Welcome to the shiny, glossy, new Gizmodo Australia – we’ve had a makeover! If you’ve noticed a few changes since you last looked, here’s exactly what’s new.
It’s been a long time coming, but after a few years, Gizmodo Australia has had a complete design refresh. It’s a big change under the hood that our web development team has been working on for quite some time, and we’re personally very excited to see it happen.
Like our sister sites Kotaku and Lifehacker, we’ve now got a cleaner, simpler design with a big focus on larger images across the board, and larger and clearer headline and article text. Everything from our site logo downwards is cleaner and flatter and simpler – it’s getting out of the way of the stories themselves.
If you hit up our front page when the redesign is up and running – right now! – you’ll see that our default is to show big images on stories. Some of you will rejoice at the fact that we’ll be showing fewer GIFs on the front page, but even when we do, we promise to keep them small so they don’t eat up your bandwidth.
The change may only look visual at this point, but it’s significant in a bunch of different ways. The most important is that the main column is wider, so we can show you bigger images and more text within our stories. It’s also fully responsive, so your experience on a mobile is going to be much better than it was in the past.
The site will also load faster, especially on mobile. You’ll also find that we’ve switched off infinite scroll — so when you get to the bottom of the front page, just tap the next page button to move on.
There are a few caveats, though – growing pains that come with the switch-over. You won’t be able to view your comment notifications – for now. You also won’t be able to make any changes to user profiles – your email address, public username or a few other user details – for now.
Those updates will be rolled out in the coming days, and we’ll let you know as soon as those features come back – and more goodies alongside them. So please be patient.
If you notice any bugs or visual weirdness on the site over the next few days, please leave a comment below. Alternatively, feel free to shoot me an email, using the contact form or at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or specific feedback. We make this site for you, and we honestly want to hear what you think.
We’re very excited to see this change happen, and we want you to be excited too.