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Friday Focus 08/28/09: It’s A Small World After All

This week on Friday Focus: websites featuring worlds that will fit right in your browser. It’s an interesting trend and a good exercise in 3D modeling and illustration.

Designs of the Week

Serj Kozlov

A very beachy color scheme here to match the featured image. I really like the treatment done to the buttons, but I wish the style carried over to the other form elements below. The logo’s really interesting, isn’t it?

Open Atrium

I really love the dark gray mess of icons below the very colorful world above it. But really, every illustration on this site is superb.

Serial Cut

Very simple image-centric design, but the presentation is excellent: clean, full-screen, AJAXy.

Kunisaki Clean Center

The header image slash world serves as interactive navigation for the site, but there’s also a “formal” navigation menu if the former is too intimidating. As usual the Japanese make use of cuteness (“kawaii”) to communicate ideas, but if you look closer and browse further, you’ll find great attention to detail, usability, and all.

Simona Gabriela Buzatu

A very straightforward portfolio that is peppered with tiny illustrations as you scroll down. I wish for more quirkiness, but only by a little bit.

Congresso Atitude 2009

Very blue, very clean, very pleasant. I love that the world is a more creative representation of the original logo. Well-done custom lightboxes everywhere.

Lounge in the Valley

This site looks very similar to the previous one, but it’s very distinct at the same time—in fact it’s bold rather than clean and calm. I like that the upper half of the page is basically an animated poster, and if you’re curious about further details, you can find them below, in the equally fancy footer.

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  1. By Staxx posted on August 29, 2009 at 11:20 am
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    A little addition to this short list: Sim City DS



  2. By Victoria Blount posted on September 1, 2009 at 8:53 am
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    There are some really lovely designs, with such detail. My favourite design is “Serial Cut” as its completely unique and has a pop up edge to the design.

  3. By Alaska Web Design posted on September 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm
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    The detail is awesome! I like Libertese design, but it is so intricate.

    Affordable Anchorage, Alaska Web Design doesn’t do such nice designs. We simply couldn’t afford the resources. They must take a lot of time.

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