Sordid tabloids are still a staple at grocery checkout lines. The enormous headlines, grainy photos and detailed accusations of Oprah being an alien characterized my childhood shopping excursions with my mom. Fear no more, such inglorious stories are ALSO available online at gawker.com
The most “important” story is at the top of the page, with an enormous picture that makes you want to click on it. There’s a sidebar that you can scroll down and click on other stories from today. It’s pretty clear which story Gawker thinks is the most important, and then there’s a continuous news feed on the righthand side as a sidebar. But after those places to find stories, I think they just arbitrarily pick two other stories to feature underneath the main story, which would indicate they’re also important.
I’d like to note that the “continuous news” idea is really popular right now. Another example of this is KSBY from San Fran. Each new story automatically goes to the top of the homepage…giving the idea they’re constantly covering the news for you. KOMU here in Columbia follows that same example, if you want to take a gander, but for the record, I’m pretty sure we got the idea from KSBY.
Back to Gawker, it’s quite obvious which things are clickable. The images and headlines are all clickable. In the continuous newsfeed sidebar, the entire thing is clearly clickable, since when you hover over it, it shows as a hyperlink.
Lastly, Gawker does a good job of letting its content be noisy on it’s own. The headlines, in a normal serif font aren’t in CRACKED font or whatever, but they’re incendiary on their own. The whole page really uses white space, and allows their pictures and words to create “noise,” if you will.
I frequently use Gawker whenever I’m writing entertainment stories for Newsy.com, and I find it pretty easy to navigate. I think a navigation bar at the top, rather than in the footer would be more visually appealing and perhaps easier to navigate, but other than that, I think Gawker does a good job of publishing their stories in a clean cut manner…even if their content is pretty …erm, unclean.