The New Wave of Website Awesomeness?

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‘lunar freedom’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′

Seems there’s a new entry in’s website redesign…and that left side looks kinda familiar. Apparently, this new entry is considered “cutting edge,” “innovative,” and “aggressive.” Um, well duh. Considering we pretty much set that look when we launched almost two years ago…

So. Honest mistake? Homage to our glorious site? Or simply because we’re Just That Awesome, so everyone wants to be like us?

Having lived in the DC area for ten years, Ben still loves to wander the city with his wife, shooting lots of photos and exploring all the latest exhibits and galleries. A certified hockey fanatic, he spends some time debating the Washington Capitals club with friends – but everyone knows of his three decade love affair with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A professional writer, gamer, photographer, and Lego enthusiast, Ben remains captivated by DC and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.

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5 thoughts on “The New Wave of Website Awesomeness?

  1. Respectfully guys, alternating the colors of words in headers was done long before your site ever came about. Done even before the internet was invented. Even in the typeface you’re using. It’s not a mistake, but it’s certainly honest. Remember, nothing’s new out there anymore.

  2. Really, welovedc? You trying to claim that you came up with using Verdana and an accent color? John Athayde, your “design style” is the same style as 99% of “designers” out there. Let’s not pretend you invented switching colors for the second word in a title. That design technique has been around as a typography tool from long before web design, and long before your terribly designed website. Try coming up with a less derivative style, and maybe you’ll have some legitimacy in challenging other designers.

    And by the way, if you’re going to call out Happy Cog for stealing work, you better have a damn better reason than them using the same font on a subheading. They (especially, Jeffrey Zeldman) have done more for web standards and design than almost anyone. The best part of all of this is that if you even claim to be a web designer, you’ve read A List Apart ( which was created by Zeldman, and which is essentially a Bible for anyone proficient in web development.