When I started reading Curbed.com, years ago, it was a basic real estate and design blog with the exact kind of content I was looking for: from quirky, small homes in the Village, lavish and loud Soho Lofts, to the ostentatious decor of Park Avenue on the Upper East Side. The site’s design was fairly basic – but most websites at the time were badly-designed compared to the sites of today. Blogging platforms like Squarespace, WordPress, and Chorus had yet to reach their prime and web designers were expensive…
…but the content was perfect and I was instantly addicted.
Fast-forward to today:
Web design trends have come and gone and come again. Websites became really flashy and then were (thankfully) reeled-in and rethought. Curbed.com had managed to retain a great team of writers for years and had found a great, modern, design that made it easy to take in their VAST treasure trove of #Architecture, #RealEstate, and #InteriorDesign journalism.
Design: A trendy collage of featured tidbits
The design language has changed completely. They’ve transformed a clean, modern, website with MANY serious readers into a trendy-looking collage of serif fonts and “featured tidbits” with too much white. It looks more like GOOP than a serious editorial website. It’s hard on the eyes and it’s a little difficult to get to a simple feed of the latest posts. Epic design fail. Sorry NYMag design team!
Atlanta, Austin, Boston,
Chicago,Detroit, Los Angeles,
San Francisco – All Gone
As part of the absorption of Curbed into New York Magazine (they’re both owned by Vox Media) these are the cities that will no longer be covered by Curbed.com. This means entire sections of their website (and workforce?) will simply disappear.