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Friday Focus 02/17/12: Page Flips

This week’s featured designs on Friday Focus are all about books of the online variety, complete with the animated page-turning effects.

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Steve Heady's website

Steve Heady

I think the book pages need a sprinkle more of depth but the mix of textures both in it and in the background look great. Every spread is a section with a different look.

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web website

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

If you’ll notice, this layout only uses the right side of the book once you open it. To the left is a red bookmark which lets you share the current page you’re on. What really drives the book interface home here, in my opinion, are the illustrations. Some of which happen to be animated. The table of contents (“things” actually) is not a list of chapter titles and numbers, but thumbnails containing such illustrations, which you can also find below the book. I think this site has the most natural and aesthetically pleasing page-turn effect of the bunch.

Bert Appward's Field Guide to Web Applications website

Bert Appward's Field Guide to Web Applications

More familiar techniques going on when imitating a real world look: the cloth cover of hardbacks, tabs that are almost always in red, off-white paper, all on a wooden surface with coffee stains to boot. It’s interesting to find the ability to skip to a chapter at the footer of a page, and something you don’t find in real-life books: search.

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  1. By Jeff @ Xstudios Web Design posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm
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    These are some interesting interfaces for sure. The 20 things I’ve learned site is very enjoyable to browse.

  2. By Anaradam posted on March 13, 2012 at 10:26 am
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    Nice post. I love it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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