A new site has launched that aims to showcase good looking blogs: http://curatedblogs.net/
In that vein, I thought I’d put together some of the ones I find myself
stealing from inspired by.
A letter designer by trade, Hishe’s site, as you might expect, pays close attention to typography and elegance.
However, she also gets some geek cred with the fun theming easter eggs:
(I’ll leave you to try out the Teen Girl Mode).
I’ve always liked Amy Hoy’s blog for being refreshingly to the point while still being fun. Admittedly, we’re seeing a lot more of this typography thanks to Twitter Bootstrap, but Unicornfree is still a breath of fresh air in terms of aesthetics and content.
I can’t think of any other site refreshes that have received quite the same amount of nerdgasms as have Jason Santa Maria’s. His current iteration (v5) showcases web typography, a subtle grid layout and general mastery of web design.
His previous version was an exercise in art directing blog posts. While they were visually stunning, he came to the conclusion that he was spending more time designing the posts than writing them!
The site of designer and SVA lecturer Liz Danzico was, funnily enough, also designed by Jason Santa Maria (a close friend of hers), and sticks in my mind as one of the first sites I saw that used interesting typefaces. I’ve always liked the subtle use of weighted fonts and iconography.
Sadly I don’t have a grab of their old site, which was so well designed in terms of style and typography to still look pretty decent a full 10 years after the theme was launched. Still, the new one, like the old one, uses a distinct illustration style (rather like the New Yorker) and friendly but professional type and layout. I can’t say I’m a fan of the decapitated logo, but hey, you can’t win them all.
The Great Discontent is arguably one of the first design interview sites to feel as cool and visually rich as a coffee table book. (As you might expect, the site is responsive, width above is to show some of the content as it really is intended for iMacs rather than aged Macbooks!)
More than anything, I include Zeldman’s for his shamelessly oversized text. Hell, why not?
All up, the things that inspire me about them are:
I’ll add more blogs as I think of them.
A site about designing sites, and an example that the analogical carpenters can make their own houses.