washingtonpost.com changes entertainment guide

A lot of you probably got an e-mail from The Post yesterday about their new city guide. This replaces their entertainment guide, but ultimately fulfills the same purpose — directories and calendars.

As part of this redesign, washingtonpost.com made cosmetic changes that keep the content and the advertising in separate areas, but otherwise it is not too terribly different, just a little blockier. The big highlight for me is the simplified search feature. The previous search was over designed with tabs for every category, but underpowered because of frequent JavaScript errors and the tendency to “reset” itself to the general, rather than the specific if no results were returned.

The new search, with fields for keywords, neighborhood/zip, and proximity is much more user friendly and (so far) free of pesky JavaScript errors. That fact alone makes their redesign a success.

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