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.
Capturing a user’s contact details is high on the agenda of many web businesses these days, with email sign up forms being prominently displayed to visitors as soon as they land on their website. Sometimes these sign up forms require the user to enter their address in order to gain access to a tool or service, while others prompt visitors to join the newsletter to keep up to date with the company’s latest news, especially on “coming soon” pages where it’s important to pique the interest of early adopters. Today’s web design showcase features 20 sites that do a great job of acquiring customer information by prominently displaying a sign up form immediately on the page as the first call to action.
Typography on the web comes in two formats; firstly there’s the classic image replacement technique which allows for beautiful typographic designs, but it lacks the technical wow factor. Then there’s true examples of web typography where designers wrangle with browsers to manipulate HTML rendered type in impressive ways, but while browsers and web technologies are continuously improving, this method often lacks in the visual flair that is achieved when designing typography in Photoshop and exporting it as an image. Both techniques result in equally inspiring web designs, so today’s showcase features a huge collection of sites with all kinds of web typography.
As web designers we often get frustrated with the UI and UX design of sites we commonly use, with social media sites being right up there as the most annoying! This can lead designers to have a go at redesigning them, albeit unofficially as a personal project just for fun. Sometimes these design concepts are pretty radical, whereas others are so well made we can only wish they were the real deal. Check out this roundup of 30+ unofficial redesigns of Twitter, Facebook & YouTube.