Design Review: Medium.com 2014
Medium.com is a blog posts only site.
Each article starts with a full width and screen height image, heading & tagline.
This post and screenshots were originally created in 2014. Medium.com has been redesigned since and navigation is… slightly better.
Go Find it Yourself
If you guess correctly(!), to view more articles, you clicked on the ‘M’ logo, top left. This reveals the navigation bar, which presents a long list of articles to scroll down.
Hiding navigation signposts in this way seems arrogant and dysfunctional. Visitors are no longer being enticed to stay on the site. Instead of guiding visitors, they’re left to click about, until they stumble upon what they are looking for!
To view, even the opening lines of an article, you need to scroll down. Then, using the ‘Mobile First’ principle, layout is single column even on desktops and tablets! The justification is, that every mouse now has a scroll wheel.
The problem is, you are then immersed in this article only. Once completed there is no signpost to head off elsewhere. Here’s a screenshot of a short article, stretched over several screen heights, due it being single column. Happy scrolling!