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Maxvoltar - Design decisions

Maxvoltar is the personal weblog of Tim Van Damme, a freelance interface designer at Made by Elephant.

50° 54' 47" N, 4° 25' 50" E Design decisions

I previously explained what’s running underneath the hood of this blog. Today, I’ll give some more explanation about the design decisions that were made.

It’s simple, really!

The main goal of this site is to share interesting tidbits I found around the internet. This means that sharing information (or, content) is the most important task it needs to fulfill. The design may look dull at first, but that’s the whole intention.

“If it’s blue, click it.
If it’s white, read it.”

It’s a Don’t Make Me Think approach: If it’s blue, click it. If it’s white, read it. All the other content (publish-dates, sections, via’s) fade away to the background. Content is King on this blog.


As you can see, there isn’t much branding on this blog. Again, this is because content is the most important aspect, and because it’s a personal weblog. I used to have a personal logo, but that didn’t make it in the design, as being a bit too distracting.


Yes, this was also a design decision. I detest ads on a/any website1. One thing you will find is affiliated links to Amazon. This is simply because I’m addicted to gadgets/books, and IMO, it doesn’t disturb the user experience. (if you have another opinion about this, please share it in the comments)

So that’s it. If you got questions, feel free to ask them!

1 Especially when it’s a company’s website which sells products.


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