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    What is cool?

    What is cool these days? Who decides? Is Facebook still cool?

    I'd like to hear your thoughts on what sort of colours, designs, layouts etc are currently cool, and what is 'soooo 2007'.

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    You know, lately I've been noticing that there really are any more "cool" design trends. It may just be me, but it seems like just about anything goes nowadays, as long as it looks good and follows basic design principles.

    Of course, shiny Web 2.0 stuff is still pretty big, but it seems to be fading fast.

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    There was an article here a few weeks ago about trendy grunge sites. Overall I would have to agree that there doesn't seem to be any one major trend. With blogging becoming evermore popular the diversity of designs is growing as well.

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    What's "cool" is in the eye of the beholder. However, I think what the majority of people are starting to realize is that two things are universally cool: clean and fast. If your website isn't clean and orderly and doesn't load quickly then you're going to lose visitors. Clean doesn't mean a lack of graphics, but rather means that it's aesthetically appealing and easy to look at. Fast, well, that's self explanatory.
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    I agree with samanime. As long as a design is clean, functional, and doesn't sacrifice functionality just for a design - your site will be appreciated. The worst thing you can do is sacrifice functionality to have a very eccentric design.
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    cool seems to be what Smashing Magazine says is cool.

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    Oh yeah I think it's totally depending on what sorta site/blog that you're building. For example if you're starting a web designing blog/site you'll want your blog/site design to be "dressed to kill".

    On the other hand, if you're building up a personal blog then you might consider a clean and simple design for the layout. I ono just my own preference

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbolte View Post
    cool seems to be what Smashing Magazine says is cool.
    That's what I was coming in to say

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    I always thought keeping it simple was the most important thing in layouts. Just look at Craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiacclaimdir2 View Post
    I always thought keeping it simple was the most important thing in layouts. Just look at Craigslist.
    Well you have your point there but this doesnt work for all designs. Especially those site with huge amount of contents to be shown to the visitors. http://mmosite.com check this site out and you'll know what i mean.

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    I came across a website saying what's cool and what's not as of summer 2008. Something about twitter going down, plurk going up... facebook getting bigger, myspace fading out. Once I get the link I'll try posting it here.

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    The fact is depending on what kind of niche your site is all about. For example having a cool minimalistic apple as the background of your website and then your website is actually about games. Now that's not cool

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    What is Cool?- Coming from a kids perspective. What i find cool their is alot of stuff that i like and that other people dont like.I like having my website more personal.The ability to interact with my user more and having a clean nice simple website is the best. I like being able to look at a website and actually get to know the person.Rather then listen to someone talk about someone who they are not.I used to really like the "Old, Grunge" Look. I like the Inspiration websites, Photography websites are the best.Social networking is no longer in style ill tell you that. World wide web
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    I'm really into flashy web 2.0 at the moment, although I'll prefer a nice clean design any day.
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    I agree with those who stay, stick to the basics. Clean and practical design is timeless.

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    ca shirt still cool. also there is cool search engine, www.cuil.com

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    Cool is definitely subjective, but if you're trying to design a site that will attract traffic I'd advise against Flash. Google can index it now but any heavy flash sites still seem to struggle in the rankings and the other search engines... well, good luck.


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