Best of Web Design in 2012

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First of all, we would like to wish a Happy New Year to all of our readers! And to start 2013, we decided to gather some of the most appreciated designs we showcased here in 2012. We gathered the designs our readers most talked about, and we did this huge list to show you what we and our readers considered the best web designs of last year. The sites we will show here were featured because of use of textures, images, typography, navigation and much more. So take your time and browse through these designs to see what was memorable in 2012.

Captain Dash

Inspiring Typography in Web Design

Inzeit

Bright Colors in Web Design

Trent Walton

Illustrated Elements in Web Design

Postable

Illustrated Elements in Web Design

Pulp Fingers

Texture in Web Design

The Buffalo Lounge

Texture in Web Design

Designing Monsters

Dark Colors in Web Design

Pursuit Pop-Up Shop

Dark Colors in Web Design

shoplocket

Dark Colors in Web Design

Denise Chandler

Inspiring Typography

Oliver Russell

Inspiring Typography

Whiteboard

Inspiring Typography

Bones Brigade DJs

Inspiring Typography

Fifty Three

Inspiring Typography

Fifty Three – Paper

Inspiring Typography

Whitmans New York

Big Backgrounds in Web Design

Blind Pig Design

Black, White and Grey in Web Design

my own bike

Black, White and Grey in Web Design

Book of Beards

Black, White and Grey in Web Design

Simon Foster

Black, White and Grey in Web Design

Everything you need to know about Design

Colorful Websites

Modo Luce

Colorful Websites

BigNoise

Colorful Websites

Fudge House

Colorful Websites

Teacake

Single Page Websites

Luke Stevenson

Single Page Websites

open121

White Usage in Web Design

RED

White Usage in Web Design

Yardsale

Textures and Patterns in Web Design

Theory

Textures and Patterns in Web Design

D10studio

21 Examples of Inspiring Typography in Web Design

Lift Interactive

21 Examples of Inspiring Typography in Web Design

coderwall

21 Examples of Inspiring Typography in Web Design

Fear the Grizzly

20 Examples of Minimal Style Navigation Menus in Web Design

FoundryCo

20 Examples of Minimal Style Navigation Menus in Web Design

Kirschner Brasil

20 Examples of Minimal Style Navigation Menus in Web Design

Roundhouse

White Usage in Web Design

Paid to Exist

Dark Colors in Web Design

Barcamp

Dark Colors in Web Design

O3

Dark Colors in Web Design

Diehl Group

Using Photos in Web Design

Studio Airport

Using Photos in Web Design

These are Things

23 Great Examples of Illustrated Elements in Web Design

Impress A Penguin

23 Great Examples of Illustrated Elements in Web Design

CIRQ.

23 Great Examples of Illustrated Elements in Web Design

Colorkite

Textures and Patterns in Web Design

Noble Design

21 Clean Web Design Layouts

Squarespace

21 Web Designs that take Advantage of Typography Power

Design Week Portland

21 Web Designs that take Advantage of Typography Power

Design Week Portland

Using Photos in Web Design

Rule of Three

21 Web Designs that take Advantage of Typography Power

Sanctuary T Shop

21 Inspiring Examples of Colorful Websites

fe-el

21 Inspiring Examples of Colorful Websites

Studio Airport

21 Inspiring Design Studios/Portfolios

Philip House

21 Inspiring Examples of White Space Usage

Eighty3 Creative

21 Inspiring Examples of White Space Usage

by association only

21 Beautiful Image Use in Web Design

Mosaic

21 Beautiful Image Use in Web Design

Ideaware

21 Beautiful Image Use in Web Design

Nudge

21 Inspiring Minimalist Websites

Roy Barber

21 Inspiring Minimalist Websites

Tapmates

21 Inspiring Minimalist Websites

Young Jerks

21 Inspiring Minimalist Websites

Welikesmall

21 Insiring Texture Use in Web Design

Grain & Mortar

21 Insiring Texture Use in Web Design

About the Author

Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

17 Comments

  1. Mike Yasieniuk
    January 2, 2013

    Looks like minimal was the top web design trend of 2012. Do you think it will continue throughout 2013 or do you see any new trends appearing?

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  2. Sovit Ranjitkar
    January 2, 2013

    Great list. Thanks Gisele for sharing.
    I found Simple, Clean, Minimal, Responsive and Yes, Retina Ready Web with more white spaces are the top web design trend of 2012.

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  3. Michael
    January 2, 2013

    Wow. All great examples of incredibly clean design. I was going to pick a favorite, but it would easily be a mile long. I agree with Mike – minimal is definitely trending. I don’t think it’s going anywhere, either.

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  4. Liam
    January 2, 2013

    I was going to pick a favorite,great collection !
    thanks for sharing!

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  5. Derek Kimball
    January 2, 2013

    Great compilation Gisele. You’ve included a good mix of website styles there. I agree with Sovit and Michael, the minimalist style sites are great. I especially like the sites that incorporate great photography and/or graphics. A clean site with awesome photos or vector art will never go out of style.

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  6. Web Design Wolverhampton & Birmingham
    January 3, 2013

    A great compilation, thanks! Looking forward to seeing what 2013 brings. Happy new year :D

    Reply
  7. Ron Davis
    January 4, 2013

    I like your web design compilation for 2012! I think 2013 will be much better than 2012.. :-)

    Reply
  8. josephnicklo
    January 4, 2013

    I really like “Everything you need to know about Design”

    Reply
  9. Waheed Akhtar
    January 6, 2013

    2012 was a great year for web designers. There are hundreds of sites published in last year which are impossible to publish all here. Looking forward what big things come up in 2013.

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  10. Don
    January 7, 2013

    Studio Airport is listed twice. :)

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  11. Dev Digital
    January 7, 2013

    Aw inspiring list of web design and creativity. In 2012 we have seen more creativity using less space and more functionality. Personally I like Studio Airport.

    Reply
  12. Studio Houtzager
    January 7, 2013

    Inspiring! Let’s see what 2013 brings. Personally I like rule of three

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  13. mi jonsone
    January 7, 2013

    Excellent collection!
    Thanks a lot!

    I love http://www.fe-el.com

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  14. Howard Steele
    July 26, 2013

    Awesome! Excellent compilation!

    Reply
  15. Richard H.
    August 12, 2013

    Oh, I love the beard website that’s awesome!

    We actually just launched an updated form of our own website that you can find here: http://www.theedesign.com/

    Hopefully we’ll be in the 2013 version!

    Reply
  16. Jeremy W
    September 18, 2013

    Great list. Looking forward to the 2013 collection!

    Reply
  17. Tony C
    November 6, 2013

    Love the designs…so inspiring. Thanks for the post!

    Reply

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