Recently I found the absolutely amazing blog, http://www.humansofnewyork.com/
HONY is a blog by a photographer who travels through New York City, especially Central Park and Harlem, and takes portraits of the people he sees, often including quotes and anecdotes.
In terms of a modern successful blog, I really think HONY hits the mark. Not only is the design clean and easy to use, but you can get lost in it – in a good way! There may have been a research paper that was postponed to do some digging last night!
I think a goal of the modern blogger (as opposed to the postmodern and victorian ones??) is to have a sense of personality or style with your posts, and HONY has achieved that. Open minded and honest, the portraits and quotes paint pictures from the mundane to the fantastic.
When we talk about design and about concept, I think this is a great example of a concept (go out and talk to strangers and see what happens) that has paid off for the blogger (who’s about to release his first art book!) and for the reader. There’s a humanity in the blog that shines. There’s no reason for extravagant headings and loud colours in the website layout because it’s all about the people themselves rather than the blogger.
I really urge everyone to check it out, because I think it’s a great example of a concept that can easily be done (start taking picture of interesting people) but has been executed to a much broader human scope.