Category: Web Design

From online startups to book swaps and public libraries, there are thousands of unique website ideas dedicated to books and authorship. In fact many authors will create their own personal website to advertise their novel(s) or writing work. But style & aesthetic is very important when it comes to designing a classy layout.

The examples below are hand-picked from all over the web related to books and libraries. Some websites are newer while others have been online for years. But you should notice that the most well-designed sites tend to follow similar guidelines for basic interface design. Try to pick up on these ideas and it’ll be much easier to implement them into your own design projects.

Oyster Books

oyster books website homepage layout

You ever hear the word haberdashery and just slip into a fit of laughter? Yes it may sound a little goofy, but it turns out those haberdashers are sewing up holes and mending fabric that all men need to survive in the real world. A more common phrase for this job is tailor which seems much more applicable in the modern world.

Bespoke tailors are hard-working artisans who create suits and suit accessories from scratch. Many of these tailors also build custom suits and sell them online. In order to attract a professional client base these tailors need a professional-looking website. So for all you designers and business owners I’ve put together this gallery of inspirational tailor websites. Inspiration comes in many forms and often times it is easiest to simply learn from the best.

Hiras

hong kong hiras tailor bespoke

Although many designers have written on this topic, I want to share my thoughts on the future of web design as we forge ahead into 2015. The new year is always an exciting time and I love to contemplate the potential for young new web designers just entering the field.

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I do think these trends will resonate with most web designers who have kept their pulse on the changing tides of digital interface design. But although these trends are quite noticeably gaining momentum, it’s impossible to tell with absolute certainty what the future will hold. Looking onward into 2015 I expect to see lots of growth and ingenuity from older trends, along with some newer ideas finally coming into the spotlight.

It feels natural that every type of website deserves an inspiration gallery. Modern designers are working on hundreds of different projects each year and so many of them are dedicated to niche subjects. Zoos and aquariums serve a very similar purpose as an attraction to see a wide variety of nature.

Interestingly enough these two distinct facilities follow very distinct design styles. For this gallery I’ve put together 35 inspirational examples of zoos and aquariums. While there are plenty of examples online not all of them incorporate modern design ideas. I hope this gallery can offer a glimpse of the best each category has to offer – both for personal and commercial design work.

Aquarium of the Pacific

aquarium of the pacific ocean website

Building website mockups in Photoshop is a lot like using Q-tips to clean your ears. Not exactly the original purpose but it works great! However unlike the household cotton swab, Photoshop is a large graphics editing program that takes hours of practice to learn even rudimentary tasks. For web designers this process can feel like a hopeless pipe dream.

But one of the quickest ways to start learning Photoshop is by creating your own simple mockups with existing PSD elements. You’ll find yourself editing shapes and colors to fit into a layout while organizing the composition from your imagination. In this post I’d like to share ideas for using free PSD files in Photoshop to get familiar with creating website mockups.