Every week of 2012 I’ve showcased the best website designs I’ve come across during my every day web browsing. This special end of year post features the best of the best, pulling together the awesomest designs from all 2012 Sites of the Week posts into one showcase of super cool designs. Which design was is your favourite?
Posts from 2012
I’m a big fan of the vintage style, both in web design and design in general. Like many, my favourite aspect of vintage design is the elegance of classic typography with its mix of cursive & sans-serif typefaces, clever layouts and the combination of textures and illustrations to relate to the techniques used throughout the early 20th century. This post rounds up a collection of 30 websites all based on the vintage theme and feature great examples of authentic vintage style typography in their logos and titles.
All the mathematics involved in creating a responsive website design can be exhausting and time consuming, but thankfully there’s a range of responsive frameworks available that make the process quick and easy. These frameworks or boilerplates have all the complicated grids, layouts and media queries in place ready for you to add your own design and markup. Here’s a roundup of the most popular frameworks currently being used by designers.
The more products Apple releases, the more widespread Retina displays become. So far we have Retina capable iPhones, iPods, iPads and MacBooks of various sizes, which together make up a pretty substantial audience. Let’s take a look at how you can create special retina graphics for your website so your design looks crisp, sharp and clear on those powerful screens.
I’m currently working through a redesign of my SpoonGraphics blog and wanted to create something fancy for its 404 page. I decided to have a go at coding up a full screen retro TV screen filled with animated static noise, upon which I could display the usual 404 text and relevant links. Follow the step by step design process of the final 404 page and learn how a bunch of clever little CSS tricks helped transform the idea into reality.
I’ve done plenty of retro photo effect tutorials in the past, but they’ve all been done using Photoshop. After playing around with some cool new CSS3 features I managed to create a pretty decent looking retro style image effect using just CSS. With the help of CSS gradients and filters, let’s take a look at how a cool vintage photo effect can be created directly in the browser.