Web Design Critique: Blog Herald Blog Layout

Kaspars over on Konstruktors.com, has put up a very interesting and informative post looking at the user experience of the Blog Herald. I really enjoyed that he put up images of previous versions of the Blog Herald.

Even more interesting, he ripped apart the current design, and even more interesting to me, he came up with a suggestion on how it can improve, at least in the header area.

I have always enjoyed the designs of the Blog Herald, but with the interesting themes being created now for WordPress, the bar seems to be raised, and continues to be so. Should the Blog Herald continue to try to redesign in hopes of pushing the envelope, or do people in general hate change, and enjoy our current look.

Here is what Kaspars has to say:

Web design and design in general should never be judged from the aesthetic viewpoint or by how much one likes/dislikes a particular color scheme, typeface or the layout of different content elements. The purpose of design is to make the content organized and accessible to the widest target audience possible. Design should be the information highway without traffic jams and clearly marked road labels which don’t require any Design Positioning System (DPS) in order to navigate.

By content I don’t mean only text and photos, and by road labels I don’t mean the physical labels or navigation tooltips on a website. The message which the website wants to deliver to its users is the content — everything from writing tips, or well explained PHP tutorials for beginning web developers, to “make money online” suggestions for young mothers. The content defines your audience and only by understanding that audience one can shape or design the content in a way that works the best. The purpose of the website should define its design and structure.

I really enjoyed the article, and I think it shows information that many theme developers can use. Blogs and really websites in general are all about user experience. How do you make your user experience better than other blogs in your niche?

What do you think of our user experience? What would you change?

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  1. says

    BH is in need of another redesign. The pace of change in the blogging community, the current design became outdated pretty quickly.

    A portal type homepage would work nicely for the BH content. It would highlight older posts, and give a great showcase for the daily content in different categories.

    As a side note, I would try to work on the ads that are running on the BH currently. For instance, I noticed that the “email” word above was linked. Curious, I clicked it and an ad for microsoft popped up. Problem is, it is impossible to close, because when you try to scroll to the close button, the ad disappears. Very frustrating.

  2. says

    Wow… I think the suggested redesign would look amazingly great here! (I agree that, at the very least, a more serious [serifed] look would better fit the blog’s “for professionals” feel.)

  3. says

    For what it’s worth – I’ve never been a fan of the current design – and shared that with Tony when it was put up.

    The previous design by Chris Pearson was my favorite of the long history of The Blog Herald – I liked the newspaper look & feel alot. There are some other newspaper/magazine like look/feels out there right now that would be good models for TBH.

    It’s a fair and deep look at the current design.

    I’m excited to hear that a new design may be coming!

    All the best –
    ~Matt

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