28 Days of What We Love

The month of February is jam-packed with celebrations: Black History Month, President's Day, Abraham Lincoln's birthday, Ash Wednesday, Washington's Birthday and … Valentine's Day! Now, I understand, some of you dread this month. It's okay. That's why I'm here to give you something else to reflect on this month: gorgeous website designs! As in 2014, where we focused on "14 Days of What We Love" on Craft Web Solutions Pinterest page, this year, Craft Web Solutions is celebrating the entire month, with 28 Days of What We Love, showing off beautiful website designs from across the interwebs.

If after seeing any of the designs below has you thinking website redesign, shoot us an email. 😉

 

DAY 28

Day28-Double-Mesh

For the final, *tear*,’28 Days of What We Love,’ I bring to you a kind of “all-in-one” blog called Double Mesh. The design might not stand out as much as the previous posts in this 28 day event, however, it still packs a punch. The first thing that captured my attention was the top navigation. When you roll over it, the navigation changes color and the drop down menu “spoon feeds” you the most relevant information that you’re most likely looking for, in several different categories: Design, WordPress, Photography, Freebies and Wallpapers. All options that are near and dear to my heart!

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 27

Web-Designer-Depot-Day27

What I love about the Web Designer Depot website design is the typography and bold images. The big, bold typeface is eye-catching, making me want to click on each post. The arrangement of the blog posts on the homepage easily takes you from one post to another.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 26

Day26-Oyster-Island-CreekBar2

How cool is this? When you click around the Island Creek Oyster Bar the elements change and shift position, depending on what you select. The website reminds me of a snapshot of someone’s desk. I love it.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 25

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I love the WordPress theme that Amiee White Beazley has used for her website, simply because of how the content is displayed on the homepage with the Polaroids. You’re seeing Polaroids used a lot, in many different ways, such as in a grid pattern on a homepage, as above, or stacked on the right rail (TheTig) or used simply as part of a header background (Popcorn & Ice Cream). It works and it brings back memories of Polaroid cameras before digital or SLR was a word.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 24

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It's not just another gallery grid layout. It’s a gallery grid with a story. The red squares offer more information and insight into what The Escape Committtee is all about. I like this because, aside from viewing their projects on a separate page, I can gather a lot of information just by scrolling down the homepage. It’s amazing how the color red, commands attention. Beautiful.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

Day 23

Day23-28Days-SkylarkDay-23-28-Days2-Skylark-Learning-Center

The Skylark Learning Center’s ‘English for Babies’ website is very cute. The light and muted colors, sketches and typography go really well their playful, “All About Me” children brand.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

Day 22

Day22-28Days-EdHarrisonDesi

Naturally, designer Ed Harrison’s website stands out. The UK based designer for print and digital, has a beautiful gallery grid homepage, a clean Journal/blog style feed page and uses video to further explain who he is and what he does on the About page. It’s easy to navigate and wonderful to look at.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 21

TripCape-website-design-by-satu pelkonen

Photo gallery grids are very attractive. Sometimes, it’s nice to be "spoon fed" content vs. having to search through a bunch of text links. Right? Yes! The designer, Satu Pelkonen, who’s one of my new favorite web designers, also placed a large gallery slider at the top (Venice switches out for another destination). The amount of options, without this beautiful imagery, would normally be overwhelming. But not in this case.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 20

Beurreblanc food website

As some of you know, I'm a bit of a foodie. Anytime I see a website with great food photography, I have to share. I really love this website (and app) because of how the food pops off of the screen! The design is by Satu Pelkonen
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 19

FTLON-website-design

Day 19 is brief. Yes. BUT, to the point!

I love Robbert Schefman’s website design of FTLON. It tells a story of each place, without words. See Robert's design concept on Behance.com.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 18

We Are Forever website design

This website screams, “Travel here. Not there.” 

Starting with today, and through the next several days, I’ll be showing website design proof of concepts. It’s good to see what the designers – Design by Sidney Lim YX and Ben Silvertown – are thinking. For this website – We Are Forever – as seen on Behance.com, I particularly like the Gallery page. With each image, the latitude and longitude change. For those who only travel domestic, this might not make any sense (i.e. Why is that needed?). For those who travel internationally and sometimes to seriously remote places, GPS coordinates can be a big help…. Just a little note, from one traveler to another. 😉
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

Day 17

Spent - McKiney-website-design2-Day Spent - McKiney-website-design2-Day

How many of us know someone who needs a job, and if they don’t get a job in the next week, they’re homeless? See how real it is for some with Spent, another marvelous creation by Urban Ministries of Durham, designed by ad agency McKinney.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 16

McKinney website design - Names of Change
"This is just stuff, until you don't have it." – Urban Ministries of Durham

The Names of Change website is a lovely and unique design. It stands out, which is important. Urban Ministries of Durham's mission is to help the homeless and/or less fortunate. The Names of Change website has one purpose: Purchase would be items for those who can't afford some of the basic necessities of life. Purchase one of the pictures, put your name on it and brag about it. The proceeds of your purchase go to pay for those specific items to those in need at the Urban Ministries of Durham. It's a wonderful design created by ad agency McKinney

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 15

Vaiil-Resorts-Epic-Adventure

Vail, CO (and Aspen), is on my Bucket List, so when I saw the “Epic Discovery” website, by Vail Resorts, promoted on 25 Clean and Modern Web Designs  I got a little excited. The design is clean, fun and completely sucks you in. Check out EpicDiscovery.com, and whether you select the Vail, Breckenridge or Heavenly (Lake Tahoe), you will be scheming up ways to book your next flight there! Job well done, Vail Resorts.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

DAY 14

Juliet-theme-wordpress-28 days of what we love

Do you like to paint? Into water colors, etc? If so, then this one is for you. While perusing Pinterest, not that long ago, I saw a Pin from The Wander Forest that was promoting a hand painted website design called Juliet. My first thought was, “Wait. You can do that?!” Never in my wildest dreams. How Dana does this, I’m not sure yet, but I’m going to figure it out. You haven’t heard the last from Dana Fox on CraftWebSolutions.com.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 13

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First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s February 14, 2015, and for most that means a happy day!! What better way to celebrate, musically, than with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”?! We’ve all heard the song by now, but have you seen the website? How fun is this! Check out 24 Hours of Happy.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 12

Day12-Adventure.com

I love Adventure.com because it instantly transports me to a glamping site (high class camping – LOL), a fire pit and smores. :-) Depending upon your business, your clients might need to be transported. Think about it. Another juicy detail about this website – the main image you see, is video! Check it out.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 11

The Tig - 28 Days of What We Love

I love The Tig. Meghan Markle and her team of contributers blog about nearly everything I love: food, travel, fashion and more! TheTig.com displays its content in a unique and fun way. I especially love the right rail of polaroid pictures within the inside pages. Check it out!
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 10

Andrea-Mann-28 Days of What We Love

One of the website design trends in 2015 is large background images, especially used on portfolio sites, as with writer and jazz vocalist Andrea Mann's portfoliio. The easiest way to get new customers and clients, is through your story. No one will commit to reading about your story, if they can't connect with you emotionally, and one way to do that is with a big beautiful image of you.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 9

Hotel Esencia - 28 Days of What We Love

At first glance, the website for Mexico's Hotel Esencia, seems like no big deal. More and more company's are thinking outside the box and adding a bit more drawings than actual photographs to bring life to their ".com's." But what separates this website, from the rest, is the subtle animation. Don't worry. You can't miss it, even if you blink. 😉
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 8

Mater Mea - 28 Days of What We Love

I recently discovered Mater Mea via a blogger group on Facebook, after one of the members was featured in an interview. I love the way Mater Mea displays "everyday" mother's who are woking hard at being successful and at being asesome mom's. They do this with beautiful imagery — big, bold and beautiful images. They're don't hold back. The size of the image placement represents their importance.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 7

Truly - 28 Days of What We Love

What I love most about Truly Blog is the "punch" of pink typography, thoughtfully displayed in the "xoxo" and "hello," on the right rail. Too many times, we play too close to the "belt." It's okay, to think outside the box. I'll be the first to admit that Craft Web Solutions doesn't do this enough. I am pleased with our design of client Passenger Conners, who was looking for a website redesign about a year and a half ago. Check it out.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

DAY 6

Gasp-Photography-28 Days of What We Love

This is one of the first photography websites we've shown during '28 Days of What We Love.' Gasp Photography is a company in the UK. Their website represents their art and love for the photo, which again, does all of the work. We love it! 
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

DAY 5

Petite Alma - 28 Days of What We Love

Petite Alma - 28 Days of What We Love

For Day 5 of '28 Days of What We Love,' I'm showing much love to Petite Alma. The second image above, shows Petite Alma's website in 2013-2014. Sometime in 2014-2015, they redesigned, to the even still beautiful design, represented in the first image. Petite Alma is a multidisciplinary design studio, which was founded in Paris, but now has its home in New York City. What initially drew me to their website was the beautiful use of color and what appears as colored pencil sketches and water color painting. I never get tired of seeing how people get creative with their website designs. Don't you feel the same? 😉 
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 4

Food 52 - 28 Days of What We Love

I love Food 52 and their website, and not just because I'm a serious foodie (*smiles*) but because they let the photos speak for themselves. There is very little copy across the homepage. It's not until you get into the inner pages, recipe pages, then do you see more copy – understandably. I appreciate how Food 52 trusts the visitor to see what they have to offer, and ultimately, to make their own decision on where to go next. Too many times, website creators feel the need to spoon feed/direct visitors where to go, first, second and third. Sometimes it's necessary to direct people, but the flip side of that, is your website can get too text heavy – busy to the point of distraction – if done the wrong way.

Enjoy Food 52 and get some great recipes while there. The black bean burger options, are a personal favorite.

– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

DAY 3

28 Days of What We Love - From Up North

For Day 3 of '28 Days of What We Love,' check out the website design for Icebreaker Merino (New Zealnd). They've since updated their website but when I first stumbled upon their site via From Up North's 25 Stunning Web Designs, I must have scrolled through 20 websites before this one stopped me in my "tracks." Why? Well, again, it comes back to imagery. The photos carry the weight of this website beautifully. Remember, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Truer words were never spoken.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 2

28 days of what we love - Geek Girl website

For Day 2 of '28 Days of What We Love,' we're highlighting the beautifully, well-thought-out web design, coming soon, for Geek Girl Web, was designed by UK designer Nesha Designs. You will probably see many website designs that we love in 2015, by Nesha Designs. After going on a major website search for African-American website designers, I stumbled upon Nesha. Her designs, use of color, provide inspiration on a daily basis. Check it out: Geek Girl Web.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

DAY 1

28 days of what we love - clementine website

A beautiful website design for Celemintine Daily. No, we didn't design this one. But we wish we did!! The website is a great combination of mostly light, and dark colors, with great typography. It's incredibly easy to navigate as well. Check it out: Clementine Daily.
– Rani C. Robinson-Kiganda, Founder/Digital Content Producer, Craft Web Solutions

 

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Craft Web Solutions celebrates the entire month of February 2015, with 28 Days of What We Love, showing off beautiful website designs from across the interwebs.
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