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Web Designs that inspire the Fueled team this week: Selected by lead designer Rob Palmer

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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 Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit: 'Desolation of Smaug' is the second installment of the three part "Hobbit" series. The movie follows a group of dwarves who, with ol' Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor from the evil Smaug. This site, which is part of the official movie franchise, takes users through an interactive tour of Middle Earth, highlighting specific cities on a map. Click on each city to learn more about its history, read about important characters, and play with animated images and games. It's a fun and well executed site, especially for Tolkien nerds. We also like that the sound turns off if you switch to a different tab on your browser.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Killing Kennedy

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November 22nd, 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. This website for National Geographic Channel's recent movie "Killing Kennedy," highlights the lives of both JFK and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Scrolling down through the site reveals childhood photos and stories, moving historic images, and quotes from the lives of both men, from childhood up until that infamous day in 1963. It's a wonderful site.

Did you know Lee Harvey Oswald was only 24 when he shot JFK?

Killing Kennedy

Bradley Haynes

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Bradley Haynes is a designer and former Creative Director at Salesforce and boy, does he have a personal website that will make you make you absolutely hate your own. We love it. It's delightfully animated, interactive and showcases some clean envy-inducing code. Bradley, will you stop by the Fueled Collective? We want to steal pick your brain.

Bradley Haynes

Vertty

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The Lisbon based company, Vertty is "reinventing the beach towel concept." The towel boasts a unique shape and a light weight and fast drying material in sleek colors. The site has some nice design features and is pretty simple, but still packed with information, photographs and blasts of color. We like the Instagram integration at the bottom of the homepage.

Vertty

Mixture

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Mixture is a tidy front-end development platform and its website may convince you that it's also a must have addition to your team. The "feature overview" takes you through an easy (and colorful) explanation of the product with helpful animations and illustrations. The color scheme and easy navigation is a breath of fresh air.

Mixture.io

[email protected]

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[email protected] brings professor-led literature seminars to your office "to build confidence, critical thinking, community and creativity."  And someone at [email protected] must know a good designer- the website is great. The complex sounding program is made clear by a thoughtful layout and smooth transations. Be on the lookout for cute design touches.

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Which webdesigns were you favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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