I think everyone involved has done a good job under the circumstances. Once I scroll past the header I'm a fan of the new look.
Some of my obsessive compulsive 'complaints', from the point of view of a designer.
- The 'Latest news from the Spy Report' tab is too close to the logo. It doesn't give the logo room to breathe, there's not enough white space around it.
- If you're going to leave that tab there please bump it to the right by about 10 pixels to align it with the rest of the site's features.
- I think the logo has lost quite a lot of the Media Spy 'brand'. There is no logo anymore, just weak white text. The colours, the transparent background image in the header, the light gradients, and the 'SPY' part of the logo had been with the site for so long and were probably dropped in this version only because we've lost Mr. Q.
- The reds and maroons of the previous header were as much a part of the brand as orange was. I didn't realize it until it was gone.
If nothing else please give the logo more breathing space.
PS. my .swf avatar doesn't appear to be loading, even though the avatar section says they are supported.
Edited by Adam, 06 August 2009 - 05:35 AM.