Top 10 Websites for Designers – November 2013

HOW’s art director is at it again and has collected a great new set of top website designs. With everything from type to mobile web design, this month’s list will jump start your creativity. Be sure to check out the changing color scheme of the logo on the Hutchins Center site and the top-notch illustrations for Frank Chimero’s book “The Shape of Design.”


Check out the picks below and submit your site for consideration.


Two designer’s lettering skills battle each other for your votes. The gallery is full of great characters, and the font selection is very nice. The mobile site (seen below) cleanly carries the experience to your phone and has some nice interactive elements, especially how the images expand.



If you’d like to learn more about creating your own engaging mobile web designs, check out Patrick McNeil’s new book “The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book.”


Hutchins Center

The star of this site is the simple change that occurs to the logo as you scroll down. Whenever a new section arrives the logo seamlessly sheds one color scheme for another.


Taylor Goad

The portfolio site of Philadelphia based designer/illustrator, Taylor Goad is clean, bold and shows a very nice selection of work.


Stepping Stones Elementary

Creative Mellen was given the challenge to communicate the Stepping Stones brand and environment visually. The solution was to develop intuitive hidden navigation, allowing the imagery to be center stage.


The Shape of Design

This site for Frank Chimero‘s book is an easy to use yet sophisticated experience. The illustrations alone for the chapters are very well done and engaging.


Your Brain Map

Your Brain Map is an interactive visual of the different functions of the parts of the brain. Clicking on the the variety of graphics and icons will give you more information.


Stitch Design Co.

This site for the branding and digital agency features high quality, large images that help set the tone and the thin rules and dot pattern treatments are very refined.


The Nutro Company

Rockfish created a mobile site to complement their clients desktop site. It’s simple to use but still carries a lot of design considerations with the images and background elements.


Beautiful Type

This blog was created by two web designers who share the same passion for typography. The content is a patchwork of photos and illustrations showcasing high level craftsmanship in type.



0to255 is a simple tool that helps web designers find variations of any color. Perfect for hovers, borders, gradients, and more.



  • Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.


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