Saturday, 15 November 2014

Blog Facelift


We’ve been thinking about giving the blog a face lift for some time and now seems like as good a time as any with the launch of two new information resources coming soon (PML and lumbar puncture) and the decision to call ourselves ‘Barts MS’ at the team away day in August. The aim of this branding activity is to link all of our work visually under our ‘Barts MS’ brand.

We're conscious that this blog serves a very lively and wide reaching community of readers so don’t want to alienate anyone through this process. So, we would like to invite you to be part of the re-design process...

  • What features/pages do you use the most, or do you think are redundant?
  • Is the layout information overload?
  • What were your first impressions of the blog?
  • Do you have any favourite websites that you find legible that we could learn from?



The changes will be made within a blogger theme so it won't affect the basic functions of the blog like posting comments, RSS feeds, surveys etc. but we will look into font size, colour contrast, layout etc. 

Please let us know what works for you and what doesn’t!


15 comments:

  1. Alison,

    The front page of the Blog has become too crowded. I'd have a simple first page with "today's research news". There could also be a list of subjects down the left hand side and a link to separate pages e.g. ClinicSpeak posts; trials; surveys; slide shows; list of previous posts (Blog archive). So for regular users like me, I just want to see the current research news stories e.g last 3 days. For those who are new to the blog, they can locate other material. The aim would e to get rid of the links on the right hand side (surverys) and most of the links at the top. In redesigning the blod I'd like to see a table setting key trials (Phase 3 trials, key dates e.g. when they are expected to finish) and a clinician's quick assessment of what the result might be (Prof G has been doing this with some of the progressive MS trials). I'd also like to see a page on repair - soemthing all of us with the disease are interested in. Another suggestion - I'd suggest that it's not necessaryto post every day. Sometimes I get the feeling that there is a pressure to post something every day and sometimes the posts are very weak e.g. no really MS research. I'd also limit posts to MS research, not political stuff.

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    1. I think the political stuff should stay as there is direct relevance to how MS is treated going forward.

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    2. What is the main aim of this blog?

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    3. Re: "What is the main aim of this blog?"

      Bringing research news to MSers and their families and to help them self-manage their MS.

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    4. Sorry to shatter your hopes for World Peace MouseDoctor - unfortunately the chances of achieving that are Buckley's and None!

      (although just think what might be possible if all the money spent on wars and armaments was spent on medical research instead...........)

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  2. "Barts MS" makes me think of a character from the Simpsons cartoon who has the disease.

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    1. Hmm, perhaps we ought to commission a cartoon. Anyone got Matt Groening's contact details?

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  3. Definitely keep the political/campaigning stuff as this is where we need a groundswell of support so that people can access treatments and services that will help them.

    I find the recent comments and posts down the left hand side useful. Agree that it is looking a little cluttered, though. and please keep the colour!

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  4. The entire webpage doesn't fit on my Mac/Chrome interface, unless I shrink down the text to a size that stresses out my MSy eyes. So, I'm always scrolling left to right. If you could bring it down to two columns, that might really help.

    I do appreciate the multiple posts per day and the analysis.

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  5. I'm not a creature of habit or adverse to change. But, frankly, I like the site the way it is. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Thank you for seeking input from the readers.

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  6. Lemtrada has been approved for sale in the US as of two hours ago, as the FDA reversed their earlier decision!!!

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  7. This is my primary source for MS info (second is FB group for MS parents where I can ask any silly question with brilliant feedback). I visit here daily, read everything and had been doing that for almost a year now.
    I agree that front page seems overcrowded.I don't like much the right hand column as well. 2 columns would fit me better. Maybe it can be moved at the bottom of the page? Or create another subsection for the left hand column? I also would like info from the main feed to be organized a bit better for later read - like all treatment related pieces can be collected under one head section, NHS and other political issues) under next and so on. Right now it's rather hard to find, let's say, Tecfidera related articles. As a mum of MSer I would like one subsection where all Pediatric MS related info is stacked.
    But despite suggestions - keep going! You created a brilliant source of newest info!

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  8. Agree with Anon Friday, November 14, 2014 4:22:00 pm about page width.

    Main concern I have is not about page layout, but more how long it takes pages to load – I think a web techy should take a look at what’s going on when you change pages or click on a particular item in order to read comments. My browser often tells me that research.blogspot is not responding.

    Keep up the good work – really appreciate access to candid views and leading edge research!

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