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A shout-out and, yes, mad props to NAAFA for their new website. It addresses pretty much every complaint (design-wise) voiced about the old site. Let's hope that fresh content remains on the menu there. Good job, folks!
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Oh, yes, so much better. And I hated that pillow font logo!
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The site looks great! Kudos to NAAFA.
I must point out the parallel discussion at Kate's site has found a number of... questionable... pieces of content on the site. Tari's comment there:
Checked it out. It feels very much like “Hey, we know fatties are killing themselves and everything, but nobody should be treated like shit.” Nice.
Two steps forward....
The new logo makes a BIG difference; the previous 'pillow' one must have looked horribly dated even when the site first went live. My only complaint being that it's now possibly a little too generic looking and doesn't say much about what the organisation stands for. If there were some way of integrating the 'we come in all sizes' line into the box it might give people more of a clue.
I'm also no great fan of the bluescale colourscheme - I personally consider it a little 'wishy-washy' for what is supposed to be a kick-ass activist organisation. Paul's bold red masthead makes more of a statement (Red No3 is another good example) and whilst I appreciate that pastel shades and light text seem to be the current vogue in web design at the moment, by following fashion too closely there's a danger of making any site look too much like a template.
But I'm probably splitting hairs. Overall it's a vast improvement. In particular, the inclusion of positive images of fat people (female AND male - yay!) on the headers and Java animations is a simple but effective way to counter the whole headless fatty dehumanisation thing seen elsewhere in the media.
"if you think fat people have no self-discipline, consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet." - Miss Conduct, Boston Globe
I noticed the 'questionable' content on there a couple of weeks ago when I was just bumming around on the new site. I was...not impressed.
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