https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy

New course layout looks nice.

I like the look of the new course screens that was just implemented. It works much better on my wife's dippy laptop screen than the old layout, which required scrolling. I don't know if I'm in a beta group or not. Do others see it yet? Anyway, good job, guys!

August 9, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy

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August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

It must be a new implementation on beta, i seem to have the old screens. What is different with the new one?

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

It's being AB tested. The main differences are that lessons are listed individually as depicted in OldSpiceGuy's screenshot. Also, the Tips Hints are hidden by default and revealed when you click a button like in this screenshot:

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August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

The old format, which I still have, lists words to be studied in a little box under each lesson number, for "locked" and "unlocked" lessons. Has that disappeared? Maybe they show up w/ mouse-over help?

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

With the new design, if a lesson is locked, its vocabulary is not exposed at all.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Aha. Thanks for the reply!

August 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kata_bih

Hm, I have the new layout in my Italian course, but not the Tips and Notes. Is that only for German?

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

They should be available for any language that has them. Not all skills in a given language has them, though.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/boxspah

Would that apply to the current beta courses as well?

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

It appears that way. I see "Tips & Notes" buttons for the Danish, Dutch and Irish courses for English speakers.

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

If you haven't finished a skill, you cannot see the lessons that you haven't done (see the words and study yourself), unless you highlight the page and copy and paste that elsewhere (I believe that was what pinkodoug did). Otherwise, it's the same, just a different layout. I do like, though.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

Cut & Paste only works to grab lessons that you've completed - it just lets you get everything at once rather than having to page through the lessons. If the lessons are still locked, the words aren't available.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

Thanks, pinkodoug.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT

Can you give us a picture?

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/boxspah

There are already 2 pictures... I don't really know what your seeing but they're very noticeable.

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

His was the first or second reply to the topic. At the time, neither OldSpiceGuy nor I had posted pictures.

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/boxspah

Makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up.

September 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jonas-reolon

I wonder how long it will take for me to get the new layout.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Illustris

I really like it, too! I hope they decide to leave this one. It's so much more friendly.

August 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LoesVanBos

I hate it. It's certainly pretty visually, but it significantly reduces usability and irks me in Dutch: the redesign of notes dropped colors, and if there's bold there, I cannot see it. The amount of text is way too small, enough to read at a glance, and to consult previous parts of text and compare I need to scroll up and down and up and down. Urgh. To see the lists of words in a skill I now need to click (sometimes 10 or more times), and click again if I want to compare. Seeing the words in a skill I haven't completed used to help me to know if there was new material I needed to study lesson by lesson, or I knew it and could test it out. They also removed my "Word" tab at the same time, while I was in the middle of compiling and editing a word list at Memrise, leaving me with the same set of repeating sentences and turning what used to be effortless into grinding.

There is literally no place for me in whole of Duolingo to get an overview anymore. I'd rather the design was plain and ugly but usable, than have it look lovely, but downgrading usability drastically.

I hope they start considering heuristic evaluation before they release the new designs into A/B testing :/

September 13, 2014
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