Remember when Mastodon looked like this? I find it hard to believe now
@Gargron i'll never forget bofa shutting down 17 years ago
@Gargron tbh that's a lot visually simpler
@trwnh Well, people wanted a timeline preview on that screen. Other than that, the colors are a bit unfortunate in this (elephant clashes with the background), and being able to customize a hero image was highly requested as well (and the default one provides a lot of color)
@Gargron it's cute tho
@Gargron i guess from a design perspective i understand why the current layout was made, but that still doesn't stop it from feeling much busier? the earlier one felt calmer and i guess directed people towards the signup form more prominently. i feel like the timeline preview could have been further down the page.
@trwnh Maybe the next one will just be a sign up form and a login form and who's hosting the instance with the link to the rules, nothing else, not even an explanation of what Mastodon is
@Gargron tbh you could link back to joinmastodon.org for that? there's definitely a lot to work with. at minimum a move from 3 columns to 2 columns would help a lot with visual parsing
@Gargron "sign up" and "log in" can be just buttons, and the actual forms can be on a separate page? if they were just buttons, they could be turned into CTA buttons that were overlayed on top of the hero image perhaps, idk
@Gargron it was great
@Gargron wait, Mastodon doesn't look like this anymore?
seriously, I've only accessed it from Tusky since forever, so changes to the website just zip by me.
on a more serious note, given the percentage of mobile vs desktop users nowadays, I wonder for how many the mobile app is the extent of their experience
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