I’m sure some of you struggled like I did to find the best-designed website on the Internet. I learned, if nothing else, that the majority of the time I spend on the web is split among the same eight websites. After I realized that I didn’t like many of those from a design perspective, I was at a loss of where to go. That’s when I remembered Pacific Standard Magazine. I’ve recently been reading more of its content (it has especially good health reporting if that’s something you’re into), and when I took the time to evaluate its aesthetics, I liked what I saw.
The home page and the category pages have similar tile designs. This seems to be the new trend for journalism websites. I must admit that I’m not a huge fan, but PS Magazine does it better than others I’ve seen. By using an organized grid, the site avoids chaos like Slate‘s website while keeping things interesting with different size elements. The primary navigation is easy to understand; there’s no section, blog or column names that only regular readers would understand. The secondary hamburger menu appears along the left side of the screen and caters to a niche audience with information about the magazine, the staff, advertising, etc. I like this split because the average user will be able to find what they need right away without having to search for it or getting distracted by information they don’t care about.
The interior pages that feature articles allow the text to breathe with plenty of white space. A column on the right side features ads as well as links to other articles on the site. Most unique of all, the icons to share articles on social media are fixed along the right edge of the page. This way you can always access them as you continue to scroll.
Overall, the website design is very cohesive and clean. It’s completely responsive therefore the mobile site retains the same organized appearance. It doesn’t have many bells and whistles, but I’ve realized I prefer that to busier websites, especially journalism websites. I’m sure some day I’ll find another website I like better, but for now PS Magazine will have to do.