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Design Focus: Mosaic

Websites that break down their imagery into bits for a different view, a different experience.

Design Focus: In Real Life

We often see portfolio and product shots that are boxed in to preserve a sense of uniformity and rhythm in the layout, but these days we’re also seeing objects presented as you see them in real life.

Design Focus: Excellent E-commerce Photography

Here’s a toast to the brand new year and excellent sites that know how to showcase their products in their best light. Add these ideas to your wishlist!

Design Focus: Tidy Grid Portfolios

Grids are an absolute must when building any design, but this week’s featured sites apply the rhythm of an even grid to lay out their portfolios, becoming the first and pretty much only thing you see when you come visit them. The result is a very neat look—or perhaps stark to other pairs of eyes—but very honest.

Friday Focus 06/03/11: North East South West

Here’s an interesting technique to try out in this week’s Friday Focus: designs that have four main navigational items arranged at right angles to each other, much like the four main directions on a compass.

Friday Focus 08/06/10: Sidebar Focus

Where sidebars are not an afterthought, and even steal the show. Happy Friday Focus!

Friday Focus 07/23/10: Bento Boxes

This week on Friday Focus: websites whose content are arranged into boxes like those cute bento meals. This time, you must think inside the box!

Friday Focus 05/21/10: Neutralized

I’m seeing a lot of sites whose color palette consists almost exclusively of light grayish, brownish hues. Sounds boring? No such thing for a smart designer.

Friday Focus 05/14/10: Icon Parade

This week’s Friday Focus will tackle websites for a designer’s best friend: icons. Icon sites have been around for the longest time but we’re seeing a lot of sites pushing the envelope in interface innovation, both with their offerings and the website designs they’re found in. The latest trend so far? Websites created for a single icon set—now that’s a great way to promote work.

Friday Focus 04/09/10: User-Generated Galleries

This week on Friday Focus: designs that prominently feature user-submitted content, particularly images. How do you prevent monotony and preserve quality on these sites? Let’s find out.

Friday Focus 04/02/10: Easter Spheres

Since it’s Easter next Sunday and I haven’t really seen egg-inspired designs yet, circles will have to do for now! More on this growing trend in this week’s Friday Focus.

Friday Focus 09/25/09: Circles

This week on Friday Focus, we have websites that feature circular shapes prominently in their designs. Time to break out of the boxiness and round things up!