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05 May 2006

Now that the CSS Reboot has come and gone by almost a full week, I would say it's a good time to take inventory of what happened and how it may or may not have affected me.

Colours

To be honest, I'm not completely surprised by the overwhelming amount of websites using dark colours and sticking with an overly grey palette. There were a few high profile sites that used that colour scheme.

It is a bit unfortunate that there weren't more people shying away from the trend and working with something different. I guess we can't all be trend setters — not I've been known for setting trends mind you.

Design/layout

There is no real hard evidence as to what designer first put a large emphasis on the footer of a website but this also seems to be a growing trend. The problem is that when dealing with a large footer packed with information it has to be done right. More than one example I saw in the reboot failed at this. On the other hand, many more decided to go with a modified version of Hemingway by Kyle Neath.

What is surprising about the Reboot this year is the apparent lack of “flashy” websites. Of course what I mean by “flashy” is an over abundant use of prototype and scriptaculous Javascript effects. The exception to the rule would be the reboot sites using or based on the K2 theme for Wordpress.

The losers

Since it's always more fun to start with the losers there is no sense in bucking the trend — and the web is all about trends don't you know.

Dreamhost is by far the biggest loser of this reboot. Not only did the site go down the weekend before the actual reboot but it stayed down for a good portion of the day. Now, whether that was in any way due to the lack of planning on the part of Adam Howell or not is totally up in the air. The benefit of the doubt has to go with Adam though since he's done a reboot or two before and should know what to expect.

Other losers definitely include all the sites that rebooted using table based layouts. Sure, you can't really fault them for wanting to promote their business with a highly touted reboot but you can fault them for doing it on the CSS Reboot. If you just want to market your business by rebooting but don't plan on following web standards or current best practices, don't participate in a reboot named after a web standard.

The voting system for this reboot was also a loser for me. Not because my reboots didn't score well but simply because the highest rated sites had around 3 stars. Pretty weak if you ask me. Then again, nothing was stopping people from voting more than once and I'm sure a lot of people would vote down highly ranked sites so theirs would look better in comparison.

The winners

There were a few websites that truly impressed me with their reboots. blog.criticalwebdesign.co.uk is definitely one of the top websites I found through the reboot. Niggle and Chris J. Davis' blog — when it's finished — are also tops in my book.

Adam Howell is a winner simply for the fact that he managed to make some cash this time around. By setting up Reboot Premium Adam managed to sell the first 50 spots on the reboot home page — after it launched — for $25 a piece. All 50 spots sold out in less than a day. Good for you Adam.

I reserved the final winner spot for myself, mostly because I can since this is my blog. This May reboot finally gave me the initiative to redesign my website and make a more cohesive unit for Screenflicker Developments. By bringing the blog and corporate site design together you can seamlessly move back and forth without getting confused or distracted with differing designs.

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