Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
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Less Unattractive Literary Websites

We think ugliness is a virtue, but here are 12 literary mag websites that are less ugly. DISCLOSURE: I think some of them are design clichés, SO THERE. (via)

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Annie Petersen (#3,521)

Is it just me or do all of these just look like WordPress Pro templates?

Turboslut (#1,036)

Sweet zombie Jesus am I fucking sick of seeing "clean" applied as the ultimate accolade, the very pinnacle and apotheosis of design, with "busy" naturally being the most damning disparagement one could muster. The pendulum on this fad – and let's be clear, it is unequivocally a fad – can't swing back soon enough.

Until then, I yearn for design that's not ashamed to take its inspiration from the New York Times front page circa 1868, or perhaps a Dr. Bronner's bottle.

Yoiks. "Design Cliches" is a very polite way of putting it, Ambassador Sicha. I kept scrolling too far because I thought they were ads.

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