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Our Top 10 Sites for Design Inspiration
Fueled discusses what brands and blogs are doing to push new trends in web design
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 web design.
This week, we've highlighted innovative design firms from Denmark to Tennessee, a delicious looking Rocky Mountain eatery, international clothing brands and a new film starring Robin Wright as an animated Robin Wright. The most diverse collection of design inspiration yet!
One of the first group of British creatives to flee to the Southern English coast, ilovedust is a multi-disciplinary studio producing incredible branding and animation. Based in the coastal city of Portsmouth, ilovedust’s website is full of featured work for heavy hitting clients that include Nike and Red Bull. Scroll up, down, and side to side to experience the firm's unique style. Beware: it’s easy to spend a lot of time here. ilovedust has serious energy.
Barrel is a NYC-based design firm focused on building web based solutions for a diverse range of clients, from solar energy gurus to jewelry makers. Their website features simple, clean design with sharp transitions. Take a look at some of their featured work; visiting Barrel’s site is a refreshing change of pace.
Don’t read Polish? Neither do we. Luckily, this website for Polish urban clothing brand, Cropp, is easy to navigate and full of great content. Use the tabs at the top of the screen to search through not only clothing, but Instagram feeds and pictures of some hardcore looking kids. The creative design is so good, you feel like you're rolling deep with a crew in Krakow.
The website for upcoming movie, The Congress, opens onto a full screen grid of tiles each playing different clips from the film. While the subsequent pages are less exciting, the website is stunning. Even if the trailer doesn’t have you running to the box office, the website might.
Snipcart bills itself as an “effortless shopping cart” platform for websites and mobile e-commerce. Their website is similarly effortless, with easy navigation and user-friendly design. We love the scrolling effects.
KathArt made some jaws drop at the Fueled office. When you land on the website for the Danish multimedia and design agency, you are invited to take a tour of their Copenhagen office. Buckle up. Once you click 'Take the Tour', scroll to navigate through the office and meet the designers and developers at their desks. It’s a must see.
The site for French clothing company, Joe San, seeks to tell the story of a quest for “the most beautiful fabrics, the perfect cut, an ideal balance between style and comfort.” This journey is accomplished by a beautiful full screen video showcasing their latest line for fall and winter.
Wolcott Yacht Club
This restaurant in tiny Wolcott, Colorado has a website that transports you to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The simple design and easy navigation matches the laid back menu and beautiful location. It’s good, clean fun.
Whole Design Studios
Whole Design Studios, based in Berlin and Leeds, is a holistic design firm that combines "business strategy and emotional design” to create compelling platforms and apps for clients. Their website reflects their holistic approach by flawlessly connecting agency information with featured work.
Whiteboard is a design agency based in Chattanooga, TN with a serious commitment to creating and working with purpose. Visiting the site helps you to understand the Whiteboard ethos. Text is laid over full screen video and, although there is a lot of information, the content and design are perfectly married. We love this site.
Which sites were your favorites? Let us know in the comments!