Site of the Day:

Compass 360 website homepage

I admire today’s Site of the Day—the self-promotional website for Compass360 Brand Architects—not just for what it is, but for what it represents. I admire the site’s simplicity and beauty; as usual, though, I want to highlight a specific aspect of this successful website design. Since the beginning of the world wide web, designers and developers have been emulating print things online; the classic example is the old page-turning site layout that simulates leafing through a book.

Compass360’s website has its roots in the print world: The main screen has the look and feel of a printed book, thanks to the texture and the placement of the text. But the emulation ends there, as the content flows in a way that fits the web. And I love that dichotomy: the site design hints at the printed page while embracing the functionality of the web. As someone entrenched in both book publishing and the web, I find this intriguing and inspiring, and I hope you do too.

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