As someone who spends loads of time daily on the NY Times site, there's a lot I like about the new look, including the wide-screen presentation and the Georgia font, a Microsoft innovation, according to Robert Scoble.
What held my attention though was what Anil had to say about this "wider is better" presentation, that is apparently being used with success by many blogs based on customized versions of Movable Type, one of Six Apart's blogging software platforms. Specifically, Anil points out:
"The most prominent change is the new wide page layout, which makes great use of the expanded screen real estate that serious web geeks have available on their displays.
A lot has been written about these wider pages recently, but many of the first sites to make smart use of this kind of design have been Movable Type-powered blogs like Gawker Media’s Sploid, Paul Scrivens’ Whitespace, Kevin Cornell’s Bearskinrug, Jason Santa Maria’s blog and Khoi Vin’s Subtraction.
The additional space on the page lets the Times use large and valuable ad units online without compromising the amount of editorial information displayed."
I couldn't agree more. Now, Anil, please ask your folks at Typepad to give us regular Pro subscribers some easy-to-use templates for our humble Typepad blogs.
I'm tired of the one, two or three column design of most Typepad templates, that seem to be squeezing in on the primary content from both sides (the current template of this blog is a case in point).
Although there is a 1-column template, it doesn't allow the ability to layout the many standard components of a blog in a wide-screen manner, as seen in the customized sites referred to by Anil.
Please, allow us to live large too, just like the New York Times.