A responsive new design for the Distilled blog

You might remember that I wrote a few weeks ago about designing for readability. I wrote that essentially as a brief, and today you get to see the results of Richard Westenra’s hard work since then.

Readable design

In my opinion, he’s done a superb job. I’m very excited for you all to see it. (Also - shout out to our product owner Tom Neville who let us push it live on a Friday afternoon - thanks Tom!).

Your first response may well be “why the hell is the font so big?”

Well, our top priority for our blog content is getting people to read what we write. So we’ve tried to adhere to the 100% Easy-2-Read Standard. Although there are a load of other areas of the site that need some love, the blog was my absolute top priority when I took back over marketing responsibilities a couple of months back. With Rich having a four-week holiday in the middle of that time, I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to get the new design live already.

I’d love it if you took a stroll through the recommended posts in the sidebar - they are some of our most loved posts from recent times - and gave us your feedback on the new design.

Now, we have a habit here at Distilled of just shipping things so there’s every chance we’ve broken something. Please let us know in the comments if you:

- Love it - Hate it - See something we’ve broken (I know that some old posts need fixing up)

You’ll notice that there’s now a pretty big difference between the blog layout and the rest of the site. Don’t panic. We do plan to make everything else pretty - but we wanted to ship something, see how it goes down, learn from the experience and tweak it.

I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback in the comments.

About the author
Will Critchlow

Will Critchlow

Will founded Distilled with Duncan in 2005. Since then, he has consulted with some of the world’s largest organisations and most famous websites, spoken at most major industry events and regularly appeared in local and national press. For the...   read more