- Reblogged from Minimal Movie Posters
Seven minimalist spaces to either adore, ponder on, or use as a start to something different.
Jason Schuller of Press75, a WordPress theme shop, has set out to simplify the process of creating a website rather than dealing with a complex CMS like WordPress. Similar to what to ‘Visual Idiot’ is doing with Anchor CMS.
The functionality of the theme (leeflet) defines the admin, which is opposite from WordPress.
What once looked similar to the style of iTunes has parted ways to highlight album artwork, the Rdio logo and their iconic blue and white. The only colors that aren’t blue and white are found in the album artwork as well as the subtle gray sidebars.
I actually like the direction away from the gray gradients as well as going back to the Rdio blue in places where it seems logical. What I don’t like is the poorly chosen font in the left sidebar. It’s an eye sore and we hope that’ll be a simple change in the very near future.
Also it seems that since there are no gradients to define the sections or structure of the layout the player at the bottom gets lost or feeling as if it is being crowded.
What took the prior redesign many months with a great amount of conscious thought makes this new design of Rdio feel rushed.
Now that Wilson Miner, Rdio’s prior design lead, went to Facebook after the first redesign I wonder what his thoughts are related to this new design. Rdio could simply be testing the waters and we’re all in “beta testers”.
Here is what some others have said on Twitter:
I applaud @rdio for moving away from an iTunes clone for their web app, but…that’s a lot of white.Love, LOVE the main site design, though.— Andrew Crow (@AndrewCrow) June 29, 2012
Lessons learned from @rdio: If you’re going to ditch gradients, totally get rid of them. And use Helvetica. Always.— Ari (@iqonicdesign) June 29, 2012
New font in Rdio is awful. Who did this redesign?— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) June 28, 2012
At the end of the day this design is a step towards being a different look than other music players as the gray gradiants are gone. But, many can agree that it feels like a rushed design that will see improvements in the near future.