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Design Focus: More Workspaces

Last week we featured office spaces, this week we zoom in closer and look at the personal workspaces displayed in website designs.

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I Shot Him

I Shot Him

The icon for the top right menu matches their favicon. The design feels a little different from other sites with photographic headers in that they use an actual print for their branding, when usually the workspace is relegated to the background and website elements go in the foreground. Check out the easter egg when you click on IE mode — though make sure you’re not eating while doing so.

MailChimp

MailChimp

A cool animated demo of their webapp awaits as you load the page, a.k.a. the new video demo, though I would have liked a reply button instead of having to do a manual refresh just to see it again. The More link in the header pulls down a dark mega menu, something that could have been a fat footer. On the signup page, there’s an option to show your password as you type it. The search icon shows a blank panel with nothing but a large search box, showing results as you type.

Portraits with Carter Kustera

Portraits with Carter Kustera

Simple slider with text that slides in. Below are sections in bright background colors — the popular blues, greens, and oranges associated with flat designs of late (see the color swatches at the top). Their use here fit well with the silhouette portraits as the illustrations are monochromatic but still contain a smidgen of depth. When you load the page, the “spinner” is a swinging frame with a silhouette portrait inside.

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