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Exemplary dexign

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Every week I get a news feed from Dexigner [ http://www.dexigner.com ].
Naturally there's quite a lot about design but there is sufficient architecture-related stuff to make it a a good read. It claims 1.2 million unique visitors monthly so obviously a lot of designers read it too.

It's run by its 'sole proprietor', industrial designer Levent Ozler with designers Senay Gokcen and Gulsen Sizyek as editors. If you live round about where I do in north London, that sounds unmistakably Turkish - although it's New York-based and the content is resolutely international. The format is a bit unsettling. Not so much the six-column layout – well, yes, six is a tad unnerving - but the fact that the leftmost column of the news feed is right up against the left-hand edge of your screen leaving a wide white column down the right. You immediately worry that it's cocked up your monitor.
Not so. The right hand strip accommodates any enlargement of text (at least it does in Firefox). Yes.
You can actually enlarge the initially small (but quite readable) sans-serif text. But that leftmost column right on the edge... There are actually six columns to accommodate news about six areas of design: product, graphic, fashion, digital, architecture and art. Each of the stories, actually heavily edited press releases, is headed by an image. You just scroll down to see what's what. Here is a site which does exactly what it sets out to do and no more. Couldn't be simpler. Or more effective.

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