I've been wanting to design a visual news site or app for a long time, and have been experimenting with various navigation and layout concepts the past two years (if I ever launch any of them it will be at ynput.com). This concept is about keeping things highly visual and reducing the number of elements to an absolute minimum. In the grid view, an image blur is used to create contrast so the section title remains easy to read. The title and the blur are then used to smoothly transition into the section and provide a colorful backdrop. There is a slight gap between articles for the background to peek through, which nicely creates separators. The transition follows the iOS 7 idea of "zooming" into content, as the OS does when opening a folder or app (also in the photos and calendar apps).
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