“We Love You, We Just want you to dress better…” is how the Lebanese Blogger/Graphic Designer Mustapha (aka Beirut Spring) introduces the project. He's addressing The Daily Star (online edition) which is the one of the web's leading source of Lebanese and regional news.
Isn't their website quite the eyesore?
I live abroad. I don't have access to the printed edition. All I have is the website, and man reading that thing makes me feel like my eyes have been wearing tight shoes all day.
So I figured I'll try to do something about it. I have a background in web design and I dabbled a bit in journalism. I'm very motivated, so i was like screw it: i'm doing this.
Here's how the current and official Homepage Looks like:
And here's the new design and how the Homepage can be improved:
He also explains the reason behind this in the FAQ page of the project.
The Beirut Daily Star newspaper has one of the worst websites I’ve ever seen. It is slow, clunky, and hideously ugly. The navigation is awful and it crashes browsers on a regular basis.
If anyone who reads my blog also reads The Daily Star and, like me, finds the website about as easy to navigate as 1920’s Russian steam boat, feel free to email the editor.
What to do when you’re just fed up waiting for something to happen? Best thing is to take matters into your own hands!
The project has become popular in the Twitter realm as well. Lebanese tweeples supported the project. Below are some of the reactions:
@Beirutspring I just saw your Better Daily Star project, it is excellent, bravo! Might start reading bits again if they follow your lead!
Also on Global Voices Online:
Lebanon: Bloggers push for Daily Star Revamp