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Dear “Big Footer” Fans

Joshua Lane / / 6 Comments

It’s nice to see footers getting so much attention these days. Designers are treating them as legitimate pieces of real estate instead of mere afterthoughts. The problem is, it’s not as simple as throwing some content down there and calling it a day. Let’s use a food analogy to highlight the different ways footers are being used…

  • Nice Meal + Dessert (e.g., Derek Powazek, Ordered List, Garrett Dimon)
    The “main course” features (more or less) 1 main blog post and some side-bar content. If the meal is satisfying, patrons can enjoy a lovely footer “dessert”.
  • Full-Size Meal + Light Dessert (e.g., Business Logs, Asterisk, Hicksdesign)
    This particular format offers up three hearty blog posts with some sidebar content (links, photos, etc). Patrons might be a bit full after their meal, but if they really enjoyed the food, dessert might be an option.
  • Too Much Food + No Dessert (e.g., SimpleBits, Subtraction)
    Do you ever “eat”/read so much that by the time the “dessert”/footer rolls around, you think “please, no more… too much…”?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always preferred a “nice meal + dessert”. It leaves me full and satisfied, but not too stuffed. Of course, appetites may vary ;)

Comments Abound

Delightful thoughts & feedback about this article

Colin D. Devroe /

Mike’s always a tasty dessert. I mean, his footer is, damn.

Jared Christensen /

I’m considering putting ALL of my content in the footer. Because if I could, all I’d eat is dessert. ;)

Mike Rundle /

Ohhhhh snap, now you’re never gonna make it into 9rules ;)

Joshua Lane /

What, what? Have I gone too far? I guess maybe I should put off my post about Subtraction and how I never know what is/isn’t a link (it’s just bolded text!). Maybe I should write a love-letter next time… hmm…

Justin Dickinson /

Footers on a site are like a nice looking girl’s bottom in a skirt: they must be long enough to cover everything, but short enough to keep it interesting.

Joshua Lane /

Justin, another excellent analogy!

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