Holy Bananas, TriMet’s New Site is Up, WOW!

http://trimet.org/

So far, I’m impressed!  What is your take?  Dig it, dislike it, can’t find stuff, is everything there?

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  1. It’s actually the homepage that’s up right now, the other pages on the site (at least the ones I checked) still use the old design.

    When this was announced a few weeks ago, I dropped everything I was doing and wrote an e-mail saying I felt it was wrong that TriMet was spending the money on a new web design at a time they’re eliminating service. Imagine my surprise when someone with the TriMet department that handled the change wrote back! I thought I was going to get a standard form response from a generic auto-respond mailbox. That e-mail also said they are also working on a text version of the site for mobile interfaces, which will also work well for people like me who use dial-up.

    After using it the last 10 days or so, so far, so good. I almost thought I wasn’t going to like some of the changes, but that was just a first impression.

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  2. Likes –
    – Looks nice
    – Pulldown menus are actually very usable (not the case for many many websites)
    – The huge menu for all of the routes
    – Links seem a lot closer; fewer pages to nav through.

    Cons –
    – No clear delineation between unlinked and linked text. Linked text should be underlined or made into a different color. A hover-over doesn’t cut it; I shouldn’t have to play mind sweeper just to find the link.

    – Like many sites these days, TriMet made gray-on-gray as part of its color palette, which <a href="http://strollers.baby-gaga.com/maclaren-triumph.php">can be very hard to read</a>. I’m not sure who the geniuses who always come up with this idea are; but it seems like it should be common sense that this will not provide sufficient contrast. Your tag cloud is another great example of gray-on-gary that is very difficult to read.

    Overall I think it looks nice, though.

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  3. I dig both of these positives:

    – The huge menu for all of the routes
    – Links seem a lot closer; fewer pages to nav through.

    …and all the cons you mentioned are on the money. I’m not a fan of the gray on gray.

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  4. What browser are you using? I’ve viewed it in IE 7, IE 8, Firefix 3 & 3.x, Chrome, Safari, Konqueror, and Opera from several different computers. Whatever it is, it isn’t TriMet’s fault, something elsewhere must be causing the issue.

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