I often find myself in situations that require a content overview, i.e blog homepage, magazine front, etc.
The aesthetics-driven part of me says that content overview should be attractive and "cool" as it's normally the home page and should set the tone and draw the user in visually.
But the UX part of me says that day-to-day usage dictates the necessity for a clean linear list that allows the reader to easily scan content and see what is new or not.
What is your preferred approach for, say, a blog/magazine home page? Funky grid system? Linear list of articles?
Would love to see some good examples of visually-driven content pages that doesn't sacrifice usability for snazzy graphics.