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Design Focus: Sprinkles on Top

Here’s a fun and colorful trend for this week: icons scattered on the page in ice cream-flavored hues, breaking out of the grid while still looking neat on top of their playfulness.

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Matt Luckhurst

Matt Luckhurst

The letters that spell out the designer’s name look almost random enough to not be noticed. It’s nice that there are squiggles in the spaces between, which add dynamism and quirkiness—further reinforced by the shape in the top right menu. Hovering on it opens the left eye, giving you a wink; it feels tiny bit like a Picasso painting. I think the flyout menus could be spaced a little better, in the stylish way the portfolio images slide out from under the letters.

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Days

Moving your mouse cursor over the top area shifts the icons in the background accordingly. Interestingly, no hand on the phone here. The cute motif continues and becomes more apparent in the features section, with cartoony characters framing the images.

Mosne

Mosne

Circles have been insanely popular for the last few years, and in this design they take center stage, jiggling around with a few random animations even! Hovering on them shows the representative icon for each work, colored black (I might have preferred white to keep with that pastel palette). In keeping with the theme there’s an animated rainbow that appears at the top of the screen as the next page loads. That in turn carries the background color of the circle you clicked on. If the arrangement is a little difficult to sift through (they’re not alphabetically arranged, after all), there are controls in the menu: the first arranges them into a compact list, while the next two let you filter and search.

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