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  1. Brak
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm kind of new to the community, although I've found a distinct lack of original design with WordPress. Many many sites relying on default template installs or simply reworking one or two layout nuances and putting the thing live.
    I'd like to compile a list of simply stunning WordPress designs. I've got a few on my table, but I'd like to hear from the community on this. Tell me your favorite WP site (design wise) and tell me why, or don't. I expect there is a number of great designs, but I simply haven't been exposed to them. Impress me :)

  2. seraph
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    binarybonsai.com is definitely one of them

  3. Chris J. Davis
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Here are a couple of sites that photomatt, aka Matt Mullenwhatzahiggy thinks are fabu.
    http://wiki.wordpress.org/PhotoMatt/WellDesigned

  4. Ozh
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Hmmm, I do not particularly agree with Matt about a few sites in his list :)

  5. Root
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    * a distinct lack of original design with WordPress* Yeah right.

  6. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Kitta.net is not only powered by WordPress, it was nominated for a Best Design Bloggie. If you look through the blog design showcases like CSS Vault and Blogs By Their Covers (itself run on WordPress) you might find more. Most top designers, it's true, are still on MT, but that's changing.
    There are plenty of well-designed WordPress sites, they just don't necessarily feel they have to plug themselves here :)

  7. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I know this could start an argument, but I don't go to sites for what they look like, I go for what is written there.
    'Judging books by their covers' ? Not me.

  8. StopWPCensorship
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    That's not really relevant, is it? Somebody asked for well-designed blogs as an example of what could be achieved with WordPress. If you're indifferent to design, fair enough, but that doesn't really have anything to do with this thread.
    p.s. I like seriocomic and binarybonsai best.

  9. Brak
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Root>> Please, do not start arguments. If you will re-read my post, you misquoted me - taking out the most important part of that sentence.

    I'm kind of new to the community, although I've found a distinct lack of original design with WordPress.

    Which was the entire point of this post. I want to find more original WP powered sites. Root, instead of attacking me, would you mind listing a few of the more original designs powered by WP out there?
    podz> To each his own of course. I am a design-fueled individual. I read blogs that are pretty - why? Well, because I generally read blogs on design. If someone claimed to be a design expert w/ a WP default install, I'm not going to give it very much thought.
    Anonymous> Thanks for those links, although I am a regular of the Vault (and have been for quite a while now) It's the only reason I would have found out about WP. But still, I think I've only noticed maybe two or three WP powered sites there, compared to the 200+ of MT.

  10. gloddy
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'll nominate a friend's blog:
    http://exhibit5a.com
    I helped him make the switch from typepad and he's extremely happy. He's a designer out of nyc.
    And if it's not too forward, I'd like to nominate my own as well:
    http://obviousdiversion.com

  11. Joni
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    You go, Gloddy! And dayum, you've got a gorgeous site there!! Love it! (I was gonna be a supremely egotistical brat and nominate mine (as it has over 20 skins), but now since you've thrown yours up, I'll just slink away in shame!!!)
    ;-)

  12. marvin
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

  13. unixman
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Marvin, beautiful weblogs! Specially the first and last one.

  14. Joni
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    What an ADORABLE cat, Marvin. You know, ginger tabbies always have the best personalities. (I should know, I have a 24 pounder who's a doll!)
    Now I just need to learn that language so I can keep up with what Marvin's cat's up to!

  15. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Design is just as important as content IMO, If it looks shit and you cant read the content, whats the point?
    Of course a functional design ok though, im a fan of the more simple sites myself, like binarybonsai for example

  16. somefool
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    sorry, that was me ;-) -- hadnt logged in ... obviously

  17. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Found this blog: http://www.henrytapia.com/2004. V.good.

  18. KyleGM
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://simplesis.com/ - Love this one
    I like my own too, http://blog.billbest.cl :P

  19. clay
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Ugh. I spend all day redoing the CSS for my site. I start to think 'hey it's starting to look OK'
    then I look at some of these.
    ugh.

  20. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://wp.lat3nt.net/topsites/index.php?a=display
    Some really well designed sites here, take the time to check it out

  21. basketball
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    In my opinion the site http://simplesis.com/ has the nicest design in the wordpress community.

  22. maadmob
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    OK, so let's see if we can find any that don't use the same template throughout...(a couple listed here don't do this)
    Maybe it's just the information architect in me, but I think the home page should look different to an index page and different to a content page. I really dislike sites where I can't tell if I'm on the home or a content page.

  23. BenSaunders
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Can I nominate my own (entirely home-made) effort?!
    Ben Saunders

  24. Root
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    *gasp*

  25. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I like that Ben :)

  26. Ryan Boren
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Oooh, nice Cervélo. Nice site too.

  27. BenSaunders
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks guys. After an abortive experiment with (the old) Blogger a while back, this is the first time I've used a full-blown CMS, and WordPress has really impressed me so far.
    Sadly, as a sponsored athlete, I can't really blog about the gritty political stuff that your (excellent) site discusses, Ryan, for fear of upsetting the people that pay the bills...
    So it'll be mostly expeditions, training for expeditions and, er, bikes :)

  28. Ali_ix
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    ^_^
    http://weblog.corelist.net
    may be only good in graphis not really in Code and ... ;)

  29. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I have recently redesigned my own site (http://www.egographies.com) which has been listed on unmatched <style>.

  30. Brak
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thierry>> Funny, I should show you one of my personal mockups sometime, I have nearly the exact same idea (engineering drawings) as you, but executed differently :)
    All nice sites.
    maadmob> While I agree with you to an extent, I think you've missed the fundemental usage of a blog, hence the foundations of the IA. An extra homepage is of no use. When you go to a blog what do you go there to do? Read the most recent entry. An extra homepage makes it harder for people to use the site. That's what I've tried to help (and others as well) with the most recent entry being on the home page. Blogs are about content, and therefore content should be put forth first. We're not making websites selling computers, we're making websites for people to read entries.

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