LinkedIn’s Weird UI Shadows

by Andy Polaine on July 11, 2008

in General

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Is it just me or does anyone else find LinkedIn’s new design tweaks weird on the perspective front?

This rounded-corner box has a couple of random shadows at the bottom. The impression is that the bottom corners are lifting up, but the box remains square and the top has no shadows. Logically, that can only mean that the background curves away from the box, except it has no gradient or shadows either.

It really niggles me for some reason and does my eyes in like some crazy M. C. Escher picture. Or am I being too anal?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Knotty July 14, 2008 at 7:51 am

maybe a bit of both… ;-)

Nahh, I agree… they’re not quite right are they.

2 tim July 14, 2008 at 9:39 am

i love them!
background curving away from the box, why not?

3 Andy Polaine July 14, 2008 at 10:27 am

Tim – you have to see it in context of the full LinkedIn page to see the weirdness I think. The background doesn’t curve away from the box, even though the shadows suggest it does.

I mean, it’s not a big deal, it just does my eyes in. I think, though, that backgrounds could be used a lot more in this regard, just not like this (and not too much, otherwise they’re not background anymore).

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