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Design Focus: Advent Calendars Treats

The most wonderful time of the year just got even better for designers and developers. Enjoy these beautifully designed and inspiring advent calendar treats for 2012!

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UXmas

UXmas

The unfolding animation is a popular effect these days especially for this type of content, but here it’s made more special with ribbons and a circular frame. The illustrations are also wonderful detailed though I wish I could see the whole thing when I click through the page.

upstruct Adventskalender 2012

upstruct Adventskalender 2012

This monochromatic design keeps things interesting by mixing patterns, shapes, and textures on the different layers of the page, from foreground to background.

The Christmas Experiments

The Christmas Experiments

This feels a bit more modern take on the holiday look with the splash of blue and subtle lighting effects, which also soften the square grid.

HTML and CSS Advent 2012 by Digitpaint

HTML and CSS Advent 2012 by Digitpaint

Pretty straightforward, not so Christmas-y but instead gets an extraterrestrial twist.

It's A Shape Christmas

It’s A Shape Christmas

This has a nice “deconstructed Christmas color scheme” feel to it. I kinda like their approach to the social buttons: instead of disrupting the design, they pop up in a lightbox, but at the price of an extra click.

Social Media Weekly

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CSS, OptimizationConditional loading of resources with mediaqueries
“In addition to the @media selectors in a style sheet we can also add a media attribute to elements and make them dependent on the query. ”

CSS, TypographyTesting @font-face Support on Mobile and Tablet
“Now that we have a pretty good idea of what browsers and devices combinations do support @font-face (or not), we can make informed decisions going forward.”


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