Ochs provides a step-back, focusing on a cleaner layout, single-page, less-is-more approach for The New York Times web site.
The New York Times web site is well designed but at times bursting with too much information and calls for attention.
Ochs provides a step-back, focusing on a cleaner layout, increased Typekit usage, single-page articles, less clutter, full-sized article photos, and more white-space. It takes a less-is-more approach and removes content - though never the most important.
This continues to be a work in progress. The best experience is with the Home Page and the Articles. Improvements and more functionality to follow.
I'd also note that its an aspiration to re-insert ads to the fullest extent possible but so they are complementary, not intrusive - this is currently in-progress.
(1) This doesn't seem to work with Canary or developer builds of Chrome. Consider those unsupported.
(2) If you're not seeing the latest update then you can go to Extensions window and click "Update extensions now" - or - uninstall and then re-install it.
"If you ever read the New York Times, you must install this extension immediately"
The Verge (Tumblr)
"A Cleaner Way to Read the New York Times"
The Atlantic Wire - 16/08/2011
"Meet Ochs, a Chrome extension that dresses up the NYT"
NiemanLab - 19/08/2011
"Experiments in Formatting News: A Better New York Times"
Martha Rotter - 24/08/2011
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Version 0.1.6.2 - Patch so it works with latest Chrome update.
- Show large photos (if available) in Articles
- Updates to Homepage
- Thanks for the inspiration Steve
- Minor layout tweaks for custom 9/11 coverage on Homepage
- Custom Navigation Bar
- Site index with Like button
- Further ad restoration
- Bug fixes
- Graceful loading (helps ensure changes rendered, reduce 'jumps')
- Article Tools ad returned, more spacing
- Below the fold Homepage ad restored (moved to left)
- Provide longer wait time for TypeKit to load (temp fix)
- Full-width tweak for Slideshow on Homepage
- Restore ads but with consideration for UX (a tough one)
- Local weather
- Full-screen Slideshows
- Investigate Typekit usage (Done)
- Dynamic Homepage & Sectionfront updates
- Feedback/bug reporting (Started)
- Customized horizontal navigation, starting with Homepage (Done)
- Single-page articles (Done)