Friday Focus 10/21/11: Monster Mascots
This week on Friday Focus, we’re investigating illustrated creatures posing as mascots on different websites.
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Superb illustration work on this page, just because things are drawn doesn’t mean they have to lack depth. I actually don’t mind the pink backgrounds and folded ribbons, although I do anticipate it’s a strong color for some people, but what does concern me is the pink and white text blocks. I’m afraid the colors are too strong to put long lines to read there.
Not a very odd thing but I noticed that there aren’t any large text sizes over here. Script fonts are also popular these days even if your site’s not necessarily feminine or formal. I also have to wonder: how much of the creature actually “blends in” with the rest of the design? On the one hand we have something with bright colors and flat, well-defined blocks of color; on the other hand we have a grungy background with some vignette going on in the corners.
I like the diversity and scene being painted in the header; not much payoff from moving the scroller right below it though. There’s a good chance the blue headings may be a little too light, but information presented in those areas retain that quirky feel in the icons and styles used. Not convinced? Hovering over the purple and orange boxes (Apps and SMS) is a treat.
I like the mixing of two different woven fabric textures in the background, although I would’ve wanted a bit more color to the site apart from the creatures there to welcome you.
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