Canoe.ca has undergone a redesign. And it still sucks.
The French version, especially, is a vast improvement over its disaster of a “portal”, but for some reason they’re following the same mistakes everyone else is making in trying to “go Web 2.0”, not knowing what the heck Web 2.0 is all about:
- Headlines in blue-grey Helvetica bold, and a complete ban on serif fonts for no good reason
- “Rotating headlines” which, in addition to sucking up your CPU time, force you to play a cat-and-mouse game (or is it mouse-and-mouse?) to click on it before it’s replaced with another one. (Did someone send out a memo somewhere giving people the impression that this is what “dynamic content” is all about?)
- Everything portals that include thousands of links (OK I exaggerate, there are only 339 links on the homepage).
- Pages that scroll down forever. Every inch down, an entirely new layout style appears with its own rules and logic, guaranteeing as much confusion as possible on where to find things.
- Three separate horizontal menus.
- Space wasted begging people to use this page as their homepage, instead of offering a page anyone would want to use as one.
- Inside pages so jam-packed with ads you’re searching for the “print-friendly” link (pages of course don’t simply include print-friendly stylesheets) so you can just read the story in peace.
- Duplicate links to sections like News and Sports just a few pixels apart.
- Separate “narrow” and “wide” versions, because your monitor is only 800 or 1024 pixels wide, no matter who you are.
- Each section page has a different brand, a different layout, and a different way of finding things.
Look for another massive redesign in a year or less when the folks behind Canoe.ca realize their layout sucks and nobody can find anything.