Get Inspired – Blow Your Mind Website Examples!

Get Inspired - Blow Your Mind Website Examples!

Looking for some design inspiration? Venturing into the world of UX design? Investigating new website trends?

In our feature article, we’re going to help you get inspired with some blow your mind website examples.

We picked these examples because they are dynamic, user-friendly, interactive websites, and they grab the website visitor and compel them to dig deeper.

You’ll find that these blow your mind website examples take web design to a new level, fully engaging the website visitor on an often wild and unconventional path.

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Magic in New York

We lead off with Magic in New York, a fantastical Google experience that was made for the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Website visitors can explore a map filled with multiple locations in 1920s New York City. They explore as a wizard would such locations as a speakeasy and the Magical Congress of the United States.

With nearly 360 scenes with sound and motion-picture quality effects, this site truly stands out.

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Fantastic Beasts

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the main website for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

While some sites with this amount of video and audio fall quite short in the speed category, this website thrills with incredible graphics, high-quality video and imagery, and there is virtually no waiting at all.

Not only is the website quick, but it’s very easy to navigate. It’s intriguing and provides a top-notch user experience. While writing this article, we had a hard time pulling ourselves away!

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Become a Kingsman Knight

Become a Kingsman Knight

While not a new website, we loved the enthralling content and the scenes pulled right from the movie.

Using the imagery and content, the website creators designed an interactive website that involves the visitor at every step and guides them on the path to becoming a Kingsman knight.

The site uses movie clips, action, sound and music in a sophisticated way that makes website visitors want to play their “game.”

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4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Hungry? If not, you sure will be when you visit this blow your mind website.

This site lands on our list for its outstanding photography and its creative use of typography.

We also like the parallax scrolling – this website is fun and easy to navigate.

The super-charged accordion menu for their menu options is dynamite. Easy to use, it allows the visitor to only look at the portion they are interested in.

This is one top of the line foodie site.

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Braastad

Braastad

Another interactive website that keeps visitors engaged is Braastad Cognac.

Huge images, a grid structure and plenty of video make an orderly presentation for visitors.

We love the classy typography, and the images styled to look old-fashioned are a bonus. Take a closer look, and you’ll notice a sparkly sheen to some of their photos and video.

The user experience on the Braastad website is terrific, gently guiding website visitors from one page to the next.

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Subaru Zero Landfill

Subaru Zero Landfill

If you’re ready to explore the mountains and Subaru’s environmental initiative, this site takes you along for a beautiful ride.

Gorgeous photography is complemented by simple typography – we’re sure this is so the words don’t take away from the incredible imagery.

Another interactive website, this one is also easy to navigate and lets website visitors find their path on their own.

After you spend some time on this site, the spectacular photography and videos will have you lining up to buy a Subaru even though there is no hard sell.

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Void

Wow. This site is mind blowing because we bet you’ve never seen anything like it. At both times eerie and fascinating, it’s an incredible walk through unparalleled creative advances.

Simply holding your space bar brings the cutting animation right towards you. Release it, and it backs off.

Featured imagery, animation and text is mostly in a black and white theme, but that in no way means the site is devoid of interest. Quite frankly, it’s one of the most interesting websites we’ve seen in a while.

Void makes the website visitor think while exploring and asking the question, “How did they do that?”

Worth noting though is that this site can only be viewed on Chrome or Safari.

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Legwork Studio

To complete our genius list of mind blowing website examples, we introduce you to Legwork Studio.

They bill themselves as a company building world class work off-the-grid, and once you take a look at the site, you’ll see why.

This company specializes in animation and interactivity. Don’t be fooled by the avant-garde look of their own website. Check out their portfolio, and you’ll be mesmerized by their work.

What we especially like about their website is their complete abandon of traditional website norms. With no photo in site, their graphics are visual, off beat and incredibly interesting.

The navigation is intuitive, and their graphics so compelling that you can’t help but click through the pages to see what they’ve come up with next.

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Final Thoughts

You’ve seen our top website examples in this feature article. Now, it’s your turn to incorporate a blow your mind website example.

Wondering about some specifics to keep in mind as you design your new website? Look no further:

  • A fast website – load times should be under three seconds, or you’ll lose customers. If you’re adding interactivity like we’ve seen here, be sure you consult an expert.
  • Give users the who, what, when, where and why – tell your story.
  • Use calls to action on as many pages as possible. You don’t want to risk losing your customers. Give them a reason to stick around and a task to complete.
  • Incorporate a strong site architecture including good onsite SEO and a sitemap.
  • Utilize an easy to use layout with intuitive navigation. Don’t use multiple layers of menus.
  • It’s vital that your site adapts to different browser sizes with ease, so mobile responsiveness is key. Your site should look equally good on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile phone.
  • Make sure that the content you provide is relevant, interesting, shareable, original and compelling.
  • Ensure a simple, user friendly experience. Don’t make content hard to find.

Look for more blow your mind website examples next month!

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Get Inspired – Blow Your Mind Website Examples!

It’s always fun to browse the web for ideas for your website and landing pages. Not only can you see what others are doing, but you can find some truly innovative websites.

In this article, we’re going to help you get inspired with blow your mind website examples!

lifeofpi

Life of Pi

An epic website for an epic movie.

This mind-blowing site lets you navigate with just your scrollbar. No need to find the navigation because it’s right under your fingertips.

Have fun visiting this site.

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audobon

Audobon Society

This website lands on our list because of its usage of photography and its easy navigation.

It’s a simple website to navigate, plus, you’re immediately hit with relevant, informational content offerings in the home page slider.

Don’t miss this beautiful site.

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airbnb

AirBnB

We like this website because it’s gorgeous, and the photography is outstanding.

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5 Design Principles Nearly 95% of Websites Screw Up. Are You?

5 Design Principles Nearly 95% of Websites Screw Up

Your website is the face of your brand.

Whether you’re advertising online or in traditional media like print and television, nearly everyone visits your website before choosing to do business with you.  One study shows that more than 81% of people conduct online research before buying.

Because your website is so pivotal to the success of your business, we’re going to look at five design principles nearly 95% of websites screw up. Then, we invite you to ponder the question, “Are you?”

#1: Visual Hierarchy

Visual hierarchy is one of the most important principles of good web design, and one that many businesses routinely mess up.

Every website should have a noticeable visual hierarchy. If it doesn’t, it’s hard for your website visitors to know what’s important.

Let’s define the term: visual hierarchy is the arrangement or presentation of elements in a way that implies importance.

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10 Copywriting Tips And Techniques For eCommerce Homepages

10 Copywriting Tips And Techniques For eCommerce Homepages

We talked about copywriting tips for your eCommerce product pages in a previous article, so this time, we’re going to talk about writing for your homepage.

And, we’re going to put a little spin on it. Not only are we going to discuss 10 copywriting tips and techniques for eCommerce homepages, but we’re going to discuss how to do it tactfully and without sounding like a marketing tactic you learned in school.

You know what I’m talking about. It’s those times when – even though you are an honest, genuine person – your copy starts sounding like a sleazy, cold call.

We think it’s important for your homepage copy to reflect your company and its ideals. For example, if you’re selling women’s perfume, you want to be truthful and descriptive with your copy. You want to evoke a feeling, a smell, and a reason to purchase.

You want to write honest copy that sells, right? Here are ten copywriting tips and techniques for your eCommerce homepage that will attract customers and keep them moving through your site.

#1: Write Winning Headlines

Six to 12 words, that’s all that stands between you and a higher click-thru rate. David Ogilvy says, “On average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy.”

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5 Totally Awesome Sites That Don’t Just Sit There – Landing Page Inspiration for 2012

landing page inspriation for auto loan websites

Disclaimer: This post is being written by one of CV’s designers so hang on to your seats and take it all with a grain of salt.

5 Cool Sites – Landing Page Inspiration for 2012

So you’ve got a website with a high bounce rate and your visitors aren’t hanging around too long to be sold on the information you’re giving them? Well I’ve got a solution for you! Trick them into staying longer with the use of shiny objects! I’ve found some great “sticky” website design inspirations for 2012.

I know that when I come across a site with neat little do-dads I spend way too much time playing with them and then I end up being hooked into the site and I have to read everything that is on it. It’s science.

It’s amazing how far web languages have come in the past few years, especially considering what can be done using JavaScript and Jquery to give your websites a little spice. In fact, I almost can’t believe how great websites have become and I am building them on a daily basis!

With the use of modern HTML and CSS with some JS sprinkled in, you can change your boring, Netscape 4.0-optimized site into shiny object that all your competition is jealous of and your clientele is awed by!

But there’s one thing you need to watch out for… load times! There were a couple of sites I was going to add to this blog post but they took so long to load I fell asleep, took a nap, woke up and ended up closing the site before it even finished.

Here’s five sites I have collected that I’ve wasted too much time playing with:

http://www.creativepundits.com/

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