It is always interesting to see the redesign of famous blogs, and this time it is Engadget’s turn. The old design was really cramped and narrow, so it was about time.
The new design is more minimalistic, with a simple header featuring navigation links, a big column for the content, and a sidebar with ads and links to featured articles.
I like minimalistic concepts, but the opinions regarding this new design are divide. If you check the comments (over 130 of them) you will see that many people did not like it. Some were even calling April Fools….
A couple of points that caught my attention: it’s a semi-fluid design, meaning that the design adapts to the screen resolution, up to a certain threshold where it becomes fixed in width.
Secondly, they did not incorporate any social bookmarking icons or links (not like they need to get more Diggs, I know).
Finally, they are using both tags and categories to file articles. I don’t think that is an efficient structure. Personally I like to use either categories or tags, so you don’t end up confusing the reader on the easier way to find the information he is looking for.