Polygon is like the youngest child. All the lessons we learned building The Verge and SB Nation went into Polygon’s design, yet, the result is a beautiful site that feels nothing like either one of them. Custom editorial design at scale is our big goal for the future. Polygon is well known for how sweet its features look, so something we’re thinking about is having the capacity to hand curate news articles with the high touch feel of features. Tools created and curated by our product team with editorial input can make this happen.
I believe Polygon was so well-received because we took serious risks. It's rare to find yourself working on a project that encourages making leaps of faith with bold, trend-bucking design and cutting-edge (and largely unproven) responsive implementations at gigantic scale. You have to make the most of the opportunity and experiment. The web as a whole will benefit.