We wanted to do something a bit different with profile covers on Medium and found that at larger screen sizes, moving the cover and user info into a side cover worked really well. Check it out on www.medium.com/@dhg
about 1 year ago
I really like the concept and it sure is something new. Great work, I'm a fan!
Great work - so smooth!
@Dave Gamache Didn't know you moved from Twitter. But good move. Huge fan of yours. Enough said, now to the important stuff.
Could you elaborate on "..moving the cover and user info into a side cover worked really well"? For me Medium sets readability and ease-of-use above all else, and now I have this sidebar in the most unnatural of places. And it doesn't really help me in any way does it? It's just pretty. The profile helps me - stuck at the bottom.
I don't think that the side cover detracts from the readability at all.
When the width of the screen allows it, moving the cover to the side helps keep the lines of the text to an easily readable length and saves users the pain from scrolling/scanning over the profile.
The mostly right-handed tablet users will likely hold the tablet in their left hand while scrolling (using their right to tap links), covering the cover on the left side and not the precious content on the right. Holding the tablet in your right hand does tip the balance of the page in favor of the cover, rather than the content...
Desktop users will likely have their mouse pointer hanging on the right side of the browser (near the scrollbar) so interacting with the content is immediately within reach and the cover is positioned the fartest from your action radius.
In many ways I think the side cover actually increases the readability and ease of use. Plus, it looks really sweet :)
This looks great, really like the side cover and the big type.
I am enjoying the hell out of the content on medium. Great work on this.
Love Medium. Looks great.
I wish I had thought of this for my blog first. Darn. Well done!
awesome, unique solution. you guys are killing it.
good work dave. the tall tablet cover shot crop throws me off a bit, but it is interesting.
@Kim Wouters @Josh Kennedy @Mike Mangigian @Marco Suarez @Matt Ladner @Michael Ellis @Jim Silverman - Thanks everyone!
@Rasmus Landgreen @Martin Kool - The side cover definitely wasn't intended to be a distraction. It was supposed to give a user context for what they're browsing and give identity to a collection. The point of left-handed readers is interesting though...
@Jonathan Bowden - Definitely. This was just V1 and we're already working on a solution for that :)
Nice clean, easy to read design.
@Dave Gamache If you can get me early access to post I would love to write some articles. ツ
Really fresh. Nice work, @Dave Gamache
@Dave Gamache, this is awesome!!
Medium is my favorite thing of the moment everything is awesome about it.
11 months ago
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