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Friday Focus 05/08/09: 8-Bit Retro

Everything old is new again this week on Friday Focus. This week: some 8-bit retro inspired websites!

Designs of the Week

Shaun Inman

Very cool take on the one-page personal site, where everything’s 100% pixelated, even the once-detailed app icons.

Eric Karjaluoto

This is a nice break from all the overdone grunge, ornate, and gradient-ridden websites—just a moderate amount of sharp-edged elements. I love that the blog has low-resolution, pixelated icons to represent each post.

Adam Howell

This is a softer take on the whole isometric perspective, hues and all. And it’s great that instead of a large landscape header, it’s a vertical background on the left.

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  1. By Luke posted on May 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm
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    I’ve always had a thing for the retro-pixel-art style. it’s a fairly time consuming prospect you don’t see it a lot (on a large scale such as Eboy), so it’s refreshing when it turns up

  2. By Lorraine Nepomuceno posted on May 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm
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    Great finds! I especially like Ideas on Ideas, which I’ve now subscribed to :) Thanks.

  3. By Gis posted on May 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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    Awesome picks xD

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