Radial Elements Part 3
3rd edition — by Patrick McNeil — Jan. 3, 2008
The Design Element
Forever stuck in a supporting role the radial does a remarkable job. Its ability to instantly provide a level of emphasis and importance to any element in a page is remarkable. The lines of the radial seem to draw the eye into the source and force the focus onto what ever is at it's center. Typically this element is used to emphasize some element in the header of the page. Most likely this will be the logo or other key element. The radial can also be found in backgrounds with out as much of an emphasizing role, and more of an energizing one. Denniswest.com for example uses the element to simply bring the page to life and give it a vibrant animated feel. Although, it could easily be argued that the radials focus around the left side helps to reinforce the navigation. So it seems you can't quite totally escape the focusing power of the element.