Well, most people tend to not like change. I’m not one of them, but Ug. I really cannot go with the design changes at TechCrunch. I like me some minecraft, but not as a logo. (jelly ML?) And When did Murdock buy TC and force the urber large headlines? And the webpage is JUST a bit wider then my laptop. How can you miss that?
I do like the idea of a cleaner simpler design and layout, and to be fair, they did say its a work in progress, so I will give them a pass there as well, but as someone who has a little bit of experience designing sites, I think they could have done better with the first version out of the gate. If I was to give one suggestion, back off on the headlines.
There have been many other changes and they said they did a full code rebuild. ( I have been through that as well ) So I would guess 70% of the changes we will not see, and I’m sure that the site is faster although a first blush I got mixed results. A cached page was indeed faster, but a new page seemed to load normally.
Unlike most people, I do not HATE this design, I’m not mad they changed it. In fact I’m happy to see a major blog experimenting, it simply give me more fodder for thinking about what works and what does not.
Time will tell.