I have swapped out the somewhat simplistic cloud icons that previously served as a background for navigation links with hand-drawn clouds. My wife and I both feel these new icons provide more visual appeal & warmth. Then again we like anything that reminds us of a mid-century movie poster.
I’m aware that using pictures for links is considered passe by most designers now. So-called skeumorphic interface design was popularized in early Apple products decades ago. Round about 2012 everything started going “flat”.
As for this web app, we have crowned function king. The design is largely fit to purpose with a few embellishments here & there.
Did I mention I’m not a “designer”? Oh well, add that to the list of my faults.
The cloud images were acquired from Iconfinder & appear courtesy of a Creative Commons license. The artist is “Azuresol”. I removed some snowflakes under them since I wanted to use them year-round. I also created a variant that is lighter. A darker icon indicates the current page while a lighter icon links to other pages.