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.
I’ve heard a few remarks on recent posts on Line25 that many of the featured website designs have all looked the same. Certain trends have become so mainstream that the majority of modern web designs all have similarities in their layouts and styles. It’s still possible to find unique web designs though, in today’s post I showcase 25 innovative designs that buck the popular trends in favour of experimental ideas. These websites have all been chosen for their unusual navigations, out of the ordinary layouts or clever uses of animations and effects.
Designers love to share previews of projects they’re working on with their friends and peers on sites like Dribbble, which makes it a great place to browse for web design inspiration. Seeing web design concepts while they’re in development means you get a sneak peek of the latest trends and styles before they go live on the web. In today’s post I round up 30 beautiful web designs I bet you haven’t seen before! These sites are so fresh they’re not even live yet, check them out before they hit the mainstream.
Grids give a website design structure and balance, but some grid layouts are more obvious than others. The most basic of grids is the square block, where the page is divided up horizontally and vertical with equally spaced gridlines. The content then fills the grid like a chequerboard pattern, or elements can span multiple blocks to form larger content areas. Today’s showcase features 30 perfectly balanced sites that are all based on a blocky square grid.
The Hero image trend in the web design industry has developed so much over the past few years that the vast majority of new designs feature some kind of large introductory photograph. These huge background images have been dubbed hero images, a term that has been adopted from the print industry where page filling images are commonly seen in magazines. Hero images prominently fill the screen to wow the user, often only accompanied by a heading or a sentence and a single call to action such as a sign up form or button links. Today’s roundup showcases 30 sites that fully embrace the hero image, granting the maximum amount of space possible to this design feature and shifting all other content thousands of pixels down the page.
I’ve showcased the trend of landscape images in web design before, but has anyone noticed how popular mountainscape images seem to be? Unless the site is based on the topic of rock climbing or a brochure for an area of natural beauty the use of a mountain photograph seems quite unusual, but it’s actually quite common. Today’s web design trend showcase features 25 web designs that all include impressive imagery of mountain scenes.