A List Apart redesigns
August 22, 2005 at 10:29 PM
A new issue of A List Apart is out. Issue #201 to be exact. But this isn't your typical issue. The folks at ALA have done an entire redesign and backend overhaul. Jason Santa Maria has created a jawdropping beautiful design here under the creative dirction of Jeffrey Zeldman. Dan Benjamin went all out on the backend which is done using Ruby on Rails. You can read all about it in Jeffrey's article A List Apart 4.0. If for some reason it looks like the same site to you, your DNS may not have updated, so try accessing it via IP. Congrats to the whole ALA 4.0 team and all of the contributors and editors who make ALA happen every issue. Also don't foret to check out the new articles in issue 201, Joe Clark and Jim Coudal have some great articles in this issue.
I figured they were up to something, it's been so quiet there lately. Looks very nice!
Jawdropping beautiful design? This site has generated considerable hype, due to Jeffrey Zeldman's popularity. The content of ALA has been a terrific resource for designers and developers. With help from Eric Meyer, on this redesign, I'm sure the markup is flawless. The design however is not. Yes it is quite functional, and does a good job of presenting the content, but there are issues with several elements (none of which would make it awful). Issues aside, there is nothing exceptional about the design. In his book Jeffrey Zeldman talks about separating presentation from content. This is a terrific practice embraced by many. Describing this design as jawdropping beautiful, begs the question, are you referring to the markup or the presentation?