I, for one, HATE the new layout.
There doesn’t seem to have been any concern for proper information flow, there’s too much space between the information elements, there’s noisy, clutter and unnecessary use of color to define areas, no way to sort extensions by date, etc., etc., etc.
The new layout seems to completely ignore the basic concept of Western languages that upper left is the most important spot and importance decreases towards lower right.
For example, look where the cumulative user rating is now located. WTF? That is more important than, oh, I don’t know, detailed descriptions and revisions? Are we to believe people install add-ons based on popularity MORE than function?!?!
Another huge visual distraction are the boundaries around each information area. They’re staggered.
On a full 1920x1080 view, almost half the page is the main menu bar with a logo that looks like fading shmuzzle piece, ginormous add-on logo and huge text simple summary…with a huge amount of whitespace. Then, about a third of the page is small text in another huge area where someone is vote for this add-on. Next to that, staggered below…why? the concept of designing for ease of use has already been abandoned so why not?..are 2 screenshots…for something whose actual function hasn’t been fully stated yet.
So…if you actually want to KNOW what an add-on does you MUST scroll down to read a proper description. After that, you MUST visually look to the upper left to read “more information.” Let’s see…Western language is parsed left to right, top to bottom. So…“more information” is placed before the description. Brilliant.
The common denominator of all design which has stood the test of time is form FOLLOWS function. This new design is the polar opposite.
…just checked, nope, it’s not April 1.
Without a doubt, this is one of the worst redesigns I’ve ever seen.
The end result is the new layout makes finding information harder, it is more visually confusing, and more work for the user AND functionality has been removed. It’s almost as if Mozilla wants to kill add-ons.