ArchDaily v2.5: Less is More, our new design

  • 04 Sep 2012
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Dear readers,

ArchDaily is done by architects, for architects. This means that there are architects taking decisions on every level, from the daily curation of projects, to the coding and design of our website.

ArchDaily’s design has stayed practically the same since we started in May 2008, and today we are happy to announce our long due redesign: ArchDaily version 2.5 code name Less is More.

In this version we are presenting a less cluttered, easy to read and more intuitive interface. We have done a tremendous effort to reduce the amount of paths and decisions, as the Less is Moreconcept mastered by Mies van der Rohe has taught us. A tremendous challenge, that made us understand the essence of what we do and what is important to you.

But why v2.5 and no v3.0? While Less is More looks like a very different interface, the structure of the data and gallery browsing are practically the same. And those are the fundamental parts that are currently being developed by our team of engineers and architects, which we expect to release during Q4 2012. This will mean that projects will be available with rich meta data that will allow you to find that wood cabin in front of a lake you have been trying to find, in just a few clicks. And that the image galleries will be blazing fast and adapt to your screen, and your device (hint: tablet and mobile!). On this release we are also exposing our global network: at the top you’ll find a flag to jump to ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily Mexico and Plataforma Arquitectura (ArchDaily en Español), a network with more than 7 million visitors per month.

We are in front of a big challenge, and we wanted to put out this revised version after our experience with ArchDaily Brasil and ArchDaily Mexico, as we know that your feedback during these months will help us deliver the best v3.0 possible, making ArchDaily a better tool for you, aligned with our mission:

To improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them. 

Please leave your feedback in the comments section below or through our contact form.


David Assael, David Basulto and the whole team at ArchDaily

Cite: Basulto, David. "ArchDaily v2.5: Less is More, our new design" 04 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Armando Torrealba

    Awesome! I loved the gallery!

  • Uri

    Awesome! It’s cleaner, less cluttered, friendlier… cooler.
    Way to go, archdailiers!

  • Joash Obare

    Navigation is easy. The design is a little bit simplistic. Typography should be tending to more of architectural. Search is OK. Make it easier for us from other parts of he world to upload projects for feature. Well you said you are developing the mobile V3.0, make haste because tabs are not very common in Africa, we use mobile which is affordable and available.

    • Chris

      Agreed. Comment text is a bit on the small side now, at least on my screen. The main thing I find off is that the “main content” strip is now very narrow and hard to distinguish from ads and subcontent on the right. I know the trend is to eliminate boundaries and boxes but in some cases this can be confusing IMHO. To me this is the most jarring visual change AD has undergone, but I’m sure some people will love it.

  • Max Yang

    I think the interface looks too simple.The empty space make the projuect information between them felt crowded.