30 Beautiful Examples of Grunge in Web Design

Nov 15 2008 by Jacob Gube | 80 Comments

Grunge is a stylish design trend that gives web designs a less uniform, less structured, and more organic look-and-feel. It’s characterized by textured/gritty backgrounds, uneven/torn edges, worn, faded and aged graphic elements inspired by urban and industrial architecture and scenery. It gives a way for designers to venture away from the glossy, flashy, and rigid design elements that characterize the "Web 2.0"style – a style that still dominates mainstream web design.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 excellent examples of grunge in web design for your inspiration. From portfolios and fashion websites to online stores and church sites – you’ll find a variety of websites that choose to "dirty up" their web design.

Cogitatur

Cogitatur - screen shot.

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50 Beautifully Dark Web Designs

Oct 26 2008 by Jacob Gube | 83 Comments

Selecting colors for a site is one of the most crucial parts of web design. The color palette can evoke certain types of emotions in a user and sets the tone for the user’s experience while perusing the site. Websites with dark colors can represent "non-mainstream", "elite", and "unconventional".

The use of dark backgrounds also centers the attention towards the content, making it an effective theme for portfolios, image galleries, and design-centered sites.

In this collection, you’ll find some of the best dark-themed web designs. This is the second part of the "Beautiful Web Designs" series that starts off at "30 Beautifully Blue Web Designs".

Starbucks Coffee At Home

Starbucks Coffee At Home - screen shot.

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30 Beautifully Blue Web Designs

Oct 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 68 Comments

Blue is one of the most used colors in web design, therefore it’s hard to stand out from the sea of competition out there. This collection showcases some of the best, unique, creative designs that utilize shades of blue as a primary color and theme.

Without further ado – to feed your inspiration – here’s 30 top-notch blue web designs.

1. darkmotion

darkmotion - screen shot.

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25 Outstanding WordPress Designs

Jun 25 2008 by Jacob Gube | 47 Comments

WordPress is a popular, versatile, highly-customizable publishing platform. It’s used primarily for blogs, but with a little bit of innovation – it’s utility is limitless.

If you’re contemplating on creating a theme for your newly-established WordPress installation or looking for design inspiration for an existing one, check out these 25 hand-picked, beautiful WordPress designs that showcase the creativity of its designer and the malleability of WordPress.

1. 3.7 Designs

3.7 Designs - Screenshot

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Readers Pick: 12 Excellent Websites to Follow if You’re into Web Design

Jun 14 2008 by Jacob Gube | 28 Comments

The easiest way to keep up with the latest news and resources is by subscribing to RSS feeds of your favorite sites. When I wrote an article called "30 Websites to follow if you’re into Web Development", I knew I couldn’t include everyone’s favorites, so I asked readers to suggest other websites worth following.

This is a collection of just some of your suggestions. Each entry has a link directly to the site’s RSS feed, but if you want to include all of them into your feed reader, here’s an OPML file for all of them.

1. CSS-Tricks

CSS-Tricks - Screen shotSuggested by: Matthew Adams of 101PoundWebsite.com, David Lano of David Lano’s Blog, Jake of DesignerFied.com, and Nodster

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Readers Pick: 16 Sites for Web Design Inspiration

Jun 8 2008 by Jacob Gube | 103 Comments

A while back I wrote "Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration", where I listed some of my favorite places to peruse when I’m looking for design inspiration. At the end, I posed the following question to the readers: "Where do you go for design inspiration?", and asked that you contribute suggestions. This is a list of places that readers have recommended. Some I haven’t heard of, and several I’ve added to my own favorites list.

Without further ado – I present 16 sites that you visit for design inspiration.

1. The Best Designs

http://www.thebestdesigns.com/Suggested by: chandan (Digg profile)

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Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration

May 23 2008 by Jacob Gube | 27 Comments

What’s the best remedy for "designer’s block"? Easy – visit design gallery websites to get you back in the creative groove. There are many wonderful sites out there specifically to help inspire designers, and here are just a handful of them.

Best Web Gallery

Best Web Gallery

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