A Header Apart

For the past year or so, the header on A List Apart has slowly driven us a bit nuts. It is hands down one of our favourite websites, but we have never been able to quite understand the design derision around why the header was squashed up off the top of the page:

The Live Site:

However, a friend of ours has answered our prayers and put together a fun little extension for Google Chrome to adjust the layout and push the header banner down to a more attractive location. Check it out at the Chrome Web Store.

After enabling the extension:

Food for thought

What other websites could do with some tweaks? Is there scope for a crowd-sourced plugin to fix all the annoying design choices out there in the web? Would you contribute? How would you feel if your website was being modified by a plugin? Would you take it as good advice and update your own design?

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