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.
Taking the time to present your work to clients or to simply display the project in your portfolio can drastically increase its value and really show off the hard work and expertise you’ve put into it. Today’s post showcases a bunch of designers who have produced some wonderful presentations for their UI/UX projects. These inspirational case studies give you a detailed insight into the project development and give a walkthrough on how the app works. Be sure to click through each one to see the full picture!
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.