Gather more feedback regarding any of the points brought forward by topic starter before making any conclusions.
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Hi Jeremy. The new layout's main focus was to make it easier to browse over 2,000 mixes. I'm sorry to hear you think it has made things harder. It would help us if you could tell us how you used to find the right mixes and how the current design is lacking in doing the same for you.
In the current design, finding artists should be much easier. Previously, it wasn't possible to search for a mix artist. Our software (WordPress) only searches the post content (which is usually only a tracklist). The new design allows you to filter specifically on a mix artist (or multiple!), as well as tags, genres and publish date. Additionally, you can use the big search bar at the top to look for text in tracklists.
In terms of color use, the design is definitely more bland now. Color coding genres doesn't work for a couple of reasons. Having less colors on the page makes it calmer. We also simply have too many genres now (we started with just 3 genres in 2008, then 5 in 2010, from which we have our 5-color scheme). We don't pigeonhole mixes into one of 5 main categories because more often than not, a mix spans multiple of these categories. Now we simply let the genres with which a mix is tagged do the talking. Again, use the Advanced Filter to find the type of mix you are looking for.
There is no home button because there is no home page. The Stream changes depending on each user's preference, and if you're not signed in, you'll just see the latest uploads.
You say there must be a good way for all of this that is more appealing and easier to use. I'd appreciate if you'd give some examples of what you're looking for. I'm open to changing the user experience more people chime in with the same concerns.