Thursday, August 26, 2004

Independent news paper,

One of my ex-coworkers has liked this independent press, so sometimes recommended it to me.

But I hardly visited at 'cause the website didn't look cool for me.

Anyway, today finally I stopped by it to look for an article about the men's gymnastics all-around final. Oh~ here it is.


Anonymous said...

Have you ever heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well, I think the same axiom can be applied to news websites, especially

I've been perusing Salon since 1998, and the reason I do is b/c it's is one of the best non-mainstream newsources online today. It has excellent and intelligent writing, well-balanced and interesting articles that cover the gamut from politics to business, global events to history, social criticism to art, etc.

I'm a Gyopo originally from Chicago, who has lived in Seoul for the past three years. In that time, I've taken a look at a lot of popular Korean websites like, daum, etc., and quite honestly, I can't understand why these sites are so popular with Korean people. They seem so cluttered and busy, with childish graphics, useless pop-ups, silly cartoon characters, and other weird bells and whistles that most Americans dislike.

Americans like clean webpages that are easy to download, easy to read, and having as little clutter and graphics as possible.

The New York Times is a good example of what Americans like -- no more than two or three columns at most with TNR (Times New Roman) fonts, a few eye-catching headlines, a picture or two, and a minimum of graphics.

I can't stand looking at Korean websites as they seem so childish and busy. Perhaps there's a big cultural difference here, but I sincerely hope you don't underestimate just b/c it doesn't look like or

Personally, I'm the type of person who prefers content over style, and, with its simple, easy-to-read layout, represents a more mature and content-centric experience in my opinion.

john said...

Thanks for your opinion!

Firstly, dont' worry too much! ^^ I like the independent press like as you do and Ode magazine I already introduced in my blog.

Plus, this question, "Which websites' layout (UI design) is better?", depends on persons. (In my case, I like both.)