Welcome to the August edition of our monthly roundup of the freshest web design, released (or re-released with significant updates) in the last four weeks.
This month we leap back to the culture of America circa 1969, dive into the oceans with whales, discover multiple approaches to pitching a design agency, get invited to festivals, and shop online the right way. Enjoy!
Kilotype’s awesome new site shows off its variable fonts with a clever mouse-track — move your cursor around the screen vertically and horizontally to see the full range of each family’s weight and italic.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The latest film from Tarantino is steeped in the culture of 1969, from the moon landing to Woodstock. This amazing promo-site does an incredible job of transporting you to a different era.
Wade and Leta
Wade and Leta are a partnership of talented art directors, whose offbeat sense of the absurd leads to some truly original and inspiring work. The homepage videos range from hilarious to bizarre.
If there’s one place I’d like to be right now, it’s floating around the coast of Menorca on beautiful traditional fishing boat, and that’s all thanks to this inspiring site for Balearic boat hire.
The Believer Magazine
The site for The Believer Magazine is charmingly counter-culture, with deceptively sophisticated typography and New Yorker-quality illustration. Exactly what you’d expect from a modern culture publication.
Cher Ami’s site features plenty of engaging work, but it’s the little details that make this site special, like the way the menu flies out not-quite-square, and the hyperspace-style transitions.
Good Day sells CBD-infused beverages from a tastefully minimal site. At roughly $6/drink, it’s not cheap, and this sophisticated site is ideal for positioning the company in the luxury consumables market.
Dice is a German music and arts festival. Its site features some incredible, generated organic shapes, with animated gradients to match, and the seamless eternal scroll is a delight.
The Flatiron Collective site opens with animated illustration. It’s an eye-catching pitch for business, far into left-field from the usual agency promotional site, and doesn’t even showcase previous work.
Whales are among the most intelligent, graceful, and magical creatures in the world. This inspiring site features extraordinary photography and facts about the magnificent creatures.
InDnegev is an Israeli music festival with a psychedelic animated site. The site features bold color choices, subtle animation, and two people riding a giant fox made out of stars, because why not.
One of the big trends in online shopping is 3D, and Gucci’s Marmont collection jumps on this trend with a 17th-century inspired art exhibition featuring its latest purses. Scroll to browse.
Oust is a leading creative agency with tons of amazing work. Instead of pressing its portfolio, Oust’s site shows off the energy and ambition of the company’s professional culture.
Gantri designs better lights, and its site is a glorious collection of careful ecommerce best practices and stellar product photography. This is exactly how you should sell products online.
Look Deeper is an eye health campaign from Australia that wants to educate you about the dangers your eyes face, with an impactful infographic style site highlighting the various threats to your eyesight.
Ada Sokół’s portfolio is designed to focus entirely on her unique brand of futuristic, 3D artwork. Alongside commercial work you’ll also find some exceptional personal work.
Embracing the www-ness of using three letters, where one would be too real-world, is Stuuudio, a design agency with a nice line in blobby-animated transitions. It’s a good take on the classic agency site.
Ocean Vagabond is a watersports company in Morocco. Its homepage features some small-scale video, but navigate to one of the location pages for inspiring video and typography interaction.
Festival is a vibrant and engaging one-pager for the Camberwell College of Art undergraduate degree show. With light-hearted typography and interactive confetti, it’s a great online invitation.
Neutral Works is another design agency with a penchant for interesting, liquid-style transitions. Based in Japan, it’s fascinating to see the different approach to familiar products in a foreign culture.