A beautiful sliding navigation made of silhouettes in negative space.
This “low-fi” logo belonging Stink (an international digital agency specialized in videos) made my day.
A watery imaginary brightens up Becmedia‘s website footer: very often in modern webdesign background illustrations unfold organically from the top page to the footer, unveiling increasingly as users go further down the page.
Mixing different weight and style and, possibly, different typefaces, is one of the most ancient trick in modern typography. The risk is that sometimes text is not enjoyable or readable, but we think this is not the case.
Gradually revealing your website’s content is one of the most important trick to learn because helps your readers to easily focus on a few, relevant, informations and helps you keeping the design clean and uncluttered. One of the most common trend in grouping and progressive revealing content is making them slide using transitional effects (in this case, a quick, smooth vertical movement).
Can you judge a book by its cover? And a creative agency by its about page?
I really think so: here you are a creative “about us” page form the award winning agency Muccadesign, that consists on a list of pics arranged on a simple squared grid. Faces follow your mouse movement with a nice script effect and you can read each person’s bio on a baloon that occupies exactly 4 modules.
Happycentro is a creative web agency based in Verona: I immediately loved their unsual, strange and perhaps aggressive color palette and the logo design, obtained by rotating several time a square module.
If you still didn’t get the message, your page is not found!
An aggressive, but funny visual treatment taken from The Brand Surgery, a young English branding agency.
Contrary to the actual webdesign trend of overbearing footers, crammed with links and sometimes not very pertinent references, Fridgework shows us the beauty of a simple five words ending (and a strategically set back-to-top button) .
Granted that teehan+lax website portfolio is one of those sites that cannot fail to be in your favorites, we found this “launch site” button symbolizing an external link an agreeable change from the expected arrow icon.
Though we’re not big fans of overtly tech webdesign and we prefer warmer, more organic solutions, we loved the cleanliness and the powerful, warm glow that this website’s menu radiates.
Another nice design snippet we found on Thoughbot’s website is the brownish, rounded contact us button which really stands out, partly for its effective color contrast and partly for its unusual position.
Stupid Studio is a creative motion design and online agency based in Denmark which is specialised in motion graphics and, contrary to its name, delivers very brilliant stuff.
This website is quite a living example of how a simple three colums grid, evenly repeated in each sections, can effectivly improve your website’s consistency, abating the navigation stress: in fact not having to mentally reassess the navigation and graphic structure on every single page speeds up user’s navigation and increase his/her satisfaction.
A heavily, in a positive way, styled footer and a fascinating tropical imagery from Komodo Media ‘s website.
Apart from the stunning toucan mascot, we loved the brilliantly cd-shaped last fm widget (Jamming to).
Crowleywebb is an AD agency located in Buffalo with a quite surprisingly unconventional flash website. I think it’s a bold move for an agency to put aside any graphic treatments, relying only on typography and copy. As you will see, the splash page is brilliant, the text treatment is simple yet effective and the transitions are smooth and neat (though I don’t love very much the blurred menu on the left bottom corner – not displayed in the screenshot).
Tip: if you have 10” left, take a look at the BORING video, which in fact is anything but boring (you can find the link in the website’s homepage).
Since I’m big for vectorial shapes I couldn’t help mentioning oh joy’s floreal menu. Flowers and herbs silhouettes are quite realistic drawn without any excessive flourish, keeping the website’s greenery imaginary far from beeing redundant or excessively ornamental.
For further inspirational suggestions, I recommend that you have a look at Oh Joy’s Shop and Blog: you can find more samples of beautiful patterns, identity case studies and a vast collection of notebooks stunningly decorated.
We love so much Fudge Studios’ layout that we wonder whether we have to be happy for or just loathe the fact a new website is coming up.
This website simulates a photoshop (or generally a graphic editor) workspace soooo well that becomes difficult, if not impossible, writing what we’ve liked most.
The favicon shaped as a precise picker cursor? The cyan guides? The transparency grid used as a background or the cursor’s blinking in the fake text-area?
I know it sounds quite naive but I do love the way images scroll down when you roll the mouse wheel: ok it’s a quite obvious ajax effect, but, nonetheless, in this context, looks like a very smart choice.
Odopod is a extremely creative digital agency and its site certainly is characterized by the choice of a strong and unusual color.
The menu has a hover effect with an outside expansion of the block that I find very pleasant for its fluency; a similar movement, but downwards, is activated when you expand a link.
Swedish studio Identity Works has several things of interest: one of them is the search form that, instead of appering in its usual place (usually upper left or center) is at the bottom page, just above browser status bar. A few years ago, this area of the screen would generally been regarded as a point where the user’s attention won’t never focus and no one would ever have designed a functional component so secluded: what has changed in our cognitive habits?
Maybe the massive success of Facebook and its toolbar has changed our habits and thereby freed designers from composition patterns too restrictive?
The footer of the photographic studio Symbol is visually closed by two labels containing links to Facebook and Twitter.
Duoh!, the belgian web agency run by Veerle Pieters and Geert Leyseele, has a web site pagination that’s not only graphically pleasant but is also associated with a nice label. Veerle Pieters, among other things, was recently named one of 30 full most influential people in the world of web design.
The peculiarity of the rating system in Colectiva’s blog, a creative agency based in Guatemala, is that as you move the mouse over the heart icons to vote, they read FRESH. It’s a simple idea that diversifies the design of a component otherwise pretty similar to others.
Impulse Studios footer conjugates both the functions of customers login and map site navigation.
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).
The creativity of this New Media Agencyt can be seen immediately by the visual impact of its web site: you can choose between four different themes and nice giraffes are lowered into environments not always orthodox ..
I love these “typographical masks” covering IGoGo works thumbs.
Entertaining this illustration that plays with the brand agency Punkyduck.com
Unusual and very nice effect on the screenshots in the dynamic portfolio of Nclud.com: the images zoom and rotate on mouse over; when you select a project, others projects images get off and go back to the bottom.