Web designer reinvents The Guardian online

A London web designer has produced a daily web version of The Guardian newspaper.

Phil Gyford’s Today’s Guardian is effectively an electronic newspaper, delivering only that day’s content in a linear format.

There’s no homepage – the site opens immediately on that day’s lead news story, and readers can flick through the rest of the news simply by clicking the arrow on the right of the screen. The only other aid to navigation is a section header at the top of the page, allowing readers to jump to the Sport or G2 sections, for example.

In terms of design, Today’s Guardian is very similar indeed to the Reader feature launched yesterday with Apple’s Safari 5 browser.

Today's Guardian - sport

“I wanted to keep up with the news, but couldn’t find any sites that were as easy to read as a newspaper,” Phil Gyford told PC Pro.

“Websites give you the choice of dozens and dozens of stories on each page. I find that puts me off reading any of them.”

The site was made possible by The Guardian’s decision to release its content to developers through an API. Sites built using the newspaper’s data have to run The Guardian’s adverts in return for the free use of the content.

Gyford said it took him only six or seven days to design the site, and that it’s already won approval from a couple of The Guardian’s staff since its launch this morning.

The straightforward, eBook-style design of the site also makes the content more readable on small-screen devices such as smartphones and the iPad. Gwyford is planning to deliver iPhone- and iPad-optimised versions of Today’s Guardian shortly.

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