The much-anticipated redesign for The New York Times is live, sort of.

Technically, it’s only in prototype form, which is sort of like a beta.

If you sign up for access (details in this post), you’ll be able to try out designs that may redefine the next wave of online mega publications.

It’s night and day, when compared to their old design that squishes media to a sidebar, seen here…

…and the new design, which puts rich media inline seen here.

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The NYTimes.com Redesign Is Live. Here's How To Try It Out

Remember that beautiful redesign the New York Times hinted about months ago? Well, now you can try it out for yourself.

Several months back, the New York Times showed off a bold and beautiful redesign of their core .com domain. With large images, smoothly integrated media, and liberal white space, we found it reminiscent of a design-forward tablet app, as if it were some conceptual showcase rather than an aggressive rethink that would overtly challenge the status quo: The data-dense wall of links that major media sites (including the New York Times) have touted as their homepages throughout recent history.

We loved what we saw.

Over the last few weeks, that redesign has been going live through a prototype portal. As of today, it seems that there’s been a major surge in invites to try it out.

Before and after.

Realize that nothing is final until the design is officially released later this year, but with that in mind, you can take it for a test drive. You’ll need to have a NYT account, and you’ll also need to have signed up for the preview (it’s okay if you haven’t; you can still do so here). Once you’ve registered for both, your name should be added to the next batch of invites.

And if you already have access, go ahead and flip around, then leave your thoughts in the comments. The world needs to know.

Try it here (with invite). Snag that invite here.

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  • Times Reader

    Kudos to NYT. The prototype is overall clean, a joy to read and approachable. The beautiful art comes to life in a way that once seemed impossible without the print page.

    Some of the blogs and sections seem to have had their identities stripped out from under them however. It almost felt part of a micro-community to read and comment in a blog, or know that all you could need to know about a movie was on it's review (from tickets to movie trailers). It is a shame that this had to go - but seems a considered tradeoff.