Talk about bumcakes, my girl's got 'em

Derek's post about robust footers at the ends of pages highlights a brilliant change he recently made during a site redesign. As peterme noted last year, Flickr was one of the first sites to use this seemingly forgotten space for useful things (in flickr's case, a sitemap, in derek's a sorta sitemap/intro to his other projects).

It's weird to think we've all been building sites for 10+ years and "putting useful stuff at the end of a page" is a breakthrough but it really does feel like the first new layout idea in quite some time. I've toyed with the idea of it on the Creative Commons site since I saw the flickr implementation, but I think I'm going to test it out on my personal sites first.