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Our Top Sites for Design Inspiration
Rob Palmer shares a handful of inspirational websites with Fueled teams in New York and Chicago each week
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.
This week, we've got junk food and Italians (two words rarely used in the same sentence), a talented graphic designer, and a slew of creative agencies.
Convoy Interactive is a Hamburg based design agency that specializes in digital branding. Convoy’s grid concept on the website is a straight forward CSS 3D transformation that is implemented really well. It's a slick but playful interactive site that perfectly shows off innovative designs and clever presentations.
Mary Lou Faure
We wonder if Mary Lou wants to be our BFF? The London illustrator and graphic designer will have you wondering the same thing after checking out her personal website. Her site is full of wonderfully quirky, well executed designs and we appreciate the simple but effective layout.
Ki-Tsune is a creative collective based in Brescia, northern Italy. The collective aims to "develop visionary projects." If you dream it, Ki-Tsune promises to make it. Force yourself to scroll down from the fox .gif that opens the site- it's oddly mystifying- to find an impressive portfolio that includes corporate branding and web marketing. The design and content is superb.
McD's Festive Countdown
Although this advent calendar is more our style, we're digging McDonalds UK calendar. As part of the "McD's Festive Countdown" promotion, the site invites you to glide through the well executed interactive calendar to discover different McDonald's moments, like Dennis': "I once broke down in the snow but thankfully next to a McD's. I had a Hot Apple Pie while I waited for the mechanic." We're impressed with the site, Ronald!
This creative agency in Montreal has a beautiful, straightforward website. There's depth and animation in places you wouldn't expect, and the site shows off the company's portfolio gracefully with clean coding. Have fun with the clever scrolling.
We like this Paris and Marseille based agency's hyper-responsive site. The color scheme, overall design, and creativity is top notch. We admire the great lengths the designers go to beautifully show off and break down projects with helpful images and clear explanations.
Google's Mobile Playbook
When we first opened the Mobile Playbook, it bothered us. The the site is buggy and the navigation feels unnatural and slow. But once you get the hang of navigating it, you realize how nicely it’s built. It's also chalk full of information to get you and your company started, and growing, on mobile.
Which sites are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!