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Gawker and Digg site design changes result in drastic readership dip

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Though reactions to the remodeling of the appearances of the Gawker and Digg sites have varied, according to Designer Daily, the changes have resulted in a major dip in readership numbers for both sites.

The source reported that readership following the redesign of the entire Gawker network has resulted in the site losing more than half of its readership in a short period of time. The source argues that a number of the redesign features significantly reduced the usability of the site. Complaints included difficulty scrolling, an "unusable commenting system," and a "strange listing of articles."

Graphic designers play an important role in website functionality and usability. However, sometimes concepts do not turn out as planned and may result in a client suffering losses as a result. Depending on the terms of a contract, a graphic designer may encounter legal problems as a result of a client’s lost business that can be directly tied to the design flaws.

To protect themselves against these types of legal claims, graphic designers should obtain business insurance coverage, which will help them manage legal fees or compensation resulting from client disputes. 

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