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9 New Websites For Clean, Modern Design Inspiration

By Edited Jun 24, 2014 0 0

Yes, I know there are countless posts about website design inspiration, but this one is different! Actually, these are a handful of websites that I believe to be best in their respective categories which range from full-page photography to CSS3 animated illustrated designs.

There are at least a few design elements on each website in which you can draw inspiration. Peruse these 9 examples and incorporate some of these elements and techniques into your future designs.

"Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before."

Herodotus

Daniel Filler

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is certainly true for Daniel Filler's quasi full-screen homepage. Notice the depth delivered from the intense focus on Mr. Filler. The picture brilliantly delivers his message: "I am a design geek and a whiz on a mac. Hire me." The rounded CSS button is a little hokie as a sharp, rectangular button would work better.

Daniel Filler

Daniel Filler
Credit: Daniel Filler

Green Woods Country Club

My eye is drawn to one thing: The gorgeous design of the top-half of the page. I can easily overlook the stock icons and poor typography below because the brilliantly crafted design above. Imagine what this site would look like if the upper container were taller and a small menu was presented at the bottom.

Green Woods

Green Woods
Credit: GW Country Club

Jolly Heating and Air

A full page slider with a transparent feel to the interaction between text and image. This is a very elegant design and is usually seen on higher end corporate sites. It's hard to believe this is a small business website. Yes, the shortcode use and lack of CSS on sub-pages is a giveaway, but still a solid attempt at simple, elegant design by Jolly Heating and Air.

Jolly Heating and Air

Jolly Heating and Air
Credit: Page One SEO

Moundville Alabama

Moundville is a small city on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa, AL, but there is nothing small about this ambitious project. A full screen rotating background that incorporates stunning pictures that really show off the city's qualities. The sub-pages are a little plain and typography is simple enough, but what the website does well is capturing your attention.

City of Moundville

Moundville Alabama
Credit: City of Moundville

OTE

This is probably the best representation of layered images that attempts to create a "limitless" effect. Similar to the technique used in the film "Limitless", the photoshopped images give the impression the landscape is infinite. See utah.gov for similar design with the addition of a parallax effect. If there is a better example of this style, I haven't seen it.

OTE

OTE
Credit: OTE

Trafika

I only like the top portion of this site. It is a one-page website with a very clunky and inefficient scroll. Nevertheless, the textured overlay, the use of color and the edginess of the typography make for a fun, urban design.

Trafika

Trafika
Credit: Trafika

Jax Vineyard

Spend some time on this site and you will grow to love it. Has e-commerce ever looked this good? I know they have only a handful of wines to sell, but it is perfectly executed. Integrated into the site is what appears to be a slider whose margin extends to the top of the page, but thanks to the alignment of the bottles and proper use of z-index, it works.

Jax Vineyard

Jax Vineyard
Credit: Jax Vineyard

Tradewinds

This is my favorite design out of all 14 sites. This is perfection. I want to go buy tea now. Detail is meticulously implemented down to the occasional JJ Abrams lens flare.

Tradewinds

Tradewinds Tea
Credit: Tradewinds

Adopt a Yeti

When you don't have a lot of content to present, you can take risks with the design. Falling snow and a fun-loving yeti are come to life using CSS3 and Html5 techniques.

Adopt a Yeti
Credit: Adopt a Yeti
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