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Our Top Sites for Design Inspiration
Our Top Sites for Design Inspiration: Issue 49
Every week at Fueled, our London-based creative director, Rob Palmer, shares a handful of inspirational websites with our teams in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. This weekly email acts as a virtual water cooler, encouraging us to congregate across time zones and discuss what brands and blogs are doing to push new trends in web design.
Give this website a try, if only to claim its prized trophies. On one hand, there is the strong emphasis of handsome celebrities such as Wentworth Miller. On the other is the smooth motion highlighting of sophisticated fashion and savvy. We loved the scrolling animations and the blend of stylish black and white photography and video. Throughout the looping sequence, Miller and an unnamed guest flutter gracefully in grayed out animation. Yes, that’s right. The man from “Prison Break” is drifting in a swamp of black-and-white with another celebrity. Dig deeper to find that the duo dominate every page of the website. Keep roaming until you get the ability to zoom in and of these studs’ suit fabric. Check it out to reinforce your sense of fashion and hyper stylish web design, with a few celebrities sprinkled in.
When you first come across the words “Google” followed by “ideas,” your imagination probably resorts to creative hobbies or business enterprises, not an electronic defense portal. It’s essentially a digital platform which brings justice to the web. Attacks, hackers, and other corruption are just some headlines in its goal to make the internet a safer place. The highlight of this domain are the automated audio segments with the names and faces of the speakers attached to them. The stories are incredibly intriguing and the web design is simple but effective. The color scheme, use of video, audio, and glitches all presented in an infographic-esc/easily digestible format make this website a must see. Enhance your experience by turning on your sound.
Braking Badly - CitiPark
Reckless driving isn’t a practice that you should take on in real life, but here you can steer to your wreckage and content. Even at the top of the home page, the consequence of scorned behavior behind the steering wheel is displayed through both image and text. See for yourself and get a laugh out of it meanwhile. As you scroll down into the website, you’ll find road animation that snakes along as you move down the page, with hilarious icons at its sides. This domain even allows you to play a video game, with graphics comparable to Minecraft, where you’re speeding and have to maneuver left and right to avoid obstacles. Whether you take a trip here for entertainment or settle down for a lesson, but sure to pay this website a visit.
Some of us dream of being able to sit on a fancy couch amidst a sea of expensive furniture in a rich household, sink down, and just relax with the beautiful melody of a piano. Well now you can get a headstart. What better way to market luxurious interior design than to carpet the entire website with lavish and abundance? Right off the bat, the loading screen is an elegant logo that fills out the more it loads. When it finishes loading the colors invert with a swift animation. When you enter the home page, you’ll be visually dazed by the scenery and lulled to serenity by the piano in the background. Witness luxury for yourself.
Dans Mon Sac
Pursue your passion. Pursue your love. This French website is the perfect grounds for purse-suing the purse of your dreams. The first thing you’ll notice about this website is the text and borders are all layered with pink. Right away you’ll realize a hint of feminine fascism. As you maneuver through the domain, you’ll see different panels of women carrying unique purses. Probe deeper into the website to find cosmetics and other female accessories screaming “check me out!” This page is more about product than design, but if you’re one that must match gawking intensity with buyer’s fervor, shop to your heart’s content.
R/m Design School
Smoke. It’s frequented with the stigma of hazard. Now it’s time to discard all those notions. This website utilizes plumes of colorful smoke and slithers of paint that emanate from the bottom and right side of the screen to create an unconventional display of art. If you like the flashy colors of a clown’s outfit but wish to attend design school, check out this website first. Unlike the smoke that billows from a cigarette or out of a chimney, this design pacifies the moment rather than threatens your wellness.
This website for hiking echoes with the pleasantry of outdoor life. The home page and subsequent backgrounds are all draped with pioneers in the exploration of wilderness. It never once deviates from the prime of hiking and with its consistency, you can enjoy a traveler’s scenery without looking away from your screen. You can always continuously scroll down to view hiking and other traveling gear and more views of Mother Earth’s outskirts in smaller photo frames. What you might find to be most intriguing about this website is its content arc, which is parcelled into dots. As you continue scrolling down, these little dots expand and look like the hybrid outline between our sun and a compass, radiating location names and their navigation points.
Lincoln Music Selfie
If you like taking selfies, this website is perfect for you. It purposefully incorporates an image of yourself and runs it alongside music, hence fulfilling its title. When you first land on the homepage, you might be disturbed a face planted on the screen and the blurred background behind it. This is Lincoln’s method of foreshadowing what’s to come. From there you can create your own selfie either via upload or webcam, or you can check out the gallery to see what faces are already up and running. Venture on and click on one of them to find that the website employs facial recognition by literally pinpointing all the arcs, juts, and other facets of the face. Simple enough for selfie-minded people but sophisticated enough to reel those with particular interests in facial construct.