March 24, 2006

No Time for Pretty

I've been checking a variety of political blogs and related sites lately, and have noticed one weird trend common to many - they're really ugly! It seems poor design skills bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives alike. A fair amount of the blogs I've seen don't even incorporate an original design at all, instead using the prepackaged skins included with their blog software installation or sign-up.

I wonder why high profile sites skip this step of the process. Are they trying to save a couple bucks? Would a high quality web design somehow diminish the content in their eyes? Must political sites follow a sort of bare-bones fashion trend in order to be taken seriously?

It all seems rather silly to me, but then, so does a lot of the dialogue at times.

Posted by Andy at March 24, 2006 09:09 PM to the Politics category

Are you talking about Sekimori designs? I think Malkin's site was better before she signed on with Pajamas Media. That, I just hate ugly ads.

It's probably all more about content than looking good.

Posted by: Mei at March 24, 2006 11:15 PM

No, they're not bad. Malkin's site is clean and professional. Lots of others aren't.

On a slightly related note, I'm noticing that she does enjoy the name calling, and seems to be goading more than one religous group for what do not appear to be entirely professional reasons. Maybe that's her job, but I wouldn't rest too easily with it.


Posted by: Andy at March 24, 2006 11:37 PM
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