Yep, that’s right – Rockets! Probably one of the most obscure mini-trends, but one that’s developed a fair number of examples. Rockets and spaceships are appearing in a range of website designs and layouts.
Let’s take a look at some examples of websites using rockets and spaceships effectively. We’ve also included some resources where you can find free rocket/spaceship graphics of your own. You will find some cool icons and vector illustrations at the bottom of this article.
This website belongs to a web designer from Toronto and it is a nice example of how to integrate spaceships into the image of your site. It has a retro/vintage paper texture as the background and an overall sepia-toned color palette.
Turbomilk creates icons, characters and many different illustrations for apps and deals with companies all over the globe. They also offer web design services and their portfolio can be visible on their site. Their website design is full of cartoonish illustrations, which give it a fun and childish (but in a good way!) vibe.
With the help of easyrocketstudio.com you can create your own e-sports portal. They have a fun, space-inspired website design. The website starts with a loading animation of an alien UFO abducting a cow. How fun and unusual is that?! They also use rockets and spaceships in a really unique way – to define their service modules/packages.
Makedo.net’s aim is making WordPress more accessible. Their website design displays beautifully on any screen size. They combine high-quality illustrations with cartoon characters on their background. This makes their site unique and easy to remember. The color palette is carefully chosen, and the green, light and dark blue shades blend perfectly together. It also makes use of white space in avery smart way, make sure you check out the site!
Minicool.net is a website for baby graphic design. The overall design uses pastel colors and cute illustrations of trees, flowers, and clouds. The rocket space itself features a bunny wearing a blue baby outfit. Scrolling up with your mouse wheel takes the bunny inside the spaceship up to the clouds and past an illustration of the sun, which has an animated illustration with sun rays moving in a circle. Going higher up in the clouds you will see a parent mouse along with a baby mouse on a bicycle. You will also see an illustration of the moon that’s sleeping – another animated effect is used here with Z’s coming out of the moon. Finally, at the top of the page, the rocket spaceship arrives at the order button, allowing you to purchase graphic books targeted at children.
Rawkes is a web design studio that explores different digital activities like games, programming and so much more. Check out their space-themed design! The use of spaceships and rockets is more subtle in this design. You will see the space reference in the slider, and also in the footer.
This interactive website lets you print a spaceship model and then teaches you how to build your own Turbolauncher. How cool is that?! Do to the nature of this business, they used lots of rocket/spaceship illustration in their design. Other than that, the layout is quite simple and clean.
This website is a way to document space-based observations and discoveries through the Hubble Space Telescope. Of course, the Hubble website must be space-themed! In this case, no vector illustrations were used, but instead, the focus is on super high-quality images taken by the Hubble telescope.
Spaceship Collaborative is a team of people committed to creating innovative projects for communities. Both their website and logo are space/rocket-themed. The website’s background is colored in a deep, dark blue shade, to resemble the space atmosphere.
This website is really helpful when you’re in need of creative ideas for you and your business. They have some fun, space/alien-themed vector illustrations but also, as you scroll down, you will find other unusual drawings worth checking out, even though they are not space-themed.
Websitelaunchpad is a company focused on SEO, SEM services. Their website is designed to catch the visitors’ attention and make them wonder about the vastness of space. Their logo is also spaceship-themed and matches the whole branding perfectly. It has a simple layout with a basic, grid gallery to showcase their projects.
Download your own rockets and spaceships
There’s a bunch of cool rocket and spaceship graphics available for free on the web. If you want to follow the rockets and spaceships web design trend but don’t know where to start, here’s a roundup of various stock images, icons, and general graphics with spaceships and rockets. Be sure to check out the premium stock websites for plenty more resources and also read each freebie’s license individually, before using.
Here are some wonderful icons of man’s journey to the Moon. Feel free to download them and use in your space-themed design projects.
This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to design a simple space rocket. Learn from it and use it in your own illustrations. This is a great way to start if you want to know more about this web design trend.
Looking for a rocket illustration to use in your designs? Here is a free stock photo you can download. It has a simple, flat design, with a gray outline, like in a hand-drawn illustration.
This is a fun, cartoonish, space rocket illustration given for free on a stock photo website. Its the same as the above example, just on a different background and in a different angle.
This is a simple rocket illustration that comes as a free stock photo you can download. It’s red and has some subtle 3D gradients and shadows.
This retro rocket design comes as a free PSD you can download and customize with just a few clicks. It’s perfect for retro/vintage website designs, due to the color choice.