Friday Focus 10/14/11: Freeform
Designs of the Week
The freeform approach is perfect for sites with different content types, like a lifestream or tumblelog. This design uses color-coded boxes with varying sizes, and even includes inline slideshows in MacBook Pro frames for the author’s portfolio items. If it’s a little too chaotic, filter the stuff using the top navigation. The black text on orange seems a little harsh though!
Another technique is layered boxes of content you can rearrange.
This barely makes the cut since it’s very organized, but pay attention to the site lets you rearrange the boxed icons with one click, or when the browser window resizes. There’s also keyboard navigation to traverse through each page. There’s quite a few items on the page, though, and some of them could be grouped together.
Like the bright colors and subtle transparency on top of a subtly textured background, but it’s a little weird that you can only move the boxes horizontally. I also like the timeline you’ll see higher on the page.
I like the modest and colorful scattering of icons, which when hovered over displays a preview in the larger, central circle. Then clicking on the section “unmasks” the rest of that image, which also leads you to view the work fullscreen.
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