09 Sep Updated: Unique Web Design Galleries
There are quite a few inspirational galleries and award websites out there today. Most all of them are collections of what the moderator feels are worthy of listing in his/her gallery based on overall design. There are a few, however, that focus on specific elements of the website, such as its platform, color scheme, coding, style, etc. Below I’ve compiled a list of some of these element-centric galleries that I find especially useful when seeking very specific inspiration.
Categorizes websites based on color scheme and provides a color chart for every website. Very useful to find ideas when selecting color schemes for projects. Users can search by adjusting a hue and saturation range, which I find especially neat.
Footer Fetish, http://footerfetish.com (now defunct)
Clever name and clever concept. This is a gallery of great footers. The footer is often overlooked in design, but it doesn’t have to be.
Type Inspire, http://typeinspire.com
Showcase of inspiring and unique typography in web design. Lots of awesome designs that invoke all sorts of ideas for text effects.
Blog Design Heroes, http://blogdesignheroes.com
Gallery of great blog designs. Categorized by platform, and includes Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and even some of the newer and less commonly used platforms.
Cart Frenzy, http://cartfrenzy.com
Showcase of outstanding ecommerce websites. Categorized by shopping cart software. Great website to get ideas for shopping cart features and layouts.
Illustration Toolbox, http://illustrationtoolbox.com/category/websites
Showcase of illustrated websites. Also includes an illustration showcase, tutorials, freebies, articles and more resources.
Folio Focus, http://foliofocus.com
Gallery of portfolio websites. Mostly web designers. Good place to get some ideas for creating galleries and portfolio type websites.
Minimal Exhibit, http://minimalexhibit.com
Minimalist type websites, lots of negative space and uber clean designs.
We Love WP, http://welovewp.com
Collection of sites powered by WordPress. Not just blogs, but CMS sites as well.
For those looking for general galleries, we feel these are the best of the best:
The Best Designs, http://thebestdesigns.com