This past Monday, Gawker Media rolled out a redesign of all the sites in their network. A two-column, app-like interface has replaced their previous layout, placing heavy focus on a “splash” story with scrolling headlines in the sidebar. For reference, here’s a screenshot of the previous design as documented by Crunchbase:
Here’s a video overviewing new layout, described by Gawker Media founder Nick Denton as “[representing] some convergence of blog, magazine and television.”
Denton wrote a lengthy post last November detailing the motivations behind the big redesign: “Why Gawker is moving beyond the blog.” It’s interesting to see how these translated into the final layout, which hasn’t been terribly well-received.