Have any go to design firm websites that you regularly check for inspiration? Putting together your design portfolio can be challenging, to say the least. This month we’ve curated a list of top notch design firm websites – to showcase how the best in the biz sell their designs. From space age-themed Airnauts to branding/digital agency Brooklyn United, this edition of top websites reveals how designers continue to break molds and set trends. Plus, if you’re looking for a site to test web fonts, check out TypeWonder – or take a peek at the Typographic Pocket Guide for easy access to type lessons.
Described as a space where engineers, designers and thinkers work together, the site for Airnauts sets a cool, space-age theme with the color tones and abstract motion graphics.
Underbelly is a design group with focus on UX, development and branding. They have created a fun yet professional site leveraging the whale symbol as part of their brand.
This is a handy site for quick reference to typographic questions. Including information about mixing typefaces and the different kinds of dashes.
A full service digital agency, the site for Degordian displays a tonal background video of the team and environment and nice case study pages.
A great way to access (and learn from) the online brand asset pages of a variety of companies. There is also a nice little search feature using “command + F”.
The site for this digital and brand agency makes an impact when you visit it through a distinct color scheme, rotating type, large photos and unfolding tiles of text and images.
TypeWonder allows you to quickly test web fonts for any site. Simply type in the URL, choose the font and watch it populate the site with the new fonts. You can easily toggle between the old site and other fonts.
This site leaves an immediate impression on the user because of the high quality food imagery and animations. Details like rolling over the plate toggles between ingredients and final presentation.
Lidia Varesco Racoma’s collection of found typography in her Chicago neighborhood and beyond. Her goal is to encourage people to discover and be inspired by typography found in everyday life.
The redesign for the Harvard Law Review website by Upstatement is a great example of well-considered typography to present content. They don’t use any images other than a series of 50 alternating background patterns.
- Remember to submit a site you think should be included in this list of top design websites next month.
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Need more interactive stimulation? Catch web design expert Paul Boag’s Design Tutorial “Are We Approaching Digital All Wrong?” July 31.