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Friday Focus 09/25/09: Circles

This week on Friday Focus, we have websites that feature circular shapes prominently in their designs. Time to break out of the boxiness and round things up!

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Nora Rose Travis

Excellent concept and presentation, I love it! The only problem here is the way the site was coded: old-school mouseovers and preloaders.


I like that instead of the usual rounded-corner buttons we have circular buttons here. Another freeform layout.

Goodman Marketing Partners

I really like the navigation boxes right below the header, and how everything’s side by side, without borders. I also like the color palette here. It’s very professional, but not your cliche combination of hues.

NCAD Postgraduate Study

Another pro site, but this time the circular photos give just a touch of hip. I just wish the elements were repeated in the inner pages.


How often do you see galleries with images masked by circular borders? It changes things up quite a bit, doesn’t it? I would have liked a bit more detail here, but since it’s a showcase site anyway, putting the focus on the featured sites is fine.

Lilly's Table

I really wish this were more than a landing page, because I’m curious how they’d implement the design on a full site, which unfortunately doesn’t carry over to the blog. Maybe next time.

Chance Graham

So well done. The grungy details don’t look tiresome; the circles inside boxes makes everything look different; and the orange and gray combination just leaps out at you.

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  1. By Victoria Blount posted on September 25, 2009 at 7:50 am
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    Web design layouts often are made up from squares and rectangles, i like the idea of using circles. It creates a softer feel, and works perfectly for a retro theme.

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