jecottrell wrote in post #17436135
Here is a quick, but highly critical look at the problems with something as simple as a quote.
1. It is a raised button format that implies clicking it will result in some action.
Really, seriously? So you think people think a quote is a button and click it for no end: "why doesn't that button do anything!"?
2. There are, essentially, three fonts in the first line: bold blue username, gray "wrote in" and gray-blue "post #XXXXXX"
3. The bold blue username connotes a hyperlink by web standards, but is not a hyperlink.
4. The post number hyperlink isn't "different" enough from the other text to be clearly perceived as a hyperlink.
5. There is new, site unique, graphic that denotes a hyperlink.
So, in the name of decoration and being different, the design has introduced ambiguity and confusion.
Yes, that line could be simpler.
jecottrell wrote in post #17434682 Pekka wrote in post #17431370
So, what is the actual problem with the fonts
Sizes, colors, reverse, bold, italics, CAPS... They are a mess, they are tough to look at and the eye/brain has an incredibly difficult time trying to figure out what to do with them.
I checked, and italics is used on exactly two places: username "by xxxx" under gallery thumbs, and gear listing "own/has owned.." section info.
Reverse buttons "FYEO" etc. denote functionality you get when you are logged in, they need to be visually different and they act also as notifications. There will be more of those, like marketplace alerts, announcement info etc.
It is just a continuous visual circus with rounded corners, square corners, drop shadows, raised panels...
But that has nothing to do with fonts. If you wish for a flat design site, it is not going to happen. If you wish all links get underline and #00f color you won't see it here. Only place I admit is a mess is the footer of page, else I do not see a mess.
In general I think things are slowly getting better, but the busy-ness of any given element, let alone page continues to make it less than enjoyable to use the forum.
I have tremendous respect for the work that you have committed to the site. I offer my comments to be constructive and hope that they are taken that way, not as whining.
Thanks for that.