I consider myself a very amateur graphic designer. That being said, I’d like to think I know good design when I see it. I visited the Baltimore Sun’s website yesterday to see how Baltimore’s own Michael Phelps was faring in London. [Special note: Phelps’ mom, Mrs. Phelps, was my middle school home economics teacher. I made a stuffed baseball bat and a blue and black sweatshirt.] Imagine my delight when I saw this header.
Damn, that’s fantastic design. What I love about this is that they’ve blended the type in with the photograph, but made it so that it’s still instantly legible. The photo features a pretty stark gradient to white at the bottom, but you don’t even notice it with the text. It’s simple, elegant, and sums up what Phelps is all about. Great design, if you ask me.