I’ve been a fan of The Verge for a while now. I hear a lot of folks say that they’re pretty far ahead of other sites in terms of delivering news and web design, and I’d say that those people are mostly right (though I’m not a big fan of them tooting their own horns a whole bunch, Polygon).
Here’s the homepage:
Underneath that is a long collection of blocks for other stories. The design at The Verge is pretty good when it comes to what you see first. The important stories are at the top and are inundated with color. The less-important stories are located lower. The navigation is at the top and is a sticky nav, which is useful. It’s clear what each area is for, though I’d think that there could be more differentiation for the different types of stories. Maybe color-coding.
Going to another page:
And you get this side bar which is pretty darn useful. Each story contributes to a “storystream” that includes other stories of a similar nature. The headlines (the stories in the colored area on the front page) are also included.
The footer at the bottom is also pretty inclusive for navigating to different parts of the site.