Research: Inspiration

I’ve been paying more attention to the websites I visit this week to have a look at the types of themes and layouts that I find visually appealing and thought it would be useful to curate them into a single post for future reference.

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I really like Slack‘s website – it looks really professional and visually appealing, and presents information well (which works great as a webpage with a fluid width). The graphics look sophisticated, and the use of a picture at the top gives the viewer an idea about the website topic.

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Mohiomapย also utilises a large header image, however unlike Slack it has a top menu. I like how it also has information in a box on top of the image. The site uses blue and green as main colours and I think this works really well. It is very dynamic (scrolling down, the menu changes to white) which would be a bit complicated.

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Cloudcannon is styled similarly (I guess horizontal “stripes” separating content is a current website trend?). This site uses typography really effectively. It’s not too cluttered or busy. It’s simplistic, with easy to read information.

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Again with the horizontal stripes. I think The Appreciation Engine‘s “Meet the Team” page layout is really interesting. It’s a bit different to anything else I’ve seen. I like the layering of images. The colourisation of the site is really effective too and compliments the logo.

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One of my friends Charli is a graphic designer who coded her own website, which I really like. It’s simplistic and uses white space efficiently, plus the simple use of colours looks sophisticated and visually appealing. I like the social media links in the form of graphics down the bottom too! Unlike the previous websites it’s also fixed width.

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I think for my fluid layout I want to try to design something similar to the horizontal striped webpages above. They look modern and professional, and the graphics don’t look too complicated either. I just need to brainstorm a layout that will fit with my parenting theme. I don’t want to create a webpage that is too cluttered. These webpages don’t have advertising, unlike the parenting sites I looked at, which makes them more visually appealing (to me anyway).


4 thoughts on “Research: Inspiration

  1. Hey Nicole ๐Ÿ™‚ you’ve found some really nice websites. I like that they spread the text spaciously and that they are very easy to read. I agree with what you said about ads making webpages look less visually appealing haha, it’s hard to find pages without ads. Anyway, horizontal striped webpages sound good ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love these, I think the element that makes them less cluttered is the large amount of white space they all share which gives a refreshing feel. ๐Ÿ™‚

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