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Friday Focus 04/22/11: Designs for Designers

This week’s Friday Focus is a little meta: a combination of useful guides and tools geared towards designers and developers all wrapped in inspiring designs.

Designs of the Week

Photoshop Etiquette

Interface imitation clearly at work here, but note how the famous checkered pattern is blurred a little to make the foreground more readable. Nice integration of share buttons into the “toolbar”.

Comic Sans Criminal

While the site looks elegant and minimal, I’m getting more and more allergic to text typeset in all-caps, narrow fonts as much as I do with ones set in Comic Sans.

Vector Mill

Not a bit of detail left unturned here. Love how the Twitter and Facebook buttons are integrated as stamps on the foot of the crate.

5 Steps to HTML5

I like the progress bar-style approach to the site, the only thing that feels off is moving a step backward uses the same animation as moving forward.

Web monitoring with Stella

I feel like the vintage touch that’s become popular lately also facilitates wit in copy and other user experience areas. Just look at the logo!

The Lost Type Co-op

Simple and striking enough; I hope to see more fonts offerings here.

Explorations in Typography

Not only is this site a great tool, but it’s a great idea for promoting the book it’s based on.

Code School

I love the combination of the old school watercolor paintings of the countryside combined with fairly modern interface touches.

Social Media Weekly

CSSFaking float: center with Pseudo Elements

CSS39 Ridiculous Things To Do With CSS3 Box Shadows

CSSCSS3 Patterns Gallery

CSSSafe CSS Defaults


  1. By Ryan Leaper posted on April 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm
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    I think if a site is aimed at designers then there has to be a certain level of quality in order for viewers to take the site seriously. Its interesting to see the importance of textures within these designs. The Vector Mill site I think is a particularly good example with the wooden crate texture creating a distinct look and style to the site. I also like the web monitoring with Stella site which has a great retro look and style. Great collection providing some great ideas and inspiration.

  2. By Adrian posted on May 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm
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    A great little round up of some beautifully designed websites aimed at designers. I particularly like the attention to detail in the vectormill site! It’s definitely worth putting in that little extra effort, especially if the website is aimed largely at designers.

    Nice article.

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