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Table UI Patterns

Formatting table rows is something very interesting to me, and my friend Kent recently showed me this useful link, which showcase some really great inline editing designs: Ultimate guide to table UI patterns.

After reading that, jump over and read a response to that post, which contains 3 more examples.

I love this kind of post — it’s chalk full of great ideas in user interface design. Speaking of UI patterns, here are some useful sites and examples:

Lastly, you should become a fan of BrainFuel on Facebook! Where we frequently post links to cool resources we find.

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Pei Wei Does Red Like Nobody Else

Of all of the sites I’ve seen, the folks at Pei Wei do it best with red. The red of course is from their branding, but they carry it into the stores with bright red floors (they must wax them).

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I just love their site layout – the typography and bright colors from the photography contrast very well with the white content, and black boxes. Nice job! Related: Screenshot from 2008.

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Seattle’s Best

Okay, so the other night I visited a Seattle’s Best that was inside a Borders Bookstore here in Phoenix. I ordered a small mocha and thought about their recent rebranding.

Over at Brand New, 46% in a poll agree that the new logo is a “dumb move.” Which is interesting to me, considering how much I liked it when I saw it in-person the other night. I suppose it’s the old-world charm of their old logo that people miss the most. The new branding however probably frees up their design team to explore a lot of new directions they could not have gone before.

I must say though, that their new web site is rather cool looking. The colors they chose are new and modern, and have a pastel quality. I like the interactive components, and their “coffee level” concept. That’s new, and I haven’t seen that before.

The funny thing is they’re owned by Starbucks, which also recently redid their logo.

I’d say the one thing I don’t really care for, is the rounded font they chose for their logo. And why did they rotate their logo on their web site? It’s a good logo that didn’t need to be rotated.

Other problems I see, are the curious lack of a clean URL structure for sub pages (no URLs at all, actually on most), and a frankly mysterious structure to the sub pages, apparently all designed but with little text.

According to Seattle’s Best, this is their first rebranding in 40 years.

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A Modern Eden

A Modern Eden is a cool little design firm with a few iPhone applications… based around cute drawings of animals. Very nice layout, clean and bright colors and simple language.