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Learning From The Best Websites in 2012

Learning From The Best Websites in 2012


If you've been surfing the internet for any length of time, you've already discovered that not all websites are made alike. Some provide users with great information and useful resources, like plugins for Apple's iOS 6, updates for external gadgets or updated news on the latest technology. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a good website, because the subject matter and general purpose of each site is completely different. What's most important, however, is that the website' design fit its intended audience. The following are a few of the world's best sites for which web designers were able to create amazing layouts:

Smashing Magazine

If you're interested in web design, there's no better place for you to go to learn the craft than the Smashing Magazine website. The site offers visitors plenty of interesting and relevant information on coding, design, graphics, Word Press and more. What's most impressive about Smashing Magazine is that its layout incorporates advertising in a way that compliments the rest of the site. When you buy website domains, you may require ads to cover costs. Smashing Magazine shows that web designers can advertise in a way that is both relevant and tasteful.

Studio Nudge

Web designers have long advocated for simple, clean interfaces. Visitors forced to wade through splash pages and other distracting features will only end up frustrated. It's good to see companies such as Studio Nudge finally taking this concept to heart. Studio Nudge's simplistic interface is makes it easy for visitors to find the information they need. Anyone else looking to buy website domains can benefit from following Studio Nudge's lead.

Psych & Psych

In a mobile world, internet users really respond to websites that mimic their favorite apps. Psych & Psych offer the perfect example of this. The website aims to make difficult psychology concepts easier to understand. Bold graphics are utilized to accomplish this end. The result is something that looks a bit like a Pinterest profile, but with little blurbs that resemble the memes being passed around Facebook at a record rate.

Made In A Free World: Slavery Footprint

Who knew that a website dedicated solely to a single survey could be so intriguing? Made In A Free World seeks to inform visitors of the many ways in which their daily habits contribute to worldwide slavery. Visitors are presented with several personal questions in order to gauge their slavery footprints (a calculation similar, in many ways, to the ubiquitous carbon footprint). But instead trudging through the boring checklist format, users get to enjoy bright graphics and interesting little blurbs about human rights violations going on at this very moment. Ultimately, the site gets an important message across in a way that will not quickly be forgotten.

Healing Histories v1

HTML5 is the big trend in website building these days. Healing Histories v1, which is compatible with HTML5, is the perfect proof of this. The website is dedicated to getting personal stories of residents working hard to rebuild their communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Touching stories are complimented by stunning photographs. The end effect is a touching site that makes it difficult to tear your eyes away from the screen.

Every website is different, it won't do a company or organization any good to simply copy the format of any of the sites listed above. However, by taking an idea here and an idea there, you can enhance your website's design and better meet the needs of your visitors.


Daniel @ 19th Aug 2012

I'm a programmer and suck at designing and I've always worried about all the key points you point when building a website. Many thanks for these tips, I'll keep them in mind in my future projects.

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