Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The new web look

Isn't it amazing how the "in" look of many web pages has changed suddenly in a year or so? In such a short time.
At least among the sites I generally see, an astoundingly great number of them have changed from a text-based design with images and many text links, to a heavily image, large-image, many-image based design, with the most important links being embedded and usually written on, images in the prime space.

I think it was the theVerge.com who pioneered it, although their images usually are a compromise between an actual photo and a colored background for the text, making them semi-abstract. (I think it's a good look, and good for them, it was not easy, I'm sure, to actually come up with a fresh design for home pages.)

When others took it over, they usually went with pure photos, I would guess simply because that abstracting thing is much harder to do right than one would think.

David Pogue's site tech.yahoo.com


Tommy said...

looks sort of like a Windows 8 look..

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Oh dang, you're right! And here I thought that for once somebody was being fresh and seminal!

I do actually have a large Windows Phone device, but so far it only runs 8.0, so I have not seen it yet with a photo blended with the buttons. I think it can look good if done well.

Bru said...

I would call it the Flipboard look. Flipboard is an app for iPad. Whether people were copying Flipboard or not, I think the new style definitely works better on an iPad. That may be part of the reason why it is popular.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yeah, you could have something there.