The web is an exciting source of inspiration for any designer, whether you spend your work hours devoted to print media, digital or a bit of both. Each month HOW art director Adam Ladd collects his “Top 10” list of cool websites for designers to continue to delight and entertain us. This month he explores sites that speak to a distinct aesthetic through the use of soft color palettes, like Coolers and Violaine & Jérémy. He showcases design portfolio websites that also use unique styles to distinguish themselves and reflect their work appropriately. Whether it’s a personal brand being represented or a corporate identity, a cohesive look and experience is critical to success.
Cool Websites for Designers – November 2014
Described as a super fast color scheme generator for designers, you can quickly get a visual display of fresh palettes.
These microsites for Commercial Type showcase their fonts in colorful arrangements and text layouts, highlighting their webfont options.
A tool by nuSchool that presents a brief 5 question form to help you determine a suggested price for how much to charge a potential client.
The graphic design and illustration portfolio for Paris-based Violaine & Jérémy makes use of soft color tones to accentuate their work.
This Boulder-based, “environmentally responsible” design studio, presents themselves and their work with clean typographic layouts and large, full-width images.
hi hayk is a graphic designer who loves to create simple and effective designs. His site uses unique colors and graphic elements to distinguish himself.
A design and technology studio, The Experiment sets a tone right away with a seemingly interactive video and elements that move in as you scroll.
An archive depicting the personal relationship readers have with physical books by displaying their markings on the page.
A platform that connects idea makers with creative professionals and enables them to create crowd-funding campaigns.
Using a refined and clean aesthetic for the brand, this site is focused on selling, with a nice blend of type, color and images.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
More Resources – Free E-books
8 Winning Examples of Brand Strategy in Packaging Design
7 Archetypes that Established Brand Identity
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.