The newspaper website I chose to redesign was that of the Kansas City Star. I spent some time assessing the site in its current state and…the site is truly terrible. Even putting aside the fact that each page is, in essence, a giant link farm, the functionality of the site essentially takes a nose dive when you try to view an article. Immediately after clicking on an article, you are greeted with a pop-up ad insisting that you sign in to your account. If you are like myself and feel like you just want to read the article and create an account later, you close out of the prompt. Immediately after closing out of the prompt, you are kicked off the article and back onto the homepage.
My goal with the redesign was, overall, to improve functionality and give structure to the site while focusing on a contained experience: one that allows you to share, save, and comment from within the page / article you are in. There is also a synced account that, once you sign in (on your own free will) you can sync all of your social media accounts to as well as your mobile app, which allows you to continue reading after you leave your browser window.