The new one makes me dizzy when looking at the homepage. I can't find my way around. The new colors are grating. I think the design choice was made in bad judgment. I do not think that anyone, staff or otherwise, has a great reason for the change or can point out why it is better.
I also do not think that the opinions of the users were taken in to account. There have been some steps forward since the takeover and some steps back. This is a major step back that is both intrusive and unneeded.
Just my two cents. Have a great night!
PS-Airliners is still a fairly nice site to visit because there are some great people. Now it is just a much uglier experience. Couple of very fast points:
Search bar is unneeded and HUGE.
The titlebar does not blend with even one color.
The forums are all in ONE lump now.
The way the bars fall down is not very beautiful and makes my eyes strain.
My post box is now very bizarre looking.
Occasionally my page has the facility to scroll over (horizontal) for about another page. There is nothing there, but it changes color and is very poorly done.
The site now looks very generic, like one of those "placeholder" sites.
[Edited 2008-05-28 22:24:34]