Quite regularly, a cry is heard "But MySpace and Craigslist are SO UGLY!!"
Likewise, in <table>-abhorring circles, there's a meme that says "good" design is learnable and will finally permeate the mainstream, a kind of trickle-down theory.
I'd like to propose a different viewpoint: look at your city's streets, or your office desktop. Do they look like a Prada shop or Praystation? Well, mine look more like MySpace and Craigslist. I like to think that the alleged randomness and unstylishness of these sites may be connected to their success*.
Tibor's vernacular and ugly portrait.
Likewise, the architect Rem Koolhaas thinks the dullness of the modern city may be something we actually want, and says: Beauty isn't what I'm primarily interested in. I think appropriateness is more important.
For some reason, I think that a Plan 9 screenshot is appropriate to close this post:
* Mentioning the word success should be enough to make that espèce de complainant shut up.