First up is CHUD.com, an excellent site for impassioned movie reviews, commentary, and up to date news on all kinds of film geekery. Unfortunately, it's riddled with seizure-inducing ads and organized with a general disregard for coherence. Coincidentally, as of today (9/4/09), they're "Undergoing Massive Beneath the Hood Improvements," so at least they know there's a problem.
Broken down into basic shapes:
And the redesign:
Since its primary function is to give us news and editorials, I brought in a little symmetry and made it a bit more like a newspaper. The ads are still there, but they belong on the rims of the page, and the search bar has been moved to the top right corner, on the header, where most people would expect it to be, anyway. I decided not to mess with the color scheme, because the black and green is essential to the theme of the site. "C.H.U.D." is a reference to a little known 1984 horror film of the same name, about a city plagued by mutants from the sewers.