30 Creative Illustrative Website Headers

Apr 18 2009 by Jacob Gube | 35 Comments

Using illustration in a web design can give it a captivating and impressive look. When used in a manner that compliments the theme, topic, and message of the site – it can be an effective way of creating a memorable impression upon users. When used in a prominent location – such as the website’s header – the designer ensures that his or her visitors will see the work of art right away.

In this showcase, you’ll see 30 beautiful website headers that use illustration for your design inspiration.

CARTONBLANC

CARTONBLANC

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30 Beautiful Music Websites for Design Inspiration

Apr 12 2009 by Mirko Humbert | 56 Comments

Music lovers often are sensitive to design. This probably explains why so many music websites are so wonderfully designed and inspiring.

In this article, you’ll be able to discover 30 beautiful music websites that stand out from the crowd.

Mx3

Mx3 screen shot.

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30 Creative Examples of Using Paper in Web Designs

Apr 11 2009 by Jacob Gube | 45 Comments

The utilization of paper as a design element in a web design is one of the most popular design trends. By using scraps of paper, cardboard textures, notebooks and notepads, a designer is able to compose an interesting and elaborate design. You’ll see paper used in various kinds of design components – in backgrounds, navigation menus, content areas, and all sorts of other web page parts.

In this showcase, you’ll see some of the best web designs that involve the use of paper elements and textures – for your inspiration.

Peace River Excursion

Peace River Excursion paper use screen shot.

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50 Stylish Navigation Menus for Design Inspiration

Apr 10 2009 by Jacob Gube | 39 Comments

A site’s navigation menu is one of the most prominent things that users see when they first visit. There are many ways to design a navigation menu – and since almost all websites have some form of navigation – designers have to push their creative limits to build one that’s remarkable and outstanding.

In this article, you’ll find a showcase of beautiful, creative, and stylish navigation menus for your inspiration.

1. netdreams.co.uk

netdreams.co.uk navigation menu screen shot.

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30 Creative Examples of the Hand Drawn Style in Web Designs

Mar 28 2009 by Jacob Gube | 54 Comments

Lately, there has been a trend towards incorporating hand drawn elements into web designs, bringing sketches and drawings that we typically see in the paper medium onto the web. Hand drawn elements can be seen in navigation bars, as backgrounds, as accenting elements, or as an entire site theme. They give a design a very unique, out-of-the-box, and organic/realistic look.

In this collection, you will be able to find some of the best designs that have hand drawn, "sketched" elements infused into them for your inspiration.

Bearskinrug

Bearskinrug - screen shot.

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30 Creative Examples of Illustrations in Web Design

Mar 21 2009 by Jacob Gube | 41 Comments

Adding illustrative elements to a web design can take it to a whole new level. Illustrations add a uniqueness and character to a design, giving it the ability to make it truly stand out from the crowd. Designers and artists use them in various parts of a design: as backgrounds, as part of a captivating header, or as an accent within the content area.

In this article, you’ll be able to set your eyes on some of the best examples of websites that have chosen to use illustrated elements as part of the design.

1. The Great Bearded Reef

The Great Bearded Reef - screen shot.

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40 Beautiful Examples of Vintage and Retro in Web Design

Mar 6 2009 by Matt Cronin | 63 Comments

Retro and vintage web designs have become increasingly popular. Ironically, the more and more the web progresses, the more designers start to revert back to old retro styles. For your design inspiration, here are 40 beautifully-designed websites that revert back in time to retro and vintage styles.

If you liked this collection, please consider also reading 20 Beautiful Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets.

1. Level 2 Design

Level 2 Design - screen shot.

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