Showcase of Amazing Websites with Attention to Detail

Often times what really puts a website’s design over the top is the subtle details. Creating a beautiful website requires a great deal of attention to detail. Many visitors will barely notice subtle details, but the overall result is that they pull the design together and give it a completed look that visitors love.

In this post we’ll showcase 20 websites from various designers that show incredible attention to detail. This can be a great source of inspiration when you are working on your own designs.

El Passion
El Passion makes excellent use of a subtle texture on the background, interesting drop shadows on text and other design elements, a cool hover effect on the logo, and more.

El Passion

Atelier
The top center of the Atelier design uses a unique shadow effect.

Atelier

Carnation Group
Small touches like the drop shadow on slider controls help to make Carnation Group’s site well polished.


Carnation Group

Rapp
Each of the links in Rapp’s navigation menu has a different background color on hover.

Rapp

Capitol Couture
Small details in the vertical navigation menu include a subtle texture, pixel perfect borders, and colored numbers.

Capitol Couture

Ascension Latorre
The texture in the header gives it a completely different feel than it would have with a flat color or a gradient.

Ascension Latorre

Telegramme Studio
The subtle texture background and wavy borders help to make Telegramme Studio a memorable design.

Telegramme Studio

Sacha Greif
The content area has a subtle shadow effect on top of the background that adds a nice touch to the design.

Sacha Greif

Taiyab Raja
The thumbnails shown on Taiyab’s portfolio uses a drop shadow that give it a much different look than a thumbnail without the drop shadow.

Taiyab Raja

Scene72
The thumbnails on Scene72’s portfolio have a unique background that uses colors from the thumbnail.

Scene72

Bloapp
Thumbnails at Bloapp use rounded corners and a drop shadow.

Bloapp

BERG Cloud
The 3D buttons make this navigation menu unique and interesting.

BERG Cloud

Hello Berry
Helloe Berry’s header uses a background pattern that adds to the design without dominating it.

Hello Berry

The Archer Group
The Arch Group’s header uses thin borders with a hand-drawn look rather than a solid, standard border.

The Archer Group

Designers.MX
Designers.MX uses a nice textured background.

Designers.MX

Gerren Lamson
Gerren Lamson’s header uses a light, textured pattern that gives it a much different look than a flat color would, but it’s still a somewhat subtle touch.

Gerren Lamson

Beta Punch
Beta Punch’s design uses a subtle textured pattern effectively.

Beta Punch

CSS Igniter
The CSS Igniter design uses a space-inspired image with a grid overlay to create an interesting look.

CSS Igniter

Remedy
Remedy uses a seamless textured pattern to create a subtle background.

Remedy

Band Themer
Band Themer’s header uses a texture that gives it a nice feel and fits with the textured background.

Band Themer

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  • Each example displays subtle depth, texture and simplicity that only comes from attention-to-detail design.

  • Lauren, April 9, 2012

    Nice selections, the detail really makes these sites (which are all lovely) and can be appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tim Anderson, April 10, 2012

    Thanks for taking the time to make this list. Lots of inspiring designs.

  • William, April 11, 2012

    Appreciate your efforts of listing these collections here.

  • TOVO, April 11, 2012

    Nice collection! I have a feeling that the designers started out as excellent graphic designers who made the switch to website design. Understanding the use of typography, white space and placement is crucial to good design, whether it’s graphic or website.

  • Thomas Harrison, April 12, 2012

    Nice finds! I love subtle touches of shadow and texture.

  • Charles, April 13, 2012

    I’ve found that subtle shadows and texture make my web design clients pleased with their mock-up layouts.

  • Rob RS, April 15, 2012

    Great Collection- I really enjoyed Gerren Lamson’s website.

  • Sarasota Website Design, April 17, 2012

    Another great roundup! Like @rob, I too enjoyed Gerren Lamson’s website. The use of typography and textures creates a great user interface.

  • Web Design Fact, April 18, 2012

    Fantastic roundup. Personally “The Arch Group” is favorite one. Thanks for sharing !!

  • Ades, April 23, 2012

    Thanks for the mention!

  • Ken, July 18, 2012

    Definitely a respectable list showcasing websites that utilize detail even in the most subtle way and create that big of a difference. Great job to those who made it. Great inspiration for others :)