I love design and designers, except on the days following any well-known brand introducing a new design/logo/color, etc. Designers then lose their shit and seem to find it impossible to offer rational, coherent, or constructive criticism.
Ok fine, Josh, I’m not going to argue with you. Lots of other people will do that. And many others will argue with them . And so on.
But also: Pot, meet Kettle.
I mean, have you looked at The Outline’s website? I love what they’re trying to do there, but wow what an affront to the senses.
I just love that the pull quote above is bordered by those tacky animated wiggly lines. Good times.
Lately, though, I’ve often found myself halfway through a poorly-considered post before realizing I was devoting reading time to a hack job. We’ve developed a sense of the signifiers of thoughtfully-assembled web sites in the last decade, but these days it’s all a wash of 21px #333 Georgia.
I do appreciate nice, readable typography, but dammit can’t we have fun any more? When choosing a template for jack.baty.net I wanted something unique and fun but ended up with a simple, readable, basic layout. I guess for now this hack job remains part of the problem.