I think the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe are the two news sources with photo galleries I see linked most often from digg.com. It’s strange how different the two sites are. Personally, I avoid chicagotribune.com photo galleries unless I’m very interested in the content. On the other hand, I’ll click on boston.com because they are usually very pleasing. Here’s why:
With boston.com, I know what I’m getting and when it was published without having to decipher much.
- Boston.com’s page is obviously about the photos. A small amount of text at the top to provide viewer context doesn’t distract from the goal of the site. The layout also wins because I don’t have to click to get through the gallery, simply scroll down.
- Chicagotribune.com’s page is obviously about the ads. Sure, the photo is in the middle, but it’s barely bigger than the largest ad on the page and total ad area dominates the real content. What are you trying to showcase here?
- Photo Size
Boston.com wins again. I am here to see photos, don’t make me squint!
- Photo Quality
This is where the Boston Globe really shines. I don’t know how they obtain all the quality photos they publish, but they are constantly impressive. Chicago Tribune, on the other hand, looks like they picked the best photos from a high school point-and-shoot photo project.