It’s the universal question we all ask ourselves: In an industry full of so many talented design professionals, how can my work stand out? This month’s cool websites curated by HOW Magazine art director, Adam Ladd, showcase how designers use illustration techniques to uniquely position themselves and their brands in the market (and online). Here, Anastasia’s site boasts stunning illustrations of nature full of bold color and texture. Coming at illustration from a completely different – yet very effective – angle, Fixate web design agency’s site leverages distinct line illustrations to lure in clients and those simply surfing by. These examples and more below reveal the diverse possibilities within the element of illustration, and why it’s something for every designer to explore.
Cool Websites for Designers – September 2014
The portfolio site of Russia-based, Anastasia Kolesnikova, presents striking colorful illustrations of nature for the home page slides and finessed typography.
Fixate is a web design agency in South Africa. The collage of monoweight line illustrations that change throughout the pages, give their site a distinct look.
Aside from the bold yellow and black color scheme, The Haystack Dept. offers designers useful graphics, type, patterns and textures for cheap.
AIGA presents an interactive report surveying design salaries across the country, using a clean and clear design approach.
The microsite for architecture group, Make, makes an impact with heavy hand lettering in layers that actually move with your cursor for interaction and depth.
Featuring an eclectic assembling of images and movement, the portfolio site for designer Aaron Lawrence, sets a strong personality.
EARS aims to help create relationships between creative industry professionals. Their site uses a subdued color palette with sharp graphic elements and typography.
Chattanooga, TN-based, Whiteboard, is a creative agency specializing in brand and storytelling. They put their people, beliefs and work front and center in their website with video and type.
A “get started” guide to DPI and resolution for print and web designers featuring plenty of illustrated examples. Written by Sebastien Gabriel.
The site for G’nosh (“Gourment dips without the fuss”), appropriately uses the popular chalkboard typography treatment blending it with pleasant food photography.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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