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Friday Focus 02/24/12: Canine Design

This week’s Friday Focus has gone to the dogs! We’ve featured other animals before, but check out these designs that feature man’s best friend, sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces this weekend.

Designs of the Week

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Dogstudio website


Great geometric treatment here, from the origami-style shapes of the dogs to slants, cuts, and patterns everywhere—lots of triangles!

Waggingtails website


I like the whimsical treatment to the illustrations, not just the doggies. The typesetting could be improved but what I wish most would be for the client login to look more similar to the look of the main site.

Atticus Pet Design Studio website

Atticus Pet Design Studio

The first thing that’ll probably catch your attention would be the spectacle-wearing dog on a twirling sunburst background. Except it doesn’t look ridiculous because it’s designed well. It’s on each page, like the contact form at the footer, but the inner ones scroll to the content area so you don’t have to.

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“There’s a fair amount of confusion surrounding css preprocessors like Sass and less, and I think some of it has to do with the fact that there are so many different ways you can use them. I thought I’d outline the different approaches, and some of the pros/cons to them.”

JavaScriptLearning JavaScript Design Patterns
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CSSOptions for Styling Text Links and Hover States
“I’ve seen so many variations on the link style/color and hover style/color combination, that I thought it would be interesting to list as many of them here as possible. Some of these will be quite common and humdrum, while others may be ugly and impractical”

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  1. By Website Redesign posted on March 1, 2012 at 5:21 am
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    I have never seen a website the same color as Aticus, but I think it’s a good experimentation.

  2. By norwich web design posted on March 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm
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    i like the wagging design it contain the every aspects related to a perfect web design.

  3. By Jasa Pembuatan Web posted on March 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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    I really like Atticus with those soft colors

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