Yes, I do think SmugMug looks better than that. I've long been an admirer of Medium's editor and layout. I can't imagine how much work it took to get to where they are. Here's a post Ben Von Wong did of a shoot we did together at SmugMug, and I thought he was able to make it classically beautiful and readable:
SmugMug even moved its blog to Medium for those capabilities and also the discoverability Medium provided, at least they used to, dunno about now. For some reason though they didn't catch on much among photographers, so you don't see the rich layout like that very often there. 'Tis a shame, imo.