Two great sites just got a great redesign.
The first is a site that you are probably very familiar with: MacWorld. The redesign makes the site far more magazine-like with an incredibly dynamic top section that is rather unique to the new MacWorld design. That being said, things seem a bit crowded and the new site takes a few minutes to understand where everything is and how everything works. I love the feel of the new site, but it's a bit busy.
The second site to get a makeover recently is The Style Blogger — a site you're less likely to have heard of. They've been working on the new design for some time now and it finally launched about a day ago. And it's really quite great. Again, like MacWorld, it has a bit of a magazine-like feel to it which is a very good thing. It's an interesting design and is incredibly easy to navigate. You'll learn the whole site and where everything is in just a few seconds.
There are some great new features of the site, too. For each individual "look"/post there is now a section in the sidebar with pictures, links, and prices to each individual item. There is also a style guide on the site that will suggest posts from the site with ideas for things to wear based on the weather or where you are going. Finally, there is a new blog on the site for smaller pieces that don't quite fit into the larger "look" pieces of the main site.
The only negative thing I've noticed about the new Style Blogger design is that many of the old posts are lacking the meta data that it needs for all the fancy features of the new site (like that great sidebar feature mentioned above). There are a few other things that are missing or not working around the site, but they're sure to fixed in the coming weeks.
Overall, both the MacWorld and The Style Blogger redesigns make the site look better and easier to use. Kudos to them both.