Long time lurker etc. Finally plucked up the courage to add an account and chip in here.
I have submitted some images to the site before (one of which got used) and I have not been a big fan of the previous home page design, along with a lot of other chewers it seems, so was pleased to see that a redesign was in the works. However, it just seems like the redesign hasn't gone far enough to update the sites overall look and it still looks too busy.
I agree with Timothy Q that the All News page is the best way to go with the home page and it is a little frustrating to see you guys get so much right on other pages but not integrate those good ideas into the actual homepage.
Whilst I am not a professional graphic designer I have studied it to a decent level and thought I would chip in with an idea of how to update the sites look using only elements that already exist on the site. Below is a very quick go at this:
This is very rough but I feel a more streamlined 'blog' look really is the way to go with film sites like this. I think there is a way to integrate this kind of look whilst still retaining the overall 'chudness' and I hope that the above image would go some way to showing an idea of how it could be done. With the right hand column you could add in more sections if you liked (blog module, facebook integration, more ads etc) and just stretch the page as long as you wanted. I also think it is vital that you guys make more of the forums as this really seems to be the lifeblood of the site - get more links and content for the forums on the homepage and as high up as possible.
An important thing to remember with website design is what is shown above the fold (ie on the page before you have to start scrolling). With this design I think you get a lot of good content above the fold while still retaining most of the existing elements already on the header:
I hope I haven't come across as a complete dick just weighing in like this but I do really love this site but have felt myself slipping away to other sites to get my content because it is just so much easier to access there.
Anyway, I hope this helps give the developers some ideas and I wish them luck in this. Really want this site to survive!
*EDITED to correct lots and lots of spelling mistakes!*
Edited by soopergee - 4/19/13 at 6:14am