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.
Twitter recently gave us an insight into the latest redesign of Twitter profiles on the the official Twitter blog. New features include super large header images; the ability to pin a tweet to the top of your timeline; and tweets with the most engagement being highlighted with a larger appearance. Currently the new profile is only being rolled out to a hand full of users, but here’s a showcase of profiles from some of those early adopters to give you an idea of what’s in store and how you can use these new features yourself.
We usually see websites these days with bright loud photography spanning the full page, but some minimalists can still create great looking designs without any images at all. Today’s showcase presents over 20 designs that don’t rely on pretty pictures, these sites feature no photographic headers or background images, instead you’ll find clear typography and perfect grid based layouts.
It’s always interesting to browse different styles of website designs from other industries. We’ve seen large images used in web design before, but the food industry in particular really whets your appetite with enticing photos of delicious meals. These images clearly introduce the nature of the site and make an immediate connection to the hungry viewer. Check out this showcase of 20 website designs for restaurants and services in the food industry. Now, who’s hungry?!
Icon fonts are extremely useful resources for web designers. There’s so many benefits to using a icon webfont over traditional image sprites, such as the ability to have the icon infinitely scale and retain perfect quality; easily change the colour of the icon artwork using CSS; and have a whole library of glyphs available within just one file. There’s a bunch of great icon fonts out there, but this post rounds up the best. These are the largest and highest quality collections that are all downloadable for free!