- May 14, 2019
Im a recent forum user but i can relate, i didnt knew how to enter subforums from the home page (until recently i used the chain on top of the forum thread), that was because there are no strong visual effects to say a section contains the thread, honestly Thehack got it rigth
But i think the use of images are not that big of a problem if the pictures help the contrast of the text, wich rigth now are to ligth (on my opinion) to be coupled with the white text. (the anouncement sub forum piture is not that bad)Readability is currently junk.
Remove the background images for any navigation. They add visual noise. Replace it with vector icons or other simple images if you wish to have images.
A subforum and the most recent post should be better differentiated. I recommend indenting the recent post. This visual clutter is also because there is no hierarchy via font selection. Subforum names need to be bigger and more bold while the recent forum post needs to be indented.
Thread posts need to have a better differentiation between user posts. Currently there is just a small visual break line that breaks each user post. Recommend have each post as a separate "card."
It is growing pains but there's a lot of visual clutter that needs to be trashed for more emphasis on readability.
Here's a mockup with some of my suggestions for example: