So, I came across this great site that names 20 beautiful, award-winningly designed sites. So, as a part of this series to inspire myself to create better things, I thought I’d put down a few thoughts to keep myself thinking.
So, what makes these look cool? Among thousands of things:
- Most of them are visually surprising. You are almost taken aback that a site would look . . . good. Although most still employ some type of header, they don’t use them in traditional ways.
- They use gorgeous pictures. I often just throw up a color or texture, (‘often claiming it’s merely a place-holder’) then never change it. Amazing web design is making a mundane, the magnificent. Pictures, too, make these sites look incredibly professional. Among my goals in making a site, one, of course, is to make it look intentional and polished.
- They scream what their product, but appeal to anybody with a pair of eyes.
- Color. These make use of color theory and design. There’s contrast, complementary colors, and consistency. You feel cool just looking at the colors.