Design Focus: Color Changing
Keeping it colorful is a good technique, and sometimes you don’t have to slap on every color in the rainbow to do it. Switching colors adds a lively, dynamic characteristic to your design.
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Changing the background color as you scroll—into very deep, saturated ones at that—is a tad risky on the accessibility front, but it is quite the attention-grabber.
Apart from the introductory paragraph and a recurring page flip graphic there’s hardly any design elements elsewhere, just straight up content. For a wide site the navigation is extremely minimal as well: just icons on a translucent background which become affixed to the top as you scroll down.
Small icons and even tinier text on a beehive layout. The rippling hover effect and the subtle speed of fading when you click on the logo feels very zen, although the colors are anything but.
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