Top 10 Sites for Designers: September 2016 Edition

Every month, HOW art director Adam Ladd curates a list of inspiring websites of particular interest to designers and creatives. This month’s selection includes a hub for UX design tools and resources, a quick and easy invoicing tool, a collection of motion graphics, and a few gorgeous sites for web design inspiration.


1. Sans Francisco

A collection of digital tools for designers, this punnily-named website is one to bookmark for your next project. Explore user testing tools, typography resources, stock photography options, collaborative tools and more.


2. Teletype

Teletype uses an endearing, subtly animated mascot to welcome you to their site. The tool itself is an interesting and aesthetically endearing little Raspberry Pi-based printer. It even includes instructions for building your own. The experience is also smooth, bright and engaging.



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3. Periodic Table of Motion Graphics

I’m hoping the full site for this one will be translated into English at some point, because it’s beyond helpful. This “Periodic Table” of motion graphics includes the info you need to create each one in After Effects.


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4. Mix the Play

It’s your turn to be the director: direct your own version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with this website from the British Council. A choose-your-own-adventure website with an incredibly smooth experience,  you can choose your actors, performance styles and more. Every decision you make will change the scene entirely. Midsummer-Mix-Play

5. Product Pages

This curated selection of webpages, including product landing pages, checkout pages and pricing pages, allows you to view and explore sleek, successful user interfaces. A great inspiration tool for anyone interested in creating clean and effective ecommerce experiences.Product-Pages

6. Nowdue

This Slack-friendly tool offers a quick, conversational way to create and manage invoices for freelancers, startup businesses and small teams. Plus, it’s bright and cheerful!Invoices

7. Draft Design

This interior design company has employed personalized brush fonts and pleasantly smooth animations and transitions, all adding to the engagement.

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8. Beyond the Map: Rio

Didn’t get enough Rio during the Olympics? This elaborate virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture notably addresses the city’s less-touristy side. Follow your tour guide or navigate yourself between stops and explore the culture of the Favelas in depth.


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9. Where Cards Fall

There’s not much to this website teasing an upcoming game, but the dreamy graphics and typography are gorgeous.



10. Grosse Lanterne

With great colors and beautiful animations, the website for Quebec’s “Festival in the Forest” is both pleasing and effective.


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