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Web Design Olympus: 30 Personal & Business Websites of Awwwards Jury 2016. Vol.1

 

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!

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1.

Name: Douglas Hughmanick

Position: Creative Director/Founder at ANML

Website: http://anml.com/

Country: U.S.A.

ANML web design inspiration

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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.

 

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2. Name: Lionel Durimel

Position: Independent Digital Designer

Website: http://www.wmnvm.com/about

Country: France

WMNWM awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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3.

Name: Matteo Rostagno

Position: Senior Designer at AKQA

Website: http://www.akqa.com/

Country: United Kingdom

AKQA awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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4.

Name: Samuel Honigstein

Position: Creative Technologist and Creative Director at Google Creative Lab

Website: http://samsy.ninja/

Country: United Kingdom

Samsy.ninja awwwards jury website

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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.

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5.

Name: Imran Sheikh

Position: Creative Director at Razorfish

Website: https://www.razorfish.de/en/

Country: Germany

Razorfish awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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6.

Name: Jakob Kahlen

Position: Independent Art Director

Website: http://www.jakobkahlen.net/

Country: Denmark

Jacob Kahlen awwwards jury website

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This is a portfolio with a very distinct style. Elegant, with lots of negative space and at the same time with bright trendy images.

 

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7.

Name: Peter Kang

Position: Creative Director at Barrel NY

Website: http://www.barrelny.com/

Country: U.S.A.

Peter Kang awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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8.

Name: Melanie Daveid

Position: Independent UX Designer & Art Director

Website: http://melaniedaveid.com/

Country: Germany

Melanie Daveid awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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9.

Name: Michele Gallina

Position: Project Leader and UX Director at Basilico srl

Website: http://www.basili.co/

Country: Italy

Michelle Gallina awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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10.

Name: Rob Trostle

Position: Executive Design Director at Droga5

Website: http://droga5.com/

Country: U.S.A.

Rob Trostle awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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11.

Name: Enea Rossi

Position: Creative Director of Adoratorio

Website: http://www.adoratorio.com/

Country: Italy

 Enea Rossi awwwards jury website

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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.

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12.

Name: Matthias Mentasti

Position: Art Director at Wild

Website: http://wild.as/

Country: Austria

Matthias Mentasti awwwards jury website

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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.

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13.

Name: Baptiste Briel

Position: Co-founder of Suspended Animations

Website: http://www.bbriel.me/

Country: Netherlands

Baptiste Briel awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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14.

Name: Klaus-Martin Michaelis

Position: Art Director at Ogilvy

Website: http://klausmartinmichaelis.com/

Country: Germany

Klaus-Martin Michaelis awwwards jury website

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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.

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15.

Name: Pablo Vio

Position: Co-founder & Creative Director at Jam3

Website: http://www.jam3.com/

Country: Canada

Pablo Vio awwwards jury website

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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.

 

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16.

Name: Soren Bo Bastian

Position: Senior Art Director at Stupid Studios

Website: https://stupid-studio.com/

Country: Denmark

 Web design inspiration Stupidstudio

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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.

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17.

Name: Lu Yu

Position: Independent Interactive & Graphic Designer

Website: http://luyu.co/

Country: Turkey

 Lu Yu Web design inspiration

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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.

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18.

Name: Aude Degrassat

Position: Art Director at Huge

Website: http://audedegrassat.com/

Country: United Kingdom

 Aude Degrassat web design inspiration

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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.

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19.

Name: Joakim Norman

Position: Creative Director/Designer at Molamil

Website: http://molamil.com/frontpage

Country: Denmark

 Joakim Norman web design inspiration

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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.

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20.

Name: Kris Hermansson

Position: Creative Director at Resn

Website: http://placeholder.resn.co.nz/

Country: Netherlands

Web design inspiration

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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.

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21.

Name: Bryan Saftler

Position: Creative Technologist at Microsoft

Website: http://www.bryansaftler.com/

Country: U.S.A.

 Bryan Saftler web design inspiration

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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.

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22.

Name: Du Haihang

Position: Independent Designer+Developer

Website: http://www.duhaihang.com/

Country: China

Du Haihang web design inspiration

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A very unusual website with a great animation. For sure, it is one of those which you will remember distinctly for quite some time.

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23.

Name: Sean Hobman

Position: Senior Art Director at RSN

Website: http://www.seanhobman.com/

Country:  United Kingdom

 Sean Hobman web design inspiration

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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.

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24.

Name: Fred Paquet

Position: Co-founder & Creative Director at Viens-la

Website: http://viens-la.com/

Country: France

 Fred Paquet web design inspiration

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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.

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25.

Name: Frederic Marchand

Position: President & Creative Director at Locomotive

Website: http://locomotive.ca/

Country: Canada

 Locomotive web design inspiration

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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.

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26.

Name: Christin Malen Andreassen

Position: Senior Designer at Apple

Website: http://christinmalenandreassen.com/

Country: U.S.A.

 Christin Malen  web design inspiration

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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.

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27.

Name: Kamil Lehmann

Position: Designer/Art Director at Juice

Website: http://juice.pl/

Country: Poland

 web design inspiration

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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.

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28.

Name: Jack De Caluwe

Position: Creative Director at Future Buro

Website: http://futureburo.com/work

Country: Australia

 futureburo web design inspiration

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This list of websites is rich in portfolio design solutions. Draw inspiration from this website and enjoy the animation presented there.

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29.

Name: Derek Boateng

Position: Independent Designer and Art Director

Website: http://www.derekboateng.com/

Country:  United Kingdom

web design inspiration

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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.

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30.

Name: JB Grasset

Position: Co-Founder of Ultranoir

Website: http://www.ultranoir.com/en/#!/home/3/

Country: France

 JB Gasset web design inspiration

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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.

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