02 Mar Site of the week: Seshn
I skipped over some long-term WMPU based sites on my to-blog list to bring you a recent find because I liked it so much.
Seshn is how a niche-based MU site should be done. The main page is tight, laid out well, focused sharply on the demographic, and - dare I say it - sick.
They've got great use of images there, I'm loving the font - simple done well is fine indeed - and they've condensed all the latest news from around the site into a compact area that is not too compact. I like how individual blog author avatars are all pulled in and change on a refresh. The featured or latest post at the top with the large image and a bit of text? I'm in love with that, seriously.
When you visit the individual blogs, the toolbar at the top integrates right in with the look of the rest of the site. Bonus points for the Facebook and Myspace page links. Even though individual blogs have the same layout, there's enough different in the header and background images so that you don't get lost. You can tell they spent a lot of time thinking about projecting the right image and knowing their audience. Which they do very well.
And in a further brilliant move, you have to apply for a blog, rather than just signup. This help keep the site clean and probably helps keep the content very, very relevant.
The only things I would change or add is a customized login page and a photo gallery. I did get lost looking at the awesome photos in the photoblog. With those two changes, I think the site would then be perfection. All they need is a little bit of a push, maybe from a large well-known sponsor, and they'll be at the top of their game.
Well done guys.