a deliberately difficult, delightful design


The website for Clyde Common in Portland contains the most appropriate use of mystery meat navigation I’ve ever seen.
Generally, not making links (and their destinations) completely apparent is bad form, but this site intentionally obfuscates things to engage the user. Go to the site and mouse over the sections. You’ll be rewarded with cute, simple animations. *

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The wine and cocktails chunk tickles me not only because of the repetition of the word tail, but also because the pig looks like he’s had a strong pull.
The last time I remember being so taken with something being intentionally more difficult than normal is when I saw this clock.

* You’ll also encounter two unannounced PDFs which is is typical on restaurant sites and hardly ever welcome.

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