"Success isn’t about achieving something in the future, but about doing something right now that you love."
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.
Blog design should contain minimal distractions
And heck, while we’re at it — so should news design, since essentially, they’re the same: both ways to consume content. If news design wants to mimic digestibility of blogs, they would copy the same concepts. Stumbled upon this post this morning and fell in love with how damn clean it is:
Specific likes of this design:
- + Simple, clean logo
- + Huge, visually-appealing background image (fixed)
- + Minimal distractions on the actual body itself. No sidebar. Just a little sliver with a date and “share” items
- + Easy-to-find social media and subscribe buttons
I love this “speed dial” concept on Recovery.org. There’s a big “Looking for?” button over which you can hover to choose who you are or what you’re seeking. It’s a quick navigation element, broken down with a different hierarchy than the main nav.
If we were to use this in new design, the “Who are you?” could be broken down by profession:
- Working Professional
- Student - College
- Student K-12
and choosing one of the options would filter the news down to what’s relevant to that particular age group.
You could also do the “What are you looking for?” concept, which for news could be something like:
- An overview of today’s news
- + Set your own filter (which would allow for customizability).
Just a few ideas.
I really like how hovering over a lefthand menu item on GOOD’s site highlights the active element across the entire page. There are only a few instances in which this could actually work and GOOD pulls it off well.