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Our Top Sites For Design Inspiration
Weekly Email to Fueled's Team from Rob Palmer transformed into a blog relaying quality design inspiration
Every week at Fueled, our London-based lead designer Rob Palmer shares a handful of inspirational websites with our teams in New York and Chicago. This weekly email acts like a virtual water cooler, encouraging us to congregate across time zones and discuss what brands and blogs are doing to push new trends in webdesign.
The Creative Class
Is it a docu film? Is it a website? The Creative Class of MMXIV, a video series powered by WeTransfer, succeeds in fusing the two genres. The project rounds up a selection of influencers in the creative industry, talking to the likes of Damon Albarn, Stefan Sagmeister and Tom Dixon. They share their thoughts and musings on their crafts, and how digital innovation is transforming it all. Displaying full screen looped video episodes in a minimal vertical menu in overlay, the result is a beautifully shot, digital documentary.
This stellar site tells the tale of the ‘Coffee Revolution’, a campaign for the carbonated coffee drink Café Cuba, through ASCII animation in MS DOS format. After being prompted to enter some simple code, we enter a 1980’s style video game, following a group of comrades who defy the norms and spark a revolution with their unique creation. This is digital storytelling at its best--it’s no wonder it was nominated for both an Awwwards and FWA site of the day.
It’s hard to imagine Google Maps could get any more fun. Now, with its game of trivia, you can test your knowledge of sport, culture and entertainment around the globe. The game starts by giving you 1,000 miles in the bank. If you’re able to drop the pin in the correct place, you’ve ‘Nailed It’. If it’s dropped in the wrong place, Google calculates the distance between the locations to subtract this from your mileage.
How do you create an immersive site that features stunning full screen graphics, illustrations, animations, a photography slideshow, full screen video, grid layouts, and dramatic music to boot? Take a hint from this dramatic promo site for the film Waterloo.
You know how, in the world of Harry Potter, the photographs in newspapers come alive? This digital agency’s website, with its clean parallax scroll layout incorporating short loops of portrait-like video, feels like a modern rendition of exactly that.
Over the Hills
A collaboration between ultranoir agency and artist McBess, the site invites you to discover the track ‘Over the Hills’ in an interactive, musical experience. Navigate yourself around graphic of an old school gramophone: drop the needle, crank it like you’re home alone, and add in your own personal touch by playing the hidden keyboard. We love the attention to detail, like how the music pauses when you switch tabs.