This week’s crop of design inspiration all carry a traditional, handcrafted air about them with illustrations used in textbooks, journals, and storybooks.
Designs of the Week
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Most designs prefer the rough, monochrome illustrations to really push that vintage look, but it’s also nice to see bold color in such graphics, and in this case the images straddle both the highly detailed and the outline-only. Each section on the site has a corresponding plant, which are featured as icons in the drop-down menu. The way the plant is placed in the logo is so lovely and elegant, too. One more neat thing about this website: at the very bottom of the page there’s a selection of biscuits you can choose from should you wish to pay their studio a visit!
Two-column layouts that are split right in the middle are gaining popularity and we continue to see why it works. Nice touch with the traditional initials too.
Love the fabric patterns applied everywhere, including the header logo and the form fields.
Each section fades out as you scroll down, which is an interesting technique to keep focus (I believe the opposite fade in effect is also in vogue right now). It’s also nice that the icons and text have texture. I’m just a little concerned using the illustrations in the works section (the birds) that way is less effective since they sacrifice content for aesthetics.
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Typography – Type Study: Pairing typefaces
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