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Friday Focus 10/23/09: Enjoy the View

This week on Friday Focus: websites that will make you want to get in the car or on a plane and head to these exquisite destinations. At least we can enjoy their views from within our own browsers!

Designs of the Week

Hills and Dales Estate

I really like are the way the popup menus are designed. Even better is the way the background images load first, and then the content area fades into view.


Great lighting in the header, and the way the color of the wood background makes the photos pop.

Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks

You don’t have to pepper your site with concrete representations of what your site is all about, and this is a good example of that. Makes for an elegant yet still outdoorsy look.


I’m not sure exactly why you’d use a strap in such a prominent place such a header but it certainly looks different. Love the interactivity of the menus on the left. Another brilliant feature: the execution of the map menu on the right side.

Ride Oregon

Huge photos. Excellent typography. I’m just not sure about the wallpaper background.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Clean and modern. The labels on the photo itself are a great and necessary touch.

Jefferson County, Tennessee

This design reminds me of Obama’s online branding, and it looks so elegant. This isn’t even a travel destination site, but it definitely makes you want to go there.

Walden's Ridge

I like the textured background in the logo, and the way the photos fade at the edges.

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  1. By Victoria Blount posted on October 26, 2009 at 9:46 am
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    I think the photography plays a huge part in the whole feel and look of the completed website. Having beautiful clear and conceptual images can transform a design, but the background texture and colours also add depth to the final design.

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