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Design Focus: Work is Play

In this limelight this week are sites whose companies develop games for a living. It’s interesting to see how varied all their styles are, as reflected in their homepage designs.

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BlackMoon Design

BlackMoon Design

A quintessential game site featuring pixelized art on an isometric pane and 3d parallax hover effects.

Mochi Media

Mochi Media

The site could be tweaked to the latest techniques such as web fonts instead of Cufon but the red-blue contrast, as well as the accent orange and green for the inner pages is nice.

HydraGames

HydraGames

This look hasn’t completely fallen out of favor especially in this genre though I’d like to see a more interactive twist on it.

Kalafior Games

Kalafior Games

Minimal and maybe even underdesigned, but I’m with this content-as-design approach. Letting the colorful scenery and unique shapes from each games shine.

Frostbite

Frostbite

This one has all the elements of what’s “in” today, in 2013: responsiveness, big and beautiful photographs, a good pick of typefaces—which is an elegant but edgy enough way of putting the game in this game-related site.

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