Locating “The Top 10 Websites for Designers” each month is no easy task. HOW art director Adam Ladd meticulously combs the internet in search of noteworthy websites that elicit an emotion, a double-take or lure him back. This month, it came as no surprise when sites surrounding typography and color took the fore. These elements of design can be made and remade again, never tiring when they’re executed well. Below, we’ve curated examples of color, type and texture to breathe life into your next project. Swedish studio Bedow shows us that experimenting with color is something beyond child’s play. Cereal Magazine showcases how leveraging type—whether large or small, less or more—changes the outcome of any graphic endeavor.
Best Websites for Designers – October 2014
Sweden-based design studio, Bedow, uses large photos of their atmosphere and examples of their work, blended with established serif typography.
Using a smart, tailor blue color with old style type and line icons, this site helps set the tone for their offerings.
Using a strong grid, Go Food mixes a blend of images from their space with the strong use of typography as seen in both the site and menu boards.
There are many free web fonts now available from Google, but the aim of this site is to demonstrate them in use with striking type pairings and background images.
Semplice is a customizable, case study portfolio system geared for creative professionals. Large type and a black and yellow color scheme get your attention.
A great tool for working with web layouts to test over 23,000 web fonts and see how they pair together. It features easy to edit templates where you can try everything out.
Type in a font-family and this site will display compatibility tables to show which operating systems it’s supported on.
Use the Color Calculator (created by Sessions College for Professional Design) to explore creative color options. Pick your color(s), choose a color harmony, and change as needed. It will generate a report of the hex, RGB, and CMYK color values.
This site for a hair stylist group uses a bold color palette and geometric sans serif type to present a modern feel.
A UK-based, quarterly lifestyle and travel magazine, their site uses airy typography and a reduced color palette to help convey the nature of its content.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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Go deeper with color. If you’ve ever had trouble nailing the right color palette for a project, Jude Stewart’s Beyond the Color Chart Bootcamp course will take your knowledge of the color wheel to another level.