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Design Focus: Foreground-Background

Playing with depth is still one of the most interesting things you can do on this medium, and these three websites do it with the illusion of foreground objects contrasting with background objects. Let’s check ’em out!

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Love the paper bird and origami motif at the top of the page, which gets hidden beneath the next screenful, which is a sliding grid of portfolio thumbnails. I find it interesting that they’re arranged by color, so it looks more harmonious. More layered scenes in parallax come after, still using an interesting mix of objects both old and futuristic, but when you get to the footer it goes back to the yellow and white paper crane theme.

muffi.pl website


Every showcased work has its own little parallax scene that frames the horizontally scrolling sliders. It’s a little overwhelming since it shifts from one project to the next with the scrolling action but it’s very immersive! They show you the elements of a design beyond its rectangular and two-dimensional boundaries, and that kind of changes the conversation a bit. That’s just the portfolio page though; the other pages are much more tame. They slide the viewport to the right so their content area loads on the left of the vertical menu, so that’s another play with spatial relations right there.

Pragmatic Mates website

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It’s become apparent that the easiest application of this technique would be in the slideshow part of webpages. In addition, he same foreground-background design elements are added to the thumbnails on the Work page to give variety to the screen/laptop/phone shots. You’ll also noticed that everything besides these sections are in grayscale/neutral colors.

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  1. By Justin Black posted on November 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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    genesis framework is amazing, i am using it on a new blog that i created and it has a lot of design potential

  2. By eUKhost posted on November 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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    That is really awesome thing i have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing.

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