We press on with the redesign effort. Today, do some research.

What do I mean by research? See what other people are doing, both rightly and wrongly. Investigate below the surface of your industry by examining the long-overlooked personal sites of your followers on Twitter, your forum mates, and folks in the industry. Check out some blogs you like and follow the links they list. Let it be organic.

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As a user of the web, you’ll be struck by trends almost subconsciously. See what catches your eye, and make a note of it. Print out the sites you fancy and tack ’em up. Take screenshots. Start a little scrapbook.

Share you links in the comments below. Let’s take a look at what we find. And remember to use the hashtag #redesign if your tweeting about it.