Nominmanation

So it looks like ShaunInman.com is a finalist for Best Designed Weblog in this year’s Bloggies. Just my luck, it’s up against Jason “Pfft, that Inman guy doesn’t Stan a Chance” Santa Maria and the vibrant Brookelyn.org.

If you want to waste your vote this year, ShaunInman.com is the ticket to punch. Let’s be honest, I’m using what, all of two colors here? It’s too bad blank isn’t a color—there’s more whitespace than actual content on ShaunInman.com. How about that font-snobbery? All those typefaces installed on your computer? They’re not good enough for ShaunInman.com—oh no, nothing but DIN will do. And did you see this place in October? It was an absolute mess, blood everywhere—it was a whole month before someone finally cleaned it up.

I have 10 reasons not to vote for ShaunInman.com but after three (and not even the top three) I can see a full count just isn’t necessary. Nobody’s that foolish.

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Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
January 24th, 2005 at 10:17 pm
Categories
The Site
Design
Comments
046 (Now closed)

046 Comments

001

Hey, October was my idea! :D

The blank crayon always seemed to clog up my sharpener.

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 5:27 pm
002

Not only was it your idea, it was your blood! Or blood substitute. I have so little ideas of my own that I’m beginning to think that I’m actually the one pirating my design.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 5:31 pm
003

Well I’m pretty much a daily visitor.. and this is my first comment here. To make a long post short, your Blog is freaking sweet and you don’t need any award to show it. :)

Author
Rob Curran
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 5:35 pm
004

Thanks for the vote of confidence Rob, what ever you do though don’t give me your vote in the 2005 Bloggies. ;D

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 5:38 pm
005

Awwww…. that little exchange was sweet you guys. ;D

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 5:57 pm
006

My vote was an ‘undecided’ - that was until the brilliance of “Virtual Stan”…

Author
Steve Hubbard
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 6:20 pm
007

You kids and your self-defecating humor…

Congrats!

Author
Mike D.
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 6:23 pm
008

I actually kept going back and forth trying to decide between here and Jason’s site. In the end, I tried to vote for this one but I was confronted with a “bandwidth limit exceeded” error and gave up.

Don’t think I’ll be voting this year. Somebody call the usability guys. ;)

Author
John Y.
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 6:39 pm
009

Well, I can’t stand you OR that Stan guy… hmmm decisions, decisions ;)

Author
John Serris
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 7:47 pm
010

Shaun-

I was all prepared to vote for Santa Maria until I heard him sing Roxanne. Now i just can’t bring myself to do it. So I was going to vote for you, mostly because that blood was freaking sweet. But then I just read that it was Jason’s idea. So alas, my vote will go to Brooke. After all, her blog is vibrant — you said so yourself.

And plus, she’s way hotter than either of you two.

Author
Jeff Croft
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 7:54 pm
011

I’ll be trading my Inman vote with a Naderite in Kansas who’s voting for Santa Maria. Or so he claims …

Author
Feaverish
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 9:16 pm
012

Sweet! Kansas! Looks like I might sweep all the red states. And that wasn’t me singing Roxanne, it was Stan, I’m Jason.

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 3:25 am
013

This is all very well, but I haven’t been able to get to the the 2005 bloggies site for at least 24 hours now as they seem to have underspent on their bandwidth nozzle.

Author
Andrew Hume
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 3:41 am
014

I was to the bloggies voting page last night, but I’d only heard of about five of the blogs listed there, so I didn’t vote. Even if I wanted to now, I couldn’t… they’ve been over their bandwidth since midnight here.

Author
Jordan
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 6:32 am
015

Well I voted for you.

Author
Tom
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 6:42 am
016

Well, I’m in Kansas, and I’m voting for Brooke. :)

Just teasing, actually. I’m not sure who I’ll vote for (or if I’ll even vote). Brookelyn.org, ShaunInman.com, and JasonSantaMaria.com are all in my daily visits. I’m not sure how I could pick just one.

But I do accept bribes.

Author
Jeff Croft
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 6:48 am
017

A C’mon, you’re using three colors, give yourself some credit. I see red, gray, and white. This is the time you whip out your large bat and march up to the masses and scream “content is king.” …then settle for second place.

But hey, at least you’re on the list. Good job.

Author
Dustin Diaz
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 7:39 am
018

Nice…from http://2005.bloggies.com:

“The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.”

Author
Dave Bedingfield
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 1:56 pm
019

That’s just what you get for trying to vote for me Dave. I warned you…

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 1:58 pm
020

I could’ve voted for you, but Jason’ll let us buy him beer. :)

Author
Indranil
Posted
Jan 25th, 2005 8:23 pm
021

“Let’s be honest, I’m using what, all of two colors here?” - that’s right, but you’re using these to colours the right way, and nowadays, it’s an advantage man!

Author
ati
Posted
Jan 26th, 2005 12:44 am
022

I’ll vote for you just because you use DIN as a font :p

Author
Lucian S.
Posted
Jan 26th, 2005 1:24 am
023

it really cmoes down to either you or Jason. I like them both equally, but I visit here more often (just for your sexy CSS “dropdown”). So I think my vote is being swayed twords Shaun Inman . Also, I’ve always loved the “Plastik” look.

Author
gf3
Posted
Jan 26th, 2005 4:06 am
024

Well, Shaun - my vote goes to you. I’ve never seen Jason’s site, and I’m not going to start now.

Author
bearskinrug
Posted
Jan 26th, 2005 9:43 am
025

Good, cuz you dont want to go through what some of the guys above had gone through. Tough call….very tough call.

Author
Alvin.W
Posted
Jan 26th, 2005 7:07 pm
026

Not to lick your boots or anything, but I don’t think there’s a blog on the web that can hold a candle to this one. By far the best design I have yet seen, period (you have my vote).

Sadly, complimenting someone this much almost makes me sick, so for the purpose of balance; you smell like a large pile of old cheese.

Author
Josiah
Posted
Jan 27th, 2005 8:21 am
027

Compliment: Yes, Shaun’s site is always a source of inspiration.

Insult for balance: Damn is he ever short! ;D

Author
Nat
Posted
Jan 27th, 2005 10:31 am
028

Well for what it’s worth, I think this blog is the best designed one among the nominees. A hands down winner in my opinion so you’ve got my vote!

Author
Marco
Posted
Jan 28th, 2005 12:59 am
029

I voted for you. I like how clean your site is. It’s quite lovely.

Author
StephanieKlein
Posted
Jan 28th, 2005 12:50 pm
030

I wish you luck against the other heavy hitters. I agree that the lack of color is a disadvantage, but the site is nice and somewhat subliminal to me.

Author
Zach
Posted
Jan 29th, 2005 7:13 pm
031

A lack of colors? Yes, but at no disadvantage to him. I’d actually say the lack of color enhances the clean, smooth look of the site rather than detract from it. I mean, most designers need color variation in order to get a decent looking site, however Shaun does an excellent job with what he does use. You have my vote.

Author
Vladimir
Posted
Jan 29th, 2005 7:56 pm
032

Yay! Go lack of colours!

Inman f**k yeah!

Author
Matthew Maber
Posted
Jan 30th, 2005 3:22 am
033

I see you’ve been hitting off the competetion. By linking to Brookelyn.org they’ve exceed their bandwidth. Good job Shaun

Author
Andrew
Posted
Jan 31st, 2005 1:41 pm
034

That’s quite an asinine assessment of the situation, Andrew, to assume malicious linking. If any one site is responsible for any of the finalist’s downtime, it would probably the Bloggies’ site.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jan 31st, 2005 1:46 pm
035

I’m much more comfortable believe that you did it with ill intent.

Author
Andrew
Posted
Jan 31st, 2005 2:01 pm
036

You have to be joking. If not, you might as well level the same accusation at Brooke and Jason who both linked my site (no doubt maliciously, for the rest of you conspiracy theorists out there.)

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jan 31st, 2005 3:12 pm
037

I am still trying to bring down Amazon.com… they must really have a lot of bandwidth.

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Jan 31st, 2005 3:18 pm
038

First of all, to the accusation of malicious linking… wow. Just - wow.

Anyway, on to the meat of the topic - you definitely have my vote for the bloggies because I’m quite the fan of your utilitarian design. Everything is clean and there are no distractions to detract from what’s important: the content. Given, the text is a bit small on a laptop or higher resolutions, but the site just calls to me.

I must make note, however, that I’ve seen Jason Santa Maria’s site and I find it to be very well designed and written, but the colors are just too much for me. Keep up the good work.

Author
Jared Cuffe
Posted
Jan 31st, 2005 8:15 pm
039

My site is too colorful? That’s very curious, as I really only use a couple and they are all in the same general tonal range (save black). That’s OK Inman, you can lure people into voting for you under the safety of you serene site :D

I wonder how much the contest will be skewed, or if we will get to see the full results. Meaning, I wonder how many votes you will also garner because people enjoy your programming (IFR, ShortStat) in addition to your design, and how many votes something like Virtual Stan will sway my way. You know, the things that are a bit more arbitrary.

Author
Jason Santa Maria
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 3:06 am
040

I would just like to state that I nearly made a joke about Jason for his simple grammatical error “..voting for you under the safety of you serene site.”

I then realized that I am an idiot and decided against it, seeing as how I mispel simpel wrds alll teh thyme.

: cough :

Author
Josiah
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 4:36 am
041

Totally awesome website. I dub thee one of my imspiration for designing pure website in CSS & XHTML.

Simple, clean, mean and down right accessible in my opinion. Cheers.

Author
dannyFoo
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 5:35 am
042

The color scheme works for me in a del.icio.us.com kind of way. That may not seem like much of a design endorsement, but when you consider how hugely popular those sites are you have to admit that something really works about it. IMO it’s because they focus on interesting content before design.

I do think this site puts content first in a similar way, but where Shaun pulls away from the anti-design look is in the brilliant details. Everything fits so perfectly together and is so inviting/easy to read that you don’t even think about it, the best attribute a site with this much to read can have.

That being said, I am not going to vote for anyone. Contests like these devalue the power of my ability to vote. ;D

Author
Nat Bolton
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 10:17 am
043

(haha I don’t know why I put a .com on the end of del.icio.us)

Author
Nat Bolton
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 10:18 am
044

Jason, I’m not saying your site has too many colors, it’s just that this site, when compared to others that I’ve seen, is much more clean and elegant. I honestly wish I could manage to emulate this style without ripping it off. On my site I’m also going for cleanliness over flash, but I just finished fixing the original person’s code and now have to figure out what I’m going to do with it.

Also, I think it’s the books in the corners that draw my eye away from the text. Just my opinion, though. And seriously, compared to brookelyn.org, your site is downright surgically clean.

Author
Jared Cuffe
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 4:29 pm
045

Just so you know Shaun, I was joking. Too often I forget that sarcasm doesn’t show over the internet.

Author
Andrew
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 10:47 pm
046

(especially when it sounds like you could totally be serious)

Sarcasm online needs to be used in situations where it’s a little less possible that you mean exactly what you’re saying.

Author
Jared Cuffe
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 11:34 pm