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Friday Focus 06/12/09: Web as Canvas

This week on Friday Focus: websites that look like they made of paint, not pixels.

Designs of the Week

Agami Creative

This look seems to match this company’s logo, but I would have liked that “relaxed” look to carry over to the headings and other elements of the site. Still, good imagery and hues.

Spout Creative

This site is not quite as polished as far as the grunge look goes, but the intense painted background texture provides a lot of personality.

Istok Pavlovic

Now for something lighter. I love that almost every design element looks like it was drawn or painted, especially the icons on the sidebar. I don’t think I’ve seen a style like that on other hand-drawn/painterly designs!


This one’s even subtler. Unlike the featured sites above, the watercolor effect is more of an accent than the definitive look for the whole site.

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  1. By Zach Dunn posted on June 12, 2009 at 4:02 pm
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    While I absolutely love the design of Agami, I can’t help but think of an Asian restaurant or sushi bar when I see it. Anyone else?

    That aside, it’s an ideal inspiration for top notch watercolor that works.

  2. By Victoria Blount posted on June 17, 2009 at 8:24 am
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    I really like the website Spout Creative, its artistic and reflects the company. Its simple in design and lets the background dominate the page.

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