Year 2011 is rolling forward swiftly and the middle of summer is nearly here. Some of you might unwittingly note that the end of the summer is inevitable while for others that remaining month and half is enough to fully enjoy the benefits that summer offers. Here in the virtual world the time is running even faster and we can already see some of the changes this year has brought to us. Imperceptibly and subtly yet compelling the new web design trends are conquering the scene. Because of the immense traffic and user count Deviantart can definitely be considered to be a trendsetter.
This article takes a peek at thepast half-year and presents 50 splendid and trendy web designs from Deviantart spring and summer 2011. Can you spot the new potential trends? Are big headlines and patterned backgrounds still popular? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
1. Simple Bits by Paresh Khatri
Awesome theme combining business, blog and portfolio functions. The color scheme is soft, yet captivating. You can find examples of the current leather bordering trend in this design which is incorporated in cool bright ribbons. In a nutshell it’s a trendy, beautiful and functional design fitting all modern web standards.
2. Caffee Effetto V1 by xXxadO
A complete website with logo for coffee retailer. The layout is very accessible and all the elements are in good balance. The nonstandard font together with the header gives website a complete and appealing look.
3. luba fashion grey by zee7
Stylish and trendy fashion website. Again we can see colorful ribbons with sewn borders. Although the design looks a bit incomplete it can turn out a beautiful fashion shop if enhanced a little.
4. yemekators by zee7
Incredible recipe design with blog type layout. The subtle textures complement beige colors and give the design the right mood.
Clean and minimal design with a few color accents. The large slider in the middle interacts nicely with the white space. Only negative could be the lack of some buttons/functions if it’s a commerce website.
6. Theme Designer by Sunil Joshi
Beautiful portfolio design with crisp color scheme and modern structure. Also the coded version works fast and without snags.
This is the type of design you’ll come across in Deviantart the most. Colorful, rich-detailed, filled with images. In my opinion, most of these designs don’t really meet the expectations when turned into functional websites. However it’s not the case with this one. You can actually see it live at www.kar-ma.pl. It’s a great design both in Photoshop and in browser.
Paperwork is a fictitious website, where you can submit, sell and buy prints. The design is clean and classy with a few color accents. The subtle background texture suits the classic font perfectly. Only thing I’d like to add is that the choice of checkboxes isn’t really appropriate.
Beautiful bold and illustrative graphic studio portfolio design. The content doesn’t play a massive role in this design, yet the illustrations are outstanding. This would make a great flash or pseudo-flash website.
10. NITRO XPRESS v2 by RadziuPL
Colorful and clear delivery company website. The colorful boxes and bold fonts gives the design a strong reliable look which is essential for delivery business. Overall it’s a trendy and dynamic design.
11. Soho South by Tropfich
A fashionable salon website. The site’s purpose doesn’t require a lot of details so the design puts the emphasis on the images. Unfortunately you can’t see the design in action at their official websitethough I think you’d agree that it would suit the brand much more.
12. Responsive design by thehappybit
The Happy Bit web design agency portfolio. The design is focused on simplicity and readability, with particular attention to its responsiveness and adaptability towards different devices.
Garnish is a clean-cut, straight to the point, simple to use portfolio theme. I already encountered this theme before while making a compilation of premium portfolio themes. It’s one of the top selling themes in ThemeForest so what’s left to add? If you’re looking for a minimal yet efficient portfolio theme Garnish is the right choice.
Lithium is a minimal and clean portfolio design that can target one person, or a business says the author’s description. I find Lithium the ultimate choice for small businesses that need to leave a solid and credible impression.
15. FlameBox by Eduardo Santos
FlameBox is a WordPress themes club design. Minimal with subtle details it’s a responsive and trendy design. The color scheme and call to action buttons are well chosen.
18. Daryl Ginnby
19. RandomApp by Stoyan Shishev
21. Marni Revals by RadziuPL
22. e-c-s danmark by Thomas Michaelsen
23. Fundacja Ave WEB by elilay
24. Social Alert Apps by nyukdesign
25. Kolibri by Jascha Brinkmann
28. Spa by pixelzeesh
29. ThreeBrainsOut by Stiven Cartagena