Not too impressed.
It reminds me of buying a pc with Windows 8 installed. I returned it the next day and got a Windows 7 machine.
Sometimes you can get TOO CUTE with a design and forget that USABILITY ALWAYS TRUMPS DESIGN.
That should always be the mantra for a place like sitepoint since it boasts that it is the ultimate place where folks can learn about all things tech/web.
When you guys decide to put back the link to the FORUM, make sure it is THE most prominent link in the whole site. Why? B/C it's the forum that drives sitepoint. If you think otherwise, you're deluding yourselves. Dump that tag line "Learn to create..." and replace it with a GIANT BLACK BAR ACROSS THE WHOLE SCREEN THAT SCREAMS "FORUM"
Here's an example of this new silly TOO CUTE trend (like windows 8 tried and bombed) to try to make design trump usability, instead of the other way around:
Compare Rothko's so-called "art" (which is what this new design reminds me of) to REAL ART from Vermeer's the Lacemaker:
Rothko: http://www.framedart.com/rothko-207169/number-3-1967-print.htm?source=GoogleAdwords&ad=P207169_GoogleShopping&gclid=CIeIiMzyj7kCFUii4Aod0DoAuQ (A TOTAL JOKE!)
Vermeer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lacemaker_%28Vermeer%29 (THE REAL THING)
Everyone repeat after me boys and girls: "USABILITY ALWAYS TRUMPS DESIGN"
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