Slideshows are a staple in websites but the possibilities for them never end. This week’s Friday Focus features designs that revolve around its full-width sliders, making for an engaging conversation with the audience.
Designs of the Week
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Several interesting things going on here: first there’s a decidedly dimly-lit feel to the slides and only portions of the image are highlighted, and even those areas aren’t completely bright. There’s also a mix of rainbow gradients, texture, and guilloché going on. The same whimsical look carries on below in the way the icons and illustrations have glows and reflections on them, all while sliding in as you scroll past.
It’s quite convenient, although a little unusual behavior, that the controls for the sliders follow the mouse cursor. Since the photographs cover the whole screen, though, it makes sense. For a site like this it’s really the images that do the talking, and it’s a good idea that there are different sets of pictures on each page. The text in the inner pages disappears once you click right or left, and you have to select it from the left side menu to read it again. It’s quite disappointing though that the blog is offsite and nowhere as immersive.
Cute idea to use an animated version of the barber’s pole/barber shop lamp as the loading gif. I also noticed that although there’s content below it, the slider area makes it a point to fill the whole browser screen first (although it doesn’t adjust if you resize or go fullscreen). I also like how the navigation tabs below the slides, also occupying the full width of the browser, are designed. Most of the inner pages have their own sets of slideshows as well (including video).
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