Design Inspiration #2
After quite some time since the last update, I've decided to resurrect the Design Inspiration series. This will be a small selection of recent sites that have caught our eye for their aesthetic and technical brilliance.
Site 1: officialwaynerooney.com
OK, so a large close up of Wayne Rooney's face may not be the most aesthetically pleasing image for a web design showcase, but that aside this is a really nice site. It features a really clever social timeline that pulls in Rooney's latest twitter & Facebook activity. The moments section is also very good, showcasing his key career highlights with some subtle smooth animation when you scroll.
Site 2: teamgb.com
With the Olympics around the corner I thought it fitting to feature teamgb.com. I really like the blocky style of this site, as it fits the content areas really well within the grid system. I think the use of flat colour combined with great imagery really gives the site a quality feel. The twitter feed and news areas are kept constantly up to date which gives good value to the sites regular visitors. The site updates and interest will only increase as the Olympics get closer and hopefully Team GB will do well with their medal count to keep users coming back. I for one will be a regular visitor during the Olympics to keep updated with our athletes progress.
Site 3: csshat.com
Csshat is not only a lovely site but also a nifty little Photoshop plugin that turns Photoshop layer styles to CSS3 with a single click! I love way the page content is clearly broken down into small manageable sections, this really helps to explain exactly what the plugin does. The OS X style hat icon is very slick and the subtle use of css animation is a very nice touch, I certainly plan on giving the plugin a try very soon.
Site 4: disposable.hipstamatic.com
disposable.hipstamatic.com is a cool single page site promoting the Hisptamatic D-series iPhone app. I really like how the overall feel of the site matches the retro look and feel of the image filters that the app produces. The out of focus image in the main banner allows the main strap line to sit above but remain readable, I think this works really well. I also love the use of wooden & leather textures and the app itself looks very polished.
Site 5: campaignmonitor.com
Campaignmonitor.com is a recently launched redesign. The beauty of this design is in its simplicity. There is a great deal of white space & some nice typography. The content is very well structured and there are many nice touches on some of the other pages, with the features & customers page being 2 good examples.