Top 10 Websites for Designers – December 2012

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.)


Elsa Mora is a Cuban-born illustrator living in Los Angeles. Her portfolio is quite varied and wonderful but her papercuts are simply astonishing. Visit all seven sections of her portfolio to get a real sense of her work.
Top 10 Websites for Designers


Docracy is an open collection of legal contracts that you can customize for your own use. There are lots of resources (many from the AIGA) for designers and illustrators.
Top 10 Websites for Designers

Design Crush

Freelance designer Kelly Beall started her blog in 2007 as a way to keep track of visual inspiration. Design Crush focuses on the intersections of design and life and is always a great place to visit when you need a little jolt of creativity.
Top 10 Websites for Designers

Matt Willey

This U.K. designer has been focusing the last couple of years on Port Magazine where he is the co-creative director. His portfolio is full of wonderful editorial design.
Top 10 Websites for Designers

Moth City

Moth City is an online graphic novel by New Zealnd-based illustrator Tim Gibson. Set against the backdrop of the Chinese Civil war, when the governing Nationalist Party fought Mao’s Communists, Moth City tells the story of an American weapons tycoon who must solve a brazen murder, before his city’s inhabitants are wiped out by the warring factions.
Top 10 Websites for Designers


Design firm Rule29 partnered with non-profit Life In Abundance to build Konjo, a line of sandals that are handcrafted by a group of vulnerable women and men in one of Africa’s largest slums, Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya. “The shoes are not the end product. Rather, our vision is that Konjo would serve as a catalyst toward economic independence and life in abundance.”
Top 10 Websites for Designers

Steven Harrington

Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style and a portfolio that includes everything from large-scale installations made of plaster and stone to screen printed posters, skateboards and sculptures.

Top 10 Websites for Designers


Stellavie is a German design studio and manufacturer run by Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein. “With a huge appreciation for the craft and supported by modern engraving and laser cutting techniques we thrive to create beautiful work. Graphic-Design with a fresh perspective, limited edition artworks and ‘prints’, paper greeting cards and lampshades.”
Top 10 Websites for Designers

Scout Creative

Scout Creative is a Portland, OR-based content marketing agency that’s made a name for itself with its quirky 3D calendar papercraft downloads.
Top 10 Websites for Designers

Onward California

To launch a massive rebranding of the University of California, the in-house creative team designed a website to promote the role of UC in the lives of all Californians, with content developed with 160over90 and The D4D. Like the new identity for the university, the site is youthful and energetic.

Top 10 Websites for Designers

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

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