How the New TechCrunch Design resembles Windows Phone Metro UI

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The new TechCrunch design is simple and clean. Gone, rounded boxes and gradients, shades of gray. I think it signals a new era in the Internet design: the simplicity of transportation graphics, also chosen by Windows Phone 7 and its Metro UI, comes to news.  I’m glad the leader of technology news decided to change the look: but I think this is bigger than just the appearance. Quoting Mike Kruzeniski, the Metro designer:

Content, Not Chrome It’s the content on the phone that people want, not the buttons. Reducing the visuals on the phone that aren’t content will help you create a more open UI, and it also promotes direct interaction with the content.

Many sites are overloaded with Baroque graphics, and when today I opened TechCrunch, I loved the modern look.

The Big Bang

The Universe had to begin with something. Something big and exciting, like a Big Bang. Beginning a new blog is never a Big Bang! It’s really a painful slow process: where’s the success, where are my readers? But the funny thing about the blogs: post after post they shape themselves into something. So, let this blog shape into something too. Something totally unexpected.

I’d say it’s exciting to start a new blog anyway. Just for the sake of it. There’s a good reason I start this blog though: just recently I joined a team of Microsoft Technology Evangelists, and the purpose of this blog (at least for me): is to keep a technical diary of thoughts about my favorite subject: Technology.

As my t-shirt says: Love IT, Hate IT, IT happens. IT just happens, believe it or not: do you get angry when talking to an automated answering customer service? Same thing with technology. IT happens.

So without further ado, let’s launch this baby into the Universe. I wish this blog many happy readers and smash a bottle of champagne against the boat.