By Shamus Posted Saturday Oct 20, 2007

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the marketing division of Twenty Sided (a subsidiary of got together and designed the site theme currently on display. I must admit I’m just a sucker for this “stuff-made-of-iPod-plastic” look. I really like the new Batrock layout, and it’s Orange for crying out loud. You could probably sell me a paisley design if you put a coat of gloss over it first.

Shawn linked to this collection of corporate themes, remixed in the plastic style. It’s supposed to be a joke, but I like them. I realize now that the plastic style is going to be my leisure suit, my paisley shirt, my mullet: It’s going to be the style I cling to when sexier, trendier people have moved on. I’ll still be using it when the look has become so old that it’s synonymous with “old fogey”.

On the web, I think that takes about ten minutes.


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  1. Renacier says:

    They say everything old becomes new again. You just have to stick around until ‘Plastic Gloss Chic’ gets picked up by the retro hipsters of the future.

    Then you’ll be the cat’s pajamas!

  2. Mike says:

    You can redesign the website every year to match the color scheme and glossiness (or lack thereof) of one of your other twenty sided dice. That way nobody can accuse you of following clichéd trends. You can simply retort, “It’s a dice theme!”

  3. Blurr says:

    You’re not alone; I like them too. I don’t care if it’s used everywhere. It looks good.

  4. Zaghadka says:

    This sort of sparse, cutesy theme is used extensively on the Wii, too. Pretty soon, we’re all going to start decorating like the future presented in Woody Allen’s “Sleeper.” ;^)

  5. Shawn says:

    See, I’ve already moved on to the next big thing, minimalist website that are missing the vast majority of their pages/content!

    It’s like the new 1997.

  6. Alex says:

    Honestly, I think I’m fine with any decent looking website, unless it’s one that I write on. In which case I’ll be hideously ashamed of its sparse look.

  7. Alex says:

    By the way, Shawn: how are you gonna make this year’s Rent? Needs more frames!

  8. Gahaz says:

    On the page of corporate upgraded symbols, did anyone else get a laugh out of “Quakr 2.Oats” lol

  9. Avaz says:

    Gahaz: “On the page of corporate upgraded symbols, did anyone else get a laugh out of “Quakr 2.Oats” lol”

    Yeah, and the Krispy Kreme’s “2.0ughnuts” right next to it. Both gave me a good giggle.

    And I love how many of the “web 2.0” icons have their words reduced to txts, like McDnlds, or Pfizr. Great eye for the parody, Shawn. :D

  10. Mari says:

    I never insult anybody’s webdesign unless it isn’t properly functional or is so difficult to navigate that I give up trying. I think that’s probably because my all-time-favorite color scheme involves black background with text in #0080FF and hyperlinks in #D80883 and a big logo in those colors with the “neon” effect. Yes, it’s exceptionally tacky and yet I love it. So who am I to judge? If you like plastic, make it plastic.

  11. Marty says:

    Maybe I’m weird too, but I also like glossy… though not so much the reflections. Just the glossy on the logo itself. It doesn’t have to be sitting on a reflective surface.

    BTW, Shawn, I like the new 20-sided logo as well, even if it is “out dated” in terms of web trends. However, the d20 on the left is a little dark. It’d be nice to add a little brightness to that part of the image so the detail of the die stands out a little more.

  12. Tomas says:

    It’s 2010 already, and you still use that plastic-style title. But i like plastic :)

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