[Theforum] Featured article positioning and concept

Madhu Menon webguru at vsnl.net
Tue Nov 13 16:21:19 CST 2001

At 03:39 AM 11/14/2001, you wrote:

>Emily was trying to come up with a better name than "Random article of the
>day" (cos it wouldn't be random) or "Revived article" (sounds like it had
>had a heart attack).

"Oldie but goodie"

"Nuggets from the archives"

"Classic article of the day/week/month"


The concept is good.

However, the size (and by extension, the prominence) conflict with its 
position on the page. It looks mighty important compared to the rest of the 
articles, but it's demoted. Exact opposite signals. Salon (and many other 
sites) also have a "featured article" with a large graphic, but it's 
usually the first thing you notice. In your design, the featured article 
certainly stands out enough to grab your attention - so much so that you 
may as well make it the first article. Same effect either way - I notice 
the featured article first.

Hmmm... retrofitting this into our existing design will clearly be an 
interesting challenge.

(too sleepy to think; going to bed now *yawn*)

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