The first thing you’ll need to do, when meeting an unknown audience, is obviously to introduce yourself.
You’ll have to do it also in your website. In this case, illustrator and webdesigner Jacob Souva is introducing himself using an old photo of himself as a kid, framed by concentric circles, conveying a warm and friendly feeling.
13 wives is quite an obscure project based in Singapore, apparently involving women and drinking. Having said that, I wanted to share with you these beautiful background images masked by a geometrical W letter.
If your web monsters won’t make you sleep at night, you can just call this amazingly creative web agency.
This gigantic contact form is vividly decorated by a bright, “childish” illustration.
The layout grid become visibles thanks to the background pattern so you can see how every thing falls neatly in the right place.
Amazeelabs light up the web scene with their nice, handmade, typographic light bulb.
This illusory book background made me laugh.
Dropr is a multimedia collective portfolio AKA a hosting platform that aims to bring together artists of all media & backgrounds by crushing the walls between different art fields.
The HTML droplets falling down in the website’s home page are quite a subtle and poetic effect.
These cool hotdog illustrations, splashed over a mustard background, reminded me that lunch break is only in 3 hours.
I love the way these beautiful, full-screen photos slide underneath the layout, working as a “dynamic background”.
Actually, you can look through navigation and other graphic elements as though they were a sort of glass.
Frank Chimero has explored the typographic and expressive possibilities of Web Open Font Format, creating this beautiful scrolling page.
We’ve already showcased a few examples of one-page website design but what makes this one memorable is the little rectangular hole “cut” in the upper left corner, exposing the scrolling background and working as breadcrumb trail:
when you click on the menu, the page scrolls vertically and when it stops, the title section can be seen through this tiny window .
I love when background illustrations merge with the website’s interface creating a funny and occasionally absurd artwork.
A sketchy illustration style and a soft color choice make this website’s background memorable.
It’s beautiful when background images help you to make out the meaning of websites you’re visiting, creating a nice visual experience but also providing you an information. In this case the many coloured threads woven in a tidy rope perfectly highlight the mission of FeedStitch, an online application that lets you
pull data feeds from all over the web & stitch them into a single feed of awesome.
Does your background match your website’s mood?
I was thinking about this issue, when I run into Quoteskine, a tumblr project where Lee Crutchley, a brilliant graphic designer and illustrator, showcases hand-lettered thoughts and quotes written in the space of a moleskine page.
For sketches lovers only.
Here you are a spectacular background image, with a nocturnal imaginary from Pixlogic, a web design company: every major “fragment” of this impressive collage moves in the opposite direction of your mouse, with a quite enjoyable and memorable effect.
This really simple website achieves a funny and quite unique result by turning the background image upside down. The webdesign is from Creative Nights
a nanoscale web design studio specialized in high-quality web interface design and development.
Atomic Cartoons is a content developer and full service producer located in Vancouver, Canada.
Each section of their one-page portfolio displays a matching cartoon illustration, emerging from the dark background with a dramatic, movie-like effect.
Actually we’re big fans of Vimeo‘s website design and we HAD to mention its beautiful footer background displaying a kind of Earth-scale-model dissection with isometric characters on it.
ViXML is a supposedly simple platform for interactive designers who want to create dynamic contents for Iphone apps with first-class graphics and complex scenes. That’s really great but before I knew it, I was attired by its huge website illustration, extremely rich in details, with a sort of surreal touch and a rather Gondry-ish imaginary.
The thing I love the most its the way it organically expands from left to right: couple on the boat looking at the city → city being hovered by a baloon → baloon flashing Iphone upper left corner → Iphone screen framing the illustration itself.
Miro is an open source video player and podcast client: the red sheep in background reinforces the meaning of the claim Miro is different.
Helen Dardik, a cosmopolitan illustrator currently residing in Canada, creates beautiful and fanciful patterns.
It looks like a web site of MTV network, but in fact it’s the web site of a Pentecostal church: I really like the page background style that I would call sparkling carpet.
Absolute Bica is the portfolio of Bryan Kohlmeier: you can customize the background image by choosing between four different settings, inspired by various times of day.
Stripe Generator is an ajax tool that allows you to generate striped patterns to decorate your web sites pages background. Numerous options provide considerable flexibility of the product, as you can see by the gallery of backgrounds shared by other users.
If it’s not enough for you, you can create patterns with a tartanTartan maker, another tool of the same family. Stripe generator è un ajax tool che permette di generare striped patterns da usare per abbellire i background dei vostri siti web.
A strip made of all its work is the metaphor used by Rob Morris, a.k.a Digital Mash,to introduce his portfolio.
Pampaneo’s footer (on the top) closes the story of two young designers, who venture on a secret mission to discover “new world of images”: the metaphor of space exploration starts from the home page and develops consistently in the web site (eg. on the header of internal pages, on the bottom).