Chained(E)Studio wrote:I Fight For The Users wrote:However, I'm very wary of adding visual elements: there are often better ways of improving information design. We did experiment with separating the sidebar with gray borders and background colors, but that ended up drawing too much attention to the sidebar.
What about just a small line that separates the editor's comments from the video information? Right now it just looks like a blanket of white and everything just folds together.
Aside from having gray borders & different background colours is there no other way to divide the contents? Even if it were a thin line with a small gradient/shadowing in either side. Not large but just enough to let the viewer know its separate information..
(giving it more of a realistic 2 column feel)...?
I'd prefer to hold off on adding visual elements for organization's sake until more subsystems that will have a home on a video info page are in place (see e.g. issues 30, 31, and 32). Adding information from those subsystems will change the way the page is organized.
That said, I do think the no-line setup that exists right now is fine. The spacing and page width might be a bit large, and may need to be adjusted -- but I won't know that until more of the page is filled in. I've got a few books (like this one) that use the same layout, and IMO it's very effective.