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Design Focus: Dots & Circles

Emulating the circular form is always an intriguing exercise because of its technical and aesthetic challenges, especially on the Web. So every year it’s a delight to see designs that explore the “perfect shape” and take it to the next level.

Design Focus: Websites are Made of These

Metaphors are a cornerstone of design, but what if the design itself shows the tools and components used to build a website? The result is an interesting “x-ray” into the web design process, as seen in this week’s featured sites.

Design Focus: Scroll Activated

Have a nice joyride with these energetic sites that are triggered by the page scroll.

Design Focus: Stories To Tell

Some of the best-designed websites have brilliantly crafted illustrations, animations, and copy that come together to create a new world which you can explore and journey through. Let’s the turn the page and journey through these online stories.

Design Focus: Interactive Music & Film

Enjoy the holiday season with these clever interactive music videos right in your web browser.

Design Focus: Assembly Line

An apparatus that puts products together and transports them for export and consumption is the main element in this week’s featured designs. Interestingly enough they’re not done in the stark, industrial way they hail from.

Design Focus: Animate by Scrolling

I’m a much bigger fan of this effect than straight-up parallax: using fixed backgrounds and illusions done by layering images to produce clever animations, all triggered by scrolling the page.

Design Focus: Sliding Backgrounds

This week’s featured designs are a new round of subtly moving backgrounds for the year. Check out how the trend has evolved here.

Design Focus: Deconstructed Sliders

Our featured designs for the week contain slideshows that don’t just animate a page of content at a time, but breaks down each into their components, then animate them into the viewport one at a time.

Friday Focus 03/02/12: Tentacular

This Friday Focus we’re featuring another animal mascot that’s also growing in popularity: the octopus! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Friday Focus 02/10/12: Final Frontier

This week on Friday Focus, we’re exploring outer space. Get ready to blast off!

Friday Focus 02/03/12: Scrolling & Sliding for Good

Happy February Friday Focus! Our featured websites of the week highlight informative, for-good topics in a vertical storytelling format.