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The Two-column Content Trend in Web Design Should DIE

I’m really hating this stupid trend of two-column content with endless scrolling.

WTF, I only have one pair of eyes. I can’t read both vertically and horizontally at the same time.

Case in point, Buzzfeed, with THREE columns of information (below). They aren’t categories or anything like that, they’re unrelated modules of content.

It is frustrating.
Buzzfeed design

But whatever. I’m not often on Buzzfeed so I don’t really care. But then… last week… the sacrilegious happened. Boing Boing, MY FAVORITE BLOG IN THE WORLD reverted to a two-column content layout and I wanted to rip my heart out.

Boing Boing website

What were they thinking? I can’t scroll down to read ALL the features then scroll back up and scroll back down again to read ALL the blogs. It’s just counter-intuitive. Sadly, comfortable reading is so important to me that I can’t even read my favorite blog anymore :(

It makes me really sad.

Seriously, what’s wrong with the regular one-column-of-content user interface? It works so well. Why break something that works?

But you know what really freaks me out… that I’m getting too old for this shit. Could it be that my eyes are so used to something that I can’t get used to something else? Or is it just horrible UX design?

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4 Comments

  1. Take it from an old man …it’s horrible UX design, Roba.

  2. Chris

    I’m right there with you. I’ve always liked bb a lot, would visit daily, but since the change, nope, can’t. Its look & function practically makes me ill. No bullshit. F that change! Assholes. Never been a twitterhead but its newish look sucks too. Big and smaller text sizes, 3 columns for following/follow.. disgusting. More ads all over the internet, always getting in the way. Get the F out of the way! More and more folks treating other folks like shit/acting like little gods online.. it’s all going to shit. Crap ;D

  3. haitham

    *MASS BOMBARDING STRATEGY*

    Sad thing is they think it works!

  4. Wow, makes me feel so good that I’m not the only one.

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