Nice design update at blogTO

The crew at blogTO were at work during this past holiday weekend, putting a new shine on one of Toronto’s most compelling online destinations.

As blogTO publisher Tim Shore notes, the site is looking more and more like one of those mainstream publications, complete with horizontal navigation, email newsletter, and integrated audio player. (And, to me, that’s all good. There’s a reason most content sites adopt similar stylistic and functional conventions – it’s about ease of use, after all.)

Another nice touch is the rotating header image, complete with caption and the photographer’s details. The site welcomes picture submissions.

Compare the “after” and “before” versions of the blogTO front page, after the jump.

The new blogTO (May 22, 2007):
The new blogTO front page

The old blogTO (May 20, 2007):
The old blogTO front page