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Sites for Design Inspiration Vol. xix
Designs encouraging us to congregate across time zones and discuss what brands and blogs are doing to push new trends in webdesign.
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.
Names of Change
Urban Ministries of Durham is a nonprofit organization based in Durham, North Carolina dedicated to providing aid to people in need of housing and shelter. The organization's latest campaign is Names for Change, an online experience that invites donors to "make something ordinary special" by naming an ordinary item after a loved one. These items, like a high chair or a pencil, are objects that help UMD change and rebuild lives. The website for the project is slick and interactive with smooth transitions and clever design.
Heart of the Arctic
This year, our friends to the north are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition. In commemoration of the arduous journey across Canada's arctic region, the Royal Mint has launched a special series of coins and an online experience that features a beautiful animated game that allows you to follow in the footsteps of the original explorers. This site proves that sound can really enhance an experience.
It's hard to find an e-commerce site that you want to both explore and shop. Folks, based out of Verona, Italy delivers. The company sells its own clothing line for men and women as well as accessories, books, and vinyls for the international trendsetter. The site is clean, with subtle design features that add to its minimalist but classy feel. We appreciate that their 'about' page is full of exclamation points! We like these Folks!
Tradestone Confections's brick and mortar store sits in downtown Conshohocken, a suburb of Philadelphia. These chocolatiers have made a very graceful leap into the e-commerce marketplace with a site that beautifully showcases their chocolates and confections. The site isn't inventing the website or anything, but it is a great example of a e-commerce site done well. We like the simple layout and crisp branding.
This is a stunning website for the Belgian digital agency, Globule Bleu. The definition of clean and easy to use, this site is made even better through fast transitions, delightful animation, and smart design. This is what an online portfolio should look like.
Where Does Coffee Come From?
This is a fun and creative interactive infographic that walks users through how coffee is made, from a tiny seedling to that hot cup of joe on your desk. Fun animation and interactive scrolling makes for a nice trip.
Which sites inspired you the most? Let us know in the comments!