Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:09 am
It is not your age. I am not "old" and I am a professional stylist and designer and it is not your imagination...This new site design is hard to read, hard to navigate and poorly designed on a visual level. If this was my website and I paid someone to do this, they would be changing it today after reading all the scathing comments here. I do not think I have ever seen such a bad response from any website redesign. The response here is almost laughably bad and would be hilarious if I didn't genuinely love the old site. This redesign is getting worse reviews than the new "Ghostbusters" trailer.
After looking it over and attempting to navigate and find photos, it is clear to me that nobody did the proper research on color contrast, font shape and readability for the general population. Over 20% of Americans have some type of mild to severe vision impairment and this number goes up the older we get. I was born with some mild vision issues and I did not let this stop me from having talent and a love for design. I also have great sensitivity to anyone with a physical challenge and I keep this in mind when designing anything that the public must see or use. I wish web designers could do the same but it is often more about cost, or appealing to their artistic own taste, rather than making a pleasing site for everyone. Yet such websites expect people to come back and in some cases, to pay for memberships. If they expect this, then users expect a quality website. That is not too much to ask in this case.
So I 100% agree with you and you are not "old" or a "whiner" if you voice your opinion and say in a nice way, that you dislike something. A lot of us dislike the new site design and some of us here also happen to be artists and designers as a profession. Honestly, the new design is unprofessional looking and badly done. That is why everyone is complaining. This is also why websites have message boards. So if they do not like the majority hating the design, perhaps they should do a better job next time, or change it back to the old format. The old look was easy to read, easy to navigate, uncluttered, easy on the eyes and appropriate for an aviation website. This new site looks like some cheap, cookie cutter news site or blog. The old site looked well thought out. This new one doesn't.
I choose colors and style for a living. I might not do web design but I do home decor, commercial design, hair and makeup, so color and symmetry are things I tend to look at. I have been interested in aviation since I was a child but I certainly am no expert and would not know how to fly or fix an airplane. If I tried to fly a plane without proper instruction, I probably would crash it and lots of professionals would understand why. I would crash because I do not know how to fly planes. Home design, hair styling and web design are all hard jobs too, just as hard as flying a plane...The only difference is, nobody will crash or die if they have bad hair or a bad wall color.
This new site design, for me as an artist, is like seeing a plane crash and go down in flames. Pilots should not cut your hair, unless they have completed beauty school. Hairdressers should not fly planes unless they have had the proper pilot training. Whoever designed this site, I am guessing they are not a professional website designer. Thus, they made all these visually unappealing site changes because they lack proper schooling in this field. People should never design a website if they are not willing to do the proper research, get feedback from users and be willing to iron out any "bugs" if their design does not work. This is not easy...but it also is not rocket science. Nor is it rocket science for anyone with an artistic background, to look at this site for 60 seconds and explain exactly why it looks terrible. There is too much white, the fonts are too narrow and too small and the dark on white and blue is hard to see. Again, any art student or design student would be able to point out these glaring flaws and many others.
So it is not just you and it isn't your age. On a professional level it looks really armature, this is not your imagination....Most of the people posting here and also professionals like myself all are agreeing that this is poorly designed. Hopefully whoever made these changes will take our comments to heart and realize none of us are being mean. Most of us just loved the old site as-is and are unhappy with this new look. I could not agree more! I hope they change it back. On a positive note, perhaps they will get some much needed feedback regarding what people want on this site and what they do not want. This should be an easy fix. Simply make it look like the old site did! Not all designs work for every client. Sometimes when they are unhappy, this means taking feedback and making the right changes and not getting too hurt if things did not work out. Let's hope they get it right next time, though reading some of these comments, it seems like people are pretty angry about this.