As web designers we’re expected to come up with layouts and user interfaces that not only allow for effortless navigation, but are oozing with eye-catchy goodness and incorporate the personality and philosophy of the company they represent. This can be a tough task to tackle on occasion, so let’s take a look at a few design interfaces available on deviantart for inspiration.
Terran is a design rich with textures that are out of this world and custom fonts that help drive the design. This Starcraft 2 fansite comp could work well for a lot of different games or space-oriented websites.
New Angel is a design that looks geared toward the underground music scene. But really, this layout could work nicely for anything where being able to plug in to social media outlets is key. There’s even an are to run a banner ad!
Olivia is an exquisite design for any developer whose client is asking for a fullscreen background image. The navigation is simple, and the opaque content areas are unobtrusive to the background image. A very well thought out design.
Soil + Life is a great option for anyone looking to develop a site for a nature oriented, gardening, or nursery website. I like the vertical sky to soil theme, and the use of quality stock photos. The content area has an efficient layout and the navigation features a dropdown menu for easy site browsing.
Palmolive is a perfect design for a brand of products. An oversized navigation bar and 3 mini ads on the homepage make navigating the site a breeze, while the homepage and inner page layout makes life easy for the developer.
KB Photography is an elegant layout that has potential far beyond that of just a photography site. An image slider / slideshow populates the main content area, while the text blocks underneath it are displayed nicely. I think this layout could work nicely as an eCommerce site.
Arctica is a visually stimulating site with a fantastic balance of icons, images, and typography. As is, the site would work perfectly for any kind of skiing, mountaineering, or related news or blog type site. While you could easily swap some images out and open up the design to endless possibilities.
History Channel has a nice balance of sepia and black and white tones, with a golden orange color to add in a splash of color to everything without disturbing the balance of the color palette. This is a great layout for an informative site, with lots of text and content broken up and displayed nicely throughout the layout.
Emily Green is a design that’s just begging to be developed as a WordPress theme. With a main content slider, tons of social networking icons, multiple rows of content areas and an oversized footer, why not develop this to work with, arguably, the easiest CMS platform available?
The Agricultural Cooperative design is another that’s set up perfectly for one industry, farming, but by swapping out a few images your options become limitless. It’s a nice fullscreen background image, with well-placed content and a design that could easily be developed as a WordPress theme.
About the author: with over ten years in the freelance web design and writing fields, Scott Stanton has had his finger on the beating pulse of the industry’s hottest design trends and bends for the past decade. Scott regularly writes for Wix.com the free website builder. Follow him on Twitter @TheScottStanton.
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