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Friday Focus 12/30/11: Blast from the Past

The last Friday Focus of the year goes back in time before we move into the future. Happy New Year to everyone!

Designs of the Week

Celebrate Christmas at Biltmore website

Celebrate Christmas at Biltmore

Beautiful graphic touches and type. This site is first split into “Day” and “Night”, then into “Awe”, “Inspiration”, “Joy”, and “Stories”. Each is further broken down into sub-slideshows. Every section on this site slides into the framed panel either vertically or horizontally.

Ramiro Delgado's website

Ramiro Delgado

I like the bold colors and the big graphics put together, but I’m not too sure about using two different script fonts on the same page.

The Cottonseed Oil Tour website

The Cottonseed Oil Tour

Another strong set of colors at play here, not to mention lots of different things grabbing your attention at once, which could be a bit of a turn off for some.

Alien Abduction Lamp website

Alien Abduction Lamp

The texture/quality of the text isn’t quite the same as the photo but I like the skewed edges on the boxes and the lighting effects everywhere.

AdPacks website


Lots of elements that drive the look home such as the sparkles, sunbursts, 3D box, and of course the cursive font. I really like the arrow/button although the alignment of the text is a little off.

Maratona Makeover website

Maratona Makeover

Love the idea of using patterns to replace the hair sections! There’s quite a bit of folding going on here, as well as stripes as backgrounds and shadows, and the blue that grounds everything makes the photos pop all the more.

Lather Bee Rich website

Lather Bee Rich

Even the slideshow and dropdown menus carry the dirt and smudges you see all over the page. There’s also a significant number of typefaces being used here in a way that’s not chaotic at all.

Shipment App website

Shipment App

There’s not a lot going on here, but it’s a wonderful look. The background illustration is perfect while the signup form in the foreground has a good number of details to look like a real ticket. I think my only question is if it’s a good choice to keep that form up there instead of the usual center alignment you see on “coming soon” pages. Once you hit submit (Notify) the whole box flips over to signal confirmation.

Social Media Weekly

User ExperienceBeyond Bandwidth: UI Performance
“UI performance tips have been disseminated throughout the community for years, but often as an aside, with bandwidth and latency concerns much more at the forefront.”

DesignA simpler and faster alternative to wireframes
“In my opinion there’s a better, faster, and easier way to accomplish that goal: prioritized lists.”

TypographyPublic Service Announcement: Watch Your @font-face font-weight
“The problem is the font is muddier than you originally saw it, and it’s all about font-weight.”

  1. By Justin posted on January 3, 2012 at 2:22 am
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    Very interesting designs here! Using designs to replace hair is a great idea for web designers to utilize when creating websites. Many other great designs to help drive traffic!

  2. By Adam Collins posted on January 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm
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    Great post with some really great web designs to browse through and to take inspiration from. I personally am a big fan of lather bee rich website, i believe the main reason i personally favor this website over the others showcased here, is the fact that it really makes use of even the smallest details, i personally really like the grunge effect on the drop down menus, and the hover effects on the other menu rollovers. Great post!

  3. By Fotograf posted on January 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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    I’ve seen very nice inspiration over here. I’m webdesigner and I must say it awesome.

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