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Friday Focus #8

The first Friday Focus in a while. That’s right, where back in action.

Sites of the Week

Our picks in the week found around the net.

First this week is Simplebits. I’ve always enjoyed SB’s design, and I was very happy with how the redesign turned out. A combination of blue and tan, the layout continues to showcase some great articles while continuing to showcase work as well.

Simple Bits

Next is the Sneak Blog. I tend not to be too much of a fan for dark designs, but I found this to be very attractive. The layout is awesome, especially for a personal blog. Worth a look.

Sneak Blog Design

Finally there’s Tanya Merone’s portfolio. It’s great to see female designers, because frankly I don’t think you see or hear enough about them. This design is very cool and very neatly organized. The only thing missing is Devlounge under the “Favorite Reads” section. And of course, it’s valid everything.

Tanya Merone - Portfolio Site

Digg Weekly

My personal favorites this week in Digg.

Design: Biggest Website Mistakes
A look at some of the biggest web design mistakes according to this author from 1996-2015 (don’t ask me how that’s possible).

Programming: 6 Ways to Make your PHP lightening Fast
A guide to optimizing your php scripts to reduce load times and increase performance.

Tool of the Week

Firebug is our tool of the week. It’s a must have Firefox extension for any serious web developer. Pick it up today.


  1. By nolawi posted on December 8, 2006 at 10:22 pm
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    wow wow that Tanya’s site is amazing!

    I noticed there something about the first two sites are similar…

  2. By Laurence Veale posted on December 15, 2006 at 9:19 am
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    I’ve just finished putting together a more detailed review of Tanya Merone’s website on our blog. In addition to saying it’s a really good site, I elaborate on some of the reasons why.

  3. By Biscuitrat posted on December 16, 2006 at 12:27 pm
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    Wow, those three are right next to each other in my bookmarks. I think Devlounge has gone psychic :o

    While I think the lime green in the Simplebits logo isn’t that great, it flows well enough with the layout to be very appealing. That and, I’m looking at the sheer cleanliness of the latter more than I’m staring at the logo. Check out the hover effect on it :)

  4. By Jimmy Oh posted on January 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm
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    Wow, very nice. :) Keep it up! /J

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