20 comments

  • M. AppelmanM. Appelman, 5 years ago

    http://www.lingscars.com/

    19 points
  • Andrew ZimmermanAndrew Zimmerman, 5 years ago

    I've found the best inspiration is to visit and meet people at the business. Customers can tell you a lot if you listen and remain quiet.

    However, since you want inspiration websites, I tend to do a competitive analysis of other websites much as Mr. Kizler mentioned.

    4 points
  • Andrew ZimmermanAndrew Zimmerman, 5 years ago

    I seem to recall a usability book (Krug?) that used an example of a dental business website. There were two comparisons: the first was a visually pleasing website that focused on staff and services; the second was a visually simpler site, but provided an easily found phone number, an emphasis on minimal pain, and provided patient testimonials.

    The second website was generally preferred because it met the user's primary needs and concerns (I need to schedule a visit, I'm reluctant to visit because I fear the pain, how can I trust this business?)

    In short, the first website focused on the business. The second website anticipated user needs, and while not as visually interesting, was generally preferred by users.

    That said, user and business needs are not mutually exclusive, but I believe focusing on the design may be putting your interests ahead of the needs of the end user. I'm trying to sound non-judgmental. I'm looking at this from a different angle. I'm sure the OP put research into what the web site will need to contain.

    4 points
  • Maciej Szafraniec, 5 years ago

    For research, Google. For graphic design inspiration - Pinterest is IMO underrated. Boards with "web design" in the name, like http://www.pinterest.com/premperhn/web-designs-inspiration/http://www.pinterest.com/gavinskeels/web-design/ etc.

    2 points
  • Christian Krammer, 5 years ago

    A little bit unrelated, but the thing I do currently to get some inspiration apart from "high-gloss" websites is to go to http://www.producthunt.com. Just browse through all the products/websites there and you get a pretty good overview of current design trends and websites that people make at the moment - ranging from VERY good to VERY bad.

    1 point
  • Bud ParrBud Parr, 5 years ago

    Funny, I was thinking of the same thing. I'd love to see more "inspiration" sites focused on solidly good, problem solving design, and I'd love to see non-high budget focused sites. Many let you filter though.

    Some I use, despite some of their bias toward high-budget/agency: http://www.awwwards.com/http://bestaboutpages.com/http://www.craftedbylove.com/http://www.siiimple.com/

    1 point
  • Bud ParrBud Parr, 5 years ago

    Forgot to mention, I also look at the portfolio of agencies I admire, like Gin Lane or Barrel, etc.

    http://ginlane.com/http://www.barrelny.com/

    1 point
  • Maggie BignellMaggie Bignell, 5 years ago

    I still use sites like siteinspire, which, yes, are heavy on design studios and very edgy design. But they're useful to see new perspectives on the web and what design can do for it. Most dental and bakery sites that I see today are very simple, standard designs coming from wordpress themes and the like—siteinspire provides me with trends and new ideas branching away from those, and I just have to transfer the concepts and ideas to the needs of my client.

    1 point
    • Bud ParrBud Parr, 5 years ago

      I agree, and I still check it out and try to get ideas there, but they seem to focus quite a bit on photography-based sites and sites that put coolness over good design. Don't you think?

      0 points
  • David KizlerDavid Kizler, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Ignore if this is too obvious a suggestion, but often a simple "best bakery websites" search will get you some good results. These results are sometimes visually outdated, but will give you some good UX research info about the industry you are designing for.

    1 point
  • Dragos Gavrila, 5 years ago

    Hit Subjects on SiteInspire ;) ex: http://www.siteinspire.com/websites?categories=94

    0 points
  • Mal SMal S, 5 years ago

    trovetv

    0 points
    • Jean Chouinard, 5 years ago

      What is that?

      0 points
      • Mal SMal S, 5 years ago

        http://tvtropes.org/

        0 points
        • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, 5 years ago

          and how is that relevant to web design inspiration?

          1 point
          • Mal SMal S, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

            @Jean, @Kemie,

            Design is about storytelling and tvtropes is a wiki for pop cultures, repeating patterns and ideas in movies, games,anime,etc. When doing design research it helps quantify the idea you're working with. Like if you need design inspiration for a company that, fixes problems/fixes things. They have a full page for maids/clean up crew and for characters called the ace that fixes things, you can see all the examples and different ideas. Its a great place that have characters and story and themes listed in a quantify way with tons of examples. Drunk person put lamp shade on their head, it's a repeating patterns. When someone put a lamp shade on his head you know he is drunk.

            There's a color motif section that list all the colors used in pop culture and the emotions behind it.

            0 points