In my experience, one of the best ways to design a great looking website is to get inspiration from other websites out there. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so while this isn’t stealing or anything of that sort, it’s simply a way to inspire ideas and new design elements that you may have never thought of otherwise. It’s also a great way to kick start your designs if perhaps you tend to stay in one style and don’t seem to stray much from it. Below are 3 great examples of web design that may be a little different than what you’re used to, but should spark some great ideas.
1) Risen Church – www.risenchurch.com
Usually, when you think of a website for a church, you may think of pictures of old ladies playing the piano or just a basic site that is as bland as a piece of bread. The website of Risen Church is not your average website, especially for a church. If you’re looking to design a website for a service business or, of course, a church, then this site is a great inspiration.
2) Brick Fielder – www.brickfielder.co.uk/
If you are designing a website for an ecommerce store or just looking to sell items on a site, then this site is a great one to model it after. The goal of a website that sells goods is to showcase the things you are selling in a way that makes people want to buy. This site displays everything in a unique and “cool” way, while also explaining what each product does in a stylish way.
3) Christmas With Joy – http://christmaswithjoy.com/
This is a really cool site with a unique purpose. The site displays Christmas figures from around the world, from Santa Claus to Krampus (if you don’t know who that is, then you probably should keep it that way). You can pick a Christmas figure and send a Christmas greeting to a friend featuring that figure. The design elements really standout and could be used in various design elements of a website for any cause.
4) B14 – http://b14.dk/
Sometimes, simplicity is elegant, and this website is a great display of that. The site is black and white and has a great balance of white space, words, and images. If you are designing a personal blog or a portfolio type website, this would be a great website to draw some ideas from and spark some great ideas. The focus of this site is the words on the page and not images like many of the other sites on this list. Depending on your project, this could be something that stands out from the pack.
5) Landscape – http://thisislandscape.com/
If you are looking to create a portfolio website showcasing works, then this site is a really unique way of doing that. The homepage is mostly text but then you can go into each project and see each project more in depth from that point. Depending on your taste and how you wish to present a portfolio, this could be a great way to gain some ideas to do that.