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Case Study: Neat touches

Nick Jones' Blog

Nick Jones' Blog contains an interesting collection of neat touches:

The Framing effect

A black frame surrounds the page. It's a simple touch, but it focuses attention on to the content.

Overlapping elements:

Certain elements overlap into the frame area. Again simple, but it adds visual interest.

Vertical navigation bar

Vertical navigation bars are nothing new, but Nick Jones invigorates the concepts with the use of right aligned bars, Java script to create a floaty feel and and interesting colour scheme.


The playful aspect of the navigation bar is continued in other areas of the website. For example, hover over the logo and a hidden "Change background" button appears. Such playful touches make exploring the website a rewarding experience.

Not perfect

One weakness of the site is that its perhaps too busy. Removing the background and replacing it with white space would have fixed that.

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