Top 10 Websites for Designers – September 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.

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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.)


Founded in 1999, Zookeeper is a brand design and communication studio that specializes in creating logos, corporate identities and interactive experiences for apps and websites. The firm just launched a new responsively designed site using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and WordPress. The moving background at the top changes four times a day depending when you visit.

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Patrick Alfred

The portfolio site for young graphic designer Patrick Alfred is a simple scrolling page that shows off his print and web design work (as well as his sense of humor).

Camden Arts Centre

First commissioned to make some design tweaks to the site they originally developed five years ago, Red Leader’s brief expanded to a complete redesign and development. This is the first site the firm built using Expression Engine as the CMS. Red Leader fully integrated Camden’s in-house booking system, social networking sites and online shop.
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Angela Ficorelli Graphic Design

This is a collection of the graphic design/illustration/hand-painted sign/crafty things made by designer Angela Ficorelli.
top 10 websites for designers


Elena Giavaldi is an Italian book cover designer and illustrator based in New York City. Her clients include Knopt, Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Penguin.
top 10 websites for designers


Neosbrand is a graphic design and visual communication studio based in Spain, founded by brothers Fidel and Javier Castro. “From small graphic pieces, to global branding projects and visual communications the aim is to create emotional bonds between the brands and their target markets.”
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Coffee Made Me Do It 

Simon Ålander is a 24-year-old Swedish designer who is passionate about typography and lettering. “I love to mix different techniques—both analogue and digital. What inspires me to create things is music, streetwear, graffiti and the sneaker culture.”

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Charlotte Trounce

Charlotte Trounce is a British illustrator with a carefree and colorful style that  she’s put to use for clients like The New York Times and M&C Saatchi.
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Century of the Child

Hello Monday created this immersive site accompany a MoMA exhibit of the same name, which explores the role of 20th century design in modern childhood “from utopian dreams for the citizens of the future to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation.”
Top 10 Websites for Designers


Originally from Germany, now based in London, Jacqueline Wagner creates 3D illustrations, mostly from paper, and photographs the spectacular results.
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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