Gray is the New White
Firstly, before you do anything else, check out Veerle's newly redesigned site. All beefed up on Expression Engine, this site has so many nice touches, I'm flabbergasted. Maybe more so because I wasn't a big fan of her old design. One of the things that I love about it is the typography. The font choice is superb and is used effectively on the site.
My concern is that Expression Engine or her server isn't really able to handle heavy traffic. With the new design, I'm finding the site is going up and down from minute to minute.
The blog also becomes another in what is becoming a huge succession of light on gray designs. Here's just a few:
I'd even say it was inspired a little by Lealea with such creative typography.
LCD's to blame?
I suspect the influx of dark gray has much to do with LCD screens. These sites look nice and shiny on my LCD in comparison to the dull over-exposed look of CRT. Expect to see more like this. Personally, I'm on the edge of wanting to redesign this site with all of this fantastic inspiration. It's going to be hard to resist.