Best Web Designs of 2013

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To close our “best of 2013″ series we gathered the web 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 2013. These are websites we featured during the year to show you examples of good use of images, type, texture, navigation and much more. Take your time to browse our selection and explore all the websites. Happy 2014!

Yoke

21 Great Examples of Big Images in Web Design

Fior di Latte Gelato

21 Great Examples of Big Images in Web Design

Evolve

21 Great Examples of Big Images in Web Design

Fhoke

21 Great Examples of Big Images in Web Design

The Good Man

21 Fresh Examples of HTML5 in Web Design

WebKnit

21 Fresh Examples of HTML5 in Web Design

I Shot Him

21 Fresh Examples of HTML5 in Web Design

Designed to Move

21 fresh Examples of Responsive Web Design

Friends of the Web

21 fresh Examples of Responsive Web Design

Glad Creative

21 Examples of Dark Colors in Web Design

Data Driven London

21 Examples of Dark Colors in Web Design

The Windmill Club

21 Examples of Black, White & Grey Usage in Web Design

iconmonstr

21 Examples of Black, White & Grey Usage in Web Design

Brooklyn Soap Company

21 Examples of Black, White & Grey Usage in Web Design

nudge

21 Examples of Black, White & Grey Usage in Web Design

Ryan Feerer

21 Examples of how to incorporate White in your Designs

Charmer Studio

21 Examples of how to incorporate White in your Designs

Si Digital

21 Examples of how to incorporate White in your Designs

IXI Store

21 Examples of Texture Use in Web Design

MailChimp Annual Report

21 Examples of Texture Use in Web Design

Wild Blue

21 Examples of Texture Use in Web Design

Windows of New York

21 Examples of Beautiful Color Use in Web Design

Truf

21 Examples of Beautiful Color Use in Web Design

Minimal Monkey

21 Examples of Beautiful Color Use in Web Design

Shelton Fleming – Ideas into Experiences

21 Examples of Beautiful Color Use in Web Design

Makeshift

21 Inspiring Examples of Typography in Web Design

We Are Mammoth

21 Inspiring Examples of Typography in Web Design

Northbound Design

21 Inspiring Examples of Typography in Web Design

Milk and Pixels

21 Inspiring Single Page Websites

Karma

21 Beautiful Examples of Big Images in Web Design

Kin

21 Beautiful Examples of Big Images in Web Design

Eva Black Design

21 Beautiful Examples of Big Images in Web Design

living edge

21 Inspiring Clean Website Designs

Richard Photo Lab

21 Inspiring Clean Website Designs

Crafting Type

23 Examples of Flat Websites

LayerVault

23 Examples of Flat Websites

Frank Digital

19 Inspiring Examples of Text over Images in Web Design
19 Inspiring Examples of Text over Images in Web Design

Playground Inc.

19 Inspiring Examples of Text over Images in Web Design

Smog Bicyclettes

19 Inspiring Examples of Text over Images in Web Design

Bark PR

19 Beautiful and Colorful Websites for your Inspiration

Ready to Inspire

19 Beautiful and Colorful Websites for your Inspiration

Olly Sorsby

19 Beautiful Examples of Texture in Web Design

Fair State

19 Beautiful Examples of Texture in Web Design

Scott McCarthy Design

19 Beautiful Examples of Texture in Web Design

Postable

19 Beautiful Examples of Texture in Web Design

Cole Townsend

19 Inspiring Examples of Illustrated Elements in Web Design

Sam Markiewicz

19 Inspiring Examples of Illustrated Elements in Web Design

Squarespace

A New Round of Inspiring Big Images in Web Design

Big Data

A New Round of Inspiring Big Images in Web Design

MailChimp

A New Round of Inspiring Big Images in Web Design

Big Cartel Shop

A New Round of Inspiring Big Images in Web Design

The Band Agency

A New Round of Inspiring Big Images in Web Design

Mixd

19 Examples of Minimalistic Web Designs

Chris Wilhite Design

19 Examples of Minimalistic Web Designs

Cyclemon

19 Examples of Minimalistic Web Designs

Whiteboard

17 Examples of Beautiful Typography use in Web Design

Inc

Examples of Beautiful Image Usage in Web Design

Niche

15 Websites with Beautiful Typography use

Daru Sim

15 Websites with Beautiful Typography use

Moving Things Design Company

15 Inspiring Examples of Illustration in Web Design

Activate Media

15 Inspiring Examples of Illustration in Web Design

Box Clever

15 Examples of How to Use White to Enhance Web Design

Studio MPLS

13 Examples of How to Use Color in Web Design

do a backflip

13 Examples of How to Use Color in Web Design

Knock Knock Factory

Colors in Web Design: Greens and Blues

adaptable

Colors in Web Design: Greens and Blues

Cultivated Wit

17 Inspiring Examples of White Usage in Web Design

Karlyn

17 Inspiring Examples of White Usage in Web Design

Marco Messer

15 Beautiful Texturized Sites

Layer

15 Beautiful Texturized Sites

Exponent

15 Beautiful Texturized Sites

Nulab

15 Beautiful Texturized Sites

Björn Meier

15 Inspiring Portfolio Designs

Adam Mottau

15 Inspiring Portfolio Designs

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

14 Comments

  1. Website Design Malaysia
    December 30, 2013

    Our vote goes to Fior di latte gelato’s website. Simply stunning!

    Reply
  2. Jason
    December 30, 2013

    Some absolutely stunning designs in that list and awesome inspiration. I particularly like the Box Clever and Adaptable sites.

    Reply
  3. Laeeq
    December 31, 2013

    Nice collection…Thanks!

    Reply
  4. Lucy
    January 1, 2014

    I hope this parallax fad evolves into something more. Unfortunately there is a sense of ‘all-look-same’, to me. I look forward to more diverse interactive trends in the new year.

    Reply
  5. Katypeterson
    January 2, 2014

    I like all the design especially Bark PR…Simple and Clear…

    Reply
  6. Bryan
    January 3, 2014

    Lots of great looking websites, with fantastic design…

    But they are all marketing, design, photographic and small business websites… that where designed to woo and wow!!

    Can we show real life big corporate websites that have to survive in a comparative/competitive market, those sites are where the money is for designers and developers, I would rather see good practice/design in large complex websites than these small designer websites…

    Reply
  7. Andrzej
    January 3, 2014

    So much almost similar WordPress templates! The background picture is the only piece of individuality of most websites. Y_Y

    Reply
  8. Buddyweb
    January 4, 2014

    Good read ! I like all the design. Karlyn is my favorite

    Reply
  9. Ceba
    January 6, 2014

    Its hard to select out of myriad of 2013 designs, but you did an excellent job, I liked mixed, though all are awesome.

    Reply
  10. Greenville Web Design
    January 6, 2014

    Great collection Gisele! I have two favorites from your collection: Fior di Latte Gelato (mainly cause of the simplicity) and the MailChimp Annual Report (because of the power of their brand being so well illustrated). All of the sites here are an inspiration for our future designs. Thanks for posting the inspiring collection!

    Reply
  11. ksmith
    January 6, 2014

    Disappointing list.

    Such a limited scope of design. No focus on sites which address deeper content.

    Too many samey sites with giant stock images and large bold text.

    Reply
  12. Arianna
    January 13, 2014

    Design to move is the website design that I like a lot.
    But the all designs are also good and really very hard to find such designs anywhere online.
    I also would like to share with you one website i.e. http://www.61DesignStreet.com that is based on the scrolling to read the website.

    Thanks

    Reply
  13. Paul Graham
    January 14, 2014

    So much of this looks exactly the same, flat design, big photos. All these are product or portfolio type sites. Where’s the beef? Where are all the content heavy sites?

    We’re part of a design ourobouros with us eating our own tail, every website moving to the same design. WDL in this article is helping that happen.

    Showcase some content, ya’ll.

    Reply
  14. Martin
    January 23, 2014

    Nice collection! So much flat design und big header images.
    I’m curious about the trends in 2014.

    Reply

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