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SEO Web Design, LLC / Web Design  / 20 Freshest Web Designs, September 2019

20 Freshest Web Designs, September 2019

Welcome to September’s edition of our monthly roundup of the best sites to be launched (or relaunched with significant updates) in the previous four weeks.

This month, there’s tons of color, and some elegant transitions. Video is huge this month, with a number of sites opting for video front and center. You’ll also find some delightful animated illustration. Enjoy!

 

Bon Iver Visualizer

This impressive site[1], built with Spotify data, visualizes all of the people currently streaming Bon Iver music, including key details of their location like elevation, and weather conditions. It’s a fascinating attempt to make streamed music a collective experience.

01-boniver

 

Jia Szeto

Paris-based stylist Jia Szeto’s portfolio[2] site is a joy to browse through, with colorful frames that bring out the best in the photography, and stylish transitions that move you from one project to the next. It’s deceptively simple, and very high-class.

02-jiaszeto

 

Headless Horse

Headless Horse[3] presents a new way to browse through a studio’s portfolio. In this case, move your cursor around the wall of seemingly random thumbnails. It works, because Headless Horse have worked with some huge clients, so recognizable brands leap out at you.

03-headlesshorse

 

Monastery

This site[4] is a joy to browse around. The exquisite product photography and the luxurious feel of the transitions — note the subtle blur added to the fade — make Monastery’s skincare range highly-desirable before you’ve even tried it.

04-monastery

 

Hazelbrook Legal

Hazelbrook Legal[5] is a corporate law firm, its site is innovative in its field, using a large video, showing a ball rolling around an Escher-style maze. The ball is solid, and its path is calm and certain. Exactly what you want from this type of company.

05-hazelbrook

 

Ramus

Ramus[6] is a design collective drawing talent from across the creative industries to produce works of art with light. The scale of its portfolio is truly impressive, and a different showcase video loads each time you visit the site.

06-ramus

 

Thirst

If you want to be successful in design you need to carve out a niche. Thirst[7] has certainly done that by only designing packaging for drinks. The animated gradients on its homepage calls to mind exotic flavours perfectly.

07-thirst

 

Near Miss Memorials

Near Miss Memorials[8] is a public safety campaign from New Zealand that’s educating the public about crossing train tracks safely. Scroll along the tracks, and watch videos of people risking their lives for a few extra seconds off their journey. It’s an impactful, and potentially life-saving site.

08-nearmisses

 

Seafood From Norway

If like me, you’re hooked on Nordic Noir TV dramas, then the opening video on Seafood From Norway’s site[9] will get your pulse racing. The site is actually a very beautiful advert for the Norwegian fishing industry, showcasing its high standards. The recipes are great too.

09-seafoodfromnorway

 

Cognito

This awesome illustrated site[10] uses animation and simple illustration to simplify technologically complex solutions. Best of all, the flow of the illustrations lead you through the sections of the site, drawing you into the content brilliantly.

10-cognito

 

VLNC

French design studio VLNC[11] has a unique approach to the thorny problem of how to layout thumbnails, they turned them into a mouse trail. It’s a surprisingly effective way to make use of one of the web’s oldest clichés.

11-vlnc

 

Fetching Fields

The ingredients on Fetching Fields’ site[12] look good enough to eat, and with its luxury-feel brand you’d expect this to be a fancy new foodie option. But Fetching Fields are selling treats for our dogs. Because our furry friends deserve the best.

12-fetchingfields

 

Tusk

One of the most difficult aspects of a site to get right is the tone. It’s when user experience, art direction, content, animation, and typography all come together to just feel right. Tusk[13] gets it perfectly.

13-tusk

 

We Compost

Normally, any delay in getting to a site’s content is a bad thing, but Auckland’s We Compost[14] opens with a delightful animation of earthworms, which ties the concept together instantly. It’s lovely.

14-wecompost

 

Bimble

Who says parallax is dead? This simple site[15] for CBD-based drink is calm, brand appropriate, and makes excellent use of the tried and tested effect that we all love to hate to love.

15-bimble

 

The Jacky Winter Group

The Jacky Winter Group[16] represents illustrators, artists, animators, lettering designers, and all manner of visually creative professional. The site is almost an assault on your eyes. It’s modern, exciting, and packed with energy.

16-jackywinter

 

NYT Food Festival

This great little site[17] for the New York Times’ Food Festival captures our attention with fun, animated typography. There are excellent splashes of color blocking throughout the site, even if the vital information is a little hidden away.

17-nytfoodfestival

 

Almond Surfboards

With an innovative range of surfboards, the site for Almond Surfboards[18] captures a retro, West-coast vibe perfectly. The warm off-white colors and all-American typography feel precisely on point. Check out the accessories section for some awesome flag-based lettering work.

18-almondsurfboards

 

Hudson Hemp

Hudson Hemp[19] uses an opening looping video to set the tone of its content. It’s respectable, science-orientated, it could be a feature for National Geographic. All essential characteristics when you’re selling a product about which there is so much misinformation.

19-hudsonhemp

 

Adventure of the Detective’s

I don’t pretend to fully understand Andrew Maruska’s quest-generator for D&D[20]. But what I do understand is the excellent choice of typeface, that levels-up this one-pager. It feels entirely appropriate, and I wish more sites were brave with their font choices.

20-adventure

References

  1. ^ This impressive site (boniver.withspotify.com)
  2. ^ Jia Szeto’s portfolio (jiaszeto.com)
  3. ^ Headless Horse (headless.horse)
  4. ^ This site (www.monasterymade.com)
  5. ^ Hazelbrook Legal (hazelbrooklegal.com)
  6. ^ Ramus (www.ramus.com.au)
  7. ^ Thirst (thirstcraft.com)
  8. ^ Near Miss Memorials (www.nearmisses.co.nz)
  9. ^ Seafood From Norway’s site (fromnorway.com)
  10. ^ This awesome illustrated site (cognitohq.com)
  11. ^ VLNC (www.vlnc.studio)
  12. ^ Fetching Fields’ site (www.fetchingfields.com)
  13. ^ Tusk (tusk.com)
  14. ^ We Compost (www.wecompost.co.nz)
  15. ^ This simple site (drinkbimble.com)
  16. ^ The Jacky Winter Group (www.jackywinter.com)
  17. ^ This great little site (www.nytfoodfestival.com)
  18. ^ Almond Surfboards (www.almondsurfboards.com)
  19. ^ Hudson Hemp (hudsonhemp.com)
  20. ^ Andrew Maruska’s quest-generator for D&D (adventure.andrewmaruska.com)

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