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Friday Focus 04/10/09: Dark Rainbows

Rainbows are typically loud and attention-grabbing, but these sites have toned down the explosion of color to bring about a more modern look altogether.

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Neutron Creations

The background is like a blueprint with an interesting twist. I love the icons in the Services section—I want to see more of them! The color wheel-like logo is lovely too.


This site screams Apple UI, from the typeface to the pill-shaped interface elements, all with a very subtle gradient and etched text effect. I guess the only thing that bothers me are the color choices: why black for the ordinary text, and why bright blue and magenta for the headers and links.

Stefan Velthuys

The rainbow background here is so subtle, one wouldn’t mind having two strips of brighter rainbow gradients on the top and bottom parts. I like the transparent fixed footer, which is just text. But I’m also oddly drawn to the datestamp on the top right corner—it’s just well-designed.

Main Event

Hip and clubby sites tend to use rainbows and glitter and funky lines, but here I’m glad it’s more of an accent than a trademark look. I love the use of brown. Even the rounded corners, which doesn’t feel like a fad, but a nice touch that somehow adds some funk.

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  1. By David Kaneda posted on April 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm
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    Hi there, my name’s David Kaneda, I created WebKitBits. I just want to point out that the all of WebKitBits was built specifically to be viewed in WebKit enabled browsers — I used rgba() in a lot of places, which is why the text is coming up black. At any rate, thanks for posting it anyway! I really appreciate it. And yes, I’ll be making the site more compatible as time goes on, but for launch, WebKit (Safari/Chrome/iPhone/Android) and Firefox were my only targets-

  2. By dele posted on April 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm
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    Thanks for showcasing Main Event. It felt cool reading those comments about the site. :) Thanks and keep up the good work Sophia :)

  3. By Qortex posted on April 12, 2009 at 6:55 pm
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    Horrible layouts…

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