There's a new look tonight to the Los Angeles Times website. More bold text, fewer stories per screen, and a somewhat different take on organizing the sections on the home page. First reaction: It manages to look different without actually looking fresh or improved. But with any redesign, like with a revamped restaurant kitchen, I think it's wise to withhold judgment while we get used to using it and while they figure out how to cook the new menu. Odds are pretty good that with this group, they'll tweak the design as reviews come in. In any case, it just sort of quietly appeared. LATimes.com
By the way, I don't think this is necessarily related, but the layoff winds are blowing through the Los Angeles Times newsroom again. Staffers are chattering about grim meetings and what seem to be lists being drawn up. Accurate or not, the fear level is definitely rising, and morale already pretty much sucked outside of a chosen few. When you are for sale, and the print product each morning is the thinnest in memory, those things happen.