Looking For Feedback: Like the New Design?

Derek Ouellette —  February 22, 2010

Monday you may have noticed some changes to Covenant of Love. The transition went something like this:


There was something about the design to the left that bothered me (maybe it was the picture of me in the banner); I felt that the “feel”, the color scheme and basic design, was too dark and I also felt that the page was too cluttered.

So I developed a new design that focuses less on me (no picture), and more on my heart. There is now only one column rather then two, but the same primary elements remain the same (for example, to find the posts on View Points, just click on “Categories” and scroll down).

We are creatures of habit and I already received some feedback from people who preferred the first design over the new one; and I can’t promise that their will not be more changes (I’m thinking of increasing the font size). Someone else told me that the new design lacks the “personal” element of the first and that the blog is “too professional” now – “less black and white” they said.

I’m looking for your feedback. Please leave a comment below telling me whether you like the new look, don’t like it, prefer the first design, and why?

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  • http://wearethestories.org Eric Gregory

    The new version seems slightly pixelated to me. Perhaps you might be able to work on that and remove the symbol on the left (as it’s under the words “Covenant of Love”, and we see it each time you post in the comments section).

    Other than that, it’s much less busy than the previous iteration – so that’s a plus!

  • Brad

    I like it better, but the most important part is still the content :p

  • Geneinne

    I can get accustomed to it! lol I refuse to be a creature of habit!

  • http://www.churchmarketing.tv Arvell

    Hey I think it’s definitely an improvement.

    However, one thing I like about the original is the subtitle, describing what it’s about.
    Also, you could use descriptive text for SEO purpose. (If you want a quick SEO lesson, let me know!!)

    Arvell Craig

  • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

    I like it. Feels cleaner.

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    Thanks for all of your thoughts.

    – Eric I’ll see what I can do about the banner
    – Brad, content is key, you are sooo right about that
    – Geneinne, funny
    – Arvell, thanks for the comment, very encouraging. When I work on the banner I’ll probably add the tag line back in. Also, I checked out your site and will consider your offer.
    – Aaron, that’s for the feedback. I agree that it feels cleaner (now like my office, I just have to keep it that way).