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Why I love ESPN’s redesign

ESPN was like Han Solo, dipped in design carbonite for years, but today, easily one of the best designed websites around.

What I love:

  • Clean card based design, easily transfers to mobile.
  • Puts my teams first.
  • First thing on the nav directs me to what’s going on right now.
  • The NOW ticker gives rich, but quick hits and makes generous use of tweets and other immediate social media.

Some dislikes:

  • Article page sidebar is too wide, and should be collapsable (maybe upon scroll.
  • Nav and scores up top become a bit too much on article pages, should collapse upon scroll.

Dear Circa

I’ve been flooded with messages of support since we shut down. I asked permission to share these messages from the folks who sent them. I have been so amazed and humbled by how much people really had emotionally invested in Circa. It makes me feel really proud  of what we were able to build and the impact we have now created in the industry.

Here’s a sample of some of the letters I’ve received…


To Anthony and my distant friends at Circa News—

It is with great sadness that I started my morning off with the Farewell, from Circa headliner. I won’t torture you by yearning for the what-ifs and the if-onlys; still, I had to write you because I feel oddly close to the team that for so long now has brought me my daily news brief. Your idea was brilliant and you changed the market—there is no denying that. In today’s America we find ourselves at odds with the current event paradox. That is, technology, social movements, crowd-sourced collaboration and the freedom of press make accessing real, unbiased, ugly-truthed frontline news more possible than ever; yet, we amass a naive population that becomes disgruntled and misguided by ‘news’ organizations that are controlled by their advertisers so much so that what becomes the top story on every major news source is more often than not a ‘fluff’ to redirect attention from the real stories and make an aggregate audience fell all warm and fuzzy inside. But you already know this. Continue reading Dear Circa