Top 10 Websites for Designers – A Guide to DPI + Fixate

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.

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Cool Websites for Designers – September 2014

Anastasia Kolesnikova

The portfolio site of Russia-based, Anastasia Kolesnikova, presents striking colorful illustrations of nature for the home page slides and finessed typography.

Anastasia Kolesnikova


Fixate

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.

Fixate


The Haystack Dept.

Aside from the bold yellow and black color scheme, The Haystack Dept. offers designers useful graphics, type, patterns and textures for cheap.

The Haystack Dept.


AIGA Survey of Design Salaries 2014

AIGA presents an interactive report surveying design salaries across the country, using a clean and clear design approach.

AIGA Survey of Design Salaries 2014


Make

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.

Make


Aaron Lawrence

Featuring an eclectic assembling of images and movement, the portfolio site for designer Aaron Lawrence, sets a strong personality.

Aaron Lawrence


EARS

EARS aims to help create relationships between creative industry professionals. Their site uses a subdued color palette with sharp graphic elements and typography.

EARS


Whiteboard

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.

Whiteboard


Designer’s Guide to DPI

A “get started” guide to DPI and resolution for print and web designers featuring plenty of illustrated examples. Written by Sebastien Gabriel.

Designer's Guide to DPI


G’nosh

The site for G’nosh (“Gourment dips without the fuss”), appropriately uses the popular chalkboard typography treatment blending it with pleasant food photography.

G'nosh

 

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

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Websites for Designers – A Guide to DPI + Fixate

  1. LilyBoykin

    Wow!! The amazing collection of sites you have shared. Every designer want to create a best web design for their websites because a design is a single source that make a website very attractive for the users. So I like all the websites and appreciate to the experience of Adam Ladd to share these kind of posts for the designers.

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