Syntagma Media, the blog network that thinks big and acts small, has rolled out “design tweaks” to their main blog. I think John and the folks over there need to talk to a designer and at least get back to a basic standard of normalcy in their design concepts. Why do I say that?
Design Should Not take away from Content
Design should isolate on one, two or three primary colors
The SM designs are psychadelic rainbow colored beasts that create a user experience that is at the same time dizzying and nauseating. I think I would do better dropping LSD and experiencing the hallucinations than viewing these blogs.
Fortunately for them, Search Engines could care less about designs so perhaps they have decent SERPs.