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I've seen a design pattern pop up now and again on the web and mobile apps. It's a "rainbow" pattern across the top about 5 pixels high.

For a great example, check out gowalla.com.

Anyone have any idea what this is useful for or what type of effect they're trying to accomplish?

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I wouldn't call this a design pattern. It's just something some people use as a color accent, I don't think there's a hidden agenda or anything by it. It's just something -- an entity, part of the design, nothing more. –  Johannes May 21 '12 at 22:22
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It's merely a visual separator. Probably multi-colored to help promote a sense of fun. There's no technical use for it and if you see it repeated, its merely because it's becoming "trendy".

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