The PJ Tatler

Drudge report a design icon?

Over at American Digest, Gerard Vanderleun makes a point I’ve fumbled for:

Taken all in all, it’s another testament to this supposedly ancient and “inelegant” webpage that many slicker and much less visited web sites and designers disparage. But when you put those morons aside, you can see clearly that it is easily one of the most brilliantly designed pages in that it, seemingly, has no design.

But of course it does. It’s pure WYSIWYG. Loads fast, has headlines that provoke and intrigue. The ads stay out of the way. And most of all it says, quite clearly and immediately, what for the moment is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing on the page. No hunting. No scrolling. Just point click and go.

I’d also noticed the four top-left heds today: