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Design Focus: Translucence

Our featured websites this week make clever use of opacity for that wonderful-looking layered effect.

Designs of the Week

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Driving Futures website

Driving Futures

Love the sky blue and fresh green color scheme and treatment on the background images to reinforce that clean, environmentally friendly feel. Another big running motif are the varying-size boxes for different content areas.

Agência Creative House website

Agência Creative House

Wonderful explosion of colors, abstract illustrations, patterns, and that splashy fixed footer. There’s also a bit of play with dimensions in the folded corners and irregularly shaped boxes. The contact forms are a crazily bold shade of red by the way. You can see the big and ambitious feel they’re going for here.

Gokulam Doha website

Gokulam Doha

I like how even the photographs match the color scheme of the website—although the reverse is probably what actually happened. It would be great if the menus could indicate the current page you’re on though.

Marianne Bordreau's website

Marianne Bordreau

Beautiful typographically driven website. The fixed sidebars which have a translucent background at the top, and sit on the middle content area as you scroll produce a nice little effect. There’s also a live navigation marker on the side.

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