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Designs of the Week
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Very bold but still legible color scheme featuring beautiful illustrations (especially the button replacements) and visualizations (especially the animation in the footer).
Typographic and icon-based, not to mention responsive. The pop of blue from the logo carries over to the pullquote marks, buttons, and borders.
Beautiful subtlety everywhere: mixing different patterns and textures for the background, but also knowing when to inject cheer with solid bright colors and illustrations.
Not as beautifully designed as I’d like, or perhaps it’s taste, but very straightforward at the cost of your internet bandwidth!
If you’re not exhausted by skeumorphism yet, you gotta enjoy the ribbons and textured cards that appear to defy gravity here. Also, always a good idea to have an attention-getting and accessible sign up form especially for sites such as these.
This looks a little chaotic at first glance, but it kind of grows on you too, especially when you see all the icons and details as you scroll down, including the “little explosion” animation that happens at the bottom. Very cute idea.
I like the geometric background and complementary icy color scheme, although it may be tough to read for some.
I like the little info table at the left column but wish it had been actual text. The header containing all the pertinent information also looks great.
Perhaps there’s a reason this white on blue look is popular with icon sites, and it’s the idea of blueprints and laying down the foundations first.
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