Best blog design?
The 2005 Weblog Awards finalists have been chosen.
Some of my favorite nominees in the "Best Blog Design" category did not make it to the finals:
- Point Five. I don't really get what's going on, but it looks great.
- We Surf For You - it doesn't aggravate my claustrophobia.
- This one, never nominated, has a nice menthol attitude and navigation system: seaSons.
- Nominated in some other category, but I commend its calm and readable design: dustbury.com.
- This one is a finalist: Sharp as a Marble. The type is small, but I like it anyway.
So many sites have tiny type like this - and like this one, which is actually nominated for a best design award ...
... even though it ALSO has that sadistic white-type on dark-background thing going on!
It occurs to me that many designers have huge monitors - so the type doesn't look small to them.
Some people are people viewing at 800x600 resolution. For them, some sites (including mine, unfortunately) don't work correctly and require scrolling.
Sites like gleeson.us make me feel like an asthma attack is coming on. Or this or this or this.
A question for anyone who's interested: I know younger eyes don't mind eensy-sized text crammed tightly together - but really, WHY cram a page like that? When the real-estate is, after all, free? (It's not like you have to cram everything onto an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of paper to save printing costs!)
Overloaded blogs may be the rage, but they make me tired and I don't have the inclination to read them.
My contrarian move to bigger type and more line-spacing: daughter Melina (a young woman with excellent eyes) thinks it's too big now.
Honestly, what do you think? Comments on readability/design in general or the Pratie makeover in particular are humbly solicited.
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