for scannability as the makes the elements where color is used really pop.

Thomas Daugherty
Thomas Daugherty
23,983 Points

Yeah I understand that but was just saying that's what he wanted. Personally I think white with color pops so much better.

It may be "good" for me, but all this negative space makes the site a bit less fun. However, I do agree with Thomas in terms of responsiveness. That's interesting and exciting.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Less fun but more usable.

Oh, were there new features added?

Thomas Daugherty
Thomas Daugherty
23,983 Points

Nothing big as far as I know but the theme update allows room for updates & Features down the road.

Eduardo Pineda Alfaro
Eduardo Pineda Alfaro
4,504 Points

I love the new layout!. I´d found a little bit annoying the change of terminology from "Learning Adventures" to "Tracks" at the beginning, but now everything looks Supa :D

Tommy Morgan
Tommy Morgan
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Eduardo Pineda Alfaro - there's a reason for that! We're going to be doing a lot of work on Tracks in the near future - hopefully the new name will make more sense as we start bringing in some of our new ideas.

I love it!

Nathan Goode
Nathan Goode
14,789 Points

I love the new layout on my phone. Haven't had a look on my desktop yet.

Joshua Sommerfeld
Joshua Sommerfeld
5,697 Points

I absolutely LOVE the new layout. I find it makes it easier too see everything I'm working on at a quick glance, give me a preview of what's to come, and will make it easier to stay on track.

Also, I'm excited by Tommy Morgan's hint about the future enhancement of tracks. Having coherent roadmaps for how to get a grasp on the fundamentals of web development was one of the primary reasons I joined. There is so much to learn, I appreciate a bit of hand-holding for how to work through the content in a systematic way.

Thanks for the awesome work Treehouse team.

Dwayne Neckles
Dwayne Neckles
1,715 Points

So if I wanted to find the bonus content that comes with treehouse gold membership, how would i get that. Sorry its hard to find things on this new redesign.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Dwayne Neckles - On the Library page there is a categories menu that you can collapse under it there's a content type menu.

Thomas Daugherty
Thomas Daugherty
23,983 Points

I personally think that the Bonus link should be gold in some fashion. It would catch the users attention and not to mention could ultimately bring more customers to the Gold Plan simply from curiosity of that Shiny Gold Button.

Dwayne Neckles
Dwayne Neckles
1,715 Points

Understood, thanks James Barnett