I’ve found that the most interesting websites often focus around very specific topics. In the case of entertainers, musicians, actors, and performers, their websites are a networking tool for communication and selling their product(s). Anyone working in the entertainment industry should have a usable website offering all the necessities of their talents.
For anyone who needs a bit of inspiration or just wants to check out some great examples look no further than your computer screen. This gallery features an assortment of personal websites for entertainers and musicians from all over the world. Notice how these websites don’t often need a wide assortment of various pages. Showcasing the person’s talents, upcoming shows, bio and press/contact details is enough for a solid foundation.
Great web design requires research to pinpoint some of the more popular styles of building layouts. eCommerce is an ever-expanding field which can earn webmasters a lot of money through digital or physical products. Especially when you compare earnings to advertising revenue for small or mid-sized websites.
In this post I’d like to share some examples and design ideas for creating modern online webshops and eCommerce layouts. The goal is to make a few sales or at least make an impression on visitors so they might return in the future. It’s definitely a competitive market, but by learning what works you can apply better design techniques into your website for higher conversions and greater profits.
How much more can be said about responsive web design? It’s simple, efficient, and really just the bee’s knees dripping with succulent user experience nectar. I’ve found more designers are pushing for responsive design because it solves the problem of every mobile device and monitor resolution.
This inspiration gallery is focused on creative design agencies which employ responsive layouts. If any type of company should understand the importance of user experience it would be creative studios. For anyone building their own studio this post should offer a blend of unique ideas worth testing in your own website design.
In our modern technological era you can find devices with any screen size that all have access to the Internet. This means bored people around the world can visit their favorite websites from a laundry basket full of different screen dimensions. If this were Pee-wee’s Playhouse I’d say the word of the day is: breakpoint!
The process of responsive design creates distinct layout styles that change based on a device’s screen resolution. When a layout shifts into a smaller or larger display style it’s often called a new breakpoint. Choosing when to create a new breakpoint is quite an arduous task since the threshold and number of breakpoints can change dramatically from project-to-project.
In this post I want to outline a couple ideas for creating responsive breakpoints in web design. The end goal is to create a usable website experience that fits naturally onto any device. While this is easier said than done you’d be surprised how much can be learned by just building a site and fixing mistakes as you go along.
The sheer number of worldwide conferences has increased dramatically over the past few years. This must in part have something to do with the Internet and the ability to sell tickets from anywhere in the world. Thus a well-designed conference website is of vital importance to any event’s turnout and success rate.
In this gallery I’ve put together 45 examples of website layouts created for conferences and festivals. You’ll notice many common features like sponsored guests and ticket/lodging details. Each event will have its own unique energy and the website should promote this with confidence to sell tickets and build excitement. After all, without people willing to attend you’ve got no conference. And without conferences our world would be much different – a world deficient of brilliant keynotes and inspirational TED talks which provide thought-provoking concepts and hours of procrastination.
Clean minimalist portfolios have been popular for years. Since the goal is to get people focused on your work, minimalism can remove distractions and keep attention where it belongs. Granted more aesthetic features can prove you to be a more competent designer – but they need to be elegant and complementary to the layout.
I’ve put together a series of white-colored portfolio websites ranging in theme from minimalist to fanciful. You can find dozens of examples in this post which elucidate the critical features of a great portfolio. Some examples are personal websites for a single designer while others are made for companies and creative studios. Overall you’re bound to find a few designs which catch your eye and provide some inspiration for future website projects.
A year ago, finding a blogging platform that focused on blogging was impossible. Even content creation platforms that advertised as having an easy set-up and were specifically for bloggers seemed to focus mostly on the creation of the layout of a blog. For instance, WordPress has some amazing news and magazine themes, but it certainly isn’t a quick set-up. Tumblr themes are a bit simpler but still come with some bells and whistles that many found annoying. Bloggers just wanted to be able to quickly set up a simple but professionally designed blog and start publishing.
John O’Nolan was one such blogger who became frustrated enough with the situation that he hired Hannah Wolfe as lead developer, received funding through Kickstarter, and created a simple blogging platform called Ghost. With so many supporters due to blogging platform ire already, Ghost quickly received the funding it needed to launch on 14 October 2013. The other good news is that there are themes for more than just writers. Portfolio ghost themes are also emerging.
So, if you are a blogger or a designer looking to set up a simple blogging or even portfolio platform, Ghost is one platform that brings content back to the forefront on the web. In fact, below is a list of 30 of our favorite ghost themes so far. All are very elegant and, most importantly, provide a clean layout to help your content shine.