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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: 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.

Design Focus: Highlighted

The sites we’re discussing this week have translucent markings and shapes floating on top of the main content, as though they’ve been annotated with bright, neon highlighter markers. Do they add new depth to the designs or do they look distracting?

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.

Friday Focus 12/16/11: Under Fire & Water

This week on Friday Focus: designs that use two opposing elements found in nature: fire and water.

Friday Focus 11/25/11: Diamonds

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! This week’s (black) Friday Focus shines the spotlight on sites that use diamonds (or rhombuses) as a major graphic element in their designs.

Friday Focus 09/23/11: The Dip

Happy Friday Focus! Today we’re looking at designs with a bit of a “dip” in them—one content area leading into another with a nice little curve. Can you spot them? Read on!

Friday Focus 07/22/11: Over and Under

The featured designs on this week’s Friday Focus take out the bore of having to scroll through several thousands of pixels as you’re rewarded with cool animations, layer effects, and the information you need presented in an appealing and compelling way.

Friday Focus 06/10/11: Three ways to 3D

Designers have tried to achieved the three-dimensional look on websites in different ways, and we’ve touched on this in the form of folded elements, parallax scrolling, and 3D type. This week, we’re looking at three more inspiring techniques that push the envelope and make websites more interactive than ever.

Friday Focus 04/29/11: The Parallax Effect

This week on Friday Focus we feature what is probably the most famous non-Flash animated effect employed in websites today.

Friday Focus 11/05/10: The Great Outdoors

Imagery that will kindle your spirit of adventure is this week’s Friday Focus. After this, go outside and play!