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Introducing 15 Best New Portfolios, February 2020 – Website Design Article

Each month we publish a roundup of the best new portfolios, launched in the previous four weeks, by freelancers, agencies, and other creative professionals. This month’s edition is packed with color and animation. Almost every site in this list animates some part of its interface, and many are dependent on animation entirely. You’ll find tons of great interaction design, but the real trend in 2020 is that personality is making its way back into our sites. Sarah Drasner Sarah Drasner’s personal…

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3 Essential Design Trends, February 2020 – Website Design Article

During the Winter months it’s easy to get the blues, and let that show through in design work with darker color palettes and a slower paced feel to projects. But that’s not the way projects are trending right now. Designers are embracing big, bold concepts with oversized elements, bright color, and even a little rule-breaking. (The best part? Most of these trends seem to overlap somewhat.) Here’s what’s trending in design this month. Homepage Headline Heroes Homepage hero areas are shifting…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, January 2020 – Website Design Article

Each month we roundup the freshest website designs released in the previous four weeks, all with an eye-out for hot new ideas. January 2020 is picking up where 2019 left off, with lots of animation and even more bold, bright color schemes. We’re also seeing an unusual number of luxury sites this month, and as always there’s a strong set of startups trying to break into the market. Enjoy! Plink To take on giants like PayPal, you need a compelling brand…

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19 Best Portfolios of 2019 – Website Design Article

Every month we roundup the best new portfolios released in the previous four weeks. This month we’re looking back at the whole of 2019, and picking out 19 of our favorites from the last 12 months. There’s a mixture here of colorful and restrained, experimental and expected; the one thing they all have in common is an attention to details that creates an exceptional UX. Enjoy! WTF Studio If you’re going to name your business WTF Studio, you need a suitably…

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3 Essential Design Trends, December 2019 – Website Design Article

This month’s collection of design trends is a gift to behold. Each of the trends are highly usable options that are versatile, giving you plenty of room to play and make them your own. That’s the best kind of trend, right? Here’s what’s trending in design this month. Whimsical Illustrations It seems like whimsical illustrations are practically everywhere. Fun drawings that can be anything from line-style illustrations to full-color pieces of art are popping up in all kinds of projects –…

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Introducing 15 Best New Portfolios, November 2019 – Website Design Article

Every month we publish a roundup of the best new portfolio sites, launched (or relaunched with significant updates) in the last four weeks. It doesn’t matter if it’s a freelancer, agency, or other creative professional, if it’s an interesting portfolio we’ll include it. This month, the slow decline of minimalism continues, and color is everywhere. There’s some awesome type, and video-based maximalism seems to be gaining a foothold. Enjoy! Another Colour I adore Another Colour’s site. It takes incredible complexity to…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, November 2019 – Website Design Article

Every month we roundup the freshest new web sites that have been released in the previous four weeks, with an eye-out for new ideas. In this month’s collection we’re seeing some minor trends, like the return of sliders, over-sized text, and liquid effects. But the biggest thing of note is a brand new trend: brutalist typography and layouts, made more appealing by soft, feminine color palettes. Enjoy! Wolff Olins Globally renowned agency Wolff Olins’ new site is engagingly simple, but when…

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Introducing 15 Best New Portfolios, October 2019 – Website Design Article

Every month we publish this roundup of the best new portfolios launched by agencies, freelance designers, and other creative professionals. All the signs are that web design is entering a phase of exuberance, with clashing colors, rapidly changing graphics, and dense layouts replacing the minimalism that’s dominated digital design for the last decade. Portfolios are beginning to adopt this maximalist approach, but never fear, for those who aren’t quote ready for full-on retina burn on a Monday in late October,…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, October 2019 – Website Design Article

If you’ve become accustomed to the slick, sophisticated look of minimalism, prepare your eyeballs for a shock. This month, we’ve reached tipping point on the maximalist design trend, with color, movement, and energy flooding the web. You’ll find a few other trends, and sites that ignore trends altogether, in our roundup of the freshest web design this month, but it’s hard to ignore the vibrancy that’s taking over. Enjoy! Chevalvert Chevalvert is a French design agency whose site visually bombards you…

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3 Essential Design Trends, October 2019 – Website Design Article

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the latest and greatest trends in the world of web design. There’s a bonus trend in the roundup this month. (Four trends rather than three…but you’ll have to find it!) Our more obvious collection of trends are visual elements – skinny vertical design blocks, a shift to tiny logos and branding rather than the oversized center logos that have been popular for a while, and dark and moody design schemes. The extra trend is…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, September 2019 – Website Design Article

Welcome to September’s edition of our monthly roundup of the best sites to be launched (or relaunched with significant updates) in the previous four weeks. This month, there’s tons of color, and some elegant transitions. Video is huge this month, with a number of sites opting for video front and center. You’ll also find some delightful animated illustration. Enjoy! Bon Iver Visualizer This impressive site, built with Spotify data, visualizes all of the people currently streaming Bon Iver music, including key…

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20 Best New Portfolios, June 2019 – Website Design Article

Hey WDD Readers, it’s June! Depending on where you live, you could either be heading out for a day of Summer fun, or curling up in your home at the bottom of Chile with a hot drink. And if you’re in Chile keeping warm, can I join you? This month, we got lucky enough to have lots and lots of pretty colorful designs in the mix, as well as a bit of classic minimalism and monochromatic goodness. Enjoy. Note: I’m…

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3 Essential Design Trends, June 2019 – Website Design Article

We’re heading into the Summer season where traditionally everyone gets a little more lax about life. Even the website designs seem lighter with more whitespace and simple designs. That translates into a few trending elements as well. We’re seeing plenty of navigation elements with a new twist, circles and perfectly symmetrical grids seem to be making a comeback. Here’s what’s trending in design this month.   1. White Nav on a Color Background Aside from the hamburger menu, when was…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, May 2019 – Website Design Article

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the freshest web designs, released (or rereleased with significant updates) in the last four weeks. This month’s selection eschews popular trends in favor of intelligent design that supports brand identity. As always, scrolling plays a big role, but parallax is less dominant than it normally is. Across the board, designers are opting for the less obvious choice, which gives us a rich variety to indulge in. Enjoy!   Playdate The gaming world is awash…

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20 Best New Portfolios, April 2019 – Website Design Article

Greetings, Readers! It’s April, so there will be no joke here. You’re welcome. This month, designers seem to have hit the minimalism button hard. There is a bit of variety in there, but if you like lots of white space, you’re in luck. A few Powerpoint-ish sites, too. Enjoy! Note: I’m judging these sites by how good they look to me. If they’re creative and original, or classic but really well-done, it’s all good to me. Sometimes, UX and accessibility…

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3 Essential Design Trends, April 2019 – Website Design Article

Sometimes design trends take a little while to emerge and sneak up on you, others seem to pop out of the blue all at once. The latter is true of each of our web design trends this month. Animated image frames, gold metallics and obvious grids seem to be everywhere (and we are guessing you might be taking notice). Here’s what’s trending in design this month.   Animated Image Frame Distortion The verdict on this trend is still out. Do…

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DeviantArt has a Redesign in Beta – Website Design Article

Wow. DeviantArt; there’s a blast from the past, where I’m concerned. I used to have an account where I posted my amateur web design, photography, and photomanipulation-based art. I actually remember making art and website mockups on my PC at home, writing the files to a rewritable CD, and taking them to the local Internet café to post them on DA for feedback. It was the site for all artists and designers, at every skill level. And now, it’s getting…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, March 2019 – Website Design Article

Welcome to our roundup of the best websites launched (or relaunched with major updates) in the last four weeks. This month’s offering sees the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring, and many sites this month reflect that change with rich colors. To counter that, there’s some high-contrast black and white work on show. You’ll also find innovative uses of images and video. Enjoy!   Takahisa Mitsumori A leading exponent of digital music, Takahisa Mitsumori is a Japanese musician…

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In Defense of the Word “User” – Website Design Article

Recently-ish, there has been a small but noticeable backlash to the word “user”. Yeah, the word for people who do, in fact, use our websites, web apps, and products. Now, the word isn’t going anywhere, and if you like the word, no one’s saying you must stop using it. I mean, some people are saying that, but you have no obligation to actually do what they say. So why does it matter? Why would I die on this hill? Because…

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20 Best New Portfolios, March 2019 – Website Design Article

It’s March, dear Readers, and here in Monterrey, the weather can’t seem to make up its darned mind. Is it Spring? Early Summer? Are we getting a plague of groundhogs? None can tell. On the whole, it would be best to stay inside, grab a nice beverage that could be hot or cold depending on your weather, and browse through some portfolios. We’ve got a rather varied mix, and a continuation of the amorphous blob trend, which I’m still not…

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3 Essential Design Trends, March 2019 – Website Design Article

Typography, color and distinct layouts are all elements that contribute to any design project. They are also elements of design that can trend over time. That’s exactly what we are seeing this month as bold design elements are just the things that are making certain website designs come to the forefront. Here’s what’s trending in design in this month.   Bold Serifs Big, thick lettering can draw attention and tell a story. And that’s just what designers are doing with…

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20 Best New Portfolios, February 2019 – Website Design Article

Welcome back, Readers! It’s February, and I don’t think I have a single pink or chocolate-themed site anywhere in the mix. Ah well… I really shouldn’t have typed that. Now I want to either eat some peanut-butter and chocolate goodies, or base a design on that color scheme. I probably will. Anyway, we’ve got a generally mixed bag of portfolios for you to check out, with a number of aggressively monochromatic designs in there. Enjoy! Note: I’m judging these sites…

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3 Essential Design Trends, February 2019 – Website Design Article

This month, we are looking and some rather obvious visual trends in web design. While some trends are rooted more in the user experience or cool JavaScript, others are purely aesthetic. That’s what you’ll see on the list this month. From color to shapes to a style of photography, here’s a look at what’s trending this month.   Black and White Black and white design patterns are timeless and classic. They have a feeling of sophistication that can work with…

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20 Freshest Web Designs, January 2019 – Website Design Article

Welcome to 2019! It’s a brand new year and there are plenty of sites taking advantage of the optimism to start afresh. Every month we publish a guide to the freshest websites launched (or relaunched with significant new updates) in the previous 4 weeks, this is January’s edition. The slowdown for the holiday season is well behind us now, and new projects are launching daily. With some old trends still popular, and new ideas coming through, there’s… This is only…

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