Oh man, it always feels good to roll out a fresh site design! I had a lot of fun with this one, especially since it’s my first chance to really dig in to some newer CSS features. And floats. Who would have guessed I’d be using several of those in 2023?
I’ve still got some rough edges to clean up, but I’m feeling good enough to go live with this design.
While working on this design, I spent a fair amount of time scrolling through dozens of other blogs from people in the webdev community. There are some really great sites out there! So I thought it would be fun to point out some of my sources of inspiration. These sites are a few of my favorites:
This was the first design I came across that really struck me. It leans hard into a clean minimalistic look that feels very reminescent of the old subtraction.com, but with fresh, modernized aestetic.
I love all the little touches like the rotating curved text and blur filters.
If you told me a site was swimming in vibrant yellow, I wouldn't expect it to work, but this site looks fantastic. I especially love the buttons with a off-center faux screen printing effect. In the end, I don’t think I borrowed any specific ideas from this site, but I still found myself coming back and looking at it as I was brainstorming.
So many cool little interactive elements and animations! I love the vivid colors here and how almost everything on the page moves in response to scrolling into view.
Of course Trent is going to have gorgeous typography. But the other thing that really stood out to me here was the way he seems to have designed the page uniquely for each and every post. That's definitely something I want to experiment with in the future.
I came back to this site a lot in particular when I was figuring out how I want to organize information on my site. I’m hoping to dive a little deeper into proper tutorials and demos in the future, and Josh’s site is a fantastic example of this.
I may have also drawn a lot of inspiration for the mobile nav menu from here.
There were plenty of other excellent sites beyond these. You all do some great work. Keep it up!