10 Top Tech and Social Media Blogs I’d Like to See Redesigned in 2009

blogredesigns There are some great blogs out there with killer content and a vast audience.  Unfortunately, the design of some of these blogs aren’t of the same caliber as their content.

I had TechCrunch and Scobleizer on the list but their recent redesigns look great!

Hopefully, without sounding like another design snob, I’d like to list some popular blogs that I hope get a redesign in 2009.

 

In no specific order:

1) Lifehacker

Lifehacker

Really its not just Lifehacker but all the Gawker Media blogs.

 

2) LouisGray.com

LouisGray.com

Louis Gray has a great blog with some of the most interesting thoughts and topics out there, and a fresh design would be a great complement.

 

3) Techipedia

Techipedia

So much potential here, would love to see a design that incorporates the logo well.

 

4) Read Write Web

Read Write Web

Read Write Web is one of my favourite blogs and the layout and typography isn’t really that horrible.  It’s mostly the header and logo that bug me.

 

5) ProBlogger

ProBlogger

I used to like ProBlogger’s design — not sure what happened.  Maybe it was the increase in ads or maybe I got tired of reading Helvetica in such small font sizes (one of my web pet peeves).

 

6) The Last Podcast

The Last Podcast

Frederic runs a great blog here as well, but this template needs to go.

 

7) ChrisBrogan.com

ChrisBrogan.com

I don’t actually have any real beef with his current design, personally I just loved the previous one so much more.  Bring it back Chris!

 

8) Performancing

Performancing

Very helpful blog but I’m not a fan of fluid width layouts plus it really could use a refresh.  Not friendly with 17” monitors either.

 

9) Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Earlier this year, Jeremiah asked what he could do to improve the way his blog looks.   I suggested he change the background to white instead of light gray.  But now, I’m asking for more 🙂

 

10) Micro Persuasion

Micro Persuasion

Not sure how flexible Typepad is, but I’d love to see what could be done here.

 

Now, before I get anyone lashing back at me, please consider that my intentions are not to be critical of these blogs as a whole.  I just think the visual aspects warrant some improvement.

Do you agree or disagree?  What sites would you add to this list?

  • aww, I just GOT a redesign!

    I'd be curious to know what you have in mind, though!

  • Comparing our current version to the Blogger template shows we've made some work, but there's much more to do! Watch for it. 🙂

  • Hmmm – and I actually LIKE ProBlogger and RWW:

    http://thefuturebuzz.com/2008/07/30/25-examples

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – I like layouts that are sectioned/clean.

  • That is so true.

    I was looking for a screen shot of Chris Brogan's blog before that latest redesign. I'll link to your post, thanks!

  • frederic

    Thanks Shey! That was just the gentle nudge I needed, so I actually made redesigning the blog one of my priorities for the new year… been looking for a new template to work from already.

  • Good to hear Frederic, looking forward to it 🙂

  • Phew! Glad I moved from Drupal To WordPress last month! There are so many ways to create a clean and inviting site. The issue though is keeping up with the “Jones” whenever they change designs…

  • Thanks Shey, I'll be sure to include your thoughts in my upcoming redesign!

  • Great post, Shey. I'd like to see your 'best design' picks too.

  • That's been done a bunch of times already by other folks, but I'll think about it 🙂

  • Oh and thanks for posting the 500th comment on my blog 🙂

  • its not important how beautiful is the design of your template as long as this blog is informative its ok!