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Visiting such websites as Awwwards, FWA or CSS design awards may inspire you and as a result, help you to venture outside of your design habits. You can learn about the new visual worlds, which you can then (consciously or not) integrate with your graphic language. Watching the work of others helps you to keep on improving your skills while being up-to-date when it comes to the latest technologies.
In the last year or two, it has become noticeable that many designers are trying to move away from simple and closed compositions. More and more open-styled, seemingly chaotic, “broken” and cut compositions are being created.
The previously worshiped grid lost its importance and its rules were deliberately and consciously bent. Content started to be shifted, seemingly moved, its parts sometimes overlapped and intermingled. A great role in this process is played by the evolution of Canvas and WebGL. Modern projects are often a bit confusing, less intuitive than the minimalist ones, but they make a really strong, lasting impression on users. What else is waiting for us in web design in 2017? Check out the rest of my predictions.
Open composition Until recently the design world was dominated by compositions which were closed, symmetric, and static. With 2016 came a lot of websites that strayed from this style.
Open compositions of loosely suspended elements that are fleeing somewhere off-screen are gaining popularity - examples of such work can be seen at , , or . Distribution of elements on these websites gives the impression that they still "exist" somewhere beyond the edge of the monitor. Asymmetry 2016 also broke the rule of symmetry, which dominated the industry for quite a long time.
Many designers created asymmetric layouts which are not perfectly balanced on the left and right sides. As examples I would like to show you a great website , a chaotic , and previously mentioned . Greater diversity Designers created more dynamic compositions that have larger amounts of intersecting diagonal lines (, ), or that were based on more complex ()/organic shapes (, ).
The apparent chaos In 2016, many designers consciously and deliberately began to move away from the minimalistic way of composing. There was a desire for greater freedom and a less rigid approach to designing.
Behind it certainly stands a need for making a change, but also an ordinary sense of boredom. At some point everyone will get fed up with creating simple layouts with simply arranged elements.
However, while analyzing the projects from 2016 it became noticeable that the chaos is only apparent. Layouts are still based on the classic contrast of forms, colors, textures, sizes, etc. What has changed is the location of the different elements and the harmony of dependency between them.
Currently, items such as headers, icons, or paragraphs are deployed more often, as if in spite of trite logic. Despite being a part of a single theme block, they are split apart and situated a fair distance from each other.
They are not aligned to one of the edges of the container and have different paddings. There are geometric figures "suspended in mid-air" that only have a decorative purpose (). It's also characteristic to overlap elements on each other. Texts partially overlap the photos, such as on and , or images overlap each other, which can be seen on . It's also a distinctive procedure to disrupt the typical minimalist harmony. Enormous headlines contrast sharply with delicate and thin decorations and separators.
Richer background and patterns Increasingly, there are more backgrounds and patterns used in web design, for instance , , or . Especially common is the grid pattern, which is treated as a "frame" for the other elements of the layout. Those elements are moved over the grid on the parallax principle and often are arranged in a chaotic manner.
Grid pattern One of the first sites that used the grid pattern was , which didn’t use the characteristic movements. A slightly different way of using grid pattern is showed on , , and . In those cases it has a very specific function - to make all movement of elements logical. It allows to rationalize unconventional decisions and provides answers to questions like "why is the edge of an illustration not in harmony with the edge of a button?".
It creates a rhythm and at the same time justifies its violations. On content is already loosely arranged when it comes to the grid, similarly to the previously mentioned e03. Decorative Details What has also recently changed is the approach to details. There is a gradual departure from the minimalistic, raw Form Follow Function. There are many more elements that only have decorative functions.
or fragments thereof are common. Linear, rickety icons are slightly detached from the content they illustrate. are getting shifted. There are digital noises and glitches, as on bigyouth.fr or kikk.be. Buttons are less frequently created as harsh rectangles with texts inserted in the middle.
They are often designed as soft, shifted dashes, such as on or . Another button style is to create spectacular hovers in Canvas, just like on and . Thought out narratives - smooth animations between sections Animations on websites are nothing new. You also can't say that they are at odds with the minimalist approach. However, as well as Canvas, they are a component of greater possibilities in web design.
New opportunities are always tempting as they allow you to do something different, fresh, and original. The richness of animation leads to elimination of the rigid division into sections of the page. A website smoothly changes itself during scrolling. Content disappears and appears with a soft animation. The sequences of these transitions are becoming more thought out. They are not just some random effects between blocks of content, but staged narratives where each element appears at a scheduled time (, ).
Animations are part of a website from the beginning of its creation, not just a casually added detail. Interesting animations enrich simple layouts. They add a new value and constitute the uniqueness of the page. They are the essence of the whole project, such as on or . They often create beautiful, smooth structure on websites, such us on , , or . Rich typography The change in trends can also be seen in the typefaces used.
Until recently, the entire Internet was dominated by simple neo-grotesque styles, such as Helvetica, Roboto, Lato, or Open Sans. A bit more "decorative" Neo-grotesque was most commonly used in headlines, while its simpler style was frequently chosen for paragraphs. Serif typefaces were not used very often. Over the last 2 years things have started to change. Designers boldly use different kinds of typefaces.
Now they are more willing to work with contrasts - serif typefaces with the non-serif ones. A lot is going on in typography used in websites.
, , . Greater technological capabilities and more courageous decisions affect the growth of diversity when it comes to web typography. Geometric typefaces Sans serif geometric typefaces gained more popularity, for instance such classics as Futura, ITC Avant Garde, Proxima Nova, or the ones that are available in the Google Library - Poppins and Montserrat.
These typefaces are much more distinctive than the"invisible", neo-grotesque ones. A more "aggressive" and expressive character of a website can be especially achieved with the use of thicker weight, what is shown on , which is quite an old website, or the newer ones, such as , or .
Serif typefaces It is very common to use serif typefaces - not only in paragraphs or signatures but also in large headlines. The ones with larger decorative value are used especially often, such as on or . The other typefaces that are also very popular are the ones that refer to Bodoni or Didot.
Monospaced typefaces ("typewriter") It's a novelty to use proportional typefaces that are typically associated with typewriters - they can be seen on such websites as , or . Contrasting pairing of typefaces In 2016, it was common to move away from soft, harmonious pairing of typefaces for stronger contrast. Expressive combinations were reinforced by a high contrast between the sizes of texts. , just as .
Large typography as part of the key visual A very cool, frequently chosen thing to do was to use very large sizes for texts in KV. It created a very strong contrast between headers and the rest of the content. An example of that can be seen on , or . Lettering is sometimes used as a decoration in the form of an initial, such as on or .
A striking example of this can be found on the above-mentioned website , where decorative qualities of are used. Additional effects imposed on typography We can see a strong integration between typography and images, films or animations. Individual sections are internally coherent - typography interacts with both background and other elements. It became a thing of the past to haphazardly place typography on a dim picture.
Currently, designers are creating interesting relations between all of the elements - weaving typography into the background, animating it, etc. Larger letter sizes in paragraphs When I started my adventure with web design, I had an old habit of using 10px typefaces, which I got from working as a print designer. However, I quickly realized that in the web world 14px is the size that is the most readable.
Currently, we can notice the use of much larger typefaces, which are especially popular when it comes to using the serif ones. Embrace the dark side In 2016 designers used a variety of colors. However, you may notice a subtle tendency to shift toward dimmer tones. It got less popular to create websites that are completely white, in favor of using gradations of gray, textures, or patterns.Now it has become rather common to create darker websites, where black or its dark gradation fills the background and creates and sometimes .
Despite all of that, it's hard to predict that this trend will grow significantly during this year. Colors, however, are part of the visual identity of brands, so it's hard to expect that they will radically change their communication based purely on the popularity of certain trends. Summary 2017 offers a lot of exciting prospects, but there are also some dangers on the horizon. Personally, I am afraid that many web designers might get a little cocky when it comes to working with Canvas.
Add new trends to it, and you will have a lot of websites that are too flashy and incomprehensible to a wider audience. I'm also slightly worried about the fact that many of the modern creations won’t work properly on all browsers and mobile devices. I have the impression that we have come full circle. Right now we are in a situation similar to the times when Flash, despite ruling the Internet, was accused of lacking responsiveness and having high requirements for Internet connections.
The other thing that scares me is the fact that the new "deconstruction" tendencies may not appeal to commercial customers or simply won't fit the profile of their communication. (Banking or government websites shouldn't be too casual or create the impression of chaos.) What makes me wonder is how long it will take for new trends to invade the commercial market.
It should be noted that the vast majority of websites that I used as examples were created for agencies, designers, and the creative industry. Such websites often set their own rules and usually are ahead of trends in comparison to other industries. Sometimes it takes a lot of time for trends that are popular in this niche to break through to the commercial market.
Then their form might end up getting a bit smoothed over to appeal to everyone. Despite all that, I think that 2017 is looking quite promising when it comes to web design.
Saying that minimalism will draw to an end might a bit over the top, but I'm sure that it's undergoing some changes and that it's evolving. Minimalism is becoming more complicated and detailed.
Websites created during this year will get even more "canvasy". We will see more of "apparent chaos", diversity and expression in the future projects. This is good news for designers that are fed up with the constant use of minimalist styles of Flat, Material, or Metro.
Perhaps my article is a too subjective. I might’ve even looked for significant trends in small repetitive elements that just caught my attention simply because I like them. If you think that minimalism is doing just fine,"the apparent chaos" is just a fad, and Canvas will end up like Flash, then share your opinion in the comments.
But remember, you can also write something if you agree with me. ;) By Paweł Pacura, graphic designer at
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Every once in a while, I'll come across a website that really makes me stop and think. So, I found 20 of them to show you. These sites push the boundaries of what is known to be possible on the web.
Whether it's the design aesthetic, usability, interactivity, sound design, or value that the site provides, each one is a masterpiece in its respective industry, and something to be inspired by. Not surprisingly, many organizations exist to highlight these sites and the contributions they make to the web. To help surface some of the most inspirational designs, I gathered 15 award-winners that have made their way through several key awards organizations -- including Awwwards, UX Awards, The Webby Awards, SiteInspire, Best Website Gallery, and FWA.
I also found five more websites whose homepage designs are just plain cool and worth learning from. As you browse through the list, know that each site excels in its own way and seeks to serve a unique purpose. While one site may be an excellent example of visual design, another may be an excellent example of interactivity.
This means that not all of these sites may be "conversion machines" or blueprint ideas that you can easily copy over to your site. Rather, they're great ways to gain some website design inspiration and see the cutting-edge marketing that's happening in the different corners of the web. The Best Website Designs to Inspire You • Feed • crypton.trading • ETQ • Mikiya Kobayashi • Inside Abbey Road • Citrix: The New Mobile Workforce • The History of Climate Change • Beagle • Southwest: Heart of Travel • Woven Magazine • JOHO's Bean • NOWNESS • Virgin America • World of SWISS • Reductress • Minimums • Guillaume Tomasi • The District • Tej Chauhan • Amanda Martocchio Architecture Beautiful Award-Winning Websites 1.
Feed Award: Site of the Day (6/6/2015), Awwwards Not only is an interesting concept, but it also has a stunning execution that challenges our understanding of what is possible on the web. Through a creative blend of animation and video, the site immerses the user into a very engaging experience.
As an atypical site, it contains several unique usability elements as well, including a navigation that doubles as a scroll progress bar. 2. crypton.trading Award: Site of the Day (4/3/2018), Awwwards Meet crypton.trading, your robot accountant. is a trading hub for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, using artificial intelligence to predict changes in a currency's value and identify key buying and selling opportunities.
The website was rated high for its development and design, as it gradually explains more of the developer's methods the further down visitors scroll. This award-winning website makes tech-savvy visitors feel right at home the moment Crypton's greeting appears across the homepage, one letter at a time.
3. ETQ Award: Site of the Day (5/19/2015), Awwwards takes a very minimalistic approach to ecommerce with their stripped-down site with big, compelling visuals of their product. Simple, flat, color-based backgrounds accompanied by strong typography help to keep the focus on exactly what the user came there to see: shoes. 4. Mikiya Kobayashi Award: Site of the Day (7/4/2015), Awwwards is a Product Designer with a minimalistic portfolio that showcases his work through strong photography and subtle animations.
His full site was originally created in Japanese and then translated into English, helping demonstrate the international scalability of his design.
5. Inside Abbey Road Award: Best Music Website, 2016 Webby Awards Google knocked it out of the park with this highly interactive , which allows users to step into the Abbey Road Studios. Brilliant sound design, navigation mechanics, and visuals mixed with the usual "Google flair" all help draw visitors in to this well-made web property. 6. Citrix: The New Mobile Workforce Award: Site of the Day (11/23/2017), Best Website Gallery This website -- dedicated to Red Bull's partnership with Citrix, a cloud-based software company -- is amazing.
, a site owned by Citrix, uses panoramic photography to show visitors how Citrix is supporting Red Bull Racing's new race car. Even if you're not a car-racing enthusiast, the website's clever animations to explain a complicated automotive technology are hard to ignore. 7. The History of Climate Change Award: Site of the Day (6/23/2015), Awwwards Follow the footsteps of Luc Jacquet as Wild-Touch takes you along this visual and educational journey about the . A mixture of historical media and unique animations help tell the story.
8. Beagle Award: Site of the Day (4/19/2015), Best Website Gallery does an exceptional job of visually and progressively telling the story of their product in a simple and easy-to-digest way. This is a major challenge for many startups, especially when they're introducing new concepts to existing markets. People want to know, "What is your product? How does it work? Why do I care?" Beagle answers all those questions while simultaneously showing off their product and compelling the user to purchase.
Plus, they're one of few sites that actually implemented "scroll hijacking" correctly. 9. Southwest: Heart of Travel Award: Best Visual Design - Aesthetic, 2018 Webby Awards When Southwest Airlines wanted to prove its customers were "more than just a dollar sign," the company created a website whose design was assembled using the shapes of their customers' flightpaths.
The website, called , even allows visitors to create their own artwork out of a trip they might plan on taking. In this way, Southwest's website is a product of their most loyal passengers. 10. Woven Magazine Award: Site of the Day (4/4/2015), Best Website Gallery is an online publication that celebrates artists, craftsmen, and makers alike. To me, they represent a confirmation that publications can (and should) have beautiful, engaging sites with easy-to-read content.
Free of distractions like pop-ups and obtrusive ads, this site all about the experience of the content itself. 11. JOHO's Bean Award: FWA of the Day (8/7/2015), Favorite Website Awards The website for has incredible imagery, interactivity, story telling, visual design, and most of all, sound engineering.
These all come together to create a compelling, emotional, and engaging site that tells the story of a coffee bean's journey. 12. NOWNESS Award: Best Cultural Blog/Website, 2017 Webby Awards Nowness is perhaps the coolest crowdsourced video blog on the internet today.
That was a mouthful ... what does all that mean? 's "crowdsourced" nature is part of what makes it an award-winner. This means most of its content comes from independent creatives -- an increasingly popular way for businesses to publish content. NOWNESS is also a video blog, meaning all of its blog content is in video format. Together, these qualities help make Nowness a captivating hub for the stories that brands everywhere strive to tell.
13. Virgin America Award: Most Significant Industry Evolution, 2014 UX Awards In a world where airline websites are known to be riddled with major usability issues, has one of the best websites that pushes usability, accessibility, and responsive design forward.
In fact, it's been named as the first truly responsive airline website, a new precedent in the industry. 14. World of SWISS Award: Best User Interface, 2015 Webby Awards Another airline?! What is happening?! Yep, airlines built an incredibly immersive site that tells their story and describes what it's like to fly with them -- and they simply did too great of a job to be ignored.
Strong visuals and animations introduce the user to different sections of the site that are packed with information beyond the usual sales and marketing pitch that is so common today. 15. Reductress Award: Best Humor Website, 2018 Webby Awards It's not that hard to make someone laugh on the internet; so much of what we read and consume online is meant to be entertaining. But it is hard to do it consistently for a large audience.
is a satirical magazine whose headlines and general reading experience are top-tier in the humor department -- making the website itself a quality property. Other Cool Website Designs 16.
Minimums takes a very bold approach to the way that they display their content, leveraging a grid-based website design, big typography, and full-width, high-quality images. Their site serves as a really nice example for how to properly execute a grid structure while still maintaining a nice in the design. 17. Guillaume Tomasi As a Photographer in Montreal, has built a portfolio that's truly fit to house his unique and awe-inspiring photography.
His surreal photo style is juxtaposed by his simple, flat, empty, and minimalistic portfolio design that places all of the focus on the work itself. His unique series navigation coupled with art-gallery-inspired work introductions and perfect scrolling interactions yield an experience reminiscent of that of a real gallery. 18. The District This branding agency takes its imagery seriously, and it should -- it handles all channels of media for their clients.
, alone, is a journey through some of the most beautiful artwork and photography you've ever seen. These provocative tiles change rapidly as you explore the website, and the wackier they seem, the more interested you become in learning about their past work. 19. Tej Chauhan has turned impressionist artwork into a business model with this intriguing website.
Each image on this product developer's homepage slides out to cover the previous image, offering little context around the object you now see in front of you. But isn't that lack of context exactly what makes you want to learn more? The tagline, "Souvenirs of The Near Future," suggests these objects are a part of their product line -- and an opportunity for you to get these innovative objects into your life.
20. Amanda Martocchio Architecture An architecture firm might not specialize in web development, but its website should still demonstrate its commitment to visually pleasing design. Amanda Martocchio took that to heart with this gorgeous website.
It's no secret that loves its work -- each picture on the homepage of its website is an enchanting shot of the houses the company designs. The website labels every house you scroll through with the type of design that was intended, along with numerous angles to each building. Want more ? Check out these amazing you'll want to copy immediately.
Note: this is the last of the top 100 websites lists I ever produced (it's mostly just here as a tribute; something to remember what made DailyTekk.com the blog so popular back in the day)... This is the 6th time I've created a list of the 100 best websites of the year.
Wow. It's really turned into a "thing." People are always asking when the next list will come out or offering up suggestions (which I never use, sorry — this list is "pure" in that it's stuff that I've encountered organically). I had no idea this was going to be such a popular tradition and, for the 6th time, I'm incredibly excited about this year's batch of sites.
I'm always amazed that there are these awesome sites floating around on the Internet that I have no idea exist (I guess it's a good thing an annual list like this exists, ha). For an entire year I keep track of cool sites I run into (with some suggestions from my wife) and it's always hard waiting so many months to "debut" them here.
Things have changed so much since the first edition of this list. Most people do their web browsing on mobile devices (although many of you — 70% or so, in fact — will read this particular article on a desktop computer), an increasing number of the blogs I like now call Medium home (which wasn't even a thing when I started) and video continues to eat into the time that used to be occupied by reading online.
But one thing hasn't changed: people are always looking for something interesting to read. Judging by the analytics from last year's list, this series is just as popular as ever. If you're like me then you probably like to discover fun new ways to shop, cook, learn and think and websites and blogs are still one of the greatest ways to do that.
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