Top 10 Websites for Designers – April 2014

This month’s top 10 cool websites for designers has something for everyone, whether you are looking to celebrate global design by exploring a blog dedicated to Spanish graphic design pioneers, or, you are seeking a way to curate the perfect typeface for your next project with Type Finder. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with 3D shapes online. Find all of these cool websites and more below, curated by HOW’s art director, Adam Ladd.

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Graphic Pioneers

A blog by Emilio Gil dedicated to the work of the pioneers of Spanish graphic design. There are great examples highlighted here that gives the reader more understanding of some of the work that has been done around the globe to influence our craft.

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2013 Fitbit Activity: Almost True Facts From the Animal Kingdom

Fitbit celebrates their community’s achievements by seeing how far they walked and which animal level they made it to. Featuring fun, playful animal animations.

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Nicolas KK

This is the portfolio site of Nicolas Kubail Kal, a Baltimore based Brazilian designer currently pursuing a Design degree at MICA. His site reflects his interest in “exploring boundaries of communication and the creation of structures that strategically simulate the effects of the nature of knowledge.”

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Type Finder

Type Finder was created to help designers and font-enthusiasts select a proper typeface from a curated library of fonts. The clean interface and simple, appropriate questions help guide you in identifying some great choices.

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French Paper Co.

Most designers are familiar with the great paper products and promotional ephemera from French, and the site is a nice showcase of their offerings and personality featuring design and illustration work from CSA Images and CSA Design.

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Prototypo

Prototypo is an open-source, online application for font creation that is currently being developed. It has caused some mixed response, but is nonetheless intriguing. The site presents a nice video, colored sections and icons to help explain it.

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Melanie F.

Melanie F. is a French brand that creates children’s footwear. There is a great tone through the opening background video and as you scroll you’ll find nice photography and graphic decorations to accompany the products.

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Tridiv

Tridiv is a web-based editor for creating 3D shapes in CSS. It’s free and easy to get started playing around with to explore some cool outcomes. See examples and test them to get a better feel.

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Frank Chimero

Frank Chimero’s is a “professional designer” in Brooklyn, New York as his site states. His site features curious and unconventional images and type, and combinations of the two for a memorable design.

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MMUnion

MMUnion exists to represent students at Manchester Metropolitan University. The site displays large photos of the space and buildings that are tinted with color for a distinct feel. The underlined type overlays the photos and there is a nice mix of graphics and icons in the timeline.

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