This is one of my favorite things I’ve seen in a while– a great one page website that not only recaps the year for a company (Sailthru, in this case), but showcases their amazing design talent. More companies need to do create internal projects like this. Sure, it might not lead to profit directly, but it really shows how much they care about their brand and the product they have to offer. With it’s minimalism, huge typography and fun infographics, the design of it is right up my alley as well. Well done. [link]
Most travel websites look and function pretty much the same. Not this one. I can’t speak for the deals, but visually and interactively speaking, it’s quite awesome. It also provides you with current weather and a bunch of photos and blurbs about every destination they have a deal for.
Why do I like it? Beautiful photography, big, bold typography, nice interactivity, a cool overall vintage look and…beer! Time for happy hour.
For such a massive news organization The New York Times has one of the most unappealing, cluttered, terribly-designed websites out there. I often use it as an example when asked to name a website I hate the design of. I’m really interested to see what the revamped homepage will look like, but based on the individual article redesign they recently released it definitely looks like a step in the right direction. Let’s be honest, it would be extremely difficult to create anything that isn’t better compared to the visual disaster they’ve had going on pretty much since there’s been a New York Times website.
THE NEW (Typography! Open space!):
THE OLD (A horrendous pile of digital garbage!):
Five years ago I never thought there could be so much animation and interaction in a website without the use of Flash. Thank god (aka developers) for modern web browsers and new technology like HTML5. The animation in this site all happens by scrolling. It’s pretty cool to watch and has some fun/frightening facts– stop wasting water people!
A website for a police department? I know, seriously. These types of sites for government institutions are typically some of the worst, looking like they were designed in the mid-90s (probably because most were) and never updated. This one is pretty great though, and just so unusually cool for the subject matter. The parallax scrolling (different background images move at different speeds when you scroll) is a really nice effect. Hat’s off, Milwaukee.
I really like the use of textures on the site. The hanging frame and tags on the ART OF COFFEE page are a cool idea too. Also, coffee– it’s pretty awesome.