Another monday has come and here we are, ready to inspire you with our web design related lists! Today is all about blue… a color that personally, I love. A color that represents the oceans and the sky. Blue is also a great choice in web design, even if you use it only in a couple elements or in the whole page. You can use a gradient of different shades of blue, a blue textured background, blue typography, blue icons… there are tons of cool combinations you can do with it do give your website a stylish touch.
Hand drawn elements are a really good way to give your website a cool touch! You can do that by adding a nice hand drawn illustration to your page, a stylish hand draw font, icon, some lines, characters or any other thing you want. Hand drawn elements can give your website an informal look… they can add personality and humor to it.
In a ‘non orthodox’ way (informal way) I would say that gradients are a mix of color’s shades… you can use the same color in many shades, many shades of many colors or several other combinations you may think of. The point is that gradients are beautiful and can give your website a very unique style. You can use a cool gradient at the whole website design, or only at the header, footer or just in a couple elements of it, but I’m pretty sure about one thing: combining the right colors and shades will make you a gradient lover!
Last Friday (March, 26th), Henry posted an article with 30 Fonts Perfect for Vintage and Retro Style Design and I simply loved the first font of the list, the matchbook typefaces. By the time I saw it I could think of several good ways to use it in web design, print design on even other ways. I was so inspired that I decided to do a selection of retro and vintage websites for our weekly web design inspirational post. I really like retro and vintage stuff… websites, posters, print, adds, everything.
The color of our inspirational web design post for this monday will be brown! Last week, when I was putting together the 50 Yellow Web Designs to Inspire You selection I had the impression that my eyes crossed over really cool brown websites… but right now I think that it was only an impression, cause it was a bit rough to gather all this.
For this week inspirational post about web design I decided to gather some yellow sites for us! Personally, I like yellow in web design. And by that I mean that you can use yellow in the whole website or just in some elements of it – like heather, footer, typography, etc. Sometimes a cool combination between a neutral color and a vibrant one lead to an amazing result, so check out the examples we will show here and start thinking about using yellow for your designs.
After showing you A Showcase of Clean White Web Designs a couple weeks ago, it is time for us add some textures to our lists, so here you will see some websites that used textures on its designs. Textures are a great way to give a special touch to a website. They can be used in a specific part of the layout – the header/footer, for example – they can be used in the whole page or in many other ways you may think of. The thing is that textures are versatile, beautiful and stylish, so here are some good examples of textures usage to inspire you. And remember, the idea here is to focus on textures, not necessarily design.
Choosing the correct typography for your website is a very important part of the design process. And as a website is also a communication tool – a very powerful one – you can use the typography to help you on exposing your ideas! Using HUGE typography, for example, you will get the attention you want and your site will also look cool.
We already showed here great examples of websites to inspire you, from Clean White Web Design and Portfolio Designs to iPhone apps websites we delivered great doses of inspiration to help you getting new ideas. Today, continuing our mission of delivering inspiring websites… we will present a selection of dark websites.