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Web Design Trend Showcase: Rockets & Spaceships

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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.

Jeff Sarmiento

Rockets in web design

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

Turbomilk space-themed website designs

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.

Easyrocketstudio.com

Easy Rocket Studio space-themed website designs

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

 Make Do space-themed website designs

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

Minicool space-themed website designs

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

Rawkes space-themed website designs

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.

Paper Launcher

Rockets in web design

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.

Spacetelescope.org

ESA Hubble space-themed website designs

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.

Spaceshipcollaborative.com

Spaceship Collaborative

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.

Pojeta

Rockets in web design

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.com

Launch A Website On Website Launchpad space-themed website designs

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.

To the Moon Icon Set

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.

Free rockets graphic

Space Rocket Photoshop Tutorial

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.

Free rockets graphic

Rocket Stock Illustration

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.

Free rockets graphic

Space Rocket Stock 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.

Free rockets graphic

Rocket Stock Illustration

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.

Free rockets graphic

Retro Rocket Stock PSD

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.

Free rockets graphic

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

42 Comments

  1. Anita Shah, App Developer says:

    Liked your post very much. Above all websites’ design is mind blowing & very attractive. I am also going to launch one website but now I recommend one of the above website.

  2. seo Birmingham says:

    Very Informative Post About Rockets. I like it.

  3. jhon says:

    it’s a great list. thanks

  4. Jonny says:

    i love these :)

  5. RileySummerlin says:

    I really like the “old school” rocket look that has come back in style. The rockets remind me of something you might find on a ’60s board game box or toy packaging. Very cool!

  6. web banner design says:

    unique designs. thanks for having this. it gives me idea of what to do.

  7. designium says:

    nice rocket´s :D helpful inspiration post….ty Chris :D

  8. Diane says:

    Hi, nice collection, I´m working in a rocket illustration, and this is very helpful. Chris.

  9. Web Templates says:

    Wow, what a unique idea. I love it.

  10. Dmitri Joukov says:

    Thanks Chris for mentioning us! Here at Turbomilk we like to be in the trend. Hope next trend will be strange vegetables. New project is being launched soon. Stay tuned.

    Thanks once again.

  11. Rob Hawkes says:

    Hey Chris, thanks for including my website (Rawkes) on the list.

    You may be interested in another rocket type logo I made for a recent project of mine: British Space Organisation.

  12. Peter Metz says:

    We love the rockets. http://www.zoom7.com Have a huge collection of vintage and repro in our lobby. Good to others share the love..

  13. WP Revenue says:

    Very nice collection of rockets!

    wordpressrevenue.com

  14. Gopal Raju says:

    Here goes another list!

    Gopal Raju
    productivedreams.com

  15. catherine says:

    This is such an interesting website.I really loved the pictures.The rocket pictures are attractive.It is a nice website to browse through.

  16. Website Design says:

    That was simply the best post . I will keep visiting your blog so keep them coming

    :)

  17. Sneh | LBOI Blog says:

    Nice collection of websites there Chris! The rockets seem to fit in with the whole retro trend that seems to be doing the rounds.

  18. Nora Reed says:

    Space and rockets is a great theme. It seems to be used a lot in website designs. I have often noticed a lot of starry night backgrounds. They are overdone, but they do always look great so it makes sense.

  19. Rofikul Islam Shahin says:

    Amazing! I really loved the milk carton ones!

  20. Steve Morris says:

    Rockets always look good and spark the imagination

  21. Jan says:

    The sites look fun! Great roundup, Chris!

  22. Declan says:

    I am learning how to use Illustrator properly so with some inspiration from this article, I decided to have a quick go at creating a vector of a rocket:

    http://declanmcateer.com/downloads/rocketvector.ai

    Feel free to use if anyone wants.

  23. T-Law says:

    Great collection ;)

  24. David Perel says:

    Excellent point Chris. I never really noticed rockets as a trend but looking now, its clear as day that they are ‘out there’…

  25. cornelius rankin says:

    add one to the list…

    http://apilot.no/funksjoner/

  26. Blagoj says:

    This article “rocks” :D

  27. Sara says:

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned that it’s also the 40th anniversary of the Apollo mission to the moon. Maybe all that buzz about space travel has helped encourage this trend.

  28. katty says:

    nice round up. and nice blog

  29. hade says:

    If you want to know more about web designing, there are lots of online tips and guide for you to learn. Also, if you are lacking of tools and software, you can immediately download it online. These tips would really help you understand a lot of things about web designing and development.

  30. Kamrul says:

    Spaceship! Yes. I wanna have one, a real one. A nice dream and a ….. Why it can’t be a trend? Wonderful thinking.

  31. Andy Feliciotti says:

    seems like a pretty crazy trend… but now I know!

  32. Ryan Scherf says:

    Thanks for the feature of Frenzy Labs!

  33. grazz says:

    My blog has rockets and spaceships too!

    Here it is: http://www.bloggingcss.com

  34. Kate Nickerson says:

    Nice. I like the overly simple one best (last on the list). I’m a fan of abstractions :) I remember seeing a lot of rockets outside of the web recently, like on shirts and stuff.

  35. Callum Chapman says:

    So many rockets! I love the paperlauncher milk carton one, nice stuff!

  36. Tom Kenny says:

    Here’s another one: http://www.pojeta.cz/ (scroll to the top).

  37. Pradeep CD says:

    I have seen same post somewhere else…

    great list…

  38. Garry Aylott says:

    Love this article. It’s amazing how trends like this go under the radar for a while then explode.

    We’ll probably see a lot more of these popping up over the next year.

    Great write up as always Chris.

  39. Marco says:

    Nice roundup Chris! I really like rocket/spaceships (who doesn’t?), and I see them too often popping up more and more on the web.

    Really like the “fat-rocket” from RK Launcher. Also, nice article by “zooming in” the rockets!

    Keep up the great work :)!

  40. Abrishca Digital Media says:

    It’s amazing how you don’t even notice small things like that, and then they become a trend!

    I wonder what else is out there?

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