Medium Upgrades Design Features, Curation Options
Improvements focus on added visual elements and expanded editorial collection.
Medium, the long-form storytelling platform launched by former Twitter CEO Ev Williams, unveiled major improvements to their digital publishing system. The system upgrade, called Medium 1.0, is seemingly a response by Williams to early criticism that the online publishing site had no definable identity.
â€śWe set out on a mission to build a new publishing platform from scratch,â€ť Williams says in a blog post. â€śA place that allowed anyone to easily share stories and ideas that mattered to them and influenced others.â€ť
Mediumâ€™s responsive site designâ€™s two major upgrades to the style of content publication and the shareability of that content via the platformâ€™s expanded curation options help identify the two faces of Medium.
As a content creation tool, Medium 1.0 offers an updated design heavily focused on the power of visuals in addition to words, exemplified by the â€śBeautiful Storiesâ€ť collection that showcases full-bleeding cover images and the new available features at their best.
As an open share space, Mediumâ€™s overhaul of its collections was a necessity.
â€śCollections on Medium have always been powerful but, frankly, a little confusing,â€ť Williams says. â€śWith Medium 1.0, weâ€™re revamping how collections work.â€ť
With Medium, collections fell into two categories: â€śinvite-only,â€ť offered to a limited few content publishers, or â€śopen,â€ť which was available to everyone for contribution. However, in both cases, collection creators could only cull stories after they were added. With Medium 1.0, collection creators, called â€śeditors,â€ť have full moderation powers. Only stories the editors approve will appear in collections they create.
â€śFor those who want to share their own stories and ideas, there are additional options,â€ť Williams says. â€śYou can publish your story without putting it in a collection at all or you can create your own collection(s) and be your own editor.â€ť
According to Williams, the boosted collection structure will help authors â€śtap into more of the power and audience of Medium.â€ť
â€śWe think these changes will provide a powerful ecosystem that helps all those who want to discover and share stories and ideas,â€ť he says.