SimpleBits

simplebits

(42) Dec 4, 2006

Comments

GravatarOn December 4, 2006 6:03 PM Biomech said:

I just went to check on the progress today when I saw it was complete. I absolutely love it, another great design from Dan. =D

GravatarOn December 4, 2006 8:43 PM Glenn said:

Very nice design. Mr. Cederholm is definitely a master at his craft.

GravatarOn December 4, 2006 8:59 PM jack said:

Good job! I love it!

GravatarOn December 4, 2006 10:16 PM Colin said:

So clean. Excellent.

GravatarOn December 4, 2006 10:30 PM Nate K said:

Hands down my favorite design for a website.

Another great one from mr. cederholm!

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 4:17 AM Bojan said:

I love it. So simple, so good.

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 4:30 AM Vesa Virlander said:

Excelent color scheme and nice new logo!

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 4:49 AM Emma said:

While it is clean and "simple", it is also nothing special and looks like a generic template design.

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 6:42 AM Shankar said:

Simple and clean.

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 6:29 PM paulo said:

emma -- not much on the web is really revolutionary anymore. 2 or 3 column layouts are the norm and you have your header, footer, sidebar, etc. But pay attention to the use of color, excellent use of typography (especially considering the limitations of the web), effective use of whitespace, and efficient use of of the layout. This is where the "great" designers separate themselves. It is all in the details.

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 8:48 PM Jake Crozbow said:

I have a feeling that if this site wasn't design by Dan Cederholm, it wouldn't be showcased here. "clean and simple" doesn't justify showing up on CSS beauty. This is a disappointment

GravatarOn December 5, 2006 8:55 PM Alex Giron said:

This site would have been included in the gallery no matter who designed it...

It's a great design, period.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 5:08 AM teda said:

There's nothing special about this design. A conventional design with no innovation. Why it should be listed here? Jake Crozbow already said it...because it's from the "genious" Dan Cederholm.

Just another occurence of plug...

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 8:43 AM Emma said:

paulo - I already said I appreciated it's simple/clean design.

Jake - That's my point exactly, a lot of 'yes' boys praising a well known designers work.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 9:06 AM kevadamson said:

This is easily the best 'zoom layout' website I have seen - executed perfectly. Indeed, I would say this is as close to perfect, for a site of this kind, that you can get. I suggest those who have commented negatively revisit the site and really 'explore' the site further (enlarge the text, look under the bonnet etc.), and also put aside this obsession with who developed it - it's not relevant at all.

Oh, btw, I am no 'yes' boy. I find it baffling that people get upset when a well known designer gets featured - there is a reason why they are well known: because they get featured on web sites, because the work they produce is of the highest standard!

It's another example of designers and developers putting the industry leaders on pedestals, only to then throw rocks at them to try and knock them off ...

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 12:04 PM tonza said:

Very good, I like it. Every element on the site support each other and the name SimpleBits follows the sites design.

Thunbs up.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 12:05 PM tonza said:

Very good, I like it. Every element on the site support each other and the name SimpleBits follows the sites design.

Thunbs up.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 3:20 PM Brent said:

I think it is definately well executed, but as said before, nothing too innovative. (But this site isn't just for the ground-breaking stuff, it's also to showcase good uses of trends and technologies).

My only real gripe is that it seems he's stuck on the cork'd design. Not that either is bad, but I personally try not to re-create something I've already done, especially not on my personal site.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 3:21 PM Brent said:

I think it is definately well executed, but as said before, nothing too innovative. (But this site isn't just for the ground-breaking stuff, it's also to showcase good uses of trends and technologies).

My only real gripe is that it seems he's stuck on the cork'd design. Not that either is bad, but I personally try not to re-create something I've already done, especially not on my personal site.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 5:24 PM Elliot said:

I like the site. I think it's clean and professional. If I had designed it, I would have been overjoyed with the quality of the design. Somehow, I was expecting a little more from Dan. Of course, I think it’s fair to say that he’s set the bar pretty high for himself.

However, even if this site was half as good in the design department, I think it would still deserve a place in this showcase, because CSS Beauty is about design and implementation. Having literally written the book on “bullet proof” design, Dan nails it every time with his impeccable XHTML/CSS work.

For example, check out how when you increase your browser’s font sizes the columns scale along with the fonts. In a passé implementation of “bullet proof” design the fonts would resize but the columns would remain static pushing content further down on the page. The expanding columns approach takes “bullet proof” design and flexible development to the next level. I think the site offers the community some innovation that's worthy of notice and a spot in this showcase.

GravatarOn December 6, 2006 7:21 PM Thame said:

Brilliant...hands down, best-looking site I've seen in a long time.

It's the first time this year I've gone back to a site over and over again just to stare.

GravatarOn December 7, 2006 3:21 AM Marijn said:

I really like the clean, simple but effective design. It really got that "touch" to it that makes good sites great.

One thing though, is it just me or is the site bumping up and down when using opera (9.0)?

GravatarOn December 7, 2006 5:15 AM Keri Henare said:

I am very much in love with the work of Dan Cederholm.

GravatarOn December 7, 2006 2:20 PM Roshawn said:

Nice site. I really liked the previous design, but this one has the "simple elegance" that many love.

Then again, I pretty much like any design on the web (especially blogs) as I can't design jack crap. :-D Cederholm's da man!!

GravatarOn December 8, 2006 7:04 AM angga said:

the typography is really something there. everything suits so perfectly. good job Mr Dan.

GravatarOn December 8, 2006 8:49 AM Neven Đuranec said:

Great color scheme & great code.
IMO it needs some more graphical elements but that`s just me :)
I noticed there is no "jump to top" anchor.Why? I mean we all know that the keyboard button "home" is doing the thing but we all browse mainly by mouse, so I need to scroll all the way up and that´s not good.

Anyway well done.

GravatarOn December 8, 2006 3:15 PM Ken said:

Nice and clean design, well marked-up. I really like it.

Having said this, asserting that it's "one of the best websites of all time" is utterly ridiculous. Although it's very well designed, it's EXTREMELY plain and lacking any particular innovation. Apart from the inclusion of Microformats and the relative sizing/zooming, it's not got anything that hasn't been done a million times before.

Also, the zoom is not something I'm particularly fond of. If I choose to increase the size of my browsers text, I want the text to increase a bit. I don't want to have to start scrolling horizontally... I'll install IE7 or Opera if I want to do that. Text resizing should do what it says it will do!

GravatarOn December 8, 2006 5:45 PM Aidan McQuay said:

I think the text zoom thing is innovative, not necessarily intuitive, but pretty neat.

GravatarOn December 9, 2006 12:28 AM Alice said:

I think Ken said it best.

The design is good, and the code is great. However, why is "good" being featured as something revolutionary?

How is being clean and extremely plain to the point that its almost boring innovative?
What has this site done that hasn't been done before?

Removing all design affects just for the sake of it isn't professional in my opinion.

GravatarOn December 11, 2006 7:13 PM sevban said:

i think the designer a little inspired from www.corkd.com :]
however great design :D

GravatarOn December 11, 2006 7:14 PM peex said:

oh! sorry cork'd is his work :)

GravatarOn December 11, 2006 9:35 PM notacrook said:

ripped already?

GravatarOn December 12, 2006 10:14 AM Mark Priestap said:

Love it.

GravatarOn December 12, 2006 3:03 PM evan said:

The site is very clean, with great attention to detail and color. Under the hood, the code looks good as well. But as far as layout and general idea - nothing sticks out really. In honesty, it very closely resembles Powazek's site.

It may be clean, and well executed, but visually, I'm not really impressed or unimpressed. It's another 2 column, heavy footer site.

GravatarOn December 19, 2006 4:29 AM neal kernohan said:

not a crook, that's not much of a rip i don't think, the WP theme is from ndesign-studio.

personally i like the simplebits site, as i did the last, for it's clarity and simplicity. it's nearly always the first site i pop in the address bar if i install a new browser, odd, but true.

i don't think it's an amazing site but it is another great site.

GravatarOn December 27, 2006 6:20 PM Ash Haque said:

Really digging how adaptive this design is, if you adjust the font size in firefox you'll see how the whole page adjust very fluently.

GravatarOn December 28, 2006 11:51 AM Terry Apodaca said:

Dan is truely the man. Web Icon of this era.

GravatarOn January 11, 2007 1:19 PM joe bob said:

Nothing really special or new with the redesign. Looks like a template site. This figures since template sites are what Cenderholm primarily does.

GravatarOn May 24, 2007 1:12 AM Donna B. said:

Hello, I'm not a designer, but I came here through Google because I like his site, and I was afraid to ask him this, because it might be secret...

Do you know the names of the fonts he used, particularly the green titles of the sections and the blue headlines/ledes?

Thanks, if it is not privileged information.

GravatarOn October 26, 2007 4:10 AM fanboy said:

This site is really nice, it's not overcomplicated like a lot of sites these days. Very clean and simple.

GravatarOn April 25, 2008 4:59 PM Webdesign Hamburg said:

Wow, Dan's website is still one of my all time favourites. It really is a milestone in web design history, despite it's simplicity.

GravatarOn May 8, 2008 1:17 PM NEO said:

clean, love it

Post a comment

Note: The author reserves the right to delete inappropriate comments.

  • Foul and offensive language will be edited or deleted.
  • Personal attacks will be deleted.
  • Advertising or spam will not be tolerated.

Formatting: Linebreaks will be converted automatically. Basic HTML tags allowed: a href, strong, em, ol, ul, li, blockquote, code, acronym title, abbr title.

Gravatars are enabled.

Remember Me?
(you may use HTML tags for style)

Resources Worth Checking

Recent Forum Discussions

About CSS Beauty

CSSBEAUTY™ is a project focused on providing its audience with a database of well designed CSS based websites from around the world.

Its purpose is to showcase designers' work and to act as a portal to the CSS design community.