good artists borrow, great artists steal

Carrot Creative

a. http://carrotcreative.com/#!/

b. layout, interactivity, humorous, easy to navigate

c. contact and about the staff pages

d. i would like to incorporate some fun and humor into my site that informs, persuades, and still entertains clients instead of warding them off

Duoh!

a. http://www.duoh.com/

b. use of colors and design, big bold typography, lots of vector drawings

c. portfolio page, job-o-meter (availability),

d. i would to incorporate a categorized portfolio page with brief descriptions and be able to show clients what projects i’m currently working on and when i’m available

Pikaboo – Where Ideas Grow

a.http://www.pikaboo.be/

b. colors, animations, layout, logo

c. impressed that i could tell right away the company was more about audio work and motion graphics

d. i would like to incorporate the personal identity such as this website made for themselves through the logo and other visuals

Dumbwaiter Design

a.http://dwaiter.com/

b. front page, logo, color schemes

c. from a list of 50, this site IMMEDIATELY grabbed my attention

d. i would like to incorporate the grabbing of one’s attention among many. it’s a tough and plentiful world out there and i gotta stand out from the rest…

Daniel Gutierrez

a.http://www.degt.cl/

b. front page, vector art

c. use of icons instead of words (esp since the site is in spanish)

d. i would like to incorporate the all user-friendly format of this; it’s all in spanish and yet I can tell what kind of graphic designer he is

Steve Mullen Creative

a. http://www.stevemullencreative.com/

b. layout, front page

c. beautiful and professional showcasing of recent work, still humorous

d. i would like to incorporate the professional looking quality he gives off while still including that personality aspect to it; no cold and corporate stuff

Kevin Lucius

a. http://www.kevinlucius.com/

b. imagery, front page,

c. complex simplicity, straight up intro of skills

d. i would like to incorporate the complex simplicity kevin has going on, but spread it out on more than one page, i like that he pretty much let’s his work do the talking

Patterns

I tend to sway towards websites that include the following patterns:

  • Dark backgrounds with bright colors
  • Bold introductory titles with intro blocks
  • 1 column format
  • Blogs or links to blogs
  • Portfolio and/or Service pages
  • Contact page/form
  • Top or right navigation
  • Vector art
  • Imaginative and memorable logos
  • Horizontally centered
  • Humorous, fun
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