Can you help us redesign The F-Word?

// 15 April 2009

Much as we love The F-Word, we’ve been thinking for a while now that the site (the whole of The F-Word, not just the blog) needs a bit of a revamp*.

If there are any fantastic web designers out there, please email me if you think you might be interested for more info.

*I’ve got to say upfront that there’s unlikely we’ll be able to pay much if anything (other than the kudos of having designed the site and our eternal gratitude!) – because we don’t really have much in the way of income, and we are a volunteer-run site.

Comments From You

zohra // Posted 15 April 2009 at 11:14 pm

I can offer fresh baked chocolate chip cookies too if that helps?

Lorna Gregory // Posted 16 April 2009 at 10:36 am

I love the website as it is. :)

Amity // Posted 16 April 2009 at 11:28 am

I think it could do with a revamp to make it more user friendly and vibrant. Good luck with it! I’m afraid I’m of no help on the design side but hope someone else is able to.

Wisrutta Atthakor // Posted 16 April 2009 at 1:05 pm

To be honest, I like the web-site as it is now. I like the simplicity of it; it is well-organised and easy to navigate. This simplicity means that attention is not drawn towards snazzy features and colours, but concentrates on what is really important, which is the content, the articles.

However, I appreciate that the site may appeal to younger readers more if it contained brighter colour and lots of images – if it were more vibrant, like Amity says. If that were to be incorporated, however, I do ask that whoever designs the new look keeps it tasteful. Please keep some of the simplicity and don’t clutter it up. Please don’t turn it into Seventeen or Heat (not that you would, I’m sure, but you know what I mean, hopefully).

Amanda // Posted 16 April 2009 at 1:56 pm

This site is much easier to navigate and much more generally acessible than similar sites such as Feministing or Hoyden. Though a revamp could be a great thing for the site I feel that you need to make sure you retain that user-friendliness.

Jess McCabe // Posted 16 April 2009 at 2:18 pm

Yep, we definitely want to keep it user friendly, accessible and simply designed… :-)

Sabre // Posted 16 April 2009 at 2:30 pm

I like the website but I agree that it could be a bit more visually appealing.

Speaking of magazines I would love to see The F Word as a magazine on my newsagent’s shelf btw. Any chance?

Saranga // Posted 16 April 2009 at 3:28 pm

I’d also like to add that I find it very easy to use as it is. Please no vibrant glaring colours that will make eyes hurt!

lauredhel // Posted 16 April 2009 at 5:14 pm

Sorry about the OT: I would have contacted Amanda privately, but there’s no blog link so I can’t see any way to do that! Just wanted to say that we try to be as accessible as possible at Hoyden (esp with disability being one of our bloggy themes), so if you have any particular issue, we’re more than open to receiving specific complaints, and we’ll do what we can. Sometimes things like transcripts take time, because we’re dealing with life, parenting, and disability ourselves. Email hoydenz at gmail dot com if the contact form isn’t working for you.

lauredhel // Posted 16 April 2009 at 5:23 pm

Annnnd back on topic: if there’s a way to subscribe to individual comment threads at the moment, I can’t see it – that would be really useful.

Tiina // Posted 19 April 2009 at 6:00 am

I think a subtle makeover would be enough: change of font; colours; use some (stock) images on the template as well as individual posts?

Nothing to take the attention too far away from the words, but to add a bit of oomph to the design. Remaining clutter-free is a bold choice few web producers make – too busy pleasing Google than their returning readers.

Rosalind // Posted 20 April 2009 at 11:01 am

I like the layout/ visuals of the site but could you do something with the Resources section please. The weblinks is just a long list. Plus the events listing isn’t very user friendly.

Andrew // Posted 21 April 2009 at 10:48 am

Well as the person who designed the current and previous versions of The F-Word, I’m very glad to hear people like it!

And if you want to go back into the past, I’ve screenshots of the previous designs on my blog :)

http://www.planetbods.org/blog/2006/03/11/the_fword_turns_5

Wisrutta Atthakor // Posted 30 April 2009 at 5:43 pm

A wee suggestion: any chance there could be a direct link to the comments for each of the features articles? At the moment, if you’re reading an article and want to see what people said about it, there doesn’t appear to be an easy way to do it. You’d have to remember the article you’re reading (which, I appreciate isn’t that hard) as well as the month it was published and then go to the comments tab and look for the article from there. It would be nice to be able to click a link at the bottom of the article to take you directly there.

Karen Howells // Posted 6 May 2009 at 9:46 pm

I like the F-word web site the way that it is. It is refreshingly simple and easy to navigate in a world of over flashy take to long to load poorly designed web sites.

Not everyone has super fast Internet access. It is the message that is important, not how much computer wizardry it contains.

Amy2 // Posted 10 May 2009 at 12:31 am

I don’t think you need to change the design of the site, just the fact it’s so boring!! You’d have to be half dead of life or deranged to want to continue to post here. Stories about iced cookies being the highlight wanting to read the site? That’s when you know this place is screwed. Trying to use the psychology of being anti radical and adapting an ‘equally stretching to ants’ tone to appeal to and hide from the haters, you’d have thought using basic psychology of making people smile instead of throw up with depression coming here would be simple…

Qubit // Posted 16 June 2009 at 5:34 pm

Old post but I was thinking I’d prefer it if instead of a most recent comments box there was a most recently commented on post box. Often if a post is controversial the most recent comments box just features comments on that post and you don’t get to see what other things are being debated.

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