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    Best Blog Design?

    Okay, silly little forum game... post the blog that you think has the best design, and explain why.

    I'll start.

    • Blog: Maniacal Rage
    • Reason: Maniacal Rage is clean, simple, andd vaguely Mac-inspired. I'm a big fan of the header rollover, type treatment, and navbar options, both horizontal and vertical. I love the tidy gray boxes that encapsulate content, navigation, and footer—so simple and elegant—and the borders are a nice touch. The site has iconic graphics for effect, yet doesn't seem cluttered... 10/10

      Maniacal Rage is also hosted by Segment Publishing, which also has a beautifully designed Web site and may be my future host.

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    Blog: www.shauninman.com

    Reason: Can't be bothered putting a reason as the site speaks for itself.

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    That's a great site, but seems slightly more cluttered and harder to read than Maniacal Rage.

    Certainly to my eyes, anyway.

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    www.andybudd.com is a very nicely (and simply) designed blog. I'd give it 9/10.

    Also, shauninman.com looks great, thank you frozen!

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    Gosh darnit. You've reminded me I need to redesign a couple of my sites... not reminded me, er made me want to do it...! Those are some good looking pages!
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    Quote Originally Posted by compuwhiz7
    post the blog that you think has the best design, and explain why.
    Blogs:
    http://web-graphics.com/

    http://veerle.duoh.com/

    Reason: I like them.
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    Blog: http://www.adampolselli.com
    Reason: Because I think it is very nice looking... sorry, I guess that's not much of a reason...

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    That is a very clean design. I like that.

    hmmm, my favorite...

    Blog: http://www.simplebits.com
    Reason: I have always enjoyed going to this site. Its clean, organized and has a nice color scheme going.

    Blog # 2: Mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jag5311
    Blog # 2: Mine
    Yeah, yours be up there for me!

    It's not much, and is in early and INEXPENSIVE stages but: My Blog *hugs blogger.com template*

    There is a blog out here somewhere which had really nice buttons or something... i don't really remember... sorry to that person... if it's submitted i'll let you know... i was talked about on here recently...

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    I too like simplebits a lot. Think it's a great design. Unlike some of the others mentioned (altho they are nice too) The header doesn't take up most of the fold. I believe the page is more readable and friendly if the graphical header isn't 400 pixels high or more.

    Also I like Tom Tomorrow-s--yes, it's kind of political, but I just like it for the very Tom Tomorroe flavor--it stands out from others http://www.thismodernworld.com/
    And one thing I think this thread drives home is how very similar blogs can look.

    PS Can't not mention the husband's, which looks very nice if I do say so myself, thirdmoment.com.

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    One more! I love the design of this blog, I think it's lovely and stands out from many:
    http://www.longstoryshortpier.com/

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    Hey, Patrick. Thanks for the mention.

    Anyways, I would without a doubt say Playgroud Blues. There's no doubt about it, the design is incredible. The guy hasn't missed one detail, down to the rounded corners and the formatting of his comments. Inspired by subway signage, the design of Playground Blues is pure genius.
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    Blog: http://photomatt.net/
    Reason: Easy to follow page flow, easy to read, good colors, all around good look.

    Blog: http://www.whatdoiknow.org/
    Reason: Simple design but easy to read and navigate.

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    Great blogs, everyone... and yes, SimpleBits is a fave, as is Adam Polselli.

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    Well, there it goes my 2 cents....

    Blog: http://blog.deelemanonline.net
    Reason: Because it´s mine! And because i´ve always preferred photos as a way of communication, instead of text stories. BTW, macromedia flash still has not been widely used as platform for designing weblogs, being CSS and XHTML the community´s favourite choice. May be for this reason i still love mine. (if anyone out there visits it, please go to the 2003 issue, since i haven´t published any content this year - i´m getting too lazy)
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    I'll have to agree with you on Maniacalrage. I've been reading Garrett's site for almost a year and love the layout of his site. I'm also impressed with how it was built. It started with MT and Smarty templates and has since been redeveloped by Garrett using his own system. Very nice and clean layout.

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    Here's an excellent site that I found off of Zeldman.

    Playground Blues

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    Not quite my style, but it's already been posted.

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    Okay, I've decided. If I can't make it onto this list, I definitely need another redesign
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    Ensight's nice, Jeremy—don't get me wrong—but, in all honesty, it's not way, way, way up there.

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    Yeah, I definitely need to work on it then. I've so lost my touch
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    Maybe I've missed the obvious, but did you used to be a designer?

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    :hangs head in shame:
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    At least you were a designer... I never have been, and probably never will. I can do XHTML and CSS design all right, but graphics confound me.


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    www.justwatchthesky.com has recently re-designed, I love all of his work


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