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30+ inspiring sites to spark your creativity

By Cameron Chapman | Inspiration, Resources, Web Design | Dec 14, 2012

New site designs pop up every week, all over the web. Sometimes they fly under the radar for weeks before being found, and other times they’re broadcast all over the place almost immediately; which happens is largely dependent on who did the designing.

Right now, subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) animation and scrolling effects are huge. Retro typography and styles are also popular. One thing that’s really standing out, though, is the use of stylized photos reminiscent of things you’d see on Instagram or from Hipstamatic. These trends are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

And of course we’re still seeing plenty of grid-based designs, horizontal scrolling sites, and creative and bold use of color.

 

UNBORNINK

unbornink

 

Saving Orphans Worldwide

saving orphans worldwide

 

Field Trip

field trip

 

Plate the Slate

plate the slate

 

Niedlov’s Breadworks

niedlov's breadworks

 

Jolly Bureau

jolly bureau

 

Josh’s Adventure Picnic Party

josh's adventure picnic party

 

Moustache

moustache

 

Random Studio

random studio

 

RidePost

ridepost

 

Southtree

southtree

 

Everett Zufelt

everett zufelt

 

Caava Design

caava design

 

Mercer Tavern

mercer tavern

 

Emporium Pies

emporium pies

 

Jess Marks

jess marks

 

Lowdi

lowdi

 

Handiemail

handiemail

 

FB Swarm

fb swarm

 

Introducing The Novel

introducing the novel

 

Bones Brigade DJs

bones brigade djs

 

Ratatattoo

ratatattoo

 

Mediascop

mediascop

 

Instagrille

instagrille

 

Startup Giraffe

startup giraffe

 

Cyberspace Builder

cyberspace builder

 

Tiny Factory

tiny factory

 

Matthew Carleton

matthew carleton

 

NiftyThrifty

niftythrifty

 

CollectiveBoom

collectiveboom

 

Like There Is No Tomorrow

like there is no tomorrow

 

Mario Hugo

mario hugo

 

New Adventures in Web Design

new adventures in web design

 

Pixel Stadium

pixel stadium

 

Have you encountered any great sites lately? Let us know your favorite designs in the comments below!

Featured image, inspiration image via Shutterstock.

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  • stacey

    Thanks for the post, I especially love the Handimail website, not just the site itself but the service they provide is awesome as well. Thanks !

    Stacey from http://gotostudio7.com

  • Ed Wheeler

    Enjoyed the collection! the picture in the pie one looks so good I could eat it!

  • http://www.creativesomething.net/ tannerc

    Some really, really solid sites here. I’d add to the mix: desk.com and myenergy.com

  • http://bluwebdesigns.com/ Jac Auguste, Jr.

    Great inspiration! Loved the simplicity of Nifty Thrifty…

  • orange county web designer

    These are truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blackbookoperations.com/ Black Book Operations

    couple of nice ones here ;) thanks

  • Kinshtech

    This is just awesome collection..! One of the best posts I ever seen on the web..!

  • kitsonian

    Thank you for featuring our site! It’s flattering to be included in such a great collection! Laura and Tom of Jolly Bureau.

  • http://twitter.com/matthewcarleton M▲TTHEWC▲RLETON

    cheers for the feature!