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Design Focus: Minty Fresh

The shades of green in this week’s feature are bright, peppy, and almost too harsh on the eyes, but it seems to be all the rage these days. How does it come into play with these designs? Let’s find out:

Design Focus: By Hand

These websites feature prominent use of the human hand in their designs, and it’s an interesting study in paying tribute to what we really create with, while using it to convey information.

Design Focus: Halloween Special

Time to break out the costumes and candy ’cause it’s All Hallows Eve again. Will these websites do a good job of spooking the daylights out of you? Step inside and find out!

Design Focus: Shapely

Here’s a collection of website designs that display excellent use of shapes to style and present content, ranging from the quirky to the stunning.

Design Focus: Rotated Side Text

Another text-y trend this week: these ones appear on the edges of the page, either as navigation markers, or links to menus & subsections, all oriented perpendicularly. Is this an alternative to the hamburger menu in tucking away off-canvas navigation, a smart way in highliting important site features, or a cumbersome way of displaying text?

Design Focus: Fill in the Blank

This design pattern also happens to live on the copywriting aspect of the website: a tagline that flashes different words or phrases, often to describe the target audience of their product or subject. You’ll see how each site chose to swap, highlight, or animate the letters into view. It’s another way to make the site more dynamic, and possibly even intriguing.

Design Focus: Halftone

Adding a halftone graphic filter to images can quickly take your audience to that vintage, nostalgic place, and these websites use it for a couple different reasons.

Design Focus: Logo First

If the previous featured designs were practically wordless and filled with imagery, this week it’s all about the branding and their huge wordmarks splashed on the first screenful on their websites, above the fold. Is this web design trend more effective than the other one?

Design Focus: Let the Art Speak

It’s common these days to use big, bright images for the top section of your site, but there’s a growing sub-trend where there’s little to no text accompanying it. As if to let the art speak for itself, and for you to enjoy in its distraction-free glory.

Design Focus: Type Guides

Here’s a resource roundup to sharpen your typography skills. This week we’re looking at sites that curate beautiful applications of webfonts.

Design Focus: Better Bookmarking UX

Here’s another new trend to investigate: the evolution of bookmarking into curated and frictionless user experiences.

Design Focus: Layering

This brewing design pattern breaks out of your typical grid layouts and layers images and text on top of one another. It’s quite an interesting approach that makes website elements feel more like objects that you can more easily interact with, like stuff on your physical desk.