Top 10 Sites for Designers: March 2017 Edition

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Every month, HOW art director Adam Ladd curates a list of inspiring websites (and the occasional app) of particular interest to designers and creatives. This month’s selection features interactive documentaries, typography animations and more.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

Top 10 Websites for Designers: March 2017

1. An Alphabetical Adventure

This darling side project from the founder of Studio Lovelock explores the highs and lows of parenting. Watch the full animation or explore letter by letter for some character design, lettering and illustration inspiration—and a smile, too.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

2. 2016 Pizzeria LaFerrera Year in Review

What happens when a weekly supper club hosted by Molly Baker and Jason LaFerrera sets a goal to make 256 pizzas in one year? We all get to see some fun pizza stats presented beautifully, that’s what.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

3. TopoTopo

This brainchild of New York–based design agency HUSH allows you to create a topography-based puzzle using open source data. The complexity of the terrain challenges the mind in a three-dimensional way.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

4. Firewatch

Check out the scroll action in this website for Firewatch, a first-person single-player mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness. Firewatch was created by Campo Santo, a San Francisco–based video game studio.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

5. Climatune

A fun project from Spotify and AccuWeather for those of us curious about how the weather affects what music we listen to.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More


6. The Goldfinch: A Bird’s-Eye View

Immerse yourself in this website to discover the story of “The Goldfinch,” a work of art by Carel Fabritius that first reappeared in Brussels in 1859 after the Delft Explosion of 1654 and currently resides at The Mauritshuis, an art museum in the Netherlands.

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

7. Hollow Documentary

This interactive documentary explores McDowell County, a US county with a diminishing population, through the stories of more than 30 residents who live there today. As stated on the site, “The story of McDowell County, West Virginia, is the story of America. Of boom and bust economies. Of small towns facing changes beyond their control. And of challenges and triumphs of every size.”

Top 10 Sites for Designers: Typography Animation & More

8. iSpy

This interactive video documentary reveals how the Five Eyes Alliance—the largest surveillance program in human history, according to the documentary—impacts our lives.

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9. The Endangered Alphabets Project

The Endangered Alphabets Project preserves endangered, minority and indigenous cultures by turning their writing into beautiful hand-carved artwork.

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10. The Circular Design Guide

The Circular Design Guide is a collaboration between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO to help innovators create more elegant, effective, creative solutions for a circular economy. The site includes activities to help us understand, define, make and release circular innovations.

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