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30+ impactful black and white websites

By Paddi MacDonnell Posted Aug. 27, 2015 Reading time: 1 minute

Color is one of the most significant elements of any design. It creates emotion, guides us through an interface, and reinforces a brand.

It’s rare that you find a truly black and white design, more often monochrome designs are dark gray, or off-white. But the effect is the same. Color is literally how we see the world — different light particles being absorbed, or emitted, give us a picture of our surroundings. So when color is missing, we start to see the world differently: textures and shapes become more apparent, and the world seems perceptibly slower. Black and white designs play on this alternate view of the world. When used well, a monochrome palette can be warm, reassuring, dramatic, and bold.

Mostly white design is minimal and restrained. Mostly black design is strong and assertive. Both ends of the spectrum are confident and positive.

Ironically, the biggest impact black and white designs have is on color. When the stage is entirely tonal, introducing a bright color almost sears it into our retinas. Adding a touch of color to an otherwise monochrome design is a powerful statement, as we’ll see…

 

Melanie Daveid

melaniedaveid

 

Ólafur Arnalds

olafurarnalds

 

Laure Boutmy

laureboutmy

 

Code and Theory

codeandtheory

 

Elite Model Management

elitemodel_fr

 

Scheltens & Abbenes

scheltens-abbenes

 

Elbow

elbowsydney

 

Flavien Guilbaud

flavinsky

 

B14

b14

 

A-P & Co

a-p_co

 

Jeremy Pierre

pierre-jeremy

 

Kurokawa Wonderland

kurokawawonderland

 

4 1/2

fireogenhalv_no

 

Werkstatt

werkstatt

 

The Post Family

thepostfamily

 

Tangent GC

tangentgc

 

Sandberg Instituut

sandberg

 

Transistor Design

transistordesign

 

Praesens

praesens

 

Studio Blackburn

studioblackburn

 

Yes

yesstud

 

Dave Clark Design

daveclark

 

Analytische Grafik

klassegrafik_de

 

Cat Garcia Photography

catgarciaphoto

 

Intropik

intropik

 

Holding Still

kurtstallaert

 

Pauline Osmont

paulineosmont

 

Park Tavern

parktavernsp

 

Rumba

rumba

 

Topsafe

topsafe

 

Live Area

livearealabs

 

Pal Zileri

palzileri

 

WXG

wxg

 

Folch

folch
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