The BBC recently rolled out the beta release of its new iplayer site dubbed ‘The New BBC iPlayer”, and I really think they nailed it on the head this time. Boasting the chic, up-to-the-minute design of apps and websites today—a large format, totally flat app-like interface—the new layout gives us what we’ve all been waiting for, responsiveness.
The creative director behind the project—self-confessed type geek Kutlu Çanlıoğlu (don’t ask me how you pronounce that!)—was the guy who worked on delivering a semi-responsive BBC World Service site, rolled out last year (see his lecture at Ampersand 2013 about it here); much of the design influence for the new iPlayer can be seen in World Service, including a focus on typography and devices. The BBC site thoroughly embraced its strict new Helvetica based “Global Experience Language” (GEL), which—although champions a strict design methodology—I believe has unfortunately moved away from the more traditional Gill Sans-based branding that I think distinguishes the BBC (it also uses a baseline grid… seriously? a big nono in the digital realm; you can tell Kutlu as born from print).
In recent years the BBC has slowly—and somewhat hesitantly—been implementing its responsiveness, of which there is still a lack of site-wide support and what can I say? It is a massive improvement that has been long in the waiting, I can only hope the rest of the BBC site catches up with the quality of its iPlayer beta.
Last year (2013) I submitted a design idea for a BBC digital brief for the D&AD Student Awards, I got slightly carried away in that I redesigned the whole BBC site so it worked responsively, instead of having buried content and sections favoured over others, I proposed an app like system for each section, which would drop down when clicked, and that the user could curate to their needs.Read my new article - The New iPlayer: Why the BBC got it right The BBC recently rolled out the beta release of its new iplayer site dubbed ‘The New BBC iPlayer”, and I really think they nailed it on the head this time.
Baltic Fleet - Frosklia
What happens when you mash a bit of Krautrock with a healthy dollop of Mogwai, a helping of Mike Oldfield and maybe even a dash of The Chemical Brothers; well… this track—Frosklia by Northen post-rock band Baltic Fleet on their EP The Wilds.
The Black Keys - Fever
Just as I started writing a review on my favourite Black Keys album Attack & Release (which I will post next week), I found out that they had started previewing tracks from their new album True Blue. We’ve been waiting a long time (in Black Keys terms), 3 years since their last album, and almost a year-and-a-half since they announced they were set to release the album in March 2013 (I think they…
Yep. You Nailed It. - Imgur