Baan Dek - Simple and straightforward the Baan Dek site is. I like the oversized imagery and the simple layout. Solid responsive design and minimal page count make this a pretty easy to digest website. Bravo for their brevity.
Writizmo - I like how Writizmo went with their main content in the hero area. The marketing messages / feature lists that a lot of web apps use are normally in a long scroll below the fold, or in a rotating barrage / slideshow that no one really looks at…( just sayin’). Get to the point, let people know that you know what they want (kudos). Besides that, the flat illustrations / cartoons are cool touch too – and a lot of them.
Blossom - I was reading back though an article we published about Web Design Trends for and realized that Josh Hemsley’s company out of Californina, Envoy just produced a website, Blossom that fits in well with the upcoming trends:
Bloomberg - There’s already been so much praise and controversy over this new site design since it launched earlier this week. All of it has a lot to do with perspective probably – if you’re more from the financial world (Bloomberg’s customer base), you’re probably a little freaked out. (Kind of like the new BMW commercial with Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble about Internet)
Avocare Avocado Oil - I’ve been actually eating healthier this new year, and keeping in tune with foods and products that fit into more of a “Paleo” lifestyle. Avocare Avocado Oil fits that for me (healthy fat) – must learn more about it for personal use. Professionally, I’m looking at the site for design and business choices – and I like it. Food related sites should be vibrant in both the color choices and imagery, in order to fire the synapses in your brain that make you hungry.
Trippeo - We reviewed the Trippeo site last year, pre-launch, and remembered it was pretty cool. So we’re looking at it again today – even better.
Kevin Haag – Portfolio - Yep – it’s good. Kevin Haag is out of Los Angeles, and his portfolio site is out of site. The opening animation / parallax that happens on scroll is pretty awesome. There are some sites that I feel that should have a soundtrack or background music (in your head), and I had a House of Pain / Beastie Boys vibe after that intro (Jump Around or Intergalactic – yep, those are in your head now for the rest of the day).
ElasticBox - What you haven’t done is to take your prospective client / user, and given them a clear path that explicitly states: This our app, this is what it does, this is how it helps you. You may have told them that, but if you take the option like ElasticBox, you could actually show them that. So if a picture is worth a thousand words, then pictures being animated to drive a customer to make a more informed decision is worth, what, a thousand dollars or more?