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.
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.