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The Bloomberg magazine you've linked to does things much better though. It uses great scale and blocks as a method to create contrast, organization and a good sense of hierarchy which doesn't quite seem to happen here.
The copywriting one is "edgy" in a way, although it perfectly communicates to people what copywriting is and the value of it. It demonstrates that the copywriter is incredibly capable of writing range of text in a large range of tones. It also has a single clear coherent message that is communicated towards the user in addition to having a portfolio that shows his work.
As several persons have mentioned, this site does not achieve this. On one hand it is loud and abrasive, "Blunt. As Fuck," while on the other hand it uses ironically uses something more along the lines of corporate speak with words such as "hope, challenge, inspire" which run completely contrary to the tone of the giant header and the general bold, abrasive typography.
Then it ends with soft edged, cute, pastel colored iconography.
If they really are "Blunt. As Fuck," they really need to either go all the way and stay consistent or change their design direction.
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I've been here for over 2 years. I've complained a lot about this in the past too, but DN has never been about anything but UI and web design.
I've come to the unfortunate conclusion that this isn't just a problem with DN alone, but one that is present in the UI design community at large. Out of all of the design disciplines, I feel that UI/UX design disconnects itself most from other ones.
While "Designer News," should really be called "UI Designer News," if you read any random "design" article on Medium that discusses "design" as a whole, it will most likely be about UI design, with some random Dieter Rams quotes. Dieter Rams and Jony Ive seem to be about the only designers outside of UI design that UI designers seem to know.
At the same time, UI designers seem to like to enjoy criticizing or downplaying the very idea of aesthetics, even though they work on what's a visual product. Meanwhile they have no problem with following aesthetic trends. This of course wouldn't be a problem if visuals didn't mean anything, except they do. In fact we have an entire discipline with a hundred year history dedicated to using visuals to communicate called graphic design. And thus we have UI design work that have little diversity.
I have a feeling it will stay as is for a very long time. See the history of browser user agent strings. This article is from 2010, but it's still valid, and if anything it's gone worse with Android, various Android browsers, and Chrome forking WebKit.
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