Websites are constantly evolving. With the likes of CSS3 and HTML5 at the height of their game, responsive design exemplifies modern web practice. No longer is it enough to just have a web presence, you need one that communicates your company's goals in the most attractive manner as well as make the user want to explore more.
This is easier said than done, but there are numerous examples of sites out there that achieve this. The web is absolutely bursting with beautiful inspiring designs, so we have trawled through the depths and hand-picked our selection of the forty best sites.
A superb and effortlessly engaging site for an interactive agency, one that creates an impression through its unique illustration and clever navigation of the design journey process. Simply click the arrows to get the collage of typography and illustration moving.
Not Perfect, self-described as one of the most influential advertising agencies in the Baltics, makes a striking impact through its use of typography and concise use of text. We like the restrained use of colour and the consistent design throughout the site.
We love the use of icons combined with the joyously vibrant colours and contrasting grainy film images. It uses a gorgeous selection of typography as well.
Evi Hermans specialises in children photography. Her style is playful, casual and retro and this is perfectly reflected in the design of the site. Featuring a beautiful mix of photography and design, we love the playful illustrative style and the responsiveness of the graphics.
Fitting for an animation studio, Explanimate's design incorporates cool hand-drawn style icons and typography. We love the typography and restrained, yet bright, use of colour throughout.
Digital agency 200 Creative uses a stunning one page website, packed with striking interactive graphics that brilliantly portray its industry strengths and expertise.
Snask, an internationally renowned Design, Brand & Film agency, makes exceptional use of a variety of rollover photography, gifs, quotes and graphics.
Mooseheads, an Australian bar and nightclub, makes use of interactive objects, illustration, and rustic textures. The excellent design and interactive elements perfectly portray the ambience of the pub.
This design for Thinknologies makes use of beautiful vibrant icons and graphics. With a unique scrolling effect as you move further down the page, the moving elements draw us in and entertain while telling a story.
A simple, but effective site for a design agency. Making use of bright bold colours, we love the way the designs come to life as you scroll over them, and the simple and intuitive layout and use of navigation.
This site for the design and illustration studio of Jen Adrion and Omar Noory fittingly makes use of excellent little illustrations. It employs a subtle and restrained colour palette with a scrolling effect again being used to animate the icons and tell their story in a perfectly engaging way.
A petite design studio specialising in brand identities, web and print, the site uses stunning photography and a wonderfully clean professional design. The company’s flawless aesthetic eye and branding is a master class in design.
Belancio, a design and branding firm that "creates exquisite products & digital experiences", perfectly represents this in its sleek and attractive design. The font choices are delicate and restrained in keeping with the branding and character.
Italian design studio Collectiwe makes use of a minimal colour palette with animated graphics and clean geometric shapes and icons.
We Love Noise
We Love Noise is the work of Mancurian interactive art director, Luke Finch. It's a superb portfolio site that makes a distinct impact. The lack of colour and composition of word on image is attractive and engaging and the lack of descriptive text helps create intrigue.
With offices in Austin and Montréal, Handsome specialises in creating success through user experience. The lack of colour and restrained use of text works perfectly to show off their portfolio of work to its fullest. The moving background image creates an excellent sense of motion and engagement.
This is an animated microsite for EuroChem's 2011 Sustainability Report. Here, a potentially mundane corporate site is transformed and brought to life through superbly clever design with educational animation and concise text.
Every Last Drop is an interactive website which takes a detailed look at how much water we waste on a daily basis. Through the attractive scroll function, the facts are engagingly brought to life through the animated graphics.
TVsafety.org was created to educate the public on the growing danger of TV tip-overs. Something which is a relatively banal yet serious subject is enhanced wonderfully with bold, bright graphics, playful typography and animated statistics to effortlessly get the point across.
Iraq, ten years of war seen from Iraq and elsewhere, is presented in a stunning interactive webdocumentary. Enticing images are nicely shown in a mosaic tile rollover format.
We really like the strong image focus that this site has. The huge background image gives a real sense of character, aiding in portraying what the brand is all about. The use of typography and simple iconography helps to unite the site and create an engaging experience.
Smartphood is a research project about how people eat. It combines the scrolling function and beautiful colourful icons to describe the project and enrich the experience.
Red Bull asked Archrival to create a site as epic and adventurous for its latest venture into film. The result is a brilliantly dynamic and immersive site, truly characterising the energy of the brand.
LayerVault is a service that builds tools to improve the creative process. A perfectly complementary colour palette, lovely iconography and simply typography combine to create a visually pleasing site.
The Build is an interactive film exploring the world of custom motorcycle making through the stories of three independent builders in Portland, OR. Making use of creative cinematography and combining it with beautiful animated hand-drawn chalk-style type, it really is a pleasure to watch.
Spokes Pedicabs is a truly attractive and enjoyable site for pedicab rides. Using minimal text and bold, bright illustrated animation, the designs are beautifully brought to life as you scroll down the page.
Perfectly emanating a luxurious feel, Carrier, specialists in Luxury Travel, has put the focus on large, beautiful images. It's opted for a minimal layout and restrained use of text.
The layout, colour combination and fonts used in the East African Bakery site is simply stunning, conveying the true authenticity of the business. Using a horizontal storybook format, everything is presented in the most aesthetically pleasing way.
Slize is an awesomely designed site for a Parisian pizza company. The design presents the company as young, hip and cool with fabulous font choices and places the emphasis on large complementary imagery.
The site of Ithaca Bakery has a phenomenal funky retro feel. Featuring interactive rollover neon signs for the navigational tab, it's truly distinct, a pleasure to look at and fun to browse around.
Sweet Robot is another excellently presented retro style site for baked goods. With a simple nostalgic colour palette, the attention is on the evocative typography and brilliant animated graphics.
The site for the Jacksonville Artwalk is a beautifully designed site incorporating large vibrant imagery, excellent use of simply iconography and nice hand-drawn style fonts to give it a truly unique and creative feel.
Poppies Flowers is a charming site with a chalkboard style background and typography creating an authentic hand-picked feel which the business is all about.
A really nice site from the WWF that features a series of simple but effective infographics. The illustrative style and the responsiveness of the graphics really helps get the point across.
Rock 102 rocks is a responsive single page side scrolling website for Saskatoon's Rock Station, Rock 102 FM. Utilising funky rock imagery and objects, it's a rich and engaging experience.
This is the site of Joe Ledbetter, an artist, illustrator and toy designer based in Los Angeles, CA. It wonderfully showcases his designs from a flat animated graphic format to beautiful images of the completed toys.
The Fiji Party Guide is a stunning site featuring large bright beautiful photographs, edgy textures and subtle inviting fonts.
Guest'd is a nice perfect site to advertise a new app. The app itself is beautiful, and this website is designed to show it off. The style is minimal with restrained text with emphasis on the large images. The hand-drawn style icons add a really nice touch of creativity.
Jane is a creative agency working on campaigns from food to fashion. The site is based around a beautiful photographic layout, providing visual eye candy and enticing you in.
A cool, immersive site for an Australian beer that makes a great impact through its use of animated illustrative style. With the help of an animated rabbit to captivate your attention, you're drawn in to find out more about the beer.