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  1. Brian Purkiss

    I totally disagree too.

    Blogs and… how should I put it… non-blogs require two totally different mind sets when it comes to design. Non-blogs are generally product or service related (like and Facebook). The information presented is completely different than a blog.

    Granted, many many many blogs are cookie-cutters (like the blogs “Unique” Blog Designs *cough*cough*). However, well designed blogs require lots of thought and effort to be different, presentable, pleasing to the eye, and effective. (which is why my current blog’s design sucks. and I’m working on another)

  2. Mark Luckie

    Ditto @ Brian. Creating a blog design is hard work. When I was a freelance web designer I would charge less for a blog design, but I quickly realized it took the same energy and creativity as any web site.

  3. Ben

    To be true, I found the article to be rather insulting - and I would have thought so long before I started to use a blog myself. It’s one thing to write “an actual opinion”, but a totally different one to do it by degrading a large group of people and calling them pathetic just because they have a different opinion.

    That cited crystal goblet discussion aside (yet I still have to ask: when exactly did design become the art of “displaying irrelevant text with flashy graphics” instead of “transporting content to a reader in a pleasing, easy to use and consistent way”?), I don’t think I really get the problem with CSS layouts. People are striving to get AWAY from table layouts and font-tags for very good reasons, yet suddenly this is considered evil (and lazy, which is a oxymoron in itself - anybody who ever did a CSS-only layout should know how much more work it is compared to simply slapping a table onto a background…)?

    Of course there are lots of unimaginative blog designs out there (and I’m not excluding my own here - that’s why I’m an application programmer instead of a web designer ;) ), but there are just as many - or rather even more - unimaginative non-blog sites. The problem is not people using a blog software or a CMS, for unimaginative interfaces and poor usability came long before the invention of blogs.

  4. Jillian

    I believe that the true success of someone’s web design, regardless of its format (blog, corporate, advertisement) lies in how the designer handled his or her limitations. An artist who paints would not be familiar with such a concept - if it sticks to the paper, they can add it to their masterpiece. Web design is all about working with limits though - limited typography options, limited size of images, limited functionality due to cross-browser issues, the list goes on. Designing for a blog is especially true in this way - you have to make a design that fits in with certain rules and limits (displays content well, displays archives, pagination.) Sometimes people try to go too far with the design, and the blog becomes difficult or annoying to read. Some people don’t go far enough, and they have what you would call a cookie-cutter website. But there are many in between, and when someone cleverly works with their limitations and approaches the design in a unique, thoughtful way, the results can be stunning.

    So yes, I would also disagree with Art. Yes, there are plenty of boring, unoriginal blogs out there. But those are just the people who allowed their limitations to hold back their creativity.

  5. Darren Hoyt

    One of the most infuriating articles I’ve read all day. Then again, it’s only noon.

    Art sounds like so many print designers I’ve known who never successfully make the jump to pure web design and don’t fundamentally “get” how much the logic and presentation layers naturally impose limits on each other - and that’s not often a bad thing. Yes, it sometimes means a particular blog engine (ex: WordPress) overly influences the design, but that doesn’t mean it hampers it.

    Hell, half the challenge of designing for the web - designing around modules of information - is what distinguishes Good from Great. If your design is hindered by the blog format, you’ve failed. If your design complements the blog content, and the content itself is great, you’ve succeeded on all fronts.

    Looking at Art’s own portfolio, it’s all that more revealing. His indignation at “css-driven layouts” makes clear how out of touch he actually is.

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  6. Lauren

    I understand and agree with your point about everyday people claiming to be designers and/or using a template design and passing it off as their own.

    However, on the topic of wearing multiple hats… every web designer has to wear multiple hats in order to be effective. We have to at minimum have a working knowledge of the server-side process, be aware of the usability of a website and make it look creative and pretty. In fact, many industry professionals are advocating the need for designers to more rounded and not so “niche” focused: “Education of Geeks and Freaks”

    I personally felt rather attacked by Art’s comment that creatives don’t wear hats. That is such bull.. to me.. he sounds like everyone should only do/be one thing at one time.. tell that to the “creatives” who have a passion for type design and PHP… for example

  7. Lauren

    gah.. for some reason the link didn’t work:

  8. Zinni

    Well I am glad to see that I was not the only one who completely does not agree with Art’s opinion. I think everyone has said some really reassuring things about web design in general that contrast his opinion.

    What I find to be upsetting that no one has commented on yet is that the American Design Awards selections are directly impacted by this opinion. I find it quite upsetting (but not surprising) that the award winners are judged in this way.

    Does anyone have an opinion on this? Who knows, maybe Art will read this one day and will start to see to opposite side…

    Thanks everyone for your great comments

  9. ia

    Isn’t there a reason why there is a usual look when it comes to a site type? Isn’t it because the interface and the situation requires that it be so?

    Granted, because of the sheer popularity of blogs, the availability of tutorials that explain how these layouts and design elements are created, and of course the people who just copy but don’t understand, it seems that they’re run-of-the-mill and mediocre now. But it isn’t always the case. One should stop looking at the bad side and look at how innovative blog designs and other site types have become. Or does he not see how HTML and CSS websites are just as elegant as Flash sites, if not more?

    “This is a picture perfect example of how design awards fail to grasp a true understanding web design, and continually award sites that are nothing more than flashy advertisements.”

    There we go. That writer is asking all websites to be crazy-looking, freeform, boundless. Design is about constraints. Not every website out there has to go wild, even though once in a while designers should try to do so.

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  10. Youri

    I think there’s no clearer way that Art could have proven that he understands extremely little of what web design really is. Also good to read that the people who comment disagree in full with Art.

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  11. Amanda

    Agreed. I know there are many ‘cookie-cutter’ blogs out there but how can you knock every single blog there is?! I’ve seen tons of really amazing blog designs! What’s funny to me is after all that moaning look at the ‘American Design Awards’ site, is that what we’re all supposed to be working towards? If I didn’t know how against blogs he was I would’ve thought, oh, just another boring blog template with a transparent image thrown on the right to make it look cool.

  12. liam

    Wow, I might have actually agreed with the guy if his portfolio inspired me to think in a similar way to him.

    I think his work is quite outdated and unoriginal, a lot of his sites look the same (which normally I wouldn’t mind, as people have their own styles which are usually consistent) but as he accused blog designers of being “cookie-cutters” and unimaginative then I think he should take a look at his own work.

    It’s OK to have an opinion or a rant about something, but when it’s something that you yourself do I find it hard to take him seriously.

    I dislike this guy.

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  13. Kerri

    Wow. I was just taking a look at all the recent winners on that site, and apparently not only can you not win if you use a blogging framework, but also, apparently, it’s a base requirement that the your site be made with forever-loading flash.

    So you better not be a programmer or wear any other hats… except, you better be an animator!

    Nice to see that a peer seems to be reinforcing the idea I’m always trying to get clients to see past… that good design isn’t about “creativity” so much as it’s about usability and effectively communicating the message.

  14. craig

    Man, his websites are really bland.

    However, I do think there is a something getting a little stale (to a designer who looks at other sites every day for inspiration anyway) to the same 2-3 column, fixed width, horizontally centered takes on the blog format. Not that I don’t see great design, but there are too many similarities that dull your eye if you sit and look at them for hours.

  15. Tom McLean

    This guy personifies all that is wrong with the Graphic Design industry at the moment.

    I’m from the UK and we have a similar institution to the American Design Awards called D&AD (Design and Art Direction).

    Both institutions appear to be elitist ‘old-boy clubs’ where who you know is more important than what you know and budding talent is quashed by their out of touch understanding towards the current state of the industry.

    As a multi-disciplinary Graphic Designer I chose to use wordpress as the basis for my portfolio site because the database framework is ideal for cataloguing my work and makes regular updates a doddle.

    Does this make me a lazy unimaginative designer?

    I would hope that it shows I can select the right tool for the job and give it a bit of my personality design-wise.

    Also, for me a portfolio website should be about the content! Obviously the design is important but it shouldn’t get in the way of the other work on display.

    I’m glad non of my work was marked by Art because I don’t value his opinion and as Zinni says; it’s shocking that young designers careers could be affected in this way by someone who doesn’t have a clue.

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  16. Janko

    You are right about everyhing. Bloggers and their readers know how much content is important and after all, how much the blogs are important. It has bacome the best way for finding valuable information. Shame on them.

  17. Jacob Souva

    Design always serves the content. With blogs, the content is king. You’re spot on in your comments - his words show of his complete misunderstanding of the medium.

  18. Brian Mays

    While I do think it’s not right to lump all bloggers into one category, I do agree with the spirit of his article. As designers one of our callings is to get outside the box with our concepts. Why are we content to let blogging continue to exist in the same box? Is it for ease of use, or does it serve the concept?

    One blog I saw recently that broke out of the box is at

    There is a world of mediocrity out there. Let’s figure out how to rise above it and not just play in it.

  19. Darren Hoyt

    One blog I saw recently that broke out of the box is at

    I don’t see anything “out of the box” about tvwonline. Post titles in the left column, posts in the center and recent comments on the right. The Flash does nothing to serve the content. I’d go as far as to say it’s considerably less impressive than many good blog designs out there.

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  20. Bryce Howitson

    It seems to me that the real issue here is less the personal opinion that Art is sharing and more about the pervasive expectations of the design industry that are driven by awards shows. I remember way back in design school, being taught that design is all about communication and problem solving. In fact the word “pretty” wasn’t even allowed in some critiques with the expectation that beauty was second place to actually solving a communication goal.

    Fast forward several years to the “real world” where perceptions of quality are more and more frequently driven by award shows that place little to no emphasis on problem solving. When was the last time anyone saw a a panel award an ad campaign for causing a product to sell out of stock, a website for increasing sales leads, or a way finding system making it easier to get across an airport to catch your flight? The awards industry has become so ingrained in unmeasurable concepts like “beauty”, “imagination” and “aesthetics” that they now actually appear to fear judging a new type of system, like a blog, specifically on its design merits. Its getting to the point where I wonder if I could win an award for a beautiful, highly animated, full flash website targeted at blind people. Would anyone even notice that a screen reader can’t touch a site like that?

    Its time for our entire industry (interactive and traditional) to start helping our clients understand that lots of shiny awards on the walls don’t make experts at design communication, and very often mean the opposite. I’m not asking for a world full of ugly unimaginative design, but lets at least try to figure in creative problem solving/constraints when judging a project’s merits.

  21. Jin

    it’s obvious he misunderstands css as a tool, rather than a design trend.

    however, i do agree with his main point: that web design as of today is a big pool of sameness. it’s like watching a suburban neighborhood filled with cookie cutter houses: same windows, same trims, same layout, same cars parked outside etc.

    i understand blog sites are for their content. that’s fine. not every blogger is a designer. but i think Art was talking about people in the design field. a lot designers are not “designing sites” these days, they’re merely making a variation of a skin, based off someone else’s. there’s no individuality, no soul, no whatsoever.

    this is not to say, to sacrifice function over form or content. they all can co-exist nicely, but it takes a GREAT DESIGNER to make that happen.

    just to be clear: i’m not defending how their awards are judged, or how Art is as of a designer himself. i’m purely commenting on the merit of his point in this particular article.

  22. Mike

    I think Art misses the point. He’s so worked up worrying about making the website pretty that he’s forgotten the main reason for graphic design: to clearly communication the message to as many people as possible. Blog design should be about organizing the content to make it simple to add content, read content, and find archived content. A successful design does this. If it’s beautiful, but I have to rely on the search bar to find anything, it fails.

  23. Adrian | Rubiqube

    I totally agree with Liam: I don’t know how this guy expects us to take him seriously. His work is a mix of outdated, childish and template like designs. Sorry, Art Javid, but you’re the one who is pathetic.

    Which brings me to another issue: he doesn’t have a clue about what blogging is really about. Does he mean all the great designers out there (David Airey, Snook, Cameron Moll, Veerle, etc. etc.) who started blogging are just a bunch of boring blogoholics? Ohhh… this guy is way off!

    By the way, Anthony, this is one of the best written articles I read lately! No wonder comments keep coming. ;)

  24. Ben

    I’m really glad I’m not the only one who seems to be a bit offended by that article - I thought maybe I was a bit too sensitive at first.

    There’s just something I’d like to add to some of the “lately design has become all about pretty” comments - sadly, that’s not true, for non-designer have ALWAYS thought design was all about good look.

    Only during my first forays into programming did I myself learn that interface design is NOT only about aesthetics but mainly about making the interface intuitive and comfortable to use. And that was a loooong time ago… :D

    When I was surfing the web back in the days when 99% of all pages had a black background, centered (ugh! ;) ) text and MIDIs playing in the background, my mother would look over my shoulder and exclaim: “Look, that’s a nice design! It has music and flashy colours and lots of dancing chicken animations!”

    I turned off the screen and asked her “Well, okay - and what was it all about?” - “Uh, well… I don’t know… I was concentrating on the dancing chickens!”

    What about non-computer design? When people casually talk about the latest car design, do they talk about how the designers managed to make the seats fit better to your body, or do they rather talk about how nice the car looks?

    Sadly, for John Doe design will always be just about good looks - but I think someone who gives away design AWARDS should really know better than that…

  25. Pheet

    Art Javid’s article shows clearly that he’s unfit to design a website, let alone judge a web design competition. Does he even know what CSS is? Let’s have a look at his company’s site…

    (87 errors with HTML 4 transitional, a whopping 681 with XHTML trans.)

    Perhaps Mr Javid would like websites to be one big flash file?

    “throw their information and portfolios up on a dynamically generated page and are proud of it”

    Has he not noticed that most pages are generated dynamically these days?

    Proper Web design requires technical knowledge, user interface design skills, awareness of standards, and appreciation of accessability issues in addition to asthetic creativeness.

    “ideas come from somewhere deeper than any place a hat can cover.”

    Art Javid’s ideas appear to indeed come from somewhere deeper than a hat can cover - his arse.

  26. Tim

    HA! Check out the Art Javid’s portfolio site!
    Must be circa 1999!

  27. evano

    Thanks for a really good look at the foolishness on display in Mr. Javid’s pronouncements. I’m with you and most of the commenters here who understand that the designer’s job is to present content in the most accessible, useful, and understandable manner possible. Within those constraints as well as the constraints of technology and customer expectations, we try to create attractive and enjoyable designs.

    Newspaper, magazine, and book designers don’t throw away their well-understood conventions for novelty’s sake, or because some puffed-up egotist claims that the use of multiple columns or a grid-based layout is boring and lacks the creativity which only he is capable of judging. For someone who demands uniqueness and “creativity” the way he seems to, most of the designs he shows off in his own portfolio wouldn’t look out of place as generic “Business” designs in the bargain section of TemplateMonster’s catalog.

    A sure sign of his hypocrisy is that he is the designer of the American Design Awards site, and the page housing the article we’re all commenting on is boring and trite, relying on an off-the-shelf menu generator ( for its poorly thought-out navigation. (Would anyone here put news & articles under the “resources” menu?) There are no links on this page to any other domain (besides Mr. Javid’s own company site, cleverly linked from his smiling face.) There is no RSS feed, no article-to-article navigation, because in the web-design milieu he is most comfortable with, you make a website “sticky” by trapping the user there. In that old school of web design, every page is a dead-end street and the site should be the black hole at the center of the universe, allowing no one to escape.

    With that fearful philosophy it’s not surprising in the least that Mr. Javid provides no method for anyone to comment directly on his article, nor does he provide an email address to contact him about the article. The only actions he provides on the page are the ability to print the article or to email it to someone else. He’s only interested in what he has to say. No other voices are allowed.

    He’s not interested in a conversation because he is The Judge and all wisdom flows from him. He’s stuck on his Web 0.5 island, spewing out his pronouncements, while the rest of us are so busy communicating, conversing, and learning from one another that when we hear him at all, we just marvel that such a relic thinks he’s at all relevant.

  28. Zinni

    Thanks everyone for your comments, had I not been on vacation for the last 5 days I would have responded more frequently. I do not think that it is fair to attack Art or his Work based on his opinion even if we may find it slightly offensive, that being said I do agree with a number of the comments above.

    Evano, I do agree that it is rather unfortunate that the American Design Awards site does not accept comments because I think comments like these could go a long way towards helping change the award selections for the better. At the time of this comment there have been over 200 outgoing clicks to the article, I would think that has caught Art’s attention.

    Either way, thank you everyone for your great comments I understand why you all have such passionate responses.

  29. John

    Here are my thoughts:

    He’s a jumped up arrogant prick who should be fired from the corporation which he founded. To suggest that designers should ‘stick to what they’re doing’ is simply moronic, how would we ever evolve? It seems that Mr. Javid is so caught up in protecting the integrity of his first name that he’s forgotten that web design is commercial, and commercial industries will ALWAYS follow trends, whether they be design related or otherwise.

    Hi critiscism of the current trend in popular web design is both childish and pathetic.

  30. Pheet

    “I do not think that it is fair to attack Art or his Work based on his opinion”

    I’m afraid he’s brought it upon himself.

    1. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion (despite no comments possible at the ADA site :-) ). However, when one voices ones opinions publicly, they should be _informed_ opinions as much as possible. Mr Javid clearly doesn’t understand how blogs or CMS’ function, and that most pages these days are dynamicly generated.

    2. When one makes a critique of something, it’s expected you have good knowledge of the subject. In the academic community, this is known as peer review. Mr Javid doesn’t appear to know what CSS actually is, and his own site is badly designed (poor navigation, invalid markup, inaccessable, and dated asthetically IMO).

    3. When one is in a position of power or influence (e.g. an awards judge), you are responsible for your compentence in that sphere. Having Mr Javid judge web design is like having an illiterate mark english exam papers, or a drunk driver adjudicating driving tests.

    He maybe be a perfectly nice person, but in the article he comes accross as ignorant, pretentious, superficial, and not fit to occupy the position that he does.

    Also, he seems to miss the point about design itself. Design is not Art (the thing not the person!), that’s why they’re different words with different meanings. Design maybe an art, a piece of design may be artistic, but what seperates design from Art (substantive) is functionality. E.g. A chair that is a work of *art* but gives you a sore bum after 10 minutes sitting is badly *designed*, no matter how pretty it looks.

    In the context of web design, the functionality side is the presentation of infomation and enabling the viewer to access further infomation. A web page that looks “cool” but is hard to understand/has bad navigation/etc. is bad web design at least as much as a page that isn’t asthetically pleasing.

    A lot of people are creating blog designs because there’s a lot of blogs. There’s a lot of blogs because it’s a very easy and cheap way for people to publish, and it’s easy for people to access and share. This non-elitist way of sharing infomation is a tradition of the WWW going back to Tim Berners-Lee, though personally I suspect Mr Javid doesn’t understand this mentality.

    The design is limited by the software, but the software is limited by it’s intended functionality.

    “boring blogoholics, who care more about the words on a page than how it actually looks”

    This comment alone, both snobby and ignorant, justifies some of the “sharper” responses people have made.

  31. Marnie B

    I can’t thank you enough for your response to that bunch of waffle from Art.

  32. ashleyw

    Thank you for writing this. As a graphic student who’s learning both design and coding for a future in web design, it means a lot. It would be very discouraging if everyone had the attitude that Art Javid has.

  33. demon sanders

    i agree with art about what the so called ‘designers’ of today are acheiving by modifying a template for blogger and posting it as their own work. it’s like submitting a corvette you’ve painted to your taste to the auto show. it just doesnt make sense. i agree that real designers dont need someone else’s canvas to get started, but should start from a blank canvas and express their art from scratch. kudos to the american design awards for recognizing this ridiculous trend in the industry and at least having a back bone to stand up and say “enough”. if you want to enter a contest, be original, be unique, be creative.

    that’s all. i wasnt offended nor was i upset. its the fact and we should strive to become better as a community than to find the easy way out and stick a label on something that is not ours.


  34. Art Javid

    Thank you for your comments regarding my article on American Design Awards. We have been receiving mostly positive (and some negative feedback) from designers around the world via email, but this blog by far offers the most passionate responses to the article yet.

    Having said that, I apologize if some of you may have taken offense to the article or misunderstood my point. It was not meant to offend anyone, nor did I mean to come across as arrogant. As a matter of fact I have learned a great deal by reading your responses, and for that I thank you guys for your feedback.

    Functionality, design, and usability are by far the most important aspects of any website - and CSS as well as other web development tools are why the industry has progressed so impressively. However, our design awards judges (I don’t have an active role in the grading) have seen an alarming trend in cookie-cutter type blog and template sites blossoming everywhere. Blogger-type and Template Monster-type sites that have barely been customized and passed off as original “web design” work by graphic or web designers who seem to have put aside their HTML scripting skills, PhotoShops, DreamWeavers, and most importantly their imaginations on the shelf, for a quick and easy fix.

    I personally don’t claim to be the authoritative figure on the latest tools and methods, but one doesn’t have to be one to realize that template-based design, blog-customization design, etc. does not bode well for the design industry.

    The article has been removed from the site pending an editorial review – it may be reworked and posted again in the next few days. If you need to discuss this further or want your positive criticism or opinion included in this or any future articles, please feel free to email us at:

  35. eric loe

    Thanks Art! I appreciate your explanation and feel that most people here probably misunderstood the article, as evident by thier bitter replies. I was on the border as to how take it, but felt you didnt say anything that’s upsetting or offensive. Your statements were pointing out the obvious as what this industry is headed towards.

    Out of curiousity I checked out a few of the posters’ sites and realized they’re just upset because they’re running blogger or wordpress sites and making money off of customizing them for their clients. So you did hit the funny bone with these folks. Just understand that these types of “artists” are merely cookie cutters and I’m sure they know you were talking about them!!

    I have been designing for 9 years and do everything from scratch. I custom design the pages, use PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, etc. and do use quite a bit of CSS. Futhermore I hand over all my work to a very trusted development firm to tie my templates into custom programming and make them functional.

    Anyway, dont mean to go on, but just wanted to thank you for the explanation and tell you no harm taken from a REAL designer. Keep up the great work!

    Eric Loe

  36. Guerilladan

    I think that Mr Javids message is being greatly misinterpreted. His point was very clear to me…. dont take someone elses template, throw some of your creative work on it, and pawn it off as an original piece created by “You”.

    This is obviously a sore subject for those who, deep down inside, know that their work is UNORIGINAL. The fact that someone stands for pure creativity in design originality doesnt make him harsh, it makes him a realist. Kudos to you Art… dont let the highly sensitive get to you, you have no explaining to do.


  37. Brian Mays

    I feel that it is unfortunate that the article was removed. Both status quo and mediocrity (not one and the same!) have been challenged, and reacted defensively, digging in their heels territorially.

    We need more Art Javids to inspire innovation, progress, and passion.

  38. maria

    I don’t understand all the hoopla! Art is right; designers who submit work to design awards should use original, creative work. Not a spruced up WordPress or Blogger template! The only people who have issues digesting Art’s article are unimaginitive bloggers and blogger-type designers. Of course you all are going to have issues with the article in question, because most of you would rather blame the messenger than the message.

  39. janet

    I not understand what such complain is for? I say to agree with Mr. Art for his comment because correct design skill is to make a complete site from beginning to end without such help of blog backbone or blogger type of website. Such disagreement show that other angry complaints is from dishonest blog guys who is embarassed for their work that is not original. We are designers so we should be original not take easy way out. Mr. Art is correct.

    Janet Chu

  40. Manuel Romero

    of course art has the guts to stand up for the right ideas and he gets rejected by under talented and sneaky blogger type of “designers”. i wish more art javids would be brave enough to speak up and put these blogger and wordpress idiots into shame! haha understand that only people who are upset about this are those who’s own site is blogger or wordpress type. they are bitter fools who have no talent and get pissed over art’s truth. brave mr. art javid for speaking what we all want to say.


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  • On a side note: we practically walked from 14th to 91st street today, my feet kill. 2010-11-07
  • #bnconf was totally worth it, can't wait for next year! And being in NYC doesn't hurt either. 2010-11-06
  • And I'm awake, it's going to be a slow start this morning on NYC #bnconf 2010-11-05
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  • Waiting in a line outside mama's in SF hope it's good... 2010-10-26
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