Look at me! I’m a simple logo stripped of any vowel and nevertheless I’m still laughing!
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.
Designspiration provides a diverse selection of high quality, user-submitted images: if you want, you can also select out images within a specified color or color range, by picking your choice from this awesome palette.
The system’s error screen, known also as the Blue Screen of Death, is a touch of class in this simple 404 error page taken from Behance, the online community for creative professionals.
The scribbled-like baloon and its white background, constrasting the surrounding subtle gradients, draw user’s attention to this simple contact form.
Honestly, I think that Last.fm is one of the best web portal ever done, on the design side I mean. My appreciation comes partly from some little clever intuitions (e.g. the avatar-button), partly because of its graphic consistency, which never slips into visual bore.
Now I’m wondering if the new Facebook like button, which is spreading webwide pretty fast, will replace the “native “rating” system or if Last.fm’s guys will stuck to the orginal design.
A current trend in web design is embedding huge search form in your website’s header: here you a re a clear example of this style taken from Precinkt, a showcase that features places to visit in specific areas all around the world.
On Justquoted you can find tons of interesting famous quotes that can make your conversation even smarter than they already are.
The full-option listing it’s designed not only to display gracefully these witty quotes but also to promote conversation about them.
Tasty logo and recipes from Madeinkitchen, a web portal and community for people who love food and good cooking.
Culinary Culture is an amusing web service dedicated to people who love to cook and share with online friends their recipes and cooking advices.
This website’s layout is polished and, generaly speaking, of a high-level quality, with beautiful illustrations adorning home page’s main assets: but what hit me first, was the way the red wine glass fits into the condensed logotype.
Art in My Coffee is a Tumblr blog and community which catalogs funny latte pics from all around the world. We love the delicatly shaped mug and the general warm, caffeinated color scheme: besides we couldn’t expect less since it’s been designed by Meagan Fisher, the mastermind behind Owltastic.
A nice error page, clearly shaped as a navigation flow chart, from Konigi‘s, a reference website for what concerns user experience and interface design.
Uannabe (that’s an italianish spelling for the English Wanna Be) it’s basically an italian job board/community that displays in every detail a real high quality design.
We really enjoyed the prince-frog logo (frogs lately became quite a trend in logo design, don’t you agree?): the execution is impeccable and the concept rocks.
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.
When Virb was launched, people acclaimed it as a sort of new Myspace. Actually, time has proved it’s much more: Virb is a very smart and elegant multi-media collective purpose-built for creative people who want to share online their arts, photography, music…
Since the main audience is likely to be composed by enthusiastic and, let’s say, artistically committed users, Virb’s layout is very polished, graphics are discreet and elegantly depicted with soft and light tones so that the website’s global appeal is totally soothing and classy.
Said that, let’s speak about what I really like in Virb’s homepage: as you can see there are two sets of icons drawn in two different styles. Well I love both, but mostly I love the way they work together.
The first icon set is light blue and delicatly drawn, it does not stand out much and illustrates textual content, without overwhelming it.
The second one is really eye catchy with thicker contour lines, vibrant colors such as cyan and magenta and a touch of glossy: these icons’ duty is not of standing peacefully and quietly beside content but, on the opposite, they’re supposed to shout out loud: “Hey Folks, pay attention to this!”.
When you’re in charge of designing a website, the first and foremost thing to do is understanding what kind of audience is expected, who are your readers and which level of web or digital awareness they have. According to the results of this first and fundamental enquiry, you can decide which style is the best.
When I first saw Youth4bridge‘s menu (a website dedicate to the “exciting world of bridge”), I thought that its menu really speaks clearly and loudly and doesn’t want absolutely to be misunderstood: big rounded buttons strongly contrasted are, not very gracefully, lined up on the top right page. When you hover over them with your mouse a sturdy dark blue dropdown menu appears with big labels in it. The current active page is higlighted by a beveled graphic treatment and every major graphic element is clearly detached from another.
So, I think that Youth4bridge’ s designer(s) first decided they have to communicate in a direct and not too refined way and then accorded consistently their style to website’s and users’ goals (though the latters don’t have necessarily to coincide with the former).
Evanto‘s guys are super cool designer with a taste for clean and well-organized pages, with tight leading and big body texts.
When I first saw these extra sleek folded tabs hanging on the left, I instantly loved them: they’re not only a pleasant graphic element but they also really help you scanning through the page.
In fact, the layout is cut into horizontal stripes, each one containing the description of one of many Evanto’s websites. For each stripe you see a tab, bent to 90° that carries the icon logo of the corresponding website: so the vertical and steady sequence of tabs, balancing the basically horizontal layout setting, draws users attention pushing us into following the path and scrolling the entire page.
Had I time, I’d sure join Letter Playground, a typographic inspirational community where users are dared to find out new ways to draw glyphs.
Panoramio is a photo-sharing community based on Google maps. The path is a fairly important part in web sites navigation and here has a proper evidence. It’s a nice idea to indicate the first step using a small icon.
Filtersage is a community for music and/or movie maniacs based ont the discovery of new connections between items. In the top area, the main features of its web site are combined in a very compact and clear way: global and sections navigation, search form, links to sign in and sign up forms, social and RSS buttons, links to the about us section.
Mojizu, an online community dedicated to characters design, has a very funny rating system: the site’s logo, designed as a ninja, runs above the numbers following the mouse pointer.
Even the details of the vote have been carefully designed: the logo frozen or burning represent the highest or lowest point of the scale.
Good header it’s a band with a set of links: by clicking on one of theme, you’ll make appear a new element that instead of exploding down, opens up pulling down the page.
The login mask, well structured, compact and discreet, follows the same behaviour.
Creative Depart is, like Behance, a community of creatives, illustrators and graphic the have the opportunity to show their works.
The navigation menu is very interesting because of it is that dynamically change the content below.
The Glasgow Collective is a gallery that contains works by students of Glasgow School of Art
The web site is well done and the breadcrumbs are well set: the claim “you are here” immediately attracts the eye and the shape of arrows is pleasant.
On the other hand, I don’t find proper using the same shape both as a symbol in the breadcrumbs trail and as a button in the tab navigation of the artist page.
I’m not pretending to discover anything new, but the thumb icon in Digg has to be in our collection of rating systems.
Search forms are an essential component in web services dedicated to the discovery of resources in a given locality (they mostly rely on Google Maps,)
In the case of Geopage, apart from the general aesthetic context, I liked the default value of the input text, which immediately explains what can and should be sought in the product.
Products similar to Geopage are Patch, Ratemyarea e Uncover.
Patch logo, a platform dedicated to broadcast news and events in very small American communities, is very simple and easy to adapt to different contexts.
Spacecollective is an ambitious project and, if we wish, even a little hazy in its premises: it’s about sharing knowledge on the human species, its environment and its future.
Posts are arranged as if they were cards: in this way you have an interesting effect as if the contents of the contributors were presented in a gallery, kind of a showcase of thoughts.
Ratemyarea is an interesting social leaning on Google maps service that lets you review events in your area.
A pleasantly retro style for this illustration taken from Mr. Aero, a web site/community dedicated to those who have a common passion for flying.