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Design Digests

Digital Design Digest for Feb, March, and April

A (mostly) monthly digest of everything happening in web design and branding for digital products

1. CIRCA5000 and going forward by looking backward

CIRCA5000 is an investment platform that focuses on businesses that help humanity’s future. Previously known as tickr. 5000 is the year that sets the mindset for the platform’s users. The name itself, CIRCA5000, is like something out of the 80s. This retrofuturistic vibe carries through the symbol and the whole style.

Made by Ragged Edge.

2. Paddle

Paddle, a payment infrastructure for SaaS companies, also hits it with retro illustrations. Somewhat reminiscent of 70s sci-fi book covers.

The style is beautiful, memorable, and looks confident. But does it have anything to do with the product?

Important to note that Paddle has a team of illustrators on staff, to keep up the style. That’s great.

Made by Butchershop.

3. Web 3.0 starter pack

Stop us if you’ve seen this one before:

We’ve also used this pic in our recent article on branding for crypto products. This neon is just one subset of retrofuturism, and as we’ve seen earlier, the style can be realized in a number of different ways.

4. CloverCities brings back Web 1.0

While Web 3.0 websites all look the same, CloverCities brings it back to Web 1.0, where every website, if nothing else, looked unique.

Today’s websites all look the same! We’re bringing back the creativity of the early web with the first no-code solution for Web 1.0 homepages.

We’ll see if they have any success, but they sure look bold. And the problem is real.

5. Coinbase rounds up

The most notable big change from the past three months comes from Coinbase.

Not only did the logo get rounder, but it also became the cornerstone of the style:

Restrained, clean, assertive. More than enough for a known digital company.

6. Doodle opens a window

Doodle’s prime competitor is Google Calendar. That’s quite a David and Goliath situation. But when speaking of design, there are some interesting ideas:

The interface is used in the style, which always strongly connects the product to its positioning.

7. Spline makes it seem easy

Most of the 3D tools look rather complicated. Spline makes it a lot more accessible, something of Figma-but-for-3D. Now it seems that a product like this was a matter of time.

And their Instagram is quite pleasant as well:

8. Starlight — crypto wallet for companies

Crypto quickly diffuses innovations, so you could assume that we’ll see a few products like this. So that the companies could easily manage their crypto assets.

We’ve recently had an in-house poll. 75% of our employees would accept taking their pay in USDT, and more than a third would prefer it to fiat currency. Surely we’re not the only company like this, and so eventually crypto is rather likely to be widespread and convenient to use.

9. Notion updated their main page

Now it is more focused on showing the UI:

The tags change up, and as users of both Notion and Slack, we’ve found this one relatable:

10. Seen

And again we end the digest with our own project. Recently made brand identity and website for Seen, a video-marketing product from Stockholm:

We even got applause during the final presentation! And that’s it for today’s digest. Our scheduling issues seem to be resolved at the moment, so we’re now likely to get back to monthly digests. Probably.

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