stevegrab - Yes, the design is almost completely out of our hands at this point. But we continue to try to influence things as best we can.
On the HP (since I manage that flow) I think you'll find it not that much different than before. That is my goal. You'll still see the important items of the day in the hero box at the top. The only difference is we have 4 items in the hero now instead of just one. But as we get later into the week some items will fall lower in the stack on the HP than before once they drop out of the hero. I have an idea that may remedy that, but I'm still working on it and determining if it's really a better flow.
Thanks for the feedback.