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.
Posts from November, 2013
The video background trend in web design is definitely still hot. I first featured roundups of website designs using full screen video background and video headers back in Spring, but I’ve stumbled across loads more designs making us of this new capability. This post rounds up 20 more fresh examples of websites that have adopted a stunning video background to introduce the site with motion pictures.
While minimal flat style designs are the current hot trend, some designers are eliminating solid blocks of colour from their designs with the use of subtle textures. The use of grainy textures really helps give a design a tactile appearance and fits perfectly with designs using an old school or retro style. This post showcases 20 websites which are perfect examples of grain texture use. These sites don’t take texturing to the extreme, but the grainy backgrounds really help add subtle details to the design.
I do a fair bit of trend spotting while I’m browsing for cool website designs to feature in my Sites of the Week roundups. One popular design trend I’ve noticed is becoming more and more popular is the split layout, where the page is divided vertically into two halves to display separate areas of content. Often these two halves are contrasting with light and dark colour schemes and allow the user to make a decision on the type of content they want to see. This post rounds up 10 great examples of websites boasting this vertical split layout. I wonder if we’ll start to see it become more common in the near future.