So NYU professor and media critic Jay Rosen finally got around to redesigning PressThink, his blog where he expounds on the “ghost of democracy in the media machine.” The new design by Lauren Michell Rabaino is tight and sharp—a vast, vast improvement over its predecessor.
The design features one beautifully simple (from the user’s perspective), yet remarkably innovative function: paragraph-level permalinks (circled above). Jay likes to write—he also likes to Tweet, Tumbl, etc. These permalinks allow him and any one of his many followers to pick apart his long-form articles and comment. Simple, yet, dare I say it, brilliant!
I know their not new—the developer’s post about the code behind paragraph-level permalinks is dated Feb. 2010—and I don’t want to geek out ad nauseum. But I just love how a small, simple idea can have such a transformative effect on content.