I believe Gawker Media takes a page from the facebook/Zuckerberg book of layout design: Just when users get used to one format, change it.
First of all, I realize Bluebeard shared his post from Hackerspace and I'm not trying to step on his toes, but I don't think many of us here in Whitenoise have authorship rights over there, so I thought it'd be nice to have a place to discuss this outside the gray zone.
Where do we start? This new left hand column with "top stories" and whatnot has got to go. It creates so much wasted space and overly compacts the articles to the point where I think it makes it very visually unappealing.
I'm also not fond of consolidating the notifications button with the profile button. I'd much rather have it on its own. And place notifications below all of the other menu options makes it awkward.
When they first introduced kinja, and I don't mean the recent iteration of it (before today's change), but back when they redesigned the comment layout and still had the option to choose the "blog view," I despised kinja. Then I actually came to enjoy the tweaks they made in the last couple months. But this, this is definitely a step in the wrong direction.