Have we reached the end of original design layouts?

I’m a bit of a movie buff. When I was younger, it was common for me to watch 3-4 new movies at the theatre on a weekend. After a while started to regularly recognize plots from older movies in what I was watching.

In some cases it didn’t have a negative impact on my enjoyment of the movie, it’s the journey not the destination that counts, after all there are only so many stories worth telling. Some are updated to use new technologies, but the basic outline remain the same.

When I look at designs, I’m increasingly seeing older designs in them. It’s no secret that “Good artists copy, great artists steal” (Picaso), but even when someone tries to create something original, I still end up seeing something I’ve seen before.

Perhaps it’s just my mind playing tricks on me, but maybe we’ve have arrived at a place of good design principles, that lead people independently to produce the same results. Yes logos changes, colors changes, but the overall design layout and interactions remain the same.

For the same reason that many new cars look very similar, websites are starting to look very similar. Is this a bad thing? No.

Non-technical people complain to me all the time that things on websites are so different, “Why can’t the login link be in the same place for all websites?”, is a common question.

We all want a unique design to help us stand out from the millions of other websites, but is that desire hurting the user experience for your website and the web at large?

I’d love to know the thoughts of other designers…

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50+ Awesome Logos incorporating Animals

Just as a the color you use for a design can have a psychological impact on your users, incorporating an animal into your brand can do the same, helping to convey your identity quickly and easily.

Perhaps you want to show users you are strong and powerful company, in this case you might want to use a strong and powerful animal, a Lion or a Bear perhaps? Want to be thought of as smart? Why not use an Owl in your design.

Other times the choice is much simpler, perhaps the name of the company already contains an animal.

Below you’ll find over 50 awesome logos that feature an animal in their design.

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Site of the Week #27

From this week’s list of 61 sites added to the gallery I’ve chosen the website of Jet Cooper.

Jet Cooper

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Logo of the Week #9

This week I’ve selected a logo by Sergey Shapiro:

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Site of the Week #26

From this week’s list of 113 sites added to the gallery I’ve chosen the website of Ducksboard.

Ducksboard

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Logo of the Week #8

This week I’ve selected a logo by Michal from Poland:

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Niche Nuggets: Where Would You Buy a Bike?

When I was younger (yeah I’m getting up there in age), I would ride my bike all day, everyday if I was allowed. Ever since living in NYC, a city where it can be dangerous enough to walk the streets, let alone ride them, I’ve been bike less.

Recently I started looking into buying a new bike, which led to my latest Niche Nuggets Post — Bike Shops. Below you’ll find a selection of website for Bicycle stores, to help you find your next ride, and provide a little design inspiration.

Mission Bicycle


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Site of the Week #25

You may have noticed an uptick in the number of sites appearing in the showcase in the past week. I discovered some parsing errors resulting from design updates to a couple of the galleries, which meant not all sites were being parsed correctly. Don’t worry we didn’t miss any sites, just delayed including them in the showcase.

This week we added 131 sites, plenty of inspiration to go round.

From that imposing list this week I’ve chosen the website of Makalu Interactive.

Makalu Interactive

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Logo of the Week #7

This week I’ve selected a logo by Jon Stapp:

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WordPress: Not Just for Blogs

WordPress is a tremendously popular CMS for building blogs. For a long time people have used WordPress to power websites that are more than just blogs.

Recent additions of features such as Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies and easy Menu Management now make it even easier to power non blog websites in WordPress.

Below you’ll find examples of sites powered by WordPress that are so much more than just a blog, in fact some of them don’t even have a blog.

Pinhole Pro


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