Mon 21 Apr
Radu Darvas is the grand prize winner of the WThRemix contest, in which contestants were asked to redesign the W3C home page using valid, table-free XHTML and CSS. Among the five winners, Darvas’s design clearly deserves the grand prize. Unfortunately, the overall quality of the contest entries is a bit disappointing, with many devoid of personality or attention to typographic detail, and many more employing questionable design tricks. This is the danger of CSS, I suppose: its toolbox of layout tricks is plentiful enough to override good taste; in a way, the standard’s novelty factor echoes the early days of Photoshop, when everything was marbleized, drop-shadowed and/or embossed.