Every month HOW scours the web and pours through submissions from creatives to discover the top design websites. We’re looking for the best promo sites of talented designers and illustrators, as well as design tools, resources and fun sites for creative time-outs.
Check out the best design websites below. (You can also submit a site you think should be included in this list of cool design websites next month.)
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This Chicago design studio just a launched a new self-promo site to showcase their illustration, web and print work for clients like EMI, Pitchfork, Chicago Reader and Nike.
Designer Mirna Raduka, originally from Zagreb, Croatia, studied at the School of Design Zagreb and then at Parsons School of Design when she moved to the U.S. After stints working at Chermayeff & Geismar and Design Army, she’s now freelancing from her studio in New York.
TRÜF is a creative studio obsessed with designing better brands. Their site showcases how they create effective and elegant brand design solutions for companies of all sizes, from startups to start-overs.
Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. Products include fonts, templates, themes and graphics, all at very reasonable prices.
This site transforms news and events into graphic icons, creating a new way to experience information. When an icon catches your eye, click for more details and a link to the full story.
Hall of Femmes aims to highlight the work of women in art direction and design. The project was founded in 2009 by Samira Bouabana and Angela Tillman Sperandio. It includes lectures, exhibitions and the publication of the Hall of Femmes book series, each book portraying a designer and her work through in-depth interviews and previously unpublished images.
Designer Dan Cassaro recently launched a new self-promo site to showcase his type, lettering and logo design for client’s including MTV, Good magazine, Ace Hotel, Nike and The New York Times. His limited color palette (mostly black and white) forces the typography do all the heavy lifting in his work.
Baji is a Seattle-based branding and interactive agency that does everything from branding and design to app development, social media strategy and video. Be sure to check out their work for Elements of Education.
This amazing service turns any sound you can upload into a unique work of art. You can visually capture everything from the heartbeat of your unborn child to the laugh of your girlfriend to the pop of a champagne cork. Users can choose their own colors and canvas size. The largest piece produced to date is 39×59 inches!
Kiwi & Pom is a London based Design Consultancy established in 2008, which creates interiors and products for the home. Their extremely minimalist self-promo sites puts all the focus on their work.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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