Today, we’re pleased to unveil the first phase of our new redesign. It comes almost four years after the launch of our previous facelift and is the culmination of over a year’s worth of work.
In addition to a fresh, sleek interface, Consequence of Sound is now mobile responsive and will look just as great on your iPhone or Android as it does on the web. The homepage is easier to navigate, our content is better presented, and Festival Outlook has been completely revamped.
Again, this is just phase one. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out several more features, including the ability for readers to subscribe to specific artist news and customize their homepage as they see fit. In other words, if you no longer want to see stories about Kanye West, you no longer have to see stories about Kanye West. Your settings will also carry over to our mobile app, which will also soon get a fresh update.
Readers will also be able to offer their own ratings for album reviews and interact with one another via an all-new comment system. And speaking of album reviews, you may notice that we’ve changed the rating scale. After seven years of grading albums on a five-star scale, we’ve decided to switch to a letter-grade format.
At Consequence of Sound, our mantra has always been to offer a one-stop shop for music fans of all kinds, where they can be informed and entertained without feeling “unhip” or alienated. From our around-the-clock music coverage to our sharable listicles, our long-format columns on Aux.Out. to our daily video content highlighted by Rock It Out! Blog, we look to provide a music fan with the ultimate experience and never have a new reason to leave. With our new site, and our many other plans for 2014, we’re one step closer to that goal. So, please take a look around.
On a side note, I’d like to personally thank all the developers at Doejo and members of our staff who poured countless hours into this project, especially to Rinat Khaziev. He’s been subjected to more than a few 3 a.m. wake-up calls in our time together; his passion and dedication to this project was what got us to the finish line.
– Alex Young