Since the foundation of ArchDaily in 2008, our goal has been to build a large database of projects, news stories and articles in order to give our readers the inspiration, knowledge and tools they need to do their best work. But just because our database is becoming increasingly complex, that doesn't mean that your interaction with it has to be overwhelming.
Seven months ago we introduced our new, custom-built publishing platform - a largely behind-the-scenes change which allowed us to bring you new organizational tools such as our faceted search for projects, events and competitions as well as an improved version of My ArchDaily to let you create your own architectural library. Since then, our development team has been working hard on a new front-end design that is worthy of the changes we have already made under the surface.
With the new design, we have sought to simplify the ArchDaily site, re-emphasizing our "less is more" motto from the last design by organizing the layout into just two main columns: one for our stream of articles and one which helps you navigate the site by suggesting related content and popular articles. In addition, our developers have updated the website technology to improve loading speeds and bring you a seamless experience on our site. Read on to find out more details about the updated site!
Home Page and Article Pages
- ArchDaily's general layout has been reduced from 3 to 2 columns, simplifying the display and reducing on-screen clutter.
- Our website's fonts have been improved.
- The display of images is given more importance, with an increase in maximum width from 530 pixels to 640 pixels.
- Vertically-oriented pictures have a fixed maximum height, meaning that the whole image will fit on your screen at once.
- Thumbnails now tell you how many images are in each article's gallery, inviting you to explore projects in more depth.
- The gallery is mobile-compatible, allowing you to swipe to browse images.
- Images load faster.
- Photographs feature a black background to focus attention on the image.
- Drawings feature a white background.
Thank you to all of our readers for trusting ArchDaily as a source of inspiration and knowledge. We are committed to continuously providing you with new tools in your important task of designing our future built environment.
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