Righteous design

Sites with good and notable web design, great HTML exam­ples, good cod­ing, etc.

Personal sites

John M. Lynch’s Web Site is an excel­lent exam­ple of a pro­fes­sion­al home page done well.

More grace­ful sim­plic­i­ty: Don Klip­stein’s Web Site.

Ian Jack­son’s lynx-friend­ly pages.

How min­i­mal­ist can it get? Ask John Cow­an.

Databases, Magazines and Web Resources

Michael E. Grost’s A Guide to Clas­sic Mys­tery and Detec­tion is one of the best exam­ples of good plain design for an online guide or resource site.

Cardi­gan Indus­tries have out-McSweeneyed McSweeney’s. Seri­ous­ly, it’s fan­tas­tic design. No won­der, they’re using Tex­tism.

Grun­nen Rocks is a web db from the Nether­lands of indie rock, 90s to now. They’ve “updat­ed” but the ancient old site design from way back when was sim­ply right­eous. [have a peek]


The gopher-directory style of the etext.org archive (defunct) [archive]

the old wiki­wiki­web had and has a sim­ple, straight­for­ward design

Online books

TeX Font Guide is sim­ple and read­able and ele­gant.

WordPress Elegance

Cyn­thia Har­rison’s A Writer’s Diary.


For further reference

A good, well-designed online guide, Build­ing Acces­si­ble Web­sites.

The Easy-2-Read Stan­dard: Five smart rules for on-screen text design (“Don’t tell us scrolling is bad!”)

The Web­less Ini­tia­tive is against CSS, style sheets, “inter­ac­tiv­i­ty” and so on. It might not have much of an effect but the ideas are inter­est­ing and very often the “web­less” design turns out great.

(Browsers should be able to con­trol and present an infi­nite array of local styles; styles should be con­trol­lable not only by the pub­lish­er but by the read­er.)


First published on March 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 pm (EST) and last modified on March 8th, 2009 at 7:00 pm (EST).

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