Monday, June 19, 2006

Quick question

Has anyone seen a blog that they think looks really good?

In terms of design, layout, usability, the way that images display, choice of colours (particularly combinations that look good on a PC screen, but also on a mobile phone) etc?

The devil having the best tunes, I think that ‘Conservative Home’ is the best looking blog I’ve seen so far. So please don't let content cloud your judgement in answering this question?

Anyone who has any ideas about other blogs that look good – please let me know?

I'll tell you why shortly....

13 comments:

Bob Piper said...

Paulie, You're right about the devil, etc, because I like Iain Dale's site. Go on... put us out of our misery... what are you up to?

MatGB said...

Bob beat me to it, Iain Dale's blog, designed by some firm he linked to, is good, although I wish he'd stop changing the logo at the top, I really liked the St George design. It's much cleaner than my attempt at 3 columns, although my new version in 2nd beta seems to be working out well.

Beyond that, again, on the right, although I write there sometimes, Devil's Kitchen but then, Chris is a web designer by trade.

Europhobia is one I like, and Chicken Yoghurt, who also did Jarndyce's current layout.

Moving outside Blogger blogs, Pickled Politics is good. Then, there's Livejournal.

A lot of the younger LJ readers have regular competitions to make their layouts look good. Some of them can be exceptional; can point you at a few if you like; what are you plotting?

Is there, by chance, the possiblity that you may be involved in the Labour supporting group blog I proposed to Andrew ahwileback a la Home and LibReview?

Skuds said...

Conservative Home looks good but it looks very 'corporate' if you know what I mean - too good.

From a minimalist point of view I like the lack of bells & whistles on Pootergeek.

My own philosphy is "if in doubt just use West Ham's claret & blue"...

Andrew Brown said...

I agree with Skuds, Conservative Home is slightly too busy for my tastes.

I like Karen Chegn, or if that's too personal for what you're thinking about then what about Shaun Inman's blog?

Baz said...
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Baz said...

geeky but Daring Fireball

Stuart Bruce, PR Consultant said...

Not a political blog but I think one of the best designed blogs around is Desirable Roasted Coffee by PR man Allan Jenkins in Copenhagen. It manages to look both professional and personal. The problem with some 'corporate' blogs is they look to corporate, but at the same time if you are blogging about serious subjects you don't want to look like it's amateur hour. Allan strikes the perfect balance.

Stuart Bruce, PR Consultant said...

Also meant to mention Stephen Davies, the Sunderland University student who writes PR Blogger. On the strength of this blog Stephen netted himself at least three job offers without even needing to apply for anything.

Andrew Brown said...

The cat looks to be out of the bag.

Let's hope that the design and the marketing improve - leaking the launch to a right-wing gossip site (let alone doing it before you've got the content right), I ask you!

Guido Fawkes Esq. said...

"Leaking to a right-wing gossip site"?

That was investigative journalism mate.

Incidentally my site and Iain's were done by John Forristal of Aplus who specialises in jazzing up Blogger sites.

MatGB said...

Stuart's recommended Coffee does look very good actually (and gives me another idea to work on, gah!) - and besides, who can resist the idea of a blog named after coffee?

I actually like the look of Conservative Home, overall, and also Lib Review, what I saw of Labour Home last night didn't impress me overly, but it wasn't bad.

Andrew? Given that even the most partizan UK bloggers are happy to link to the opponent, if you do it right, then you'll get promoted. Amongst other things, it'll give those of us that want to give a critique of Govt policy something to debate with, which is good.

Then again, if the whispers about Brown planning a constitutional convention are true, my preference for a change of Govt may, um, lessen somewhat...

Bloggers4Labour said...

What ho.

I do like the look of Conservative Home, am not mad on Coffee, but generally don't have the time/consistence of opinion to be able to knock out new visuals. It's handy to know someone who does.

When it comes to Labour Home, all I can really say is that it doesn't match the vision I have in my head of the gravity-warping Labour Presence, and, though competition is great in principle, it's much better to combine rather than have two flawed competitors. More on this later.

Incidentally, nothing I do in the blogosphere will earn me a promotion, just more 0240 bedtimes. It's just not reasonable at my age...

Anonymous said...

And the worst blog is by Labour greasy spoon and Potter look alike, Alex Hilton. Hilton by name, Travelodge by nature.

The universally acknowledged worst Labour candidate ever to stand for the ( no hope ) seat of Canterbury.

Hilton, who has, apparently, written gut churning fan letters to Peter M - ( sorry, babes, Oofy Wegg Prosser has long since been replaced ) was last seen trying to flog a complete set of 'personalised' Tony Blair Xmas cards in hack's watering hole, The Red Lion.

Why did the luminaries of The Mail, The Guardian and The Sunday Times make their excuses and leave?

Sorry, Alex, invest in 'Gold Spot' next time.....