The financial crisis is grim enough without the Financial Times panicking; yet last week the paper committed the worst online redesign I have ever seenso no mincing of words there
The greatest crime according to Andrew is
The front page of the FT's site used to be a tightly designed space, with the main stories in about 10-point type and a sidebar containing anything up to 30 links that allowed you to explore the rest of the paper. There would be 15 or 20 stories immediately available. This was a lot of information. People who read the FT are assumed to be capable of processing lots of information.
The front page of the website this morning has something like a fifth of the number of words on it. The font size has nearly doubled, and the leading - the blank space between the lines - has grown even more. There are perhaps a fifth as many links visible as in the old design