Contest for the best web designs of the last year is in progress at the moment. So we are featuring all the contenders.
These websites are being ranked on the criteria of design, creativity, usability and content. Together, with the accumulative score, one will emerge as the winner… among winners. That will truly be one of the best web designs of the time.
I have checked out all of these websites and I have noted down my remarks about each of these web designs. Please, you should also share your critique using the comments section.
This contest is organized by Awwwards. There is still a few days left so check out these designs and make sure you vote for your favorite one.
Best Web Designs of the Last Year
This is a design agency that was founded in 2001. Their twelve years of experience is visible in their homepage.
This is one of the finest examples of video backgrounds that I have seen over the years.
Hailing from Canada, this is one of the most creative, yet very simple website. They are a unique kind of marketing agency that helps the clients to give better user experiences on their websites.
This is also a fine example of animated backgrounds.
A fitness center in the UK creates a very ‘fit’ website. I loved this website for its incredible speed, simplicity and extraordinary interactivity. This website contains the new style of navigation menus, which has been a trend in web design, but you also have an interactive bar on the left side at fixed position.
Psst! I voted for this website.
Shadow is an app of true modern day German engineering. It lets you record dreams!
I liked this design for the easy understanding. This was not an easy subject to define, but the website does it beautifully.
Another website from the United Kingdom.
They help their clients to give better individualistic user experience to their customers. Of course, the first thing they needed to do is give a great user experience to their website visitors.
What do you think, did they meet success?
Winner of the developer award, this is the homepage of a wildlife conservation society. This is an excellent example of theme-based-designing. The website starts with the cruel fact that about 35,000 elephants were killed just in one year.
A website with such messages needed bloody colors, sharp edges and slightly disturbing, yet powerful actionable design.
Desktime is a mobile app that helps professionals with its shared spaces and co-working solutions. Recently they revamped their homepage.
This new homepage focuses on displaying the features of this app. This is a one of the best web designs for app pages.
The design house from France comes up with a stupendous design that makes good designs look average, and average designs seem very poor in front of this.
The site uses a beautiful jQuery infinite scroll effect, and I even liked their team introduction page.
Julie Lavergne is a professional rider (horse rider) from France.
At first glance, this website seems very old fashioned and ordinary. But then you navigate through the pages and you realize there’s more to it then you thought.
Martin Chapentier is a creative designer from Paris. Living in such a place and having such a job required him to romanticize everything he ever designed, especially his own homepage.
He did that beautifully.
Herrlich Media is another website from Germany. Like most of European websites, this website doesn’t have much respect to minimalism.
This is a heavily loaded website with CSS3 effects and jQuery-fied elements.
We are finally out of Europe. This is the homepage of a creative director from USA.
When you yourself are a creative director, it puts huge responsibility on your shoulders when you are designing your own portfolio. A portfolio makes a designer’s first impression. I must say Haraldur has done a brilliant job.
A Michigan based design agency’s homepage breaks some basic rules of website designing. Then again, rules are meant to be broken.
A web design agency has the perfect example to show form of web design. This example is a teaspoon.
This is an old school design, no single page, no parallax, nothing too fancy, but it still looks just right.
This is an interactive brand design by the app producer.
I spent quite a few minutes on this website, and until the last minute I was discovering something new. So this is one loaded website that can give you the ultimate inspiration.
Whiteboard is another creative agency from USA. It’s a simple, but modern design. Speed and accessibility are the main features.
The owner company of this website makes highly fashionable glasses and goggles. Well, if they make highly fashionable products, they would need a highly fashionable website.
And they have it!
This France based design agency has taken a very unusual route for creating their homepage. Instead of ‘designing’ a spectacular website, they have kept it complex, full of clutter, and shabby.
That’s it guys. See you tomorrow.