MyFitnessPal is getting a makeover
As we've hinted in previous blog posts, Al and I have been hard at work on a new design for MyFItnessPal. The current look of the website has been in place for almost 5 years now, and was created by probably the worst designer I know - me. It's functional enough, but I'll readily admit that it's not beautiful. But usability has always been our top priority, so we left the current look in place for all these years even though we yearned for something more appealing.
A few months ago, though, Al and I talked it over and decided to finally bite the bullet and redesign the site. The redesign would have a few goals in mind:
- Update the look and feel of the site to be more modern, professional, and attractive
- Increase the page width from ~800 pixels to ~1000 pixels. 5 years ago, a significant portion of our traffic was coming from people with 800x600 monitors, but today, 99% of our members browse the site on 1024x768 monitors or larger, and we really wanted to be able to use that extra screen real estate.
- Make sure that the site stayed "familiar" with our current users. We deliberately kept the same color scheme and almost exactly the same general user interface. We actually are planning some changes to how the site works in the future, but for this first step, we wanted to keep the changes between the two designs to a minimum. We wanted the transition between the two designs to be as easy as possible for our users.
- Retain the things that make MyFitnessPal great - simplicity, ease of use, and a lack of "clutter".
Clicking on that link will switch you to our new design so you can see it for yourself. For a short period of time, you'll be able to switch back and forth between the two designs. We want to give you all some time to try it out and get comfortable before we make the change permanent. We also want to make sure that all the kinks are worked out of the new design, i.e. everything works, no broken links, etc.
So please, check out our new design and let us know what you think. We've created a topic in the Feedback forum where you can share your feedback as well as let us know about any bugs or problems you encounter in the new design. We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks, and hope you are all enjoying the site.
Mike & Al