It warms my nerdy little web design heart to find beautifully designed websites and interesting, web design related reading material. So, naturally, I wanted to share my finds with you all, and pass on the excitement that I felt when I discovered each of these gems.
The Café Evoke website has been blowing my mind this month. Not only is it clearly inspired by overlapping effects of screen printing (a particular favorite of mine) but it’s also delicate and quite minimal, and certainly not boring. I highly recommend that you check out this site and take some time to enjoy all of its understated nuances.
Another, beautifully minimal website that’s caught my eye this month is that of Ermenegildo Zegna. This baby is a one page wonder, that is all of its content is presented on a single page with a navigation menu that takes you to individual sections of the site. What I really love is its thoughtful design that incorporates fabric texture, and stitching-style framing for different sections of content that give the site a masculine and upscale look and feel. There’s nothing collage-y or shabby-chic about it. I’m also a fan of how the lookbook presentation is handled: the image carousels are hidden at first and revealed on-click. Very smart, and smart-looking website.
Last, but not least is the Rush River Brewing Company website. I love the vintage style of this site, and it’s all about delicious, craftully brewed beers – so what’s not to like?! That said, I would have loved to see a more streamlined navigation system for viewing the company’s beers. Having a lightness graphic is a nice touch but I keep wanting to click on it and to see all beers matching the lightness/darkness of my choice, would have been a very useful feature to include. I also found the “Where to buy” section particularly overwhelming, which has mainly to do with the styling not function because the live search feature is great! So there’s lots of good and some bad, I still enjoyed the design concept of this site even if the experience wasn’t 100% mind-blowing.
Let’s start with some “must reads” for any self-respecting web designer. The following articles are a thoughtprovoking reads that have spawned some great discussions, so definitely take a gander at their comments sections.
- How To Make $5000+ a Month Building Websites Part-Time by Jonathan Wold on Freelance Switch – quite the polarizing topic with over 70 comments to date.
- Tried to fire my client, it backfired, and somehow our business relationship improved! by April Greer on Graphic Design Blender – I really hate the term “firing a client” and much prefer “project termination”, afterall we’re talking business not petty boo-hoos here, but a great read nonetheless.
- The State Of E-Commerce Checkout Design 2012 by Christian Holst on Smashing Magazine - I have a soft spot for cold, hard facts, so this is a simple case of keeping up with the latest research findings in web design.
Now, let’s move on to some practical information, that is tutorials. Since my particular interests are WordPress and responsive web design – that’s what these articles are all about.
- Responsive Web Development as a Standard, Step-by-Step by Kayla Knight on Onextrapixel – a pretty general overview of responsive webdesign with a few coding tips and resources. A great place to start if you haven’t had much experience in responsive site development.
- Responsive Web Above The Fold by Chris Coyier on CSS-Tricks – another great article on responsive web design but with an added kick to the concept of “the fold”.
- Create a Custom WordPress Login Without Plugins by Iain MacDonald on Line25 – having created a few custom logins for WordPress in the past this was a great way to compare and contrast my techniques. Definitely a valuable asset to have under any WordPress developer’s belt.
To round things off here are some great tools and resources to add to your designer toolbox.
- Useful Legal Documents For Designers (PDF/DOC) by Veronica Picciafuoco on Smashing Magazine
- 12 Awesome Keyword Tools for Your Website by Rob Walling on Vandelay Design
- 27 Web Apps & Resources for Responsive Mobile Design by Jake Rocheleau on SpyreStudios
- 30 Latest High-Quality Free Fonts for Designers by Anders Ross on InstantShift
- 70+ Subtle Patterns Perfect for Minimal Designs by Henry Jones on Web Design Ledger
Did I miss anything?
There you have it! Did I miss any spectacularly designed websites or articles of significance? Let me know and stay tuned for next month’s Best of Web Design!