I liked it better when the front-page section of recently popular notebooks showed the previews, vs. now when there’s only one big preview, two little previews, and a bunch of titles with no picture. The one big preview version might be better for driving clicks from non-users on the front page (or at least, this can be empirically tested), but it shows a bit less diversity of content and for someone trying to keep track of what the community is up to, the old version was more useful.
The “home” page is not quite as feature rich as it used to be, and the “explore more” link is not the most visible; I could easily imagine many users not noticing it / realizing it existed.
I don’t think the entire above-the-fold content of the explore page needs to be a repeat of the top 3 notebook previews that were already on the home page.
The “featured” and “popular this week” sections no longer show the number of likes on the listed notebooks. I found that to be a somewhat useful signal. (But maybe not necessary per se.)
It would be great to be able to see more than the 10 most-liked recent notebooks. For example to be able to see all of the notebooks from the past week/month/year sorted by number of likes. Trying to skim the whole firehose of every published notebook can be a bit overwhelming.
I think the demotion of collections is a bit unfortunate. For someone new to the site, clicking through some of the collections is probably the best introduction.
The profile preview=true feature is great. I’d generally like to see more sorting options for notebooks on my own / other people’s notebook lists. The sort discrepancy between own profiles (most recent edit) vs. public view (date of first publish) can be a bit confusing.
Notebook lists on people’s profiles need to include the year in old dates, and I’d recommend including the year even on stuff published this year.
Edit: hopefully this doesn’t sound too negative… you folks are doing great work!
The explore page is great! (and not just because my wild journey made it to the top ) I’ve already learned some new things by clicking through to the featured authors… (oh, dear… invalidation…… wow. well, better late than never)
I feel like perhaps it could be a bit easier to land on it, though I understand the back and forth about whether day to day usage looks more like a personal workspace or a social network.
Overall, lovely though! Thanks for all the continued hard work!
A detail: when a notebook appears in several collections, the thumbnail displays the number of collections, hiding the information under a pop-up. But in the two following instances the information could be displayed directly “in Statistics and Math” or “in Statistics, Math and 3D”.
Not sure what to do when there isn’t enough room, but this is already the case for 1 superlong collection name (with an overflow that is controlled in the personal lists but not in https://observablehq.com/recent?page=14, see next screenshots).
Thank you for all the hard work and improvements. Observable is a really fun platform for learning and creating and the community is very helpful. A few minor comments.
on the home page, upper right corner it says “### Published, ### Liked ### Forked …” Is "Published the correct term? I only have 37 public notebooks, but it shows the total number of notebooks as “Published”. Was this “Notebooks” before?
“https://observablehq.com/explore#explore-popular” - personal preference. On desktop/wide screen, I like the thumbnail on top, text below format better. There is quite a bit of white space between some of the descriptions and the thumbnails and with the two column format I briefly associated the first column thumbnails with the second column descriptions. On mobile it looks great.
thumbnails next to the featured author notebooks would be cool, but maybe there’s not enough room.
couldn’t find the keyboard shortcut link in the help menu or ? on bottom of notebook pages.
I’ll take some time to work through everything above. It is a big change - many great improvements.
Edit: Sorry for not catching this earlier. Wanted to note the same potential ‘bug’ - the number showing as ‘published’ on home – is this the total number of notebooks I’ve forked? The number I’ve shared? From my profile page, I appear to have 77 public notebooks, so the word ‘published’ is somewhat deceptive here:
I agree with the sentiment of wanting to see what the community is up to on first landing. Ideally, I’d like to set the ‘quickstart’ section to be minimized / hidden on my home page, and instead to have the ‘Explore Observable’ section on top. For me, the ‘Recent activity’ section could come last (as it used to). Also, I was happier being 1 click away from seeing all recent notebooks as opposed to now, where I am some scrolling +2 clicks away from it.
Perhaps more productive of a suggestion: Any way that you could allow users to edit / modify their own ‘home page’ layouts, so that we get to choose which content blocks would be visible, and it which order?
Thanks for all this amazing work, Observable! You folks are the best!
This may not be related to the redesign, if so, apologies: I have the keyboard shortcuts link in the (?) at the bottom of the page when I’m in desktop mode, but not on mobile in portrait or when I switch the developer console to a narrow width. In mobile in landscape, the keystroke link appears in the (?), but when I click the link, the popout doesn’t display and the (?) disappears until the page is refreshed. Know you’re busy, just commenting if this is useful for you later.
Thanks for the info! Keeping the top on the explore page static by week makes a lot of sense from that perspective, and I’m glad I still have a way to see the current top. My only remaining thought was that it was nice to be able to see the like count on that top list, but that’s a relatively minor detail.
oh wow! thanks - I totally didn’t see the x . I had gone through all the quickstart activities (again) too, and while I got completion check marks, the section didn’t automatically hide. This really helps. Thank you (and good design, Observable team).
Apologies for the stale Explore page. Our plan is to update Explore every Monday (or the first non-holiday business day of each week). We were a few days late this week owing to our traveling to Chicago for Visfest, but we’ve just published this week’s explore.
The “popular this week” section on Explore means “popular the week of this Explore”, i.e., the seven days leading up to the Explore page’s effective date. So this week’s explore (ending August 26, 2019) shows you what was popular last week (August 18-25).
The current as-of-now top 8 popular listing is shown on your home page, also labeled as “popular this week”. We might expand this realtime popular listing in the future.
Just stopped by to comment about the same thing — got confused by that section. The “popular the week of …” got stale again (Aug 27 – Sep 3 when it’s now Sep 12), and it wasn’t clear how it gets populated (I remember some previous weeks having notebooks outside of the specified date range). What’s the reason for curating it manually? Just pulling 12 most popular notebooks within the last 7 days seems as good, and what I’d expect given the title (as opposed to “Featured”, which implies curation and is good too).
What would be absolutely amazing is if you could add a select where you can pick last month, year or all time, and click “see more” for paging — e.g. like on Reddit! (And add like counts back.) I think I’m missing out on a lot of mind-blowing notebooks just because they slipped past me (e.g. didn’t check Observable in a particular week), and digging through featured collections periodically isn’t very productive. A proper UI for browsing popular notebooks with paging and a time interval pick would aid in discoverability so much.