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50 Inspirational Website Introductions

Design, Marketing | Mar 25, 2009

In portfolio web pages, especially in the field of design, one of the first things that you will notice is an introductory text consisting of a few words about the company or the designer behind the site.

This can be extremely useful for readers, as it provides quick and direct information about the designer, or the company behind the site.

These introductions are generally highlighted by the use of large text, positioned at the top of the site, and always catch the visitor’s eye. They give a more personal feeling to the site and tend to replace the traditional taglines under a logo for example.

In this article, we list 50 examples of excellent web page introductions used in portfolio websites that you can use as inspiration for your own designs.

 

Digitalmash

digitalmash1

 

Matt Dempsey

mattdempsey

 

Chris Merritt

chrismerritt

 

Deaxon

deaxon

 

etonDIGITAL

etondigital

 

Nine Lion Design

ninelion2

 

Frisk Design

frisk

 

Andrew Bradshaw

andrew

 

Studio3K

studio3k

 

The449

the449

 

Winnie Lim

winnie

 

Muhammad Uzair Usman

uzair

 

Pallian Creative

pallian

 

Brad Colbow

bradcolbow

 

Skylar Anderson

skylar

 

Style Division

styledivision

 

Iceous Design

iceous

 

Brian Wilkons

brianwilkins

 

Travis Isaacs

travisisaacs

 

Alex Carabi

alex


 

Viktor Jarnheimer

viktor

 

Mike Precious

mikeprecious

 

The Site Guy

marco

 

David Hellmann

davidhellmann

 

Kerry Nehil

kerrynehil

 

Waqas Ashraf

 

waqas

 

Jamison Banham

jamison

 

Albertlo Design

albertlo

 

Frederica Cau

fedrica

 

Bryan Le

bryanle

 

Travis J. Beck

travis

 

Fredrik Sorlie

fredrik

 

45royale

45royale2

 

Alessandro Cavallo

alessandro

 

Eldesign

eldesign

 

Nick Hand

nickhand

 

Matt Radel

mattradel

 

Alexander Kaiser

poolie

 

CSS Layout

csslayout

 

Jason Reed

jasonreed

 

Alex Cohaniuc

alexc

 

Kreativity Design

kreativity

 

Evan Eckard

evaneckard

 

Lifetree

lifetree

 

Matt Hamm

farnham

 

Fred Yates

fredyates

 

Digimurai

digimurai

 

Indiqo Media

indiqo

 

Chris Hortsch

chrishortsch

 

Humza Ijaz

humza

 

Bill C. English

billc


Which one was your favorite? Feel free to share any other examples that you may have seen.

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  • http://nhiethuyet.org Hoang

    Thank you for the great list, really inspiring!

  • http://www.truenorthe.com Courtney

    I agree, all very catchy, pithy, and appealing. Makes me think about my home page and if it’s up to snuff!

  • http://digitalmash.com Rob Morris

    Thanks for the shoutout guys. Is it just me, or is the whole ‘Hello.’ thing overdone these days…?

    @digitalmash (twitter)

    • http://www.se7enize.com SE7EN

      It’s not just you. :P

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    nice list. and great welcome lines from nice websites. Inspiring indeed.

  • http://www.federicacau.com/ Federica Cau

    Thank you for including my site into this simply wonderfully inspiring list :)

    @federicacau

  • http://www.design-links.nl Marc

    Thanks for the list!

  • http://www.davidhellmann.com David Hellmann

    Thx for sharing. nice collection!

  • Roberto

    Yes, really inspiring!

  • http://www.patternhead.com Patternhead

    Some great intros here.

    Memo to self: get your portfolio site updated :)

  • http://howrefreshing.com.au Scott Dixon

    Rob, you took the words out of my mouth. Great job with digitalmash.

  • http://www.danhbaweb20.com Danh ba web 2.0

    Thanks you very much. Great list for me
    Keep up the good work !

  • http://www.thedesigndork.com Corey Freeman

    Awesome list! I think intros seem to work better for portfolios. I like the Chris Hortsch intro. I like green and I like couches, so..win!

  • http://twitter.com/reachstudents Luke

    Inspiring stuff.

    I agree with Rob above, the hello is too ubiquitous now (I especially don’t like the multi-lingual hello/bonjour etc) and could usually be dropped and the intro would still work fine.

  • http://www.CHIDIMAR.com Enk.

    This was a Cool list.. loved a lot of ‘em..
    especially the footer at http://www.davidhellmann.com/ its too cool.. but not matching the header, i guess !

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    Nice list. These snippits are becoming less of a perk and more of a necessity these days

  • Liam

    @Rob: Somehow, I don’t think people using Hello as a greeting, whether it be in text or speech, will be stopping any time soon.

  • Prakash

    Great!!!!

  • Rysum

    Fun stuff! Just remember your audience when you write your intro. What are they after and what are their pain points? Let them know you are the specialist to solve their specific problem and say it in a way that isn’t vanilla without sounding like a personal ad.

  • http://www.graphikfood.com Zeb

    Very good list and one of these are amazing !

  • http://digitalmash.com Rob Morris

    @Liam. Erm, good point. But I know you know what I meant.

    And for the sake of argument, do you use ‘Good morrow’ when you greet people in the morning….? A-ha!

    Victory is mine.

    @digitalmash (twitter)

  • http://www.bioinfiz.com bs kishore

    Inspiring and eye-catchy !

  • http://www.webia.info Bogdan Pop

    @Enk.

    Sure it does. Imagine you’re in the middle of the room. One time your staring at the wall you see when sitting at your desk, the other time is the wall behind your desk. Very nice idea! And the implementation is awesome.

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Thanks for the list! Really nice and important!! a good way for inspiration for a good work! thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  • http://www.fonts.com FontSmithy

    i thought some of them were good and some were lame
    some would really turn me away
    which of these have worked for the designers?
    i think some of them have done more harm than good
    chris merritt for example, my company would never go for that, they click away immediately

  • http://www.dotworks.pl macias

    “i’m a designer ..maybe not the best but the coolest “” :) great :)

  • Brian M

    The one by Chris Merritt is amazing. That’s the way to make a website!

  • kaika

    I like this post!It’s cool:)

  • http://www.nickhand.net Nick

    Great list, I was pretty stoked to see mine on there, thanks a ton!

    @stayvalid
    @savingstrangers
    @justmythoughts

  • http://www.brushthis.com Liora

    Before this article, I thought I had to fix my intro. Now I KNOW I must fix up my intro. Big time. Most of those examples provide excellent sources of inspiration – color, imagery, wording and humor.

  • http://blog.kreativeking.com kreativeKING

    These websites are absolutely inspirational. This will definitely be getting bookmarked. Lets see some Flash Sites. =D

  • http://www.webdesigntipsonline.com/site_design.html Professional Website Design

    Great List of pretty cool websites.

    Great timing because I am reviewing my site in the next couple of weeks. Time for a freshen up.

    I definitely think the intro could be very powerful if you can relate a couple of key points to your potential client.

    After all, your site should be about how you can help them and how they are going to benefit.

  • http://www.fudgegraphics.com Franz Jeitz

    awesome post. I’m sure to check back when I update my portfolio. Excellent source of inspiration. Thank you!

  • http://www.jamisonbanham.com.au Jamison Banham

    Great list, don’t think I should be up there as my website is pretty dated now, needs an update.

    I personally do think the “Hi…” “Hello…” “My name is…” are all overused, but then again portfolio websites are the only place you really see them.

    @jamisonbanham (twitter)

  • http://www.buildinternet.com Zach Dunn

    This was a great inspiration for a round up. I’m also in the process of redesigning a portfolio site, and this is extremely helpful!

  • http://www.oopshey.com oops hey

    hi.. from indonesia here.. there are great list. an great inspiration for creating my intro..
    thanks for share

  • http://www.juusmedia.com Jason

    Superb list of ‘about me’ sections in websites. With this resource you can get a good idea on what everyone else is doing and it gives you the chance to step back and try your own style!

    Thanks!

  • http://www.podcastforfreelancers.com Paul the Knight

    The ability to wrap up what a whole site / company is fantastic, and a really useful convention.

    • http://www.podcastforfreelancers.com Paul the Knight

      Sorry I meant “Wrap up in one paragraph”

  • Kevin May

    Is Frederica Cau’s site a joke to this list? The logo is horrible, colors are bad and the background was downloaded off of deviantart.

  • Mario Luevanos

    I’m sick and tired of seeing the phrase “HELLO, blah blah blah…” It’s used way too much. But overall the designs are nice.

  • http://www.xelerate.co.cc/ Nytryk

    okey guys,
    what about me?

  • http://onsuchthings.com susan thom

    hi,
    I am working on a new online website of inspirational articles of hope, faith and experience.
    Posting your articles is free, and other authors and readers are waiting to read and comment, as you may also read and comment on others’ articles.
    It is good practice, with feedback, and it is a good way to add some positive energy to a tired world that could use some inspiration.

    onsuchthings.com

    we welcome you to post and view our site,
    thank you for your time,
    my best regards,
    sue thom

  • http://www.rjvisuals.com Ritesh Jain

    Nice List!! Here should be this also

    http://www.rjvisuals.com/html/main.htm

  • Chris

    Anyone notice how they are all (I think) web designer sites? Anyone out there using a similar approach (direct, poetic, handshake-style) for clients with businesses in other areas?

    e.g. Top of my head here (no claims to fame)…

    Sleep on me – it’s bliss (bed company?)
    Go hard, we’ll be there at the finish line (recovery drink for athletes?)
    Dig deep, bite big (company that sells Cats and other construction gear?)

    mind you… these read more like mottos I guess…

  • http://inspiredm.com/ Mike

    great list. Thank you!

  • http://mattradel.com Matt Radel

    Hey, thanks for the shout out! Privileged to be mentioned in such great company. :)

  • http://ryanm.site90.net ryanm

    This is a great list. Thanks for the share

  • http://www.designerpk.com web designer

    Awesome post. Excellent source of inspiration. Thank you very much ofr the share !

  • http://portaltoafrica.com Newbie

    Great resource, really inspirational websites. Thanks for the find…..

  • http://bryanle.com Bryan Le

    Thanks for showcasing my portfolio! Really appreciated.

  • http://www.flashjourney.com j000

    I love the world of web design

  • http://bryanconnor.com/ Bryan Connor

    I’ve made a bit of a “infographic response” to this post called – 50 REPETITIVE & ANNOYING Website Intros Examined – http://tr.im/wQO1

    I’ll show you in numbers and graphs just how unoriginal and bland these website introductions are. check it out! http://tr.im/wQO1

  • http://www.toursinsingapore.com/ Tours In Singapore

    Very good resource list…
    Very talented people out there with some extra ordinary portfolios…

    Keep it up guys…

  • Justin

    “Hello, I’m a web designer with originality. I like to see what trends are used by 95% of my peers and follow them instead of being creative. Hire me!”

    I love the design of a lot of these sites, but this trend needs to evolve a bit.

  • http://www.vaseemansari.blogspot.com Vaseem Ansari

    its very nice u are doing these work to the best level

  • http://grabbins.com Grabbins

    Some really nice examples there!! So much inspiration to feed on, yum :D

  • Jeremy

    Very inspiring! Thanks

  • Haqan

    I liked it!
    Antoher one: http://dksp.se/

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Maidstone Kent

    Yeah that’s given me some food for thought!

  • http://www.joomla-labs.com Web Worker

    I love the minimalist and typographic one like Jason Reed, Humza and Kavallo…

  • http://www.emdesigns.de Michael

    Thanks for this article, it’ interesting to see some other intros.

  • http://www.iamafreelancer.net egyptianwebdesigner

    thanks
    my favorite is nine lion
    amazing collection for inspiration

  • wdalhaj

    thanx,,really cool post,,
    waitin for more..

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    nice post, thanks

  • http://www.tj-todo.com Thibault

    So inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.chrisyerkes.com Chris

    Fantastic post. This will be very handy inspiration for me when re-designing my homepage!

  • http://www.federicacau.com Federica Cau

    Launched today 2010 federicacau.com restyle and new introduction phrase too :)

    http://www.federicacau.com/

    Thank you

  • http://www.ahcorporation.com web designing company

    I like this post… It’s cool website :)

    I’m also in the process of redesigning a portfolio site, and this is extremely helpful!

  • Murphy

    Ghehe nice to see dozens of people say they design Unique things in the exact same words :D

    Like the list though!

  • http://www.akramerdesign.com Kramer

    This one is pretty good too :)

  • http://www.designsoftstudios.com/Services/Flash-Website-Designs Flash Designers UK

    Some of them on the top are really nice, great collection of some fine art work.

  • http://www.avo-soft.com Avosoft

    Very inspirational designs, please keep it up

  • harrymarks

    some really good ones, must say.. but if you looking for a professional web designer, I’d recommend uspwebsolutions.

  • http://www.eyebridge.in Jagrit

    very nice designs but would like to see another set of designs which can be more inspiring…

    I have been following your site for long now.. somehow u guys have built a trust on me… so please comeup with 2010 most inspirational designs…

    Thanks

  • http://www.davestl.com Dave W

    Nice variety. Lots of great type treatment being used. It’s interesting to see how many different ways “Hello” is presented.

  • naoise

    are you focusing on the graphic design or in the message…?!
    because if it’s the message, just 3 or 4 I found really “inspirational”. I love WDD but man if you just do posts like hotdogs I’ll consider my next click!

  • http://www.webmastershowcase.com.au Ed

    I love the Eldesign intro – Fabulous.

  • http://www.egyptianwebdesigner.com egyptian web designer

    clap clap clap
    I like….
    my favorite one is “Brian Wilkons”

  • http://www.indytrailers.com Aqeelzam

    Absolute sites, before this article I thought I had to fix my intro first. Now I KNOW I must fix up my intro. Big time. Most of those examples provide excellent sources of inspiration – color, imagery, wording and humor. Thnx for sharing such a gud article with us

  • http://www.magnetik.com.au Magnetik – Website Design

    I think already saw that nine lion website. It’s one of the best single-page/portfolio websites I have seen.

  • http://www.dotsensebd.com dotSense

    Some intro site looking awesome. Designers are making world beautiful them-self too..:D
    Great design with intro…3-4 designs top level inspirational. Hats off!

  • http://www.web20-designer.com Khuram Shehzad

    Excellent stuff. this list has a lot of beautiful web 2.0 designs to be inspired.
    thanks buddy.

  • http://www.hammocksonline.co.nz mike

    Great range of page intros. One that stood out and had the most impact on me was the one for Deaxon. I liked how it was a ‘we’ but also they mentioned ‘hand-crafted’ web site creation. Straight away it gives the impression of quality, not just another cheap template designer.

  • http://www.vertex.net.pk Vertex Web Solutions

    Hi,

    Thanks for this article, it’ interesting to see some other intros.

  • http://www.vertex.net.pk Web Designing Company

    I love the Eldesign intro

  • http://-- James

    Cool list. If anyone is looking for more nice portfolio sites I would suggest:

    http://www.bestwebdesignaward.com
    http://www.designlicks.com/
    http://www.dopeawards.com/

  • http://www.webdevelopmentseo.com web development

    i am really apriciated u for the such a great information
    thank u

  • http://www.websupreme.com.au websupreme

    Simple inspiring list of the websites basically with confident I and me.Great work.