Best of 2012: Best Websites of the Day

Patrick McNeil, HOW’s interactive content director and author of Web Designer’s Idea Book, looks at a lot of excellent website designs … a lot of them. For his book and for the Site of the Day posts here on HOW Interactive Design, Patrick looks for great website design examples—interactive projects that exemplify best site navigation practices, strong web typography, top web design trends, smart e-commerce strategies, responsive design techniques, and as he would say, general “awesomeness.”

Scanning back over a year’s worth of Patrick’s Site of the Day posts, we couldn’t help but spotlight a handful of great website designs that we especially loved. Here, in no particular order, are a few of our favorite website designs of 2012.

Top Website Designs of 2012

Wantful—the gift-giving website

These Days—the website for a Belgian interactive agency—portfolio for Peter Thomas

Meet A Pet—animal adoption website (because we’re suckers for dogs)

Idea Paint—cool website for a cool product

Simon Walker Type—portfolio site for a type designer

Need more design inspiration? Check out the Web Designer’s Idea App for iPad, with hundreds of stellar websites selected by Patrick McNeil.

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