BBC Sport: Olympic page launch
Every event now has a destination page.
Hi – just to remind you that I’m responsible within BBC Future Media for the development of the BBC Sport Website, including our Olympic coverage.
In this blog, I will tell you a little bit about the new pages we are rolling out as well as talk about how your feedback is helping us plan further changes to the BBC Sport website.
These pages pull together news stories, statistics and schedules for the leading figures and activities in this summer’s Olympics.
This is the first in a series of phased deliveries which will eventually result in us publishing a page for every sport, athlete and team present at the Games.
Athlete pages, like those for Victoria Pendleton and Usain Bolt, display the competitors’ key stats and achievements too, as well as their social media links.
Event pages display a countdown to that particular contest’s start date this summer; and very soon this countdown will transform into a full day-by-day schedule leading up to the medal final for that event.
Country team pages summarise the nation’s performance history at the Games, and display which events they’ve excelled at in the past. Users will be able to visually compare each team’s performances on these pages, too.
Sport redesign update
We are very grateful for you taking the time to do that and we have read every single comment and have identified key areas that we are looking to address.
One of the hot topics is that of the use of the colour yellow. We are looking at measures that will reduce the amount of yellow in the page header whilst also retaining the strong BBC Sport branding.
We also are fixing the bug in the banner some of you flagged up, which is making it flash between black and white as you click between different sections of the site.
Several of you told us that you don’t like the way that video automatically plays when you visit one of popular live commentaries or Sportsday Live pages, so we will be changing that in the near future too.
We are also looking making it easier for you to find our great new sports stats. One of the pages we are really proud of is our new football live scores page – we have had really positive feedback about that page, particularly when it comes to life during a busy weekend of football.
As I have said before, we will not be rushing into changes and we will be using several different sources of feedback to help drive our decision making.
More changes to come
We have several launches lined up in the coming weeks, including a new version of the Olympic Games schedule and bespoke mobile versions of our Olympic pages.
Alongside this will be regular improvements to the Sport site as whole and specific new features for our Olympics pages.
We are also preparing a number of blog posts – one on the user testing and approach we took to redesigning the Sport site, another on the User Experience and Design work and an additional one on the technology that is helping us deliver all these improvements to the BBC Sport site.
Cait O'Riordan is the Head of Product, BBC Sport and London 2012