Friday, April 17, 2009

Readability - like drinkability but not for complete idiots

I've been meaning to post about this for a while. As a designer sometimes I'll find myself so frustrated by the messy ad covered layout of a website that I won't read an article. I found a fairly simply solution to this problem, Readability. Readability takes the body of the article you want to read and presents it to you in a simple format without all the b.s. around it. All you have to do is click your Readability bookmark when you find yourself on one of those sloppy pages.

Here's an example, you can turn this:Into this:
I may have been lazy in using the NYTimes as my example, being that they are cleaner than a lot of other news websites but you should get the idea. You can customize the look of the cleaned up version (font and size, margin width, etc.) before you create your bookmark and boom you are ready to roll. Check it out here.

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