Friday Focus 02/27/09: Peeking Through
Transparency, translucency, opacity: we have designs that are peeking through this week on Friday Focus.
Designs of the Week
The combination of robin’s egg blue and bird silhouettes is becoming more popular these days—dare I say because of Twitter, but this design is beautiful in its own right. I love the treatment on the hyperlinks, a graphical element also found in the logo, the “contact me” sign, and the handwritten blurb.
If you’re playing with transparency, why not use a striking background image that’ll show through? I like that the logo is centered at the top, while the background is a one-point perspective shot. Great warm hues, too.
Interesting use of the coverflow effect: instead of scrolling vertically, you’re browsing through a virtual stack of pages. (Not exactly sure why, but it makes for an interesting experience.) The changing background colors are an interesting touch.
Social Media Weekly
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