It is a confirmed and ineradicable part of Internet culture that everyone thinks every site redesign sucks on day one. People are used to what they're used to and don't like change. So I am pleasantly surprised at how many positive responses we've gotten this morning (not a single negative one yet; late update, okay, one negative one).
But let me take a moment to explain what we were trying to accomplish with these changes. Because unlike most redesigns our aim was not primarily aesthetic - the aesthetic quality, which I'm extremely happy with, was a byproduct of the process which was primarily aimed at better organizing the site and allowing all the different material we publish its own ability to get itself seen and heard.
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