Tuesday, October 07, 2008

BBC Weather website overhaul

Oh crap. The morons (management) at the BBC Weather Centre are at it again. Now they are trying to drive out symbols of clarity in a triumph of style over substance.

Yes the logos the Brits have been familiar with and have understood for decades are being swept out for some nonsense created by, no doubt, an expensive design consultancy firm.

Have a look at the two images below, and decide for yourself which conveys the coming 24hrs of weather for you in the clearest fashion.



[EDIT: 16-DEC-2009]
Well it only took the BBC Weather Centre a year to figure out what was obvious from the start. They haven't given us our symbols back, but at least the summary is back to a more familiar and easy-to-read layout.

What's galling is how they are trumpeting how clever they are with these changes, when all they are doing is going back to where they started - almost.

[EDIT: 08-NOV-2011]
Well here we are umpteen years on, and at last vindication. I LOVE to be an I told you so....

Full details on the lovely new site here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2011/10/new_look_bbc_weather_online.html


At 9 Oct 2008, 13:16:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't understand why the BBC TV weather map has to tilt - I asuume it is because the south is the most important part of the Brish Isles (which of course is absolute cr*p!).

At 9 Oct 2008, 14:43:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second.

At 1 Jan 2009, 18:06:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outrageous, and ugly too, the classics are so jolly and iconic, why do they have to mess with good things.
Sis x

At 7 Mar 2009, 11:11:00, Blogger Unknown said...

Bloody disgrace. What a mess the new version is.

At 2 Apr 2009, 15:49:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not impressed either!
It's so confusing.

At 19 Apr 2009, 19:44:00, Anonymous Richard said...

Exactly. I've emailed the BBC about this (I wonder how many others have also) but they haven't even afforded me the courtesy of a reply.

I just don't get how anyone could think the new site is an improvement!

At 16 Dec 2009, 05:12:00, Blogger stephend said...

Updated to reflect their u-turn!

At 15 Nov 2011, 02:53:00, Blogger stephend said...

And updated again. I'm enjoying this...

At 15 Nov 2011, 11:17:00, Blogger Cally said...

Maybe I can bear to use their website again, although I'm very addicted to Wunderground now.


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