Top 10 Websites for Designers – State Plates Project + The Grid

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What makes a successful website? For some of us, this is an ongoing question we revisit often. As technology evolves and impacts the ways users engage with design and new media, it’s our job to stay up to speed with the latest trends and developments on the web. Here at HOW, art director Adam Ladd surveys the web’s best sites each month, looking for emergent patterns along with proven design elements that are reshaping our ideas of “good design.” We’ve curated the latest “Top 10” for you below, showcasing typography as a top trusted design tool, and forward-thinking websites like The Grid.

Best Websites for Designers – December 2014

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Submit your site for consideration. Did you miss last month’s Top 10 websites?

Webstock 2015

A web conference event site that makes use of strong and distinct typography and copywriting to set the theme.

Webstock 2015


State Plates Project

An attempt to change the typically mundane state license plate designs, with contributions from people like Aaron Draplin and Bethany Heck.

State Plates Project


TDC Type Competition

This site for the Type Directors Club competition intrigues the viewer with minimal shapes and reduced colors that move and interact.

TDC Type Competition


Inspirograph

Nathan Friend created an online replica of an old throwback drawing toy for you to play with.


Kyle Read Can Work

Kyle Read showcases some of his design and illustration skills with this almost infographic style layout with a ball that moves throughout.

Kyle Read Can Work


AIGA Eye on Design

The first thing that catches you is the simple blinking eye animation. Simple geometric shapes and clean type make for a pleasant and informative site.

AIGA Eye on Design


The Grid

Described as “AI websites that design themselves,” The Grid is taking a dramatic new approach to publishing content on the web.

The Grid


Type Genius

A tool to find type matches by selecting a “starter font” which then yields results with potential good pairings to other typefaces.

Type Genius


Design Beats

A daily handpicked selection of content from a directory of more than 700 sites specialized in design from around the globe.

Design Beats


DesignersMX

An invite-only website that allows artists to create custom cover art to accompany a finely curated playlist of songs pulled from Spotify, SoundCloud and Rdio.

 

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

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