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Friday Focus 08/12/11: Slashed Text

We’ve seen a lot of slanting, skewed designs before, but there seems to be an even more specific trend related to that: cropping away text by the use of diagonal lines, as though their edges have been slashed away.

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Ralph Millard's website

Ralph Millard

The way the images are sliced are extremely odd and even unsemantic. Why not just reuse the dividers and background headers per section? Splitting a large image is a little more understandable perhaps to load things faster, but that also means you’re making multiple HTTP requests.

Adriano Brzozowski's website

Adriano Brzozowski

Here’s another site that uses triangles (and a couple of other shapes), and I like how it frames the Work section nicely. The use of green on the hover boxes is a little surprising even you do see it in the logo. Also, the lightbox mentions website URLs, but are not linked. Is that on purpose (some designers don’t like people to see the finished product cause there’s a good chance it’s been wrecked by other people already!) or a limitation of the script?

BUILD Windows website

BUILD Windows

While the Metro user interface that’s coming to Windows 8 impresses me, this Build logo—which is supposed to promote that same slick feel—does not. This also applies to the rest of the site design. Using Segoe with Georgia doesn’t feel that modern at all. There are bits of the Metro look here and there, but they could have taken things much further. Maybe because it’s just a conference site?

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  1. By Alan posted on August 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm
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    Slashed text is a really elegant tool in my opinion. It can really add some severe sophistication to your website when used correctly. I really loved this article and what you had to say, you really pinpointed the ideas that need to go into it before it being used.

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