20 Inspiring Website Designs

Ahmed July 17, 2009 24

Over the last few years, we have seen some amazing website designs with many unique characteristics that distinguish them from the rest.

Having a great-looking site is probably the best method of attracting the attention of your visitors to your services – This is true for whichever industry you’re in – However if you’re a web design company or freelancer, then having a top looking site is a requirement.

I have gathered 20 great looking ‘inspiring‘ website designs. My apologies as you will surely have seen most of these but I’m sure you’ll forgive me this once!

Also, Be sure to read the short and sweet conclusion!!!

20 Inspiring Website Designs

Komodo Media

This is one of my favourites. I’m quite sure it speaks for itself. Be sure to play around with the foilage-0-meter!

komodo-media

Pays-Sub Gatine

pays-sud-gatine

Kulturbanause

ma.tt

Wouldn’t expect anything less…

matt

Drupalcon

drupalcon

Yoast

This design is very recent. The use of illustration is amazing.

yoast

New concept

Did you ever think the colour brown could be utilised to be so effective?

new concept

Banjax

This is also one of my personal favourites. Basic. Simple, Elegant.

banjax

Outline 2 Design

outline2design

Navigant Consulting

navigantconsulting

Candy Buquet

candy-bouguet

Mint.com

mint.com

Agami

agami

Icon Dock

Nice.

icon dock

Nine Lion Designs

Nine Lion

Wollshed Grove

Wollshed Grove

foehn

Foehn

You and I Graphics

youandigraphics

Stylized Web

stylizedweb

3.7 Designs

This proves you don’t need an incredible backround image and use all the colours in a rainbow.

3point7designs

Conclusion

You will all agree with me that the designs above are all top notch, unique, enticing… and most importantly – Inspiring. The big question is, why?

Most people out there are under the false impression that you have to be a great designer to achieve a great design. This is true… to some extent!

The more important factor is time and pre-plan. Although it may not seem like it, I can write with confidence that all of the designs I have listed above were not done in a few hours overnight. Lots and lots of planning was required along with a lot of time and hard work.

All of the designers initiated with some sort of inspiration. Everyone is different and so are inspired differently.

Inspiration can be found in the centre of town, on the mountains of Guilin, the Grand Canyon, the Sahara Desert, and even in the corner shop. My point is that it all depends on who you are. And accordingly, you need to search.

I hope to help you crack this through the interviews I will showcase here in the near future.

24 Comments »

  1. Matt July 18, 2009 at 08:55 - Reply

    A pretty good list I have to say. Never noticed how many beautiful websites I’ve missed while browsing the net :) . Just work a little more on banners for your posts cause they spoil the website, mate… Use some nice fonts, like Lucida Sans Unicode.

    • Ahmed July 18, 2009 at 12:00 - Reply

      Thanks for your comment Matt. Glad to hear you liked this list! I’ll keep in mind your suggestion for the banner – You can expect better in my next post!

  2. STWebDesign July 18, 2009 at 16:23 - Reply

    Nice post there! Very good choice.

  3. Huw Rowlands July 18, 2009 at 17:32 - Reply

    Nice article.
    Some really nice looking sites there. Just shows what we all have to compete with!

    Wish I could could design somewhere near that level.

    • Ahmed July 18, 2009 at 17:39 - Reply

      Thanks Huw!

      When I began web design, I used to think the same about designing great looking site. Still not there yet but definitely improving as times goes on.

      I’m sure with Time and practice; you’ll get to such a level!

  4. Dave July 20, 2009 at 06:54 - Reply

    Very Nice Collection… i love this designs

    • Ahmed July 20, 2009 at 08:54 - Reply

      Thanks! Pleased to hear!

  5. Brant July 20, 2009 at 23:34 - Reply

    Every design begins with inspiration. Not a bad compilation.

    • Faz July 21, 2009 at 08:38 - Reply

      Thanks for your comment! Indeed all web designs do begin with inspiration!

  6. web designs July 24, 2009 at 17:45 - Reply

    These are indeed very nice designs, people always dream about small personal island.

    • Ahmed July 24, 2009 at 23:42 - Reply

      Indeed!

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  8. Picheus August 11, 2009 at 15:36 - Reply

    Good list. Thank you :)

    • Ahmed August 12, 2009 at 20:43 - Reply

      No problem.

  9. Mike Lademann June 18, 2010 at 18:07 - Reply

    Really nice site you made there. Some of your posts really impressed me. I will definitely visit your blog again!

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