As designers, we’re always looking for visual inspiration. This month’s best websites will do just that – offer plenty of creative juice via colorful illustrations, immersive videos and refined typography to take your next web design project up a notch. HOW’s art director, Adam Ladd, has curated some of the most exciting sights of the web: from Windows of New York and Brad Woodard’s Character Challenge, to the visually-rich World of Red Bull. It’s all in the name of giving you the adrenaline rush you crave each day.
Best Websites for Designers – August 2014
The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated atlas by José Guízar, capturing in his own style windows that have caught his eye.
A daily, self-initiated challenge by designer and illustrator Brad Woodard to stretch his abilities in this discipline. He has an awesome vintage and playful style showing through.
Matthew Butterick is a writer, typographer and lawyer in Los Angeles. He has filled this site with many practical bits of advice on typographic execution, including layout, technical details and typeface alternatives.
The highlight of this site about a “school for creative people who run projects” is the aesthetic: great colors, graphic icons and really nice use of the quality fonts Harriet and Calibre.
Font Bureau celebrates the work of their founder, David Berlow, in this site that features large type and images, quotes and type specimens.
This Copenhagen, Denmark-based design and development studio presents their work in a clean, modern fashion with large images and simple transitions.
As you may be aware, Adobe Muse is a program that allows you to design websites without writing code. Their “What’s New” site demonstrates some of its own capabilities.
The side project of designer Yevgeny Yermakov featuring short interviews with designers including Jessica Hische, Matteo Bologna and Michael Bierut, with more to come.
Palette is a new addition to the Shutterstock Labs, described as a tool for designers to explore the collection via curated palettes or to customize their own to find images that match their specific needs.
Red Bull is largely associated with actions sports, and this site leverages some of the intensity with sweeping videos and bold typography.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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