20 Great Examples of Compelling Headline Copy

Posted in Inspiration, Typography • Posted on 15 Comments

In an age where web designers’ websites are popping up everyday, creating a memorable brand experience is key. Through the use of compelling headlines and witty taglines, your brand can break through the clutter and be distinctly creative and unique. Generally, the most successful websites include headlines that support the website’s goals and are simple and easy to remember. By creating a unique and fun headline and tagline, you’re that much closer to separating yourself from the competition. You also pique the visitors’ interest and encourage them to explore your website further.

How to Create a Memorable Headline/Tagline

  • Choose a headline that summarizes what your website is about. Keep in mind it should incorporate your brand or at least be harmonious to what your brand is about.
  • A tagline is your slogan and should speak directly to your audience and customer base. It’s not meant to be changed as frequently as a headline and is meant to be repeated over and over throughout advertising, websites, and even corporate stationary.
  • Pick a headline and tagline that are catchy and  interesting and will compel your visitors to keep reading.
  • Keep the headline short – no more than eight words. Most visitors will scan the first few words before deciding to move on. If your headline/tagline combination is short but summarizes your content, visitors will be more likely to read on.

 

 

Some Memorable Taglines

Some instantly recognizable taglines include:

Apple: Think different.

Dunkin Donuts: America runs on Dunkin.

General Electric: We bring good things to life.

Nike: Just do it.

Subway: Eat Fresh.

Wheaties: The breakfast of champions.

If your brand is very well-known, sometimes the tagline can function as a headline as well.

 

Examples

In the following examples inspect how copy is used to convey a memorable brand experience. Through the use of type, color, and composition the designers have given visitors a glimpse of their brand and accompanying services. Hopefully through this careful emphasis on compelling copy the visitors stuck around. Do you feel these websites cut through the clutter?

1. Dropr

Hand drawn type is used effectively on the Dropr website – something not usually seen on a technology-based service.

2. Ryan & Sofia

This couple manages to use a compelling typewriter font in their pursuit to collect donations for their wedding held in Greece.

3. Just Dot

 

Typography is given real-life characteristics on a chalkboard, further exemplifying the concept behind the Just Dot brand.

4. DBA Products

 

A play on words is used in this website for a company that sells pens – allowing the customer to consider just what they’re purchasing before they make the decision.

5. Row to the Pole

This illustrative website is juxtaposed by strong, bold typography that is soliciting new members to their team.

6. Comwerks Interactive

A fun illustration and accompanying headline relay to the visitor a compelling experience from this design studio.

7. Denise Chandler

Larger than life typography is intertwined with sea life to give the visitor an image of what this designer is capable of.

8 . Wak Waw

Typography on this website is used to both allude to the logo and appeal to the demographic in which the studio serves.

9. Forever Heavy

Clean, straightforward typography here is treated as if it were on a beer label, which gives us a glimpse into the designer’s personality.

10. Bright Bulb Studio

 

The headline for Bright Bulb Studio personifies the era this website is targeted to.

11. Iceberg Quest

Bold typography is interplayed by an illustrative background, alluding to what’s in store for the potential tourist.

12. Solid Giant

 

Bold, clean typography gives the user a glimpse of what this design studio has to offer.

13. Kunalchhajer

 

Through the use of both the designers illustration/self-portrait and headline, the visitor is given some genuine insight into the creator’s personality.

14. Sprout Fund

 

A botanical illustration is set off nicely by clean, sans-serif typography which encourages the visitor to support biodiversity.

15. Pointy Design

 

Simple, straightforward typography engages the viewer on this website for web design studio located in Kawarthas.

16. Hey Indy

 

Typography is used to encourage the visitor to enact and download this animators reel.

17. Tea Round

 

A catchy one-liner is used here to give you a glimpse inside the Tea Round brand and their iPhone app.

18. Jeroen Homan

 

Bold, slab type catches the viewer’s attention on this website for a web designer/front-end developer.

19. Carsonified

The headline used on the Carsonified website gives you a glimpse into the companies values and practices.

20. Jar Design

A fun, straightforward speech-bubble catches your attention and provokes you to what to understand more about this design studio.

21.Ben Darby

 

The headline for the U.K. based designer Ben Darby uses simple text to note his location and hobbies.

22.Ryan Keiser

The website for Ryan Keiser emphasizes his services through the use of bold, large-scale typography.

23. Auxilium Lab

Novelty type that pays homage to the companies heritage is used beautifully on this website for Auxilium Lab, a creative development and web design studio.

24. Don’t Let Yourself

Stylized type is used to reach the demographic this website is aimed towards in hopes they’ll respond to this serious message and educate themselves.

25. Mario Bonilla

 

Mario Bonilla uses a food analogy to entice visitors of his website to explore more.

26. J Dawgs

 

A play on words for this hot dog shop alludes to the tasty food it offers.

27. Farrkling

 

Bold, comic type is used to catch the visitor’s attention and explain the significance of their brand.

28. Webeffectual

Through the use of bold sans-serif and script typography, we get the impression right away what this web designer specializes in.

29. Creative Payne

Creative Payne uses a mixture of typographic styles to tell visitors who they are, where they’re from, and what services they offer.

30. Vince Angeloni

The website for this designer, Vince Angeloni, uses a call-out treatment similar to a flyer to encourage the visitor to pursue his services.

 

The use of clever and effective design is necessary in setting your brand apart from the rest. Through the use of clear and powerful copy, these websites are meant to catch your attention and captivate an audience. What are some unique visual or written tactics you use to make your website stand out? Share your opinions below!

14 Written Articles

15 Comments Best Comments First
  • NG

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 14:38

    2

    I was relatively excited that someone was writing an informative article on headline copy, with emphasis on tag lines and the content of writing. The first two paragraphs looked to be leading into great examples of current and imaginative headlines. I was already preparing tweet-worthy praise.
    However, the examples completely clashed with the entire first half of the article. Are you talking about good content or talking about pretty typography because the examples could have fooled me. Well designed front pages with words on them does not good copy make. I even went so far as to give them a chance and read through what was being said about each page. Again and again it’s about what the words LOOK like not even what they say or how they say it.
    Not sure why it was started out in one direction then took a nose dive to the cookie cutter ’20 examples of typography based website designs’ but it was disappointing. Find some examples of really well-written copy, not typography and your article would really shine.

    +3
    • Mary Wang

      Thursday, May 19th, 2011 03:48

      5

      I agree with NG. I was excited to be inspired by some headline masterpieces. After scanning 1/3 of the article, I had the impression that the headline and the content do not match. It would be better if the author changes the headline to something like “20 examples of typography based website designs” : -) BTW, the examples are great if they were for that title. Thanks!

      +1
  • Stall

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 00:10

    4

    Well I for one am glad I stumbled across this as I realised I am going in the wrong direction with my design

    +1
  • Steve waugh

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 17:52

    3

    Excellent pices are her which you are posting on your site. I have lots of question to your post. First one how you collect this? I want to get. It is 4 am need to sleep. Meet another day. Thanks!

    0
  • Gavin

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 09:50

    6

    Some really nice examples there. I’m loving how headlines are becoming less serious and more ‘just for the hell of it’ kinda fun. I hope these continue, partly because I’m just designing a website now with a punchy ‘not so serious’ headline! =]

    0
  • Victor

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 19:22

    7

    Wow Stephanie, such a big list of creative headers! I am still wondering what to do…right now I have a small logo and a text, what would be the advantage to have instead a header of images like the ones you posted here ?

    0
  • Michael Francis

    Friday, May 20th, 2011 17:51

    8

    Wow, great examples! I am super impressed with the creativity shown here. Very inspiring. This is definitely a reminder that there is not “only one way” to that works! The point is always to grab the viewers attention and convert it to action!

    0
  • Vladimir

    Friday, May 20th, 2011 22:03

    9

    These are really good headline quotes :)
    I liked the numbers 28 and 30…
    Thanks for sharing these.

    0
  • Enrique

    Monday, September 12th, 2011 21:12

    14

    This trends of desigh for titles in a landing page are great, it gave me so many ideas for developing an entire new landing page for my site. What do you think must i change it? I appreciate all recommendations…

    0
  • Christopher

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 03:34

    15

    From this headlines i really liked the number 7, the one with the octopuss from Denisse Chandler, i think the image its awesome and it express really well the message in a cool design.

    By the other hand i also liked the number 27, “Farrkling”, it is so simple and for me as a webdeveloper is a good example of a great landing page, simple and clean…

    Cool collectyion of designs, thanks….

    0
  • Tyr

    Monday, July 18th, 2011 09:46

    13

    Thanks heaps for posting this. It is really inspiring. I tried illustrating a mascot design for a project of mine and couldn’t seem to get it right. In the end I decided on getting some professional help.

    0
  • Antown

    Friday, May 27th, 2011 08:24

    12

    The Taglines think it is very difficult. Sometimes he invents on the fly. Taglines should be short and clear description of the essence of your company. If you have a large company, it is better to refer to specialists.

    0
  • Anton

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011 22:37

    10

    Great article for sure! It is fascinating how companies (both big and small) craft their message into a compelling tagline that reaches out to their audience in the most effective way. A couple of recent big hitters that changed their taglines recently that I find really effective are: Walmart (Save Money. Live Better), Home Depot (More Saving. More Doing), and Lowes (Let’s Build Something Together). Great stuff – thanks!

    0
  • Xemuz

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011 19:12

    11

    Thanks for this compilation of good copy for a website home page, its nice to have lots of good examples of waht can be considered a good message ofr selling your service or product. I will be looking forward for new posts, greetings from Mexico.

    0
  • sheereen

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 13:43

    1

    Please be more specific in guiding.i need a serious help.please locate me properly

    -1
  • Christopher

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 03:34

    15

    From this headlines i really liked the number 7, the one with the octopuss from Denisse Chandler, i think the image its awesome and it express really well the message in a cool design.

    By the other hand i also liked the number 27, “Farrkling”, it is so simple and for me as a webdeveloper is a good example of a great landing page, simple and clean…

    Cool collectyion of designs, thanks….

    0
  • Enrique

    Monday, September 12th, 2011 21:12

    14

    This trends of desigh for titles in a landing page are great, it gave me so many ideas for developing an entire new landing page for my site. What do you think must i change it? I appreciate all recommendations…

    0
  • Tyr

    Monday, July 18th, 2011 09:46

    13

    Thanks heaps for posting this. It is really inspiring. I tried illustrating a mascot design for a project of mine and couldn’t seem to get it right. In the end I decided on getting some professional help.

    0
  • Antown

    Friday, May 27th, 2011 08:24

    12

    The Taglines think it is very difficult. Sometimes he invents on the fly. Taglines should be short and clear description of the essence of your company. If you have a large company, it is better to refer to specialists.

    0
  • Xemuz

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011 19:12

    11

    Thanks for this compilation of good copy for a website home page, its nice to have lots of good examples of waht can be considered a good message ofr selling your service or product. I will be looking forward for new posts, greetings from Mexico.

    0
  • Anton

    Monday, May 23rd, 2011 22:37

    10

    Great article for sure! It is fascinating how companies (both big and small) craft their message into a compelling tagline that reaches out to their audience in the most effective way. A couple of recent big hitters that changed their taglines recently that I find really effective are: Walmart (Save Money. Live Better), Home Depot (More Saving. More Doing), and Lowes (Let’s Build Something Together). Great stuff – thanks!

    0
  • Vladimir

    Friday, May 20th, 2011 22:03

    9

    These are really good headline quotes :)
    I liked the numbers 28 and 30…
    Thanks for sharing these.

    0
  • Michael Francis

    Friday, May 20th, 2011 17:51

    8

    Wow, great examples! I am super impressed with the creativity shown here. Very inspiring. This is definitely a reminder that there is not “only one way” to that works! The point is always to grab the viewers attention and convert it to action!

    0
  • Victor

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 19:22

    7

    Wow Stephanie, such a big list of creative headers! I am still wondering what to do…right now I have a small logo and a text, what would be the advantage to have instead a header of images like the ones you posted here ?

    0
  • Gavin

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 09:50

    6

    Some really nice examples there. I’m loving how headlines are becoming less serious and more ‘just for the hell of it’ kinda fun. I hope these continue, partly because I’m just designing a website now with a punchy ‘not so serious’ headline! =]

    0
  • Stall

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 00:10

    4

    Well I for one am glad I stumbled across this as I realised I am going in the wrong direction with my design

    +1
  • Steve waugh

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 17:52

    3

    Excellent pices are her which you are posting on your site. I have lots of question to your post. First one how you collect this? I want to get. It is 4 am need to sleep. Meet another day. Thanks!

    0
  • NG

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 14:38

    2

    I was relatively excited that someone was writing an informative article on headline copy, with emphasis on tag lines and the content of writing. The first two paragraphs looked to be leading into great examples of current and imaginative headlines. I was already preparing tweet-worthy praise.
    However, the examples completely clashed with the entire first half of the article. Are you talking about good content or talking about pretty typography because the examples could have fooled me. Well designed front pages with words on them does not good copy make. I even went so far as to give them a chance and read through what was being said about each page. Again and again it’s about what the words LOOK like not even what they say or how they say it.
    Not sure why it was started out in one direction then took a nose dive to the cookie cutter ’20 examples of typography based website designs’ but it was disappointing. Find some examples of really well-written copy, not typography and your article would really shine.

    +3
    • Mary Wang

      Thursday, May 19th, 2011 03:48

      5

      I agree with NG. I was excited to be inspired by some headline masterpieces. After scanning 1/3 of the article, I had the impression that the headline and the content do not match. It would be better if the author changes the headline to something like “20 examples of typography based website designs” : -) BTW, the examples are great if they were for that title. Thanks!

      +1
  • sheereen

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 13:43

    1

    Please be more specific in guiding.i need a serious help.please locate me properly

    -1

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