Designing Your Blog for Business on the Web | Model Sites

Problogger is hosting a contest to win a copy of Web Design for ROI. webdesignforROI

To enter, you need to leave a comment about a blog theme you love [Darren's word] and use the keyword web design.

This post is a good place to see what other people find attractive. I found NorthXEast, a 2007 Best Blog Design nominee, on the list at Performancing.

Here's my entry:

Really enjoying reading this list - just wrote a post about blog themes and am adding this entry as a follow up. It's hard to choose one absolute favorite blog based on web design - there so many good ones out there, including yours!

Here's my entry:

What I love about http://www.northxeast.com . . .

Identity
NorthxEast, image shows direction with a compass image

Tagline
Umissable Weekly Articles for Bloggers – states frequency [weekly], for who [bloggers], what the reader will find [articles]; and what kind [unmissable] with a word you probably won’t see anywhere else

Image
Two starfish touching arms on a beach with a surf in the background, especially attractive on this drippy, grey and cold Chicago winter day

Color palette
Black backdrop offsets the teal, orange and neutral elements

Architecture
The list of weekly articles with number of comments on the home page reads like a table of contents, easy to browse

Featured article
Like the big, bold type and the author’s name above the post

Graphic elements
Previous articles icon calls attention as an askew bookmark above the article index. The teal divider band is similar to a graphic element I use on my site. I call it a “ribbon.”

Nav tabs
Simple direction to four pages

Blogroll
Great call to action: Obey the title: “Blogs every blogger should read” – and feed into the collection

Bonus Points
Content is remarkable, relevant and unmissable.

Tell us which blog/design is your "best-loved" . . .

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