Every so often strange trends appear in the web design industry. One of those little trends is the presentation of “tools of the trade” on the forefront of the website, where a series of objects that relate to a specific industry are neatly laid out on a tabletop, or a product is shown during its production. Today’s showcase rounds up the best examples of websites that show off the tools of their craft, from the sawdust covered hand tools of woodworkers to the notepads and coffee cups of freelance designers.
User dashboards are a difficult interface to design, there’s loads of information that needs to be neatly presented to bring the user up to speed, but you don’t want to slap them in the face with tons of data. Today’s showcase features 25 nicely designed apps that do a great job of presenting information neatly and clearly in a concise dashboard. See how they use colour, charts, graphs and icons to create visually stunning interfaces.
The sidebar menu seems to be coming back into fashion once again after it was left behind for horizontal navigation bars. The sidebar menu was most common back in the early days of web design, but these days we’re starting to see designers ditch the horizontal nav bar in favour of the vertical list once again. Nowadays though these menus are built with large icons or clever animation effects that allow them to slide in and out of view. Today’s web design showcase features 20 sites that all feature modern examples of the classic sidebar menu layout.
Websites are naturally made up of a series of square blocks due to the way they’re coded with HTML. This results in the typical boxy designs we’ve all come to expect on the web, but some designers are breaking free from the limitations of horizontal and vertical lines to experiment with other layouts. Today’s web design showcase features 25 cool sites that think outside the box with unusual shapes and angles.
As one of the main design principles, colour is an important factor to consider when building a website, especially since it’s one of the main tools that allows you to add character and relate the site to a specific brand. Sometimes the best designs only make use of a select number of colours, providing consistency throughout the whole page. Today’s web design roundup showcases 25 well designed websites that are all created with a limited colour palette, these sites use just 3-4 colours throughout the whole design, reusing the same swatches from the colour scheme for backgrounds, text, and titles.
There’s an easy way to impress your clients and score extra when presenting your logo design concepts, that is to use a PSD mockup template to create a realistic preview of how the logo would work in a real world environment. Showing your client’s newly designed logo printed as an expensive foil stamp or constructed as a huge wall mounted sign can really add value to your design and take you one step closer to that all important sign off. In today’s post I roundup over 20 free templates with a variety of different mock up environments.