100 Best Designed Websites (2012)

100 Best Designed Websites 2012

Over the past few years, I have posted two lists of my top 10 favourite site designs. (Here’s my original (old) list, and a more recent top 10 from 2010.)

2012’s review is here – and this time it’s a big one!

 ONE HUNDRED User Voted

 Best Designed Websites of 2012

100 Best Designed Websites 2012

 

My existing “Top 10” pages rank really well and get a lot of visits (40,000 per month?) All the sites on the below final 100 list can expect extra visits.

Plus they’ll get a “Voted Top 100 Best Designed Websites” award for extra bragging rights.

 

What Was I Looking For?

What is “best designed”?

Of course, everyone will have their own definition. Let me give you the one I used.

First, it did not necessarily mean that you liked it, or that it showed impressive graphics skill (although that may be the case).

I want to see pages that fulfilled their purpose excellently – whatever the purpose of the page may be…

  • to sell
  • to entertain
  • to inform
  • to communicate
  • or to help you find stuff

I want to promote and reward the very best websites – the ones that have been consciously designed to deliver on specific goals.

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with this list now.. I may make an ebook, maybe some videos. Let’s see. Please feel to post your suggestions.

 

Here’s My List

In no particular order, all from reader suggestions! Check out the comments on this post for all the back & forth discussion…

  1. http://bearandmary.com/
  2. http://eyesopen.org.uk/
  3. http://www.themezilla.com/
  4. http://www.onesothebysrealty.com/
  5. http://www.freshbooks.com/uk/
  6. http://www.ncover.com/
  7. http://www.mcmaster.com/
  8. http://git-scm.com/
  9. http://www.intel.com/museumofme/en_US/r/index.htm
  10. http://moodstream.gettyimages.com/
  11. http://waterlife.nfb.ca/
  12. http://incident57.com/codekit/
  13. http://www.detroitventurepartners.com
  14. http://www.sosfactory.com/
  15. http://morehazards.com/
  16. http://www.mediacake.net/
  17. http://www.portent.com/
  18. http://www.eyre-design.co.uk/
  19. http://www.ozarks.edu/
  20. http://www.htc.com/uk/
  21. http://www.shopkick.com
  22. http://www.koozai.com/
  23. http://moneyasyougrow.org/
  24. http://www.bidsketch.com/
  25. http://www.ebuyer.com/
  26. http://rafaltomal.com/
  27. http://www.timeforcake.com/
  28. http://www.oxfam.org.uk/
  29. http://www.bbc.co.uk/
  30. http://www.copyblogger.com/
  31. http://www.harveynichols.com/
  32. http://www.designcodeplay.co.uk/
  33. http://www.6wunderkinder.com/
  34. http://www.playingwithfire.com/
  35. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
  36. http://tutsplus.com/
  37. http://dribbble.com/
  38. http://www.foundationsix.com/
  39. http://www.lightcms.com/
  40. http://www.sites4contractors.com/
  41. http://feefighters.com/
  42. http://www.shetlandgallery.com/
  43. http://www.skiary.com/
  44. http://lemonstandapp.com/
  45. http://logopond.com/
  46. https://www.mint.com/
  47. http://jquerytools.org/
  48. http://www.crookedlakecottagedevon.co.uk/
  49. http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/
  50. http://www.352media.com
  51. http://www.click71.com/
  52. http://www.jasonreedwebdesign.com/ (hey, it disappeared, bummer!)
  53. http://companieshouse.gov.uk/
  54. http://www.novatech.co.uk/
  55. http://www.microsoft.com/
  56. http://www.getthefive.com/
  57. http://www.worryfreelabs.com/
  58. http://electricpulp.com/
  59. http://www.gpotato.com/
  60. http://www.coffeecup.com/
  61. http://go.magento.com/
  62. http://www.betabrand.com/
  63. http://www.harrisonappliance.com/
  64. http://www.magiciansforweddings.co.uk/
  65. http://www.bottlerocketapps.com/
  66. http://www.exhibitiondesign.com/
  67. http://www.airbnb.com/
  68. http://www.squarespace.com/
  69. http://www.apple.com/
  70. http://www.d10studio.com.mx/
  71. http://www.slidedeck.com/
  72. http://venturi-web-design.com/
  73. http://www.behance.net/
  74. http://www.stationfour.com/
  75. http://www.sarahpeterswebdesign.com/
  76. http://seo-consultant-london.com/
  77. http://www.ghosthorses.co.uk/
  78. http://jenkinstownmotors.com/
  79. http://www.alfredapp.com/
  80. http://get.wunderkit.com
  81. http://getpremise.com/
  82. http://www.darasgarden.com/
  83. http://mayday.wherespresso.com/
  84. http://www.channel4.com/news/
  85. http://thinktraffic.net/
  86. http://websynthesis.com/
  87. http://www.communityelf.com/
  88. http://www.mesacc.edu/
  89. http://www.able2wear.co.uk/
  90. http://www.downloadandprint.com/
  91. http://www.legalzoom.com/
  92. http://www.logitech.com/
  93. http://www.pencilneck.com/
  94. http://www.hubspot.com/
  95. http://forefathersgroup.com/
  96. http://www.yesware.com/
  97. http://www.f-stop.co.nz/
  98. http://www.paymo.biz/
  99. http://cakephp.org/
  100. http://rhyth.im/

Reserve List (nearly)

About the author

Ben Hunt

Ben has over 20 years' experience in web design and marketing, and is one of the most influential figures on the subject of effective web design. He has written a bunch of books and spoken at multiple conferences internationally. In 2015, Ben created Open-Source Marketing, which promises to turn the practice of marketing upside down.. Find out more at http://opensourcemarketingproject.org

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