Articles tagged as ‘Galleries’

A Showcase of Beautiful Office Spaces

You spend a massive proportion of your life there, so it goes without saying that where you work really matters. Gone are the days when offices had to be beige and grey boxes where workers were kept captive from nine to five. Modern offices can be playful, cool, stylish and – dare we even say it – fun. That’s right, fun. At work of all places.

So, if your workstation is currently a mess of papers, sandwich packets and unwatered plants this post is for you. Or perhaps you’re seeking some inspiration to help set up the perfect home office. Whatever your motivation, this collection of beautiful and exciting work spaces should get your creativity flowing. So put down that bog-standard office-supplies catalog and start getting inventive with your work space – here’s how you do it.

Google, Zurich

Google, Zurich

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21 Marketing Agency Websites

Marketing agencies offer their clients services for improving exposure, improving image, and helping to increase revenue. Marketing agencies themselves can improve their own image to potential clients with a well-designed website that provides a positive user experience for potential clients.

In this post we’ll showcase 21 examples of well-designed marketing agency websites for your own design inspiration…

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Showcase of Vintage-Inspired Websites

When it comes to trends, we all know that they move in circles. What goes around usually comes around, at least within a couple of decades. Retrospectives at art galleries, musical homages and retro interiors are all mining the past for inspiration, as old as the source material it ‘borrows’ from.

However, where it seems peculiar to cherish all things old-school is in digital design. Considering the relative newness of the media, it’s almost incongruent to use retro elements when digital usually strives to be at the cutting-edge of technology. However the most fashionable and exciting brands are all embracing vintage design and the number of sites that are launching with a retro-vibe is definitely on the up.

Perhaps it’s to add a touch of personality and familiarity to an otherwise cold medium of communication. Or perhaps it’s simply where other trends lead, digital follows. It could be a throwback to simpler eras. Or maybe it’s all down to the iPhone’s Instagram app. whatever the reason, vintage logos, photography; colour palettes and imagery are all big news right now.

And perhaps what’s most interesting about this trend is that it somehow manages to feel new. Retro web design is incredibly current, whether you’re pilfering from the 1960s, the roaring twenties or the Berlin burlesque of the 1930s.

Ribbons, banners, textures, patterns and grainy photography are just a few of the ways you can sculpt your site from the annals of history and add a sentimental edge. Here we take a look at 25 excellent examples of vintage-inspired digital design.

Caava Design

Caava Design

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Showcase of Websites with Blurred Backgrounds

A few months ago we published a post to showcase examples of the current web design trend of using blurred photos as website backgrounds (see Design Trend: Blurred Backgrounds in Web Design). Since the time that post was published we’ve come across many more examples of this trend continuing to gain popularity. In this post you’ll find another 23 examples for your own design inspiration.

The blurred photo backgrounds continue to be especially popular with sites for mobile apps and web apps, but a variety of different types of sites are also included.

Eco

Eco

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25 Awesome Websites for Unique Businesses

Now that nearly every business in every niche and industry is online these days, it can be difficult for even the highly unique businesses to stand out. Small businesses have a need to be highly innovative and original to really draw in loyal clients, and one way to be innovative is with your brand elements, including your website.

An awesome website that portrays a highly original brand story is one that clients will not only stay on longer but are more likely to convert into loyal fans and customers. The following collection of websites include stunning website design for unique businesses. In the list below, unique doesn’t necessarily mean a completely new and innovative service or product, although a few of the following businesses fall into this category. Unique also stands for businesses that were innovative in their brand story – in the way they portray their brands on their websites.

So take a look and let us know which ones below were the most successful in presenting their business in a unique way with an incredible website.

East African Bakery

East African Bakery

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20 Simple Homepage Designs

In 2013, people want their information fast and simple. No extraneous frills, no unnecessary padding – just the facts.

This trend has been mirrored by the way designers are going about creating the front-pages of sites. As the gateway to everything within, the homepage needs to summarize the concept of the site and attract the user and these days, often the best way to do this is to keep it simple.

With that in mind, I’m going to take a look at some of the best examples within this trend, from the big-guns down to the little guys, and see what makes a simple, minimalist homepage so effective.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon

The site intended to both randomize and personalize the internet, StumbleUpon’s home page manages to summarise their core values with one encompassing image and little text.

By keeping it simple with a brand message and ‘cool’ image they entice people to click to the next page to sign up without badgering them or immersing them in information.

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Design Inspiration: Lighting Effects

A few weeks ago I posted a collection of 25 websites with lighting effects. While these sites can be excellent inspiration for working with light effects in Photoshop, they’re not the only source of this type of inspiration. You can also find some great pieces of work by simply browsing through graphic design portfolios. In this post you’ll find 50 examples of inspirational lighting effects.

Lighting Effects Inspiration

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25 Beautiful Portfolio Website Designs

Portfolio websites are a favorite source of design inspiration for me. Not only is it helpful to see how other designers and agencies are presenting their work samples and presenting their services, but portfolio sites are often quality, creative designs. Most designers and agencies want to make the best possible impression on new visitors by having a portfolio site that looks great. The result is plenty of inspiration for anyone who wants to browse through samples of excellent portfolio sites.

In this post we’ll showcase 27 current examples of portfolio websites for your own inspiration.

Striking Alchemy

Striking Alchemy

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25 Amazing Winter Photos to Inspire

It’s the time of year when holiday music is playing in most places, and winter scenes are prominent in advertising and on the web. Some websites will even change or tweak their designs to have a winter or Christmas theme. Winter photographs can play a significant role in providing inspiration for your own winter designs, and with that in mind we decided to compile this collection of beautiful photos.

In this post you’ll find 25 outstanding examples of winter photography. The photos come from various photographers, and if you’re interested in seeing larger versions of the photos or more work from the photographers, click on the photos or the credit links and you will be led to the source. Hopefully these photos can provide some inspiration that can be used in your own work this winter.

Winter Photos

Photo credit: Mikko Lagerstedt

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10 Beautiful Web Applications for Inspiration

Sometimes when designing a new project we get stuck and need a little inspiration. The problem I find is that all the design galleries are focused on websites, not web applications. Since marketing websites usually follow different design patterns, I don’t find them very helpful for inspiration on web app projects.

So here are a few of my favorite interfaces. Here I am mostly focused on aesthetics, but for some (Gumroad in particular) you should check out their user experience first hand.

YouVersion

YouVersion uses great simple typography to create a clean, focused interface. They don’t overwhelm the user with too many choices. In fact, they even have an icon-only navigation bar (you have to hover over the navigation to see the label).

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Showcase of Creative Contact Forms

Capturing your customers’ information, bagging sales, and generating inquiries, all of these are the main goals of your website. What better way to convince people to click that ‘submit’ button that with a crafty and creative contact form?

This is perhaps the most important part of your website.

Here we look at 25 of the best examples around for your design inspiration:

Lionways

Lionways

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Showcase of Outstanding Wildlife Photography

The elements of nature are popular subjects for photographers, and they can also serve as excellent sources of inspiration from designers. In the past we’ve showcased examples of nature-inspired website designs that demonstrate the impact that nature can have on designs.

Today we’ll showcase 25 wildlife photographs from various photographers. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the work of these photographers, and hopefully you can also find some inspiration for your own design work.

Most of the photos show animals in their native environments. If you’d like to see larger versions of the photos or more work from any of the photographers, click on the photos or the attribution links to be led to the source.

Wildlife Photography

Photo credit: Ankur Patar

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25 Logos with 3D Effects

The logo design is an important aspect of branding, and it’ an area where many companies place an emphasis. If you design logos for clients you probably enjoy browsing through examples of work from other designers. This can help for observing trends and for providing inspiration for your own logo design work.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 different examples of logos that make use of 3D effects. Hopefully these logos can provide some inspiration that you can put to use on future projects.

Some of the logos use subtle 3D effects like shadows and perspective, while others have a 3D aspect that is one of the first things you notice about the logo. This post attempts to show some examples of the many different ways that these 3D effects can be used.

Reality Media

Reality Media

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25 Amazing Autumn Photos

It’s that time of year where in many places the leaves are changing colors and falling. The colors of autumn can make it one of the most beautiful seasons, and there are plenty of opportunities for photographers who want to capture the scenes.

For designers who are not interested in taking their own photographs, the photos from others can often serve as inspiration for design work. The textures and colors of fall can be used as inspiration for designing just about anything. You can use a tool like ImageColorPicker to find colors and schemes that are found in a photograph, and of course, you can use those colors in your designs. Color schemes that come directly from nature are often a great choice.

Here you’ll find 25 examples of beautiful autumn photography. The pictures have been captured by a variety of different photographers, and you can click on the photos to be led to the source.

Photo credit: Paul Bica

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25 Web Designs that Use Full Size Background Photos

Using a large background image is a great option for making a strong an immediate impression on website visitors. Full-size photos transform the look of a page, and a quality photo can give a web design an amazing background.

Of course, large background photos aren’t the right fit for every project and they do have some drawbacks (load times for example), but in the right situation the use of a large background photo can be a great design decision.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 examples of websites that make excellent use of big background images/photos. Hopefully these designs can provide some inspiration if you are working on a project and considering taking this approach.

Heather Conlan

Heather Conlan

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25 Beautiful Designer Portfolio Websites

A good portfolio website can be one of the most effective marketing and business tools a designer or agency can have. Whether potential clients are specifically searching for a designer or whether someone comes across your site while casually browsing, the portfolio site is often the first impression for potential clients.

Because portfolio sites can be so important for designers, they also tend to be great sources of inspiration. Most designers want their portfolio sites to represent the best that they have to offer, so the end result is that there are thousands of amazing portfolio sites out there. If you’re browsing for inspiration to use in your own work the portfolios of other designers can be a great source of the inspiration. You may be inspired by the work being shown in the portfolio, or you could be inspired by the design of the portfolio itself.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 outstanding portfolio website designs for your own inspiration.

Bearded

Bearded

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20 Stunning Dark Website Designs

Most websites use a light background color with dark text. In some situations a dark background with lighter text can work effectively. Dark websites that are well-designed often have an elegant and stylish look. While it doesn’t work for every website, when used in the right situation a dark background can be a great choice.

In this post we’ll showcase 20 inspiring dark website designs. Hopefully, these examples can provide some ideas and inspiration that can be put to use in your own work when you are considering the use of a dark background. You may notice that certain types of sites, like portfolio sites and photography sites, tend to be a better fit with dark backgrounds. One of the main reasons for this is that these types of sites tend to rely more on images and photos for communicating with visitors, as opposed to text. While dark backgrounds can often make text harder to read when it is in longer sections, photos and graphics often look great on dark backgrounds.

Martyn Hicks Photography

Martyn Hicks Photography

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Design Inspiration: Purple Websites

Continuing with our current series on color inspiration, today we focus on purple websites. As you will see in the 25 sites showcased in this post, purple is a primary color in a lot of beautiful websites. The sites showcased here should provide some examples and spark ideas for how you can use purple in your own designs, and show examples of color schemes that can be built around purple.

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MFG Labs

MFG Labs

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Design Trend: Blurred Backgrounds in Web Design

While full-size background images in web design have been increasing in popularity for several years now, another variation of this trend is the blurred background image. Recently it seems that there have been more designs popping up that make used of some type of blurred image for a large background or a full-size background. In some cases selective focus is used on a particular object or person, and in other cases the entire background is blurred.

While a variety of different types of sites use this approach, many of the better designs in this style that I have seen are for web apps or iPhone apps. In this post we’ll showcase 16 examples of this trend for your own design inspiration. See how other designers are using blurred backgrounds to create beautiful web designs, and maybe it will spark some ideas that can be put into practice in your own work.

Do

Do

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25 Examples of Logos with Ribbons

The use of ribbons in web design is a current trend, but ribbons are also frequently used in logo design. In this post we’ll showcase 25 examples of logos that make use of ribbons. You’ll see examples of logos from a wide variety of different industries, showing that ribbons can be used for a lot of different purposes and with different approaches. Hopefully this gallery will provide some inspiration that can be helpful during your own logo design process.

If you know of other examples of ribbons in logo design, please feel free to share in the comments.

Geowild

Geowild

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40 Workstations for Your Inspiration

Most designers spend an incredible amount of time in their office on the computer. Because of this, it’s important to have a work area that is comfortable, enjoyable, and encourages creativity. The space doesn’t have to be large or extravagant, but it does need to allow you to do your best work for long periods of time.

In this post we’ll showcase 40 workstation examples. You’ll see a lot of variety among these examples, and hopefully they will serve as inspiration if you are in need of some improvements to your own office or working area.

workstation

Armando Ricalde

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Graphic Design Inspiration From Various Talented Designers

Searching for design inspiration takes a lot of time if you browse galleries because you will not find only high quality design works, but also some that are simply average, or below. Having a few sites who create articles by curating the design galleries is a must. You will save time that you can use to create that beautiful design your client wants.

This article has 30 examples of graphic design inspiration showcasing newly released creations made by talented designers.

Scathefire

Scathefire

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39 Amazing Pencil Drawings

If you’re interested in art and other types of design aside from web design, you may find a lot of inspiration from this collection of pencil drawings. In this post we showcase 35 amazing drawings from a variety of different artists.

Many of the drawings showcased here portray celebrities and people that you will recognize. The drawings feature amazing detail and skill that can serve as an excellent source of inspiration for artists and designers of all kinds.

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By giacomoburattini

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30 Examples of Creative Facebook Timeline Covers

While Facebook’s changes and re-designs always bring some criticism from users, one thing that this year’s move to timeline photos accomplished was to allow users the opportunity to create something unique. Whether you are using Facebook for personal purposes or whether you manage a Facebook fan page for a business, if you want to create a branded profile that captures the attention of visitors, the timeline photo can help.

In this post we’ll showcase 30 examples of Facebook users and pages that are making creative use of the timeline photo

Alicia Louise Thompson

Alicia Louise Thompson

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30 Examples of Funny Ads for Inspiration

In many settings advertisements tend to be ignored or overlooked. When flipping through a magazine you probably skip past the ads unless something really catches your attention. The same thing applies when it comes to driving by billboards, browsing online, or interacting anywhere else where ads appear.

One approach for ad designers to capture the attention and interest of viewers is to use humor. Most of us will stop and pay attention to ads if they grab our attention and make us laugh.

In this post we’ll showcase 30 examples of advertisements that user humor to make an impact on viewers.

Nikon: Face Detect

Nikon: Face Detect

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25 Examples of Logos with Silhouettes

There are a lot of different styles and approaches that can be used for logo design. If you browse through logo design galleries for some inspiration, you may notice that a number of logos use silhouettes in one way or another. It could be a silhouette of a person, something from nature, a city skyline, an animal, food, or some other object.

One of the reasons that silhouettes often work well in logo design is that the use of silhouettes can sometimes make it easier to create a logo that will also work in a one-color format, as is sometimes needed.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 different logos with silhouettes for your inspiration.

Higher Motion

Higher Motion

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30 Original and Clever Digital Illustrations of Characters

Talented illustrators have the ability to do what few people are capable – literally create a character or world from scratch and breathe it into life. This collection focuses on characters illustrated by some very talented designers.

Make sure to check these designers out and let them know you appreciate their work. Some of these posters are so incredibly detailed that the screenshot in this article simply does not do the actual image justice.

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25 Amazing Travel Websites That Inspire

Websites in the travel and tourism industries often have attractive websites that make use of quality photographs. Hotels, resorts, booking sites, and government-run tourism groups can help to entice travelers be an attractive online presence that inspires website visitors to travel. Even travel blogs and websites for travel apps often have similar characteristics and an emphasis on quality design.

With the travel and tourism industry’s priority on having high-quality marketing materials, browsing through these websites can often provide a lot of inspiration for designers. In this post we’ll showcase 25 different websites for your own inspiration.

As you browse through the sites being showcased here, you’ll notice the use of large photos (in some cases full-screen background images) on many of the sites, and the use of colorful, inviting designs. For obvious reasons, making a destination look great can improve the effectiveness of travel websites.

Pelican Hotel and Cafe

Pelican Hotel and Cafe

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Simplicity Beyond Borders: 19 Notable Minimalist Print Advertisements

Advertisements are usually the hardest tools to make when it comes to having a business. These materials can either make or break your connection with the people making it important to carefully plan your set. You must know what would work best for you and consider how it would deliver the message to your target market.

Since there are various forms of ads being used nowadays, it can be quite confusing when choosing the perfect one. Yet, if you are caught up with a limited budget then maybe you’d want to consider going for prints instead. Just think about the perfect design element for the print ads and you can have an easier time using these for your business.

Now when deciding on the design, it would be great to try out the art of minimalism or simply known as minimal art. By applying this on your print advertisements, you won’t have to be too detailed and elaborate with the overall look. Still, by maintaining simplicity on your work you could be able to effectively express your message and build the right image for your business.

To give you an idea on how minimalism can be effective for print advertisements, here are 20 inspiring and notable examples:

Volkswagen

Minimal Advertisements

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25 Websites with Stunning Big Background Photos

High-quality photographs can have a huge impact on the look of a website. The photos can either help to enhance the design, or they can serve as a focal point. In some cases, the entire background (or a large percentage) of a website will consist of a large photo. In these situations the other design elements wind up complementing the photo, instead of the other way around.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 websites that make use of very large background photos. There are a variety of different types of websites included, and all different kinds of photos that are being used. Hopefully this variety will help to provide some inspiration for your own work by showing some of the possibilities.

Blind Barber

Blind Barber

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35 Beautiful Photographs of Nature

When it comes to inspiration many web designers tend to turn to online sources when attempting to spark new ideas. However, nature can certainly be one of the best sources of inspiration possible. Whether you are going outside and observing nature in person or just browsing through photos of nature, it can often prove to be an amazing source of inspiration.

Things like colors, textures, patterns, shapes, angles, and perspectives can all provide inspiration that can be used in web and graphic design. In this post we’ll showcase 35 nature photos from various photographers. Hopefully they will provide some inspiration and encourage more reliance on nature for inspiration in the future.

nature photos

Photo credit: Dave Heuts

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50 Beautiful Websites for iPhone Apps

Popular iPhone apps can make a lot of money for their owners whether it is directly (through app sales) or indirectly (with free apps). Having an attractive and professional website for your app can have a significant impact on the number of downloads and the success of the app.

While having a well-designed website is important for any business, iPhone users are especially interested in quality design, as it has played a big role in Apple’s success of the years and most Apple-related sites featured an attractive design.

In this post we’ll showcase 50 examples of iPhone app websites. These examples show high-quality design, and hopefully they will provide some inspiration for your own work when you are creating a site for an app…

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21 Awesome Bright and Colorful Websites

Finding the right color scheme for a website design can often be a real challenge. Bright colors are sometimes not favored by designers, but in the right situation they can be very effective.

In this post we’ll showcase examples of 21 different bright and colorful websites. Hopfully, seeing these examples will give you some inspiration when you’re considering color schemes in your own work. By seeing what other designers are doing and how they are able to make colorful web designs work, you may get some ideas of your own.

Brooks Shoe Advisor

Brooks Shoe Advisor

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35 Navigation Menus for Your Design Inspiration

Navigation menus are an important part of any web design for usability purposes, but they can also serve to improve the look and feel of the website. When designing navigation menus there are any number of different approaches that you can take, and in this post we’ll show 35 examples of sites with attractive menus. These examples sites can serve as an excellent source of inspiration for your own projects, as every website needs a good navigation menu.

Pulp Fingers

Pulp Fingers

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