Web design inspiration follows the rule ‘the more you share, the more you get’. Someone else’s ideas transform into your own creative inventions, passing through the prism of your perception. No doubt, it becomes a curious subject when it comes to healthy competition, web design inspiration and sincere admiration.
And who’s there, at the web design Olympus, judging the web design of the common people? Are those the trend leaders or the followers of the trend? We offer you to take a look at 30 personal and business websites of the Awwwards Jury 2016. It’s just a part of them, but all the websites are great.
Many of the websites prove that they are the trend leaders. Some brand new ideas, a fresh view on what web design and user experience should be like, all these things will serve you as a perfect web design inspiration which you may apply in your projects later on. Judge it for yourself.
The very ‘Awwwards’ website quotes Dostoyevsky: ‘It is difficult to judge beauty: beauty is an enigma’. I dare say that Bernard Shaw, however, would remark that every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it. So let’s not distract Awwwards jury from being skeptical about judging the quality of our websites submitted. Meanwhile, we’ll take a look at their own websites and the websites of the agencies that they represent.
So… Get inspired!
Name: Douglas Hughmanick
Position: Creative Director/Founder at ANML
This is a website which literally makes you dizzy. Even if you don’t have any vestibular disorders, looking at it makes you feel like you’re skydiving at first. To me, this changing of a viewer’s angle is really exciting. However, getting mesmerized by this hypnotizing web design feature, don’t forget to check out the rest of the website. A very neat Menu button, which leads you to an usual vertical placement of sub-menu.
2. Name: Lionel Durimel
Position: Independent Digital Designer
A website which presents the creativity and tribute to black-and-white elegance. The design says “no” to buttons, the contacts are equally spread of the left and on the right. Pay attention to the menu design, it changes every time you hover a mouse over it.
Name: Matteo Rostagno
Position: Senior Designer at AKQA
Country: United Kingdom
This website is a great tribute to full-screen images. No buttons, no visual boundaries, menu with a neat font in the top left corner and social media widgets in the bottom right corner – that’s what makes this website remarkable.
Name: Samuel Honigstein
Position: Creative Technologist and Creative Director at Google Creative Lab
Country: United Kingdom
Amazing works of this web developer will mesmerize you. A top-notch creativity makes you look at every work of their creator carefully, getting impressed more and more.
Name: Imran Sheikh
Position: Creative Director at Razorfish
Have you seen a menu like this before? Being placed almost at the bottom of the website, it’s a stripe of transparent squares which tempt you to click on them.
Name: Jakob Kahlen
Position: Independent Art Director
This is a portfolio with a very distinct style. Elegant, with lots of negative space and at the same time with bright trendy images.
Name: Peter Kang
Position: Creative Director at Barrel NY
These are the guys who are really into images. Note that the font used in their designs doesn’t overweight the overall design and drags a minimum attention at the first seconds you look at it.
Name: Melanie Daveid
Position: Independent UX Designer & Art Director
A very bright website which is a great and very vivid presentation of the author’s works. Curly font and a very interesting concept of a hand falling apart at the bottom of the website makes the design really unusual.
Name: Michele Gallina
Position: Project Leader and UX Director at Basilico srl
This is a great website which can give you a solution of how you can place information in blocks. Being a scroll-down website, it shows in a neat way of how you can make a website easy-to-perceive and maybe raise a conversion rate of it.
Name: Rob Trostle
Position: Executive Design Director at Droga5
You can’t help enjoying the calm colors from the very first moment. The image slider is performed in a round shape, highlighting the main points in the live of Droga5.
Name: Enea Rossi
Position: Creative Director of Adoratorio
This is a website which will make you look at it more than once in order to seize all the design creativity in it. Apart from stunning imagery and layout, pay attention to how minimalist and intuitively understandable the menu button is.
Name: Matthias Mentasti
Position: Art Director at Wild
The text on the website is very self-ironic, apologizing for not having made the final version of a website. However, take a look at a portfolio layout – it has very interesting horizontal menu which takes you to their work.
Name: Baptiste Briel
Position: Co-founder of Suspended Animations
An elegant to the core web design lets you discover their latest projects in no haste. Check out how the text appears on your screen – every tiny detail of the website is really smooth.
Name: Klaus-Martin Michaelis
Position: Art Director at Ogilvy
This website is a great example of how you can showcase your works using a grid layout. The menu button also deserves a special attention, as well as the font which you see when you open the website.
Name: Pablo Vio
Position: Co-founder & Creative Director at Jam3
Another amazing example of how storytelling works in web design. Make sure you move your mouse over the name of the website – the animation is beautiful.
Name: Soren Bo Bastian
Position: Senior Art Director at Stupid Studios
If you are looking for some bright web design inspiration, you’ll definitely enjoy this website. Flat design widgets, daring colors, this design is great for those who aren’t afraid of experiments.
Name: Lu Yu
Position: Independent Interactive & Graphic Designer
This website has a fine color gradient, an “About” area is simply unmissable. The projects presented in a check pattern makes the overall design really easy to perceive.
Name: Aude Degrassat
Position: Art Director at Huge
Country: United Kingdom
It’s a beautiful portfolio, where the works are presented in Pinterest-like grid. The works well-presented and the social media buttons well placed – these things make this portfolio one of the best I have ever seen.
Name: Joakim Norman
Position: Creative Director/Designer at Molamil
The website of Molamil makes you smile for some reason when you look at it. It’s joyful, and creative. The feature which deserves a special mentioning is a banner which changes when scrolling down, accordingly to the section of a website.
Name: Kris Hermansson
Position: Creative Director at Resn
A passionate combination of black and red with amazing typography and engaging play-buttons. If you wonder how you could showcase the videos so that they are watched, this is an inspiration for you.
Name: Bryan Saftler
Position: Creative Technologist at Microsoft
That is the first website which has actually a map on the home page. We’re all used to seeing those at the bottom of the website, but this is also a very interesting design solution.
Name: Du Haihang
Position: Independent Designer+Developer
A very unusual website with a great animation. For sure, it is one of those which you will remember distinctly for quite some time.
Name: Sean Hobman
Position: Senior Art Director at RSN
Country: United Kingdom
This website is a very stylish guide to the works of the website owner. The colors are dark, channeling all your attention to the works it presents.
Name: Fred Paquet
Position: Co-founder & Creative Director at Viens-la
Great sense of humor – that’s what is implied in this website, apart from technical developing and designing. It doesn’t concentrate on that, however, and presents you their works in an incredibly beautiful way.
Name: Frederic Marchand
Position: President & Creative Director at Locomotive
An incredibly creative logo + the changing portraits, introducing you to the team of Locomotive, these are the first things which you notice when being first on the website.
Name: Christin Malen Andreassen
Position: Senior Designer at Apple
This is a very clean portfolio one can have. Showcasing your work this way is probably one of the most effective ways to do it.
Name: Kamil Lehmann
Position: Designer/Art Director at Juice
This is a really great website which takes us back to our childhood. A very unusual text placement and presentation of the images is well thought-through and the content is really emotional. Well, it definitely touches those who are fond of cartoons.
Name: Jack De Caluwe
Position: Creative Director at Future Buro
This list of websites is rich in portfolio design solutions. Draw inspiration from this website and enjoy the animation presented there.
Name: Derek Boateng
Position: Independent Designer and Art Director
Country: United Kingdom
A combination of beige and red is quite common, but that’s because it is a very successful combination. You can see that in this portfolio. All the works are “hidden” so that the overall design is not overloaded. In addition to that, typography is incredibly elegant.
Name: JB Grasset
Position: Co-Founder of Ultranoir
Ultranoir website is ultra-elegant. The image slider is the first thing that captivates you. Check out the stripe of their works which you can’t help clicking.