On Monday the New York Times launched a redesign of www.nytimes.com that included numerous significant structural, design and content changes. Overall I think the changes are positive (save for the bug below) and the site looks very good. Of most interest to me from a web design and product management perspective is their decision to design the site for computer monitors with a resolution of 1024x768. Many sites today are still designed for monitors with a resolution setting of 800x600. The advantage to designing for the larger resolution setting is being able to fit more content on the page and have more content display above the fold. Most new computers are set to 1024x768 by default but since users with 800x600 would be unable to see part of a page designed for the larger resolution some sites have been hesitant to make the switch. We've been considering desiging zagat.com for 1024x768 and it's comforting to see a major site like NYTimes.com take the plunge.