Being the first one who greets the Sun with the newly born day, Japan is one of those who push boundaries and test the limits, occupying the first position in various leading spheres, especially those which concern electronics. It is not a secret that the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ can boast of numerous ground-breaking achievements, pioneering concepts, and innovative thinking. Just take a look at their enormous contribution to robotics and science. It seems that the whole country is obsessed with technology, and the web sphere is no exception. The blistering pace is set, and web designers and developers try to keep up with it
Combining the high-end techniques, sophisticated libraries such as WebGL and modern design traits, Japan-based agencies please the crowd with remarkable projects with an outstanding experience. Some of them are just basic websites that serve regular purposes but have an exclusive ‘wrap’; others fascinate with its original idea, offbeat features, and professional realization. Today we have gathered ten startling examples of Japanese website design that convey the diversity and richness inherent to this ancient but one of the most developed nations in the World.
The website is related to the fashion, to be more precise to SHIMA-SHIMA, a traditional Japanese brand that specializes in textile. While the site is nothing more than an online presentation of various types of cloth, the realization is what deserves the attention. It concentrates solely on its primary task and provides visitors with a clear view of each material structure. The team is managed to give a typical exhibition a bit of zest. The neat vector display is pretty original as well as the shifting between the two pieces that is accompanied by subtle transitions.
With the quick glance, it becomes apparent that the website is dedicated to a business establishment that serves food. The landing page increases not only interest but also appetite. And that’s not all: from loading bar to icons, the maritime theme runs through all the pages and can be seen in every detail. The complex 3D-dimensional background that is a unique symbiosis of seascape shots, carefully treated renderings of dishes and beverages, and the fancy typeface creates the overall buzz. It delivers the proper atmosphere, adds a note of friendliness and playfulness and hits the targeted audience. While the whole scene can be explored via a mouse cursor, some parts are set in motion to strengthen the impression. The dynamic component is pretty impactful; though, to be honest, it is a bit overwhelming and overloads the interface.
Can you believe that this is a website of a design consultancy firm and not one of the animation studios?
The ‘welcome’ screen greets the online audience with a fantastic subtly animated picturesque backdrop that evokes the feelings from the scenes of the beloved Worlds created by Studio Ghibli. The page exudes an aura of Japan culture presented in anime style. It has a powerful spirit that is hard to resist. Enjoy the music and the action.
The microsite salutes all the fans and owners of motorcycles. Much like the vehicle itself, the project gets the most out of the modern technologies trying to achieve the highest level of performance and user experience. The front page embraces lots of interesting material including images, videos and tiny supporting animations that complement the composition. Marvelous design aesthetics in tandem with interactive features makes the Honda DCT a winner in our eyes.
Liberogic is a Japan-based creative agency. The team is succeeded in creating an alter-ego that is carefully encapsulated into a personal portfolio. The latter is a responsive project with a consistent user experience across numerous devices. It has a potential to surprise anyone with its original layout, subtle animations, vector illustrations paired with drawings, and fancy transitions between the sections.
Who would have thought that boring information about animal courtship can get a fresh breath and turn into an engaging studying material? Yusuke Kitani has adopted a genuinely refreshing take on this matter, recreating an outstanding digital dictionary. He skillfully embraced the minimalism, using just a negligible amount of details. The romantic relationships between animals are portrayed as clever abstract animations that instantly lure you into.
This is an online collection of projects created by Message Design Center. With a traditional list style organization, the site looks pretty ordinary at a glimpse; however do not judge the book by its cover just give it a try.
Each message is supplied with a polygon-inspired transformation and dynamic behavior. And it is here where all the magic begins. The morphing is simply incredible. When the mouse cursor hits the characters, they start to transmute into an image in an attractive manner.
The website skillfully balances between the functionality and aesthetics resulting in a pretty nifty concept. The original asymmetrical layout that breaks away from the majority of the standard solutions dishes up data quite well, easily focusing the attention on the vital things. The cosmic theme in tandem with dark coloring exudes an image of sophistication and even luxury. The parallax effect makes its significant contribution as well.
The website is aimed to support the cross-cultural music event on the Web. It covers reports, talks, and public performance, pursuing one goal: provide all the interested with the current information. It may remain trivial, and still be relevant and sought-after. Nevertheless, the team goes far beyond, trying to meet the spirit of the festival and transmit its energetic atmosphere. The interface speaks to its audience. It features not everyday color palette, fantastic isometric illustrations, artistic icons that are animated and interesting arrangement of blocks.
Turn Project is tailored to the uniqueness of the idea and the content. As the creators said it should resemble a work of art; and it certainly does.
When you land on the website everything is heavily blurred; the only thing that you can distinguish is spots of colors that identify elements of the interface. Thus, a bulk of barely noticeable dark spots in the upper right corner is a traditional streamlined navigation, and a small cloud in the top left corner is a logotype. If you want to make details clear, all you have to do is to hold the mouse over the desired area for several seconds. Believe me; there is lots of helpful information here, just wait until the website reveals its secrets. It is a bit guessing game, yet it is inventive, absorbing and inspiring.
It is quite difficult to tell whether the Japanese websites owe its ‘wow’ factor to design, interactivity or user experience. These aspects are interrelated and in some cases recreate an interfusion that results in a satisfying outcome. Therefore, their success lies in a brilliant idea and an original highly professional approach of bringing it to life.
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