Back in the day, splash screens were a popular addition to websites. They were a frontal page that was displayed before the user accessed the main site, which typically featured a sparse layout incorporating just the website’s logo and guidance about which browsers and monitor resolutions were supported. Today we’re seeing a revival of the splash screen, although they’re much more visitor friendly than their ancestors. Modern examples of splash screens are built right into the main page, filling the screen with eye catching imagery but still only containing a logo or statement as the main piece of content. They act as a welcoming message to set the scene and entice the user before presenting them with the rest of the page.
These days video game launches are anticipated as much as blockbuster movies, so it’s important for game developers to produce a stunning website to complement their title and share news, trailers and release information to avid fans. Highly detailed renders are a common feature amongst game sites with full screen image techniques allowing for maximum impact. Today’s showcase features a collection of quality websites for the biggest titles from the gaming industry in 2014-2015. See how they use images, video and animation to create enticing web designs.
As the world went crazy over the announcement of the iPhone 6 and Watch, designers went straight to work creating mockup templates so their interface designs could be previewed on these new devices. Many of these templates have been made available for free, allowing you to mock up your websites and apps within PSD, Illustrator and Sketch files. Here’s an overview of some of the best free template files, there’s a huge variety of styles, colours and angles so you’re sure to find the perfect layout for your project.
The flat design style is still going strong in 2014! I originally showcased a range of web designs with solid background colors back in 2012, but there’s been so many new designs launched since then I thought it was worth creating a whole new roundup. Check out this collection of website designs with bright flat colour backgrounds, these designs ditch textures, gradients and patterns in favour of vibrant bold solid colours.
This web design trend can easily go unnoticed, but if you pay attention you’ll find that it is actually quite popular! We’ve seen all kinds of images spanning our screens thanks to the big photo web design trend, but one type in particular that’s increasing in popularity is the close up portrait. Close-ups easily convey a certain mood or emotion to a viewer, which in web design can help set the scene or entice the viewer into sticking around. Today’s showcase features 30 great examples of the close up portrait trend, these sites all contain tightly framed intimate photos of faces to connect to the user.
Looping video backgrounds is one of the fastest growing trends in web design. Ever since designers were given the ability to render video content in HTML5 we’ve seen motion pictures quickly take the place of static images in website headers and backgrounds. Today’s web design showcase features 30 great examples of sites featuring large looping video backgrounds. See how they use this type of content to create visually impressive intros, or catch your eye with subtle motion.