The hallmark of the blog, “The Thinker”, has been replaced by a generic looking wine glass – part of the original design: photo of Rodin’s “The Thinker” pasted into a drawing of a table with a glass of wine on it.
Eric Asimov kindly responded to my query about the change, saying that the NY Times had done some software updates on their blogging platform and the header image had been changed.
I miss The Thinker. I like the slightly offbeat, kitschy composition. But the image is not why I come to Eric’s blog. It is the discussion and what Eric and the others have to say that keeps me coming back. It’s the quintessence of Web 2.0.
I also like Eric’s blog because he’s not afraid to be intellectual. Maybe that is what the presence of The Thinker in his blog’s design was all about. I hope that its disappearance does not signal any change in editorial tone, style or general direction.
My wife works in marketing. In our work on redwinebuzz.com, we often have…. spirited disagreements about the look, feel and general design of that web site. Her view is that design should be a key element that draws people to content. I often argue that overdone design detracts from content.
So I pose a question to the readers of this post: Can a blog’s design detract from its impact?
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