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16Dec/090

Beautiful and Useful web site designs

There are lots of beautiful web site designs out there, but here are a few that I actually use often. Not only beautiful layouts, style and graphics, but also useful and usable designs.

Web designer wall blog

Web designer wall blog

A well known favourite among web designers, the Web Designer Wall always has a beautiful and intricate design. PlusĀ  useful design and css tips.

Vimeo video sharing

Vimeo video sharing

Vimeo is a more friendly place than youtube, and it definitely has a much nicer design. The current layout has a really nice paralax scrolling effect.

Helipad online notepad

Helipad online notepad

Helipad is a simple online notepad, great for making quick notes at work, or on an iphone, to check later. But that doesn't mean it has to look bad.

Good Old Games

Good Old Games

I guess you could accuse GOG of looking a little too web2.0, but it's a nice clean design, but a nice site to use, which is important for keeping customers and building a community. Plus they are really nice, and have cheap games!

Deadline todo manager

Deadline todo manager

From the makers of Helipad, Deadline is a very simple To-do application, and it has a simple design to go with it. But it's a great design, one that puts the emphasis on what it actually does, but still has a bit of nice interactive eye-candy in the mouseover effects.

Colorlovers pallette site

Colourlovers pallette site

Colourlovers (with a u!) is a nice site for making colour schemes and patterns, and getting inspiration. Plus it has a nice design itself. They could do with integrating a couple of the separate beta apps though!

Aviary Graphics Tools

Aviary Graphics Tools

I used Picnik and it's firefox plugin to make the thumbnails for this post. But Aviary is fast catching up with Picnik as my favorite online editor. It's already much more powerful, plus they have a lot of other useful apps for vector illustration and making colour palettes. If I had a Aviary plugin installed I might have used that. And it has a beautiful design too.

24 ways - web design tips

24 ways - web design tips

24 Ways is a very cool web design advent calendar, full of useful tips and tricks. Plus it has a nice, simple, unique design that uses lots of RBGA alpha transparency to make an interesting layout without using images.

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