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Our Top 7 Sites for Design Inspiration
This week's websites include portfolios both personal and company. We love the different ways this week's companies used minimal designs and bold colors
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's websites include many portfolios both personal and company. We love the different ways this week's companies have used minimal designs and bold colors. There are also some great videos, so gear up!
A tiled grid of images preview Kitchen's finished projects. Kitchen, a creative agency in Prague, has worked on a variety. With fun transitions and line-drawn animated cartoons filling in blank spaces, their website perfectly balances between fun and professional. "Creativity is the language of success. Kitchen is its grammar"
Mixd's website is minimal, colorful, bright and playful. Mixd is a creative design and web design agency in Harrogate, England. Their homepage is a large illustration of a classic, well-designed object (spoon, pencil, bicycle) with just enough text. As you click through the site, you find a wealth of information about the company, their process, and their work. The sleek design and easy navigation keeps you interested.
Argentinian designer, Lucas Nikitczuk, has his personal portfolio site down, by beautifully unifying his work around a single scrolling page which features his work. Muted blue and creamy tan make for a limited color palate, unifying the different projects as you scroll through them. We love that you can also navigate the site just using your keyboard arrows.
A dark, ominous background and a coffin open Vespillo's website. Vespillo is a fantasy/horror short film about an embalmer. Having spent over a year and a half developing the project, its creators are now looking for funding to make the film a reality. As you scroll down, you can learn more about the project and see detailed character sketches and set designs. We love how they show the characters and sets, the experience is magical.
Videos and photos tell the stories of people whose medical needs go unmet because they lack access to the appropriate clinical trials or commercial settings. Idis facilitates access to important drugs and works closely with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and healthcare providers to implement Managed Access Programs. We admire their use of a variety of media to tell the stories of people who have benefited from their services; the videos are particularly remarkable.
Haraldur Thorleifsson's personal portfolio is not just a highlight reel of big name greatest hits. He includes not just images of the projects he's worked on, but detailed descriptions of the process, goals and results of a few favorite creations, and tiles of all of the projects he has on the design community Dribble. The simple design hightlights the brightly colored projects, most of the in depth descriptions are of Google projects (including the Santa Tracker!).
Bright and fun, Cyclemon is all about retro illustrations of bicycles. Romain Bordieux and Thomas Pomarelle made this design project for the 100th anniversary of theTour de France. The site proclaims “You are what you ride” and gives each illustration of a bicycle a characteristic type of person from Hipster to weirdo to gangsta to fake (for a stationary bike). The site has a great tongue in cheek tone and great colors.
That’s all for this week! We're passionate about inspiring design and sharing these great resources with you. Please share this post with your friends and if you have any favorite sites, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments.
Check back next week for more design inspiration from Fueled.
By Merrill Fabry