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Friday Focus 03/26/10: Full Bloom

Let’s celebrate the new season with stunning designs that display the best nature has to offer. Happy Friday Focus!

Designs of the Week

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Wonderful design. The hover effects are brilliant. I also like how the layout is open and flowing. Both the photographs and the inner page designs are full of personality.


The integration of nature here is simple and limited but the effect is still eye-catching.

Solace Beeswax Candles

I can’t stop looking at this site. The art is topnotch. It’s warm and relaxing but still a strong color palette; I want to put it on my desktop or hang it on my wall. The animated candles are a nice, subtle touch.

Visualwild.com :: Portfolio for James Ricks

Despite its darkness, the has the same effect on me as the previous one—the design has a great scene that puts you in a certain mood. The typography and other graphic details are also excellent. Tiny gripe: the contact icons and CSS awards could have been blended in better.


Despite some cliche elements (the man with outstretched arms and the glowing tree), there are some great graphic details on this site. My favorite would have to be the borders turned twisting ribbons turned hills, with leaf-like patterns—how do you even describe this? The brown, orange, gold, and green colors blending into one another is just great.

Social Media Weekly

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CSS11 CSS3 Code Generators to make CSS3 development a breeze
“CSS3 is awesome, but the new syntax is sometimes hard to get your head around. Thankfully though, a few kind souls have created some very useful tools to generate the code for you.”

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“I have used each of these resets on various occasions with great success, and have even managed to scrape together a customized hybrid that cannibalizes key aspects of various others. For each reset, I provide as much information as possible concerning the source of the reset, key effects, and other essential information.”

jQueryjQuery Presentation Plugin: Say NO to Keynote!
“I wrote this small jQuery plugin that gives you an interface in a browser to give a presentation. If you are getting antsy, take a look at a demo or download it from github.”

Design7 Steps To A More Effective And Productive Web-Design Process
“The tips and tricks below are my personal experience. It has worked for me and I’ve learned many of them from working with other designers, too. They’re little insights into my own design process. I hope you find it useful.”

  1. By Kevin @ Penny Stocks List posted on March 27, 2010 at 12:00 am
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    All very nice designs. I love the Solace design the most.

  2. By Nelspruit Web Design posted on March 29, 2010 at 7:27 am
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    Absolutely LOVE the Solace Candles one, really works for me

  3. By Victoria Blount posted on March 29, 2010 at 8:44 am
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    These sites a stunning, my favourite from above has to be “Visual Wild” the use of photography and similar earthy colours enhance the beauty of the site.

  4. By Web design Los Angeles posted on March 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm
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    Nice and wonderful designs.
    I love it!

  5. By SJL Web Design posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:48 am
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    Wow, great set of nice designs. Impossible to choose a favourite.

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