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Dec 17, 2012

10 Sites that are Excelling at Web Design, to Spark your Creativity

It’s almost a new year, which means that new design update and new design trends are going to hit us. But there are amazing web sites shooting up every week, with some hidden gems offering a real amount of inspiration and true creative flair. The thing is, unless you’re actively looking – a lot of these amazing sites can easily slip under the radar, never going viral or getting the attention they deserve.

Here are some of my favourite websites – where the design and content fall so nicely into place – and then, suddenly, my inspiration levels are suddenly off the chart. I thought I’d share them with you – because with the New Year right around the corner – we could all do with a spark of inspiration to keep us going!



FoodSense
Awesome example of responsive design, and keeping things clean, fresh and simple. I don’t like over-complicating thing if they needn’t be – so this site works for me on every level.


Goosebumps Pickles


Again, another food site. I love how this site keeps things easy going and uses photography as their main selling point. The product is the food – so I love how they’ve kept all attention just that.


Art and Code


I love the cheekiness of this web design – on first glance it looks well thought-out and confident but when you hover over the icons you get a real sense of the personality behind the design. Each icon comes to life as you hover over it, bring a bit of life into the mix and fun.


Google Flight Explorer
This is a relatively new venture from Google but the emphasis is completely on user experience and that’s what I like about the page. Whilst the design does lack a bit of fun – they’ve managed to inject the right amount of savvyness and information – whilst staying true to their simplicity and design roots.


Flint Boutique

It’s the nice use of colour that inspires me in this website – and the restrained use too. They could’ve gone over board with the colour – but instead it has personality without being brash over too bright. The typography is pretty sweet too and works perfectly alongside.

Saving the Orphans

This site has the most perfect (and I mean perfect) colour palette of almost any website I’ve ever seen. I love how the colours complement each other and how the text is perfectly placed and perfectly readable. Which is important when you’re working with a cause as big as this. 


Niedlov’s Breadworks

This is a great example of how to successfully use scrolling in website design – and I just adore everything about it. The photography is beyond perfect – as is the choice of positioning and colour.
 
Mercer Tavern

This website is all about the visual for me and I love how the homepage uses the boxes to draw in intrigue. I also love the big open sign in the middle of the page – a word to draw you in, if ever I read one. I also love the colour scheme – which really works for their brand.


Ratatatoo

This tattoo parlor is playing to its strengths here – keeping it playful, on-brand and quirky enough to pull in old and new customers, and keeping the brand and logo prominent – and the only thing you really need. I love the subtle social sharing too on the right hand side. 


Pixel Stadium

I’m not sure if it is the playful nature of this website that I love, or the unique child-like aspect it has – whilst also being incredible well designed and thought through. Either way, it completely works, and draws in the curious, child inside everyone viewing it.

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