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Excellent Web Design Exposed

Written by Tyler Wetzel on Wednesday, March 26, 2014


NYC Times Square

Photo by Wojtek Witkowski

Finding inspiration is not always as simple as it sounds, whether you’ve been designing for years or you’re new to the scene, there are always new ideas floating around on the internet. Therefore, I have compiled some of my favorite websites below to help get your creative juices bubbling.

AIGA’s 100 Years of Design

In celebration of AIGA’s centennial and the profound impact of American design on our culture, this microsite acts as a living resource for design. The website 100 Years of Design focuses on game changing design principles, and features influential artists over the past 100 years. The rather long presentation, covering a hundred years, has a wealth of knowledge for both the novice and the experienced.

AIGA's 100 Years of Design

The site utilizes a parallax design to help give you the sense that you are passing through the years. Beautiful graphics and an overwhelming amount of visual ques allow you to explore each section in more depth. You can even submit your own voice to the website by telling a story about how design has assisted, influenced or helped you in life.

Type Quest

Another winner on the list, Type Quest, was featured on TypeKit‘s website. Type Quest was designed to help assist graphic and web designers in understanding the power of OpenType in Webfonts while giving insightful information from current professionals in the industry. Type Quest breaks down the process of implementing OpenType so as to make it a little less intimidating—and it also shows off some of what OpenType can do.

Type Quest 2014

The website also offers information on topics such as webfonts, supported browsers, and hinting. The website also features articles from leaders in the industry. Check them out and discover the power of OpenType Webfonts and learn the finer coding details to implement classic typographic details.

Google Ventures

Google has it’s fingers in so many pies now that’s it hard to keep track of them all. But recently Google Ventures went under a fancy redesign that focused on simplicity, and even utilized one of my favorite fonts — Brandon Grotesque. Besides the attractive font, it also features a classic visual style. For example it was redesigned with collapsible navigation, which keeps the page clean and dedicated to content. The large remaining canvas gave them plenty of space for articles, videos, and case studies.

Google Ventures 2014

Essentially GV provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding to some of the best emerging startups. Whether they are mapping the world o helping us find our cat photos online Google has been one of the forerunners of clean effective design that serves a purpose. This website takes on many of these aspects and translate them in clear and professional manner.

Google likes to clarify that these are not strategic investments, but I’ll remain a skeptic until I see what they are planning to do with their new robot army that they are secretly constructing.

Flat Design vs Realism

2013 was the year of the battle between Flat Design & Realism (or skeuomorphism). Based on that inTacto created an interactive card with an epic story + a HTML5 game + a new year greeting on video! Check it out and discover how the blend of real and flat design has changed the web design landscape.

Flat Design VS Real Design

This site is the epitome of so many great aspects of the web. Flat design may be the trending topic but it’s just that, a trend; both flat and real sites can be done well, and done poorly. As long as we see sites that attempt to deliver at this level then I think we’re on the right track.

Apple - Thirty Years of Mac

Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone’s hands. It launched a generation of innovators who continue to change the world. This 30‑year timeline celebrates some of those pioneers and the profound impact they’ve made.

30 Years of Mac History

Mac is known for there innovative design and approaches. Although they only recently adopted the flat design trend in the new IOS 7, it’s clear that they will remain a powerful player for years to come. This website truly embodies these ideals and brings to life the creators who have fostered and brought about change through the power of Macintosh.

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