Tag Archives: Design

Design Spotlight: June 27, 2007 (The Leaky Cauldron)

Welcome to Design Spotlight. Today we have The Leaky Cauldron.

The Leaky Cauldron, or TLC (or “Leaky”) for short, is the oldest Harry Potter news site. Older, and larger, than Mugglenet (the second-largest Harry Potter site).

We’re here to analyze their design, not talk about their history. Let’s get started.

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Logo Design, Yeah It’s That Important

Your logo represents your site. You should spend a fair bit of time on your logo, perfecting it. You won’t make a very good first impression if you just have plain text at the top of your site reading “MySite.com”. Look at all the successful websites you know of, do you see a logo-less one? Didn’t think so.

Google, Amazon, EBay, Digg, Reddit, Wired… They all have logos. Each one of those companies invested a substantial amount of time (and probably money) designing a logo. Should your site be different? No. Spend a bit of time in Photoshop, designing a logo.

Before we cover a bit more on logo design, here are a few well-designed logos. Click the logos to see how they fit in with the actual site.

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Design Spotlight: June 17, 2007 (Ars Technica)

Welcome to Design Spotlight. What’s Design Spotlight? I’ve decided to highlight sites with cool designs once in a while. Inspire yourself. Today we have Ars Technica.

Ars Technica is one of the biggest Tech News sites on the web. If one of their posts gets submitted to Digg, it’s sure to get at least a hundred diggs.

In addition to their great content, they have a stunning design. Have you ever seen a site that looks like it? I don’t think so. I wonder who their designer is.

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