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Friday Focus 11/06/09: Playing with Transparency

This week on Friday Focus: another roundup of sites that play the transparency card very well.

Designs of the Week

Bieh

I love a good freeform layout. It does get more organized in the inside pages, though, so best of both worlds!

Ian James Cox

The translucent effects are so subtle, it makes for an elegant design.

Joshua Schoenaker

Lots of great things going on here: how the portfolio items that aren’t in focus are darkened, the pull-out panel that displays the designers skillset, and the overall edgy look for the site.

Anton Peck

Custom type and lovely art both go a long way for this site!

Able Maritime Yacht Insurance

The not so subtle way the content area fades into the background is stunning to look at. But the boat images need improvement, ironically in the transparency department. Still, a gorgeous site.

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  1. By Victoria Blount posted on November 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm
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    Again some lovely sites in the friday focus, using transparency techniques on a website, especially one with photographic background can create structure.

  2. By Colin posted on November 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm
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    The third website looks like a modified version of this: http://themeforest.net/item/wordfolio/38723

  3. By Adam Darby posted on November 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm
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    the badabing website is AWESOME . . . but breaks in IE6. :-( i hate ie6, but you still need to account for it . . .

  4. By josh posted on November 20, 2009 at 4:54 am
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    thanks for your COMPLIMENT! haha. Oh, and I don’t care about people who use IE6.

  5. By SCARLETT posted on November 25, 2009 at 10:21 am
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    a great website.

  6. By Stephan Barrett posted on December 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm
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    Hi all, thanks for listing the Able Maritime site. We did have a choice to make on the boat images and their quality. Being transparent PNGs, the higher quality PNG32 made the images grossly large, almost .5 MB in total. Since we’re rotating out about 5 different boats, we used PNG8 and worked with them to be as good as possible. What do you all think about the trade-off?

    Thanks!

    Stephan

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