- Cluttered homepage design - The current homepage is kinda a confusing mess. We've got a little intro paragraph welcoming people to the org, then news, then the AMV Spotlight, then more news. There's little to no consistency with the presentation, which causes confusion and makes it easy for people to ignore the news altogether.
- Waste of valuable space in the right column. The login area is over there, and nothing else. The width of the page container is already pretty small, this just makes it worse. Additionally, having a three column structure in such a low width site makes things look cluttered inherently.
- The whole "homepage vs member's main page" thing. This is just poorly executed. Sure, we probably do need a separate page for members and just the general public. But making the two pages so similar causes a lot of confusion (to me at least), particularly in that the "main homepage" is hard to get back to once you leave it.
Here's my suggestions to make things more cohesive and less confusing:
- Create a visual hierarchy that separates content, news stories, amv spotlight, etc. into an easily comprehensible layout. This will give the spotlight area the, well, spotlight. Additionally, news items won't get lost in the shuffle and will be more apparent to viewers. See this thread for an example of what the new layout could look like for the homepage.
- Effectively utilize the screen space, while also creating a presentation that is spaced appropriately and allows for expansion.
- Create an easily navigable layout for the homepage and member's page. In my mind, the best way of handling this would be to make a little nav in the top-right of the page that has like, three links: "Homepage | Member's Page | Log out" or something like that. And let's also give the new member's page a custom layout that makes it markedly different from the main page.