As you probably know, here at ucraft, we’re design junkies. Beautiful web design has transitioned from a plus that helps you stand out, to a requirement when creating a website. So who is doing it best and who do we take inspiration from? Our design tools and UI kit were inspired by some of the best in the business.
Check out some of the upcoming biggest trends of 2016, from simple iconography, parallax scroll, sans serif fonts, image sliders, media grids, and more.
Arguably the grandfather of the minimalist website design, Apple continues to push boundaries and inspire us, and pretty much every designer worldwide. Best known for their design elements including ample negative space, sans serif font, and white backgrounds, these popular design staples were made famous by Apple. Nowness https://www.nowness.com/
Nowness embodies culture and lifestyle with a fresh design, featuring a homepage with large sliders showcasing new content, large images, embedded video content, fine lines and minimalistic icons. Encouraging user generated content, Nowness has a modern collage style social media feed that is one of the most beautiful we’ve encountered. Beoplay http://www.beoplay.com/
Upscale speaker company Beoplay uses muted neutral tones and a lot of white space throughout their website, creating a fresh and luxurious feel. Starting their homepage with the favorite header image slider, the site then flows into a featured product section, with an easily navigated ecommerce functionality. Squarespace http://www.squarespace.com/
When your job is to help people create beautiful websites, yours has to be exquisite. Squarespace’s website features a beautiful moving background and simple non-scrolling homepage. Keeping it simple, the only call to action is a simple button prompting visitors to sign up.
While most Twitter users interface with their own timeline, the Twitter homepage is looking better than ever. Starting with a beautiful color gradient header, Twitter keeps it consistent with thin, sans serif fonts, grid style featured content, and plenty of white space. Popular tweets featuring photo and video media are staggered in a real time feed on an infinite scroll. Vimeo https://vimeo.com/
As the world’s destination for high quality video, Vimeo holds itself to high design standards. From the top of the homepage with a beautiful high resolution moving background to the modern and intuitive scroll of the homepage, Vimeo gets right to the point with a call to action urging visitors to signup and start exploring. Awwwards http://www.awwwards.com/
Awwwards is the home of awards for design, creativity, and innovation on the internet, so naturally their online presence is beautiful. Using a grid format with a hover feature to feature winners and entrees, the simplicity of the site’s design and user experience helps keep the focus on the content featured.
By designers for designers, Dribbble is an online space for designers to showcase their work to other designers. Utilizing the ever popular grid format, Dribbble’s homepage features an infinite scroll of user galleries on a simple white and grey layout.