Friday Focus 07/02/10: Rocketships
This week on Friday Focus: a bunch of sites that use rocketships in their designs. Unfortunately not all of them take the metaphor as far as one would like, but carry interesting designs nonetheless. Ready of take off?
Designs of the Week
No doubt about it, this design is slick, and customizing form elements is no walk in the park. I just wish the narrow font wasn’t so narrow, and the submit button were blue.
I want the green buttons to have bigger padding (Fitts’s Law), and the portfolio info text in the carousel isn’t so readable, but I quite like this site. Putting the designer’s face into an astronaut suit is clever, and what I meant by taking the metaphor to the next level.
I enjoy the mixed textures and playfulness here, but I think it could stand to be more playful. The footer looks completely different from the rest of the site.
Love the scribbled-on-paper touches but I feel they blend into the background too much and one wouldn’t think to look or click there.
Applying a grunge texture to originally glossy illustrations? Not a very good idea.
I like the overall look and feel of this site, but if you look more closely it needs polishing. It’s an 8.5, but not a 10.
Lovely details, go check out the icons and other illustrations on the inside pages. My favorite part is the glass frame around the main content area.
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