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Friday Focus 04/20/12: Unfolded

Our featured designs on this week’s Friday Focus put the paper motif to good use once more, focusing on its creases and folds. Not just in the corners and as borders, but as a way to demarcate sections of content at a time.

Designs of the Week

Wing Cheng's website

Wing Cheng

The entire site, except for the fixed navigation on the bottom right, is presented in an accordion-type notebook with all the text and graphics done in the designer’s own handwriting, contact form included. It’s only when you click on the images that you get the actual version of the logos. There are tradeoffs of course: legibility, seeing the real logos without having to click anything, accessibility, and so on.

3D Polystyren website

3D Polystyren

I always enjoy a good “power line” and this one, although yellow and chunky looking against the huge 3D header, is not distracting but a welcome trail all the way down. The text blocks are a bit long and heavy though.

Granville Island website

Granville Island

Love the worn quality to the background paper, like an opened and laid out map. Color block is also hot right now! Also, in the top left menu there’s a small “you are here” sign, again reinforcing the travel theme.

Spreads for iPad website

Spreads for iPad

Another accordion sheet of paper, except this time the folds aren’t equal heights. Love the pop of read against the blue, which gradients into pitch black when you reach the bottom of the page. Also interesting is the decision to put a screenshot of the app nowhere above the fold, with introductory paragraphs coming first.

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