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Major News Websites: Design Trends and Inspiration Gallery

Designers of news websites face significant challenges in trying to develop an attractive, usable site that gets all of the necessary items on the page with as little clutter as possible. Studying the layouts and design techniques used on news sites can be a beneficial experience even for designers who only work on smaller sites and blog design.

Most large news sites have strengths and weaknesses, both of which can provide excellent learning opportunities.

In this post we’ll take a look at the most popular news websites design ideas you can implement in other news layouts. All of these examples provide some lessons that can be used in designing sites of all sizes.

One of the hardest things to do when designing a site is to take an objective look at it from the perspective of a visitor. When visiting news sites it’s easy to find some things that are distracting and cluttered, and you may find some ways of laying out content that you really like from user’s point of view.

The Best News Websites:

The following ten sites are the ones that I consider to be the best in terms of layout and overall design (not taking coding into consideration here).  Following these ten, we’ll see a number of other news sites, some better than others. These ten sites stand out from the others for one reason or another. Some make better use of colors, whitespace, headers, etc. All of them do a pretty good job of dealing with massive amounts of content on the front page.

CNN

CNN

MSNBC

MSNBC

New York Times

NY Times

New York Magazine

NY Magazine

Gapers Block

Gapers Block

The Morning News

The Morning News

ABC News

ABC News

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Guardian

Guardian

Other News Sites:

The remaining news sites shown here will all provide some learning experiences, good and bad.

Take a look through them and see how the design and layout affects you as a visitor in terms of finding the content and navigation through the site. These same elements are issues that you will deal with on your own projects, particularly in blog design where lots of content is involved and freshness is a factor in what visitors will want to find.

Major News Sites:

CBS News

CBS News

Fox News

Fox News

Yahoo! News

Yahoo! News

AOL News

AOL News

MSN

MSN

CNET News

CNET

Time

Time

Newsweek

Newsweek

US News & World Report

US News & World Report

Newspapers:

Washington Post

Washington Post

LA Times

LA Times

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

USA Today

USA Today

Business News:

Business Week

Business Week

CNBC

CNBC

Sports News:

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated

ESPN

ESPN

Fox Sports

Fox Sports

UK News:

BBC

BBC

The Independent

The Independent

Other News:

Discovery News

Discovery News

NZ Herald

NZ Herald

CBC News

CBC News

The Australian

The Australian

News.com.au

News.com.au

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