Design Focus

Friday Focus #47

Here with are with another month drawing to a close. We are just 5 weeks away from the first year anniversary of Friday Focus, so feel free to start putting together your gifts for us now. I’m not sure what exactly the 52nd week of Friday Focus will actually hold, but hopefully I can get a whole bunch of things to stuff the focus with when the time comes. In another quick announcement, I apologize for not getting out the WordPress 2.3 sum up article out right away like I had promised. The week became a lot more busier than I expected it to be. Things are coming, just be patient.

Enough talk, let’s kick off the weekend with a new Friday Focus.

Sites of the Week

Leading off is Groop, a really simplistic, clean design that utilizes flash. They’ve done some really cool work, including stuff for Live Earth, so check them out.


Next is ShawnBlanc.net, a good example of a dark design that is simplistic, uncluttered, and eye catching.


And finally we have the updated version of Hydra Studio. They’ve done some really clean work, including designs for the bands The Almost, Underoath, and Mae among others.

Hydra Studio

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  1. By crazyleaf posted on September 28, 2007 at 5:43 am
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    I love the color usage by Hydra Studios. Some pretty nice wallpapers on the downloads section.

  2. Trackbackelectric weekend – Devlounge, Friday Focus #47 - Shawn Blanc