Our New Front Page Design

As you can see, over the weekend we rolled out a new front page design here at TPM. First and foremost we’d like your feedback. Let us know what you think, how you like or don’t like it and particularly whether you see any formatting problems. When you do a new design, you try it out on lots of different browsers. But there’s nothing quite like a live test. So let us know if there’s anything you see.

Next, a big thanks to TPM’s Al Shaw, our Associate Publisher, who coded this redesign from the ground up over the last six weeks or so ago. We’re really excited with the result.

Now, let me say a few things about the thinking behind the redesign. First, a lot of the changes won’t be evident on the first look because a lot of this retooling was about creating more layout flexibility on the back-end. Rather than having one template with feature on the top and then two long columns beneath, the news editors can rearrange the layout depending on what the news of the day is — a few big features for big news, a lot of smaller items, etc. So a lot of that you’ll only see over the coming days and weeks.

Another change is that you’ll see there’s a news wire section on the right of the main news feature. We did this because we want you to be updated on all the big news when you come to TPM through the day, not just the main story that we’re highlighting in the feature well. So we wanted more news headlines above the fold.

Then lower down on the page you’ll see we’ve open a news Voices section where we’re highlighting commentary pieces from TPMCafe and other venues around the web, in addition to the most recommended ‘reader blogs’.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

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