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Windows of New York: a simple idea, beautifully realised

Check out this affectionate visual love letter to the Big Apple’s varied window designs delivered via a lesson in minimalist web work

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Back before Windows became the operating system that got us all peering profusely into PC screens instead, we used to look at the world through glass ones. Of course we still do occasionally, but how often have you actually stopped to appreciate the form of a window in itself?

That’s really the purpose of this unique website, providing a visual roadmap of the iconic and diverse windows that populate the buildings of New York City. Created as a personal project by Mexican graphic designer José Guízar, it really constitutes a stream of themed <div> panels containing small PNG illustrations. With a new window illustration added every week, the site is structured to grow vertically, producing a relatively lengthy but beautifully colourful page.

The real creative highlights are of course the window images that exhibit a tangible Roy Lichtenstein art style, using his famous Ben-Day dot technique to great effect. By applying a slim but effective palette to the crisp vectors and then allowing that colour to spill out into the CSS, the site just exemplifies how elegant an HTML document can really become. Add to this the thoughtful location labels rendered tastefully in Typekit’s Museo Slab and you have a pretty unique NYC sightseeing guide suited perfectly to your smartphone or tablet!

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