In a class discussion I led, my students had an almost identical reaction. They liked lots of white space and usually preferred blogs without photographs.

Students did enjoy “personal” style, but this may be due to Georgia Tech’s emphasis on engineering and computer science, where simplicity tends to be privileged.

I don’t think it has to entail complicity with any dominant ideology, though. After all, academic books usually have a “conservative” visual design. But, wow, now you have me thinking…