Every week of 2013 I’ve showcased the best website designs I discovered during my every day web browsing. This special end of year post features the best of the best, pulling together the awesomest designs from all 2013 Sites of the Week posts into one showcase of super cool web designs. Which design was is your favourite?
Posts from 2013
As one of the core design principles, typography can really make or break a website design. Despite recent advances in web type technology we’re still fairly limited when it comes to creative typography layouts, meaning image replacement techniques are still common, but these days we have massive choice when it comes to selecting fonts for our designs. This post showcases 40 website designs that all feature beautiful typography in a creative way, this might be through elegant typographic layouts or perfectly typeset combinations of styles to create visually pleasing pages.
I’ve noticed recently that we’re starting to see some super saturated colours in modern web design. I previously documented the rising trend of bright flat colors in web design, but today’s post extends the list of designs constructed with cranked up colours from the top end of the RGB spectrum. Make sure you have your shades handy, this is a collection of some seriously bright sites!
The logos of social websites such as Twitter, Facebook or YouTube are amongst the most widely used icon designs on our websites. Save time in your future projects with this handy roundup of over 20 different packs, each containing loads of popular social icons with various styles. I’ve carefully picked out the best free packs I could find, weeding out any sets that are now outdated due to Twitter’s ever changing bird logo.
While bright flat website designs are continuing to illuminate our screens and sometimes burn our retinas, some designers are taking the opposite route and creating powerful website designs with dark, subdued colour palettes. These designs have a kind of seductive presence that draws you in, often with black and white photography to capture a certain emotion. This post rounds up over 20 beautiful dark web designs making use of black backgrounds, subtle hues and dramatic monochrome images.
The modern day web is all about grabbing your attention, force feeding content and serving up as many ads as possible, so it’s always refreshing to land on a website that has been stripped back to its bare essentials. Today’s showcase of websites features 20 minimal designs that don’t use gimmicks or loud colours, these sites have been lovingly crafted with the basic design principles to allow the content to shine through.