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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Harvest Creative’s site really takes advantage of the parallax trend to animate their highly illustrated self-promo site.
Kevin Zweerink is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His small portfolio site already hints at a very bright future.
Designer and screen printer John Knoerl, based in Detroit, does amazing gig posters for bands and tours. You can buy some of the posters in his Etsy shop, too.
Zoa Martinez captures more than 13 years of identity and motion design in this self-promo website.
Mark McCormick, creative director for Crunch Fitness and freelance illustrator and letterer, illustrates Dictionary.com’s “Word of the Day” and captures the results at WORD IS DRAWN, his daily creativity project.
Giant Thinkers provides practical advice to design students and recent grads on how to get a job as a designer. The site, founded by freelance designer Ram Castillo, encourages up and coming designers to push their own personal boundaries by empowering them with relevant and proven information to be employable.
With creative support from the entire Nice and Serious team, web designer extraordinaire Peter Larkin built a fun, interactive parallaxing website based on a day in the life of an “average Joe”. Through this quirky little character, going about his daily tasks, the viewer is able to learn more about how water is wasted in our lives, often without us realizing it.
Marek Mundok is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia. His work shows a great mastery of typography.
This notable documentary photographer recently launched a new site to showcase his work, which is equal parts intimate, anthropological and satirical.
I Shot Him is a design studio “that works hard to change hearts, minds and habits. We believe design has the power to do more than sell a product, but that it can make a difference through altering perceptions, emotions and actions for the good of us all.”
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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