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Design Focus: Where It’s Winter

This week’s designs are taking an icy turn and feature chillier landscapes throughout different subjects.

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Yeti Spotter

Yeti Spotter

Animated falling snow is a staple of winter or holiday-themed designs, and here it’s not covering the whole page but just the header, behind the mascot monster.

Dunlop Winter Maxx

Dunlop Winter Maxx

Making the tire roll down the snow-covered path by scrolling looks cool, if not a bit flickery at times. Clickable dots in the different diagrams loads extra information in a screen that slides in from the right.

Hello Monday

Hello Monday

Nice little detail with the loading sprite going through days of the week until Monday, not to mention the favicon that says “I heart” beside every page title—sweet and clever. Another interesting twist is how the submenus appear on top of the primary menus, pushing the header down instead of floating over the text.

Into The Arctic

Into The Arctic

Love the 3d unfolding interaction on the overlaying links. Stories are also presented in the context of their location in the Arctic, so you’re flying around over the map a bit as it changes perspective and gets highlighted to fit the information you’re browsing at the moment.

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