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M&S: a look at its sleek new mobile site

Deciding what approach to take on mobile is a debate-worthy topic, as proved by the comment thread in this post on responsive design.

Marks and Spencer has a new site that is tablet-optimized, adapting to the iPad and its competitiors via device recognition rather than screen size. The brand has also updated its apps and mobile sites. 

I thought I’d take a look at the mobile site in order to highlight a few nice features. It looks as good as the new desktop, tablet-optimized site, and I found it worked well, aside from a few niggles.

Of course, displaying large and high quality product ranges to their full potential on mobile is a challenge.

See what you think.

Ryanair gives its homepage a makeover

Ryanair was, and is, famous for many reasons; cheap flights, luggage restrictions, perceived sexism, a crazy boss, a refreshing approach to PR, and the list goes on.

But perhaps Ryanair was most famous as the poster child for the upsell, and the doyen of poor UX.

All this might sound harsh, but it is thankfully all changing. Michael O’Leary has been all over Twitter recently talking about forthcoming improvements, particularly to the web, and luggage restrictions, too.

And today, via its Twitter account, Ryanair announced the first stage of its website rebuild, the homepage, is now live.

USA Today redesigns its website to look like an iPad app

USA Today unveiled new designs for its newspaper, website and mobile apps over the weekend to coincide with its 30th birthday.

According to a statement by Larry Kramer, the company’s president and publisher, the idea is to reinvigorate “the value of print media while introducing new digital products.”

The digital platforms have been designed to include bigger images and more graphic-driven stories, as well as live video coverage and instant analysis and commentary.

Both the old version and the revamped version of the website are available online at the moment, so I took a look at the new iteration to see whether this truly is the future of online journalism…