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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 is the creator of Web Design From Scratch. He started writing articles about web design to kill time on a long train commute, and is now one of the most influential figures on the subject of effective web design. He has written three books and spoken at multiple conferences internationally.

Katya - a couple of years ago

http://bearandmary.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I really like this. The initial experience is inviting, immediate, and friendly. The text layout isn’t perfect, and there are some English errors, but that’s all OK. What matters is there.

    Added to my working list :-)

    ajay doke - a couple of years ago

    nice…
    designs and communications are clear.
    liked it.

    Tim Reader - a couple of years ago

    Ethical creative agency in Hampstead, London: http://provokateur.com/

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Good enough for the shortlist. The design is really solid, but I do have a personal allergy to detached verbs: “Believe, Look, Think, Watch”… what do they tell me? Nothing at all.

    Vanessa - a couple of years ago

    http://www.fromthestash.com

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Almost.. It’s great to see the bold “exactly what we do” headline/strapline.

      However there are some mistakes, like the navigation is hard to read, and intro slide #1 really isn’t readable. I can’t say it’s up there with the best.

    Tomas - a couple of years ago

    the http://bearandmary.com/ did not displayed correctly in mine Firefox. neither in Chrome. I have managed to get text not to over-lap in opera, to get a chance to read the text with nice design.
    It is common for middle size company admits to disable Internet explorer (to prevent comment code injection from running forums) to which is Internet explorer liable even on a proper websites (known cases from ads)…
    The website needs more work on a coding site in order for it to reach the quality of its original design and fight for tops.

    I recommend http://www.udacity.com Which helped many people searching for brain fulfilment way to go forward including those which could not otherwise.
    Although has a reasonable graphics and realy effective content doing what others tried but far more effectively. Design started last year, but many changes are done at all times…

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Thanks Tomas. Udacity is certainly extremely clear, but I found it quite cold. There’s no human presence, and I was left feeling it could have been more friendly.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Sorry, nothing that stands out among that group.

    ajay doke - a couple of years ago

    aucc.edu.gh
    i saw this site. goood.
    i didn’t see course details. this is excepted by the students frequently.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      The background behind the content is too busy, distracting the eye from what matters – the content!
      Otherwise, it’s a nicely presented page.

Robby Elliott - a couple of years ago

Hi Ben & team

We’ve just completed this one after many months of hardwork. It’s our first full e-commerce site. Feedback welcome.

Hope it makes your top 100. It would be amazing and be a massive boost to our fledgling business.

Kind regards

Robby
Web Designer (not graphic designer ;-)

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Robby. I can’t add http://www.glassesgalore.co.uk to the list. It would need something to make it stand out from the crowd.
    I liked the initial photography, but the logo is doing a bit too much, and the general page design features tend to be a bit too heavy.
    There are a lot of high-contrast edges, making the page a bit tiring to look at for long.

smartylogo - a couple of years ago

New http://www.smartylogo.com and also http://www.smartylogo.com/members is based on same design.

Please review it and vote!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Interesting, SmartyLogo feels like an Elegant Theme for WordPress to me, with all the silver grey.
    I found the initial experience a bit thin.. There’s a lot of empty space, the small text is distant and the graphics are not that impacting.

Allan - a couple of years ago

Fab.com is elegant, airy and
unobstructive.

It’s a pleasure to use.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Allan, I don’t get on with that site at all, on first visit. It doesn’t do what a store is meant to do, which is to promote its wares. I was faced with two dialog boxes in succession, at which point I gave up.

    Joanna Wiebe - a couple of years ago

    The challenge with Fab.com is that you have to be a member before you can use the site. I agree with Allan that, once you start using it, the site is very clean-looking and simple to use.

testingmouse - a couple of years ago

http://www.penzugyiszakertok.com/ – informations in hungarian lenguage about how-to-save money for ur future

http://artistpub.hu/ -bcoz i like it :)and im using it everyday

http://www.cssbeauty.com/ -about using css for nice, and clear rewards

i dont a have a vote for the rest 97. im using 300 site in my everyday life, it takes time to choose the rest :)
cheers
matt

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    penzugyiszakertok.com – very plain and ordinary. I found it wordy and the text too small.
    artistpub.hu – poor readability, not enough contrast on text, small text, and over-designed.
    cssbeauty.com – again, tiny text makes this feel exclusive and unappealing.

      testingmouse - a couple of years ago

      thx for your comments Ben.

Tricia - a couple of years ago

I hope it is okay to vote my own sites.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Of course, if they’re great! :-)

Caryn Dahm - a couple of years ago

caryndahm.com
My personal work site. I use it to promote graphic design classes that I teach as well as my design services and artwork. It is designed to showcase my skills and provide more information for parents who want their homeschooled children to enroll in my classes.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Caryn. Is is a very conventional site, but very nicely done. I like the branding, and most of the site is very appealing. The home page is one of the plainer pages, though. I would like to see more of your rich content find its way onto there.

Caryn Dahm - a couple of years ago

http://www.ragtagrubies.com … designed to promote and sell our house and home art as well as our wearable creations.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    A pleasant site. The logo is very pleasant, but it’s in a slightly dead position, and it’s drowned by the very bright red on the header section. To make the Top 100 list, that header section would need to be integrated better with the rest of the page.

      Caryn Dahm - a couple of years ago

      Hi Ben-
      I’ve reworked the header and wanted to get your feedback. Thanks for your very insightful comments. Have a look now and let me know if it is worthy : )

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi Caryn. Now the logo tag sits on top of the Facebook box, for me at least. I’d like to see the logo on the conventional left hand side, with the main navigation items below. (Love the nest picture!)

Darren Bristow - a couple of years ago

http://eyesopen.org.uk
If I need to explain it here then something isn’t right ;-)
All feedback much appreciated.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Definitely interesting. I didn’t find it immediately obvious what the page was about upon first load, so I’d like to see an obvious proposition.
    I like the rest of the layout, though. However, reversed text isn’t much fun to look at after a few minutes.
    One for consideration!

Alex - a couple of years ago

http://www.mobcc.ro
i like the menu and first page

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    It doesn’t work for me. The stylish photos and the hand-drawn icons do not belong together. Th transitions are gratuitous, and it’s quite small and compressed. I think we can use more space today, as people have more bandwidth and bigger screens (except those on mobiles, who have less!)

Bill - a couple of years ago

Hi Ben,
One man band here: http://www.motionhealth.tv

I have completed the design, initial content, user signup and other basic website functionality. I am now in the process of adding multi-media content all produced in house.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Bill. There’s nothing seriously wrong, but there are many areas that could be improved. It doesn’t feel like the site is quite finished yet.
    I generally like to see the logo above the navigation, not below. And there’s a big area of empty space.
    I’m also slightly allergic to the “3 loosely related verbs” method of strapline writing ;-)

David Fleck - a couple of years ago

http://fleckdistributions.com
Everyone says it is a nice layout but I guess we will se what an expert thinks.

    David Fleck - a couple of years ago

    fleckdistribuions.weebly.com/
    Here is my second site.I hope one of them make it.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Bold white body text on a dark background is a design mistake.

      David Fleck - a couple of years ago

      That is an easy fix. Thank you for the advice.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi David. The home page makes some significant mistakes, starting with wasting the focal point on a “welcome” message. It just doesn’t shout out what the product is and why I should be excited about it, which is what a site like this would have to do to make the Top 100 grade.

      David Fleck - a couple of years ago

      How would I go about making the product shout out to you ? Any advise to point me in the right direction ? I am always open to constructive criticism.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi David. It’s all about benefits – what’s in it for me. The best thing I can suggest is to read “Convert!”

      David Fleck - a couple of years ago

      Thank you for your input.

Leo AW - a couple of years ago

What about this brand new site http://www.themezilla.com/ ?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Like lots. Great logo, appealing copy, simple.
    If I’m being picky, it could use a bit more colour, and doesn’t need quite that much vertical white space.
    One for the shortlist though. Thanks.

TIGERdesign - a couple of years ago

http://www.pearltrees.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I would need to spend some time with this site. It’s a utilitarian app that seems to try to be all things to all men – a challenging goal!
    The branding and design feel pleasant, but to stand out it will need to be incredibly easy to use.
    I’m not sure that the broad potential functionality will translate into a successful user experience.

TIGERdesign - a couple of years ago

http://www.ludlowkingsley.com
combine a modern and vintage style somehow..

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Very pleasant. I’ll investigate this one further. Thanks.

Val Patterson - a couple of years ago

Check out http://www.onesothebysrealty.com. It’s simple, beautiful, functional — everything a real estate site needs to be in this day and age. Of course, it deals with property in Miami, so what’s not to like?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Val. I really like this site! Great use of large format photographs, giving a high quality feel – which I think was exactly the aim.
    Definitely on my shortlist! Thank you.

Charles "The Web Chef" Coyle - a couple of years ago

Well of course I am going to say http://www.websitesforchefs.com but I am certainly going to scroll the internet and find you more before the deadline.

Loved the Course Ben!!! Changed my Life!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Charles, you actually have an effective home page. I think I’ve mentioned before the poor quality of the video testimonial.
    (The SEO panel in your sliders doesn’t come across so well, because the dark test isn’t on a light background.)
    I love the way you’ve targeted your niche. This may have a chance of making my top 100 ;-)

Tariq - a couple of years ago

Ben,

See what you think of these:

http://www.freshbooks.com/
http://www.ncover.com/
http://www.landingpageoptimisation.com.au/

And, I am going to put the pressure on you with this one: http://www.qvisionaz.com !

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Tariq, I like Freshbooks and Ncover more than the landingpageoptimisation site. Both worthy of further consideration.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Obviously I can’t include QVision, as it is my own design :-)

Jonathan Perez - a couple of years ago

Hey how about this one.

http://www.possibilitees1.org/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    One to review again later. The site does its job, but I’m not sure there’s anything strong enough to make it top-flight.

Brian - a couple of years ago

http://southlandchristian.org/ is a very clean site. Not sure if it’s what you’re looking for. but I like the design a lot!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Yes, it’s pretty good. Thanks Brian. I think the logo could be a little larger. Also, it’s hard to find on the site in which city/location this church actually is. It says Lexington, is that Mass.?

      Brian - a couple of years ago

      It’s located in Lexington, Kentucky. I’m not associated with their website at all though. I just thought I’d suggest it. Thanks

Diana - a couple of years ago

donniedarkofilm.com
This is one of my favorite websites, just because it’s so out of the box. Even though it is more than ten years old it still astounds me. It’s certainly not the typical promotional site for a film, but it perfectly reflects the eerie mystery of the actual film, and invites you to become involved (interact) with the story.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Diana. I didn’t explore too deep. I have a lot of sites to review, and I found this slow and a little self-indulgent.
    I remember the film, which twisted my noodle at the time.
    As it is 10 years old, I don’t think I can really include it in 2012’s best sites.

Megan Bennett - a couple of years ago

Wow, a great opportunity. Thanks Ben. Simple site offering services of salt therapy http://www.saltcaves.com.au?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Megan. I find this site accessible, but design-wise just a little overbearing. The bright orange and black combo is really strong, and the white-on-black nav text doesn’t work great.

Kyle Alo - a couple of years ago

I’d like you to take a gander at this website.: http://strategicartconcepts.com . It is my personal first website design and exposure. It took two months of studing how to use the gadgets that allowed me to transport my images and choose the layout with it’s color schemes and bells and whistles. It is a standard “GoDaddy” template that I took and for the least amount of money since I had none was to make my work and history and services availible within three movements of the mouse. I think it’s pretty good but I’d like to know what the best means? Your comments are invited.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Kyle. The (massive) background image does nothing to help focus attention on the actual content, so this site unfortunately cannot make the list.

David Fleck - a couple of years ago

Hi Ben it is me again. I went through 6 colors before I found one that I liked. I was wondering if you would consider my blog again?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi David. Sorry, this will not make the list.

Ron Weitnauer - a couple of years ago

McMaster Carr is the best example of a website that makes it possible to find any of tens of thousands of items quickly and easily. It’s a masterpiece.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Ron, you may be right. Sometimes a website just has to display its wares and make it easy to browse. McMaster Carr seems to do that. It’s on my list.

saif - a couple of years ago

wher’s the list??

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I’ll post my “shortlist” soon. Right now it’s very short.

Geert De Deckere - a couple of years ago

I really like the new Git site: http://git-scm.com/. It does a great job in educating people about Git. Search is cool. Documentation is very functional. Subtle color scheme. Nice typography. A great new logo. What’s not to like?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I agree. It looks very accessible and appealing. Shortlisted! Thanks.

Craig - a couple of years ago

Hi Ben,
I am not suggesting my new site should be in your Top 100 but I would really welcome your feedback.
This is our first attempt and would value an experts comments.
Many Thanx
Craig

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Craig, I’ll take a look, but couldn’t see the site now as I’m on my iPhone and the site’s built in Flash.

      Craig - a couple of years ago

      Cheers Ben, much appreciated.
      regards
      Craig

Tim - a couple of years ago

Wherespresso.com.

I could sneak VeloNomad in – but that was originally a Scratch Media design so a bit nepotistic.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Tim, I like Wherespresso. The logo (graphic/type) work well, and the content is organised. However I feel it needs a focal point that’s bigger and more prominent than everything else on the home page. That area should present the proposition of the site as directly as possible.

      Tim - a couple of years ago

      I’d be interested to know what that could be!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Tim, the core Wherespresso site needs something added, just a strip that sums up the proposition.

    I remember you also showed me http://mayday.wherespresso.com/. Now that does it. I would change the 1-9 numbers to tick marks, but it’s a very good home page, so I’m listing that.

      Tim - a couple of years ago

      Your wish is my command!

      Ticks done, adding some “How it works” boxes tonight/tomorrow and tidying it up, before voting commences!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Museum of Me – an instant winner! I hadn’t seen this before, and it’s simply exquisite. Definitely in the Top 100!
    Moodstream is another outstanding multimedia experience, and has to be in my Top 100. You get straight in, and there’s no thinking required, but it works on many emotional levels.
    We Choose the Moon – more of a conventional multimedia experience, which is the right thing. I don’t know if it’s doing anything particularly spectacular. I should spend more time on it with my kids.
    Waterlife – I really enjoyed this website. The visual style is lovely, but I did find the navigation a little cryptic. Certainly good enough for the shortlist though.
    Infinite Oz – An interesting and beautiful movie. I don’t think there’s anything particularly “web” about it, though, to make it “web design”.

Danny - a couple of years ago

hi ben,

http://www.tutorswhiz.com

this is my regular visiting website and i feel good with the colors. love it..

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Wow, I find the home page really visually overwhelming. There are just too many different elements and too many colours.

Ewic - a couple of years ago

For me this http://www.fusiondub.com :)

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    It’s a smart and pleasant enough site, but typical of its type with nothing out of the ordinary.
    I wanted to click on the 8x images on the home page, but they weren’t links.

Dave Streen - a couple of years ago

http://www.autohail.com is the best website ever created. My opinion may be a little biased since I created it.
http://autohail.com/Statefarmhailclaim.html is a new page that I have added after reading some of Ben Hunt’s info. Can’t wait to read more and work with his team.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    :-)

Jonathan Perez - a couple of years ago

http://incident57.com/codekit/

So nice =)

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Definitely! :-)

Wally - a couple of years ago

I’ll submit this for one of the best!!

http://www.sosfactory.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Lovely site! It fulfils its purpose beautifully, so it’s going on the list!

Timothy - a couple of years ago

Here’s a good one:
http://www.detroitventurepartners.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Timothy, I like this very much. On the list, mainly because of its direct and interesting writing. The visual style is suitably edgy, although (again) reversed text should be avoided wherever possible.

Timothy - a couple of years ago

http://www.informationlighthouse.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Cute design, but it leaves me thinking it’s a template. The logo is on a white background, which doesn’t fit with the grey colour at the top.

Kunal David - a couple of years ago

Hey Ben,

Firstly, as always very very interesting concept you’ve come up with out here… Been closely following you/your emails over the past year & have tried to learn as much as was on offer in each of them! So, thank you for that. :)

Here are a few of the websites we’ve designed, will look forward to your feedback on each of them. Needless to say, would be honored if they made it to your list:

Prestige Group – http://www.prestigeconstructions.com
UB City – http://www.ubcitybangalore.in
Ventura Interiors – http://www.venturainteriors.com
PMPL Group – http://www.pmplgroup.com
Golfshire – http://www.golfshire.com

My best,
Kunal

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Kunal. These are all competent designs, but all lacking in the same area… The initial visual impression is impressive, but they’re not selling.
    Take Golfshire Club. The links for “Club Memberships” and “Reserve Tee Time” are rotated 90 degrees.
    All the others are lacking calls to action. They don’t shout what they are about, or really invite you to click through.
    So I’m afraid they fall into the “too cool for school” category, and can’t make this particular list.

      Kunal David - a couple of years ago

      Hey Ben,

      Appreciate the feedback, thank you for it! Would value any suggestions/pointers that you may have, to help achieve that objective as well…?

      And btw, here’s another Art Gallery site that we’ve done, let me know what you think of this as well – http://www.sublimegalleria.com?

      Thank you! :)

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hey. I can’t go into too much detail on each submission, I’m afraid.

      The SublimeGalleria site looked impressive at first, with large, full images. The navigation, by contrast, feels a bit small. And I really don’t like the way that hotspot images get a dark overlay on hover. Precisely the wrong thing. See http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/usability/mouseovers/

      Kunal David - a couple of years ago

      Ben,

      Thanks for the feedback, I’ve started to get lost in all the matter available on your site… :) Will hopefully be able to implement some of it soon, in my next design, which I will share with you for your views!

      Till then, good luck with this… I’m going to keenly follow this contest, since I’ll be eager to know the winner! :)

      Thanks once again for all your invaluable inputs! :)

JDS - a couple of years ago

http://www.midwesternmeats-ky.com I would much appreciate any input I could get. I built the site myself and am not that experienced in web design, however, I feel that it serves its purpose well…? Thanks in advance for any input.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Logo is too big, navigation is too low down, and I’d add an obvious summary of the proposition. What do you do, for whom, and what’s different about the way you do it?

      JDS - a couple of years ago

      Thanks a lot for your input. I’ll get on the changes this weekend. By the way, you’re awesome sir. I love reading your articles and watching your videos!

ajay doke - a couple of years ago

utsglobal.edu.in
This website is the clear and clean educational website I have seen.
The communication, the navigation is very clear.
students get their desired courses very fast or they can directly get connected to the website people.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Ajay. I do not see anything particularly remarkable, I’m afraid.

Eamon - a couple of years ago

I guess you have to be familiar with Agile/Scrum to appreciate it but I like how the design of …
velocitypartners – http://www.velocitypartners.net
…reflects what they do.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Eamon. I don’t find the message really jumps out . There are a lot of options presented, and I don’t find the text easy to read.

Jonathan Perez - a couple of years ago

Wow, this website is awesome:

http://morehazards.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Like. Merits another look.

Wally - a couple of years ago

Hey Ben, I have 2 I have created for you to look at and consider. Your thoughts would be appreciated, thanks!!

http://www.city.grandforks.bc.ca/

http://www.komputer-clinic.com/

    Wally - a couple of years ago

    Oh, I forgot this one we did too. This one is fully custom hand coded.

    http://www.boundarycf.com/

    The other two are custom theme wordpress sites.

      Wally - a couple of years ago

      A few more I’ve done that are custom hand coded.

      http://www.surgitegroup.com

      http://www.jogas.ca/

      http://www.welcomemap.ca/

      I’ll stop now lol!!!

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      These don’t work great (at least on a small screen). That last one, welcomemap, has the longest intro sentence I’ve seen in a long time! :-)

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      I quite like this. Will take another look when I’m not on my phone.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Not quite Top 100 standard Wally.

      Wally - a couple of years ago

      I’m just starting to get into the responsive layouts so mobile will be a lot better on sites I make from here on out. Oh and the welcomemap.ca homepage isn’t going to be all that text any more and will be changed soon. Thank you for all your tips and comments!!

adam - a couple of years ago

A great band website could be that of http://www.urban-spirit.co.uk, i think it ticks all the boxes, well designed, easy to listen to songs, take a look tell me what you think

Rich - a couple of years ago

Discovered teamlab.com while looking for some biz tools. Clean, simple layout and easy to navigate. Its a good product that keeps getting better and recommended for any small biz owners.

A clever site is mediacake.net… but perhaps too clever..thoughts

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Rich, I think that Teamlab is visually appealing, but the content is too focused on features, where it needs to push the benefits of the proposition. I would like to see a stronger message on the home page.

    I like http://www.mediacake.net a lot. It shows plenty of personality, and the company’s wares are easy to view as soon as you arrive. Shortlisted.

Pavel - a couple of years ago

Very much it is pleasant: http://www.e-kontur.ru/ – “the electronic accountant” for small business

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I agree. It looks great. Unfortunately it’s hard for me to judge the effectiveness of the content, as I don’t read Russian :-(

      Pavel - a couple of years ago

      http://www.e-kontur.ru/
      Oh, it’s the excellent marketing tool which has involved already more than 200000 clients :-)

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      It’s a pretty good design, but could be implemented with a little more subtlety. Overall, it would be hard to see this in the Top 100.

Charles "The Web Chef" Coyle - a couple of years ago

Check this out. Not wordpress but certainly an eye catcher.http://haveyourcakeatl.com/

Would like to hear your thoughts.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Charles. I find the background too noisy, and the home page lacks a strong proposition. I also don’t think the mid-tone on the navigation works well with the white text (not enough tonal contrast).

Steve - a couple of years ago

hi Ben,
I would like to hear your honest feedback to these:
http://www.2rock.org
http://www.brrf.co.uk

Many thanks

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Steve. (I remember seeing you on GTD!)
    Both these sites make fundamental errors, particularly in their use of colour.
    Page backgrounds should usually be neutral and pale in tone. Body text should be black on a white background, wherever possible.
    Logos and main headings need to be sharp, so overlaying over a photo, or the drop shadow on the BRRF site, don’t help.
    (There’s a whole chapter in “Save the Pixel” which would help you sort all these issues out.)

      Steve - a couple of years ago

      Thanks very much for your feedback, very useful.

ei ei san - a couple of years ago

your design is nice .
http://www.boundarycf.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I think this is very good, but I see one big mistake on the home page. The logo is repeated as a watermark behind the three columns, which adds nothing but detracts from readability.
    Remove that, and the design could make my list.

    Wally - a couple of years ago

    Thanks for the compliment, I would take that background image out but another company has taken over management of the website now.

Derek - a couple of years ago

I’ll throw http://www.ubuntu.com out there. Strong brand, clean site and definitely on a mission!

Do the nominations have to have been designed in 2012? Wasn’t sure.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Derek. Ubuntu.com is clean and appealing. Doesn’t look particularly 2012, but that isn’t the point. The question is, “What’s the best design that’s around today?” I don’t mind if it was made in 1995 ;-)

    I think the Ubuntu site would benefit from some text antialiasing. Jaggedy lettering may appeal to the Linux ethos, but it’s not my cup of tea. I’ll add it to the “possibles” list.

      Derek - a couple of years ago

      Interesting. What do you consider makes a site 2012? Sounds like a good blog post to me.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      I haven’t really thought about that Derek. I certainly don’t care whether sites look like other bleeding-edge sites, or use any particular fashionable style. But they should choose design features from the best of what’s available today.

Timothy - a couple of years ago

Here are a few more that I think are good:
http://www.portent.com
http://www.areyouahuman.com/
http://www.duosecurity.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Portent – Very nice. Shortlisted.
    Are You A Human – The size and arrangement of the high-visibility elements is wrong. The first view is confusing. Shame, as it’s a fascinating product.
    Duo Security – Very nearly great. The proposition is right there to see. But I don’t like the overlay of text over other text, and some of the elements are too small. Going on the “maybe” list.

Sarah Peters - a couple of years ago

Hey Ben,

I don’t think my last comment went through, so I’m submitting these again:

http://churchmedia.com/
http://studio8169.com/
https://www.postable.com/
http://postmates.com/
https://www.shoplocket.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Churchmedia – Outstanding site! It really, really sells. I love the omnipresent reminder of the proposition and price point. Definite winner.
    Studio8169 – Again, does a great job of pitching the proposition. Quieter this time and lets the quality speak, because it’s a low-volume business. Shortlisted.
    Postable – I love this site! I can’t tell what the business model is though…
    Postmates – Sarah, you are on fire! What a great site! I like the vertical stacked “slideshow”, shame the punched nav doesn’t update to show where you are in the stack when you use it though.
    Shoplocket – Another site that does an amazing job of getting their proposition across. I don’t personally like the colour scheme much, but there’s no avoiding the effectiveness of the message.

Sarah Peters - a couple of years ago

Here’s another one I just love. It’s very bold in color, but it’s not over-designed. And it has a lot of personality without being confusing or obscure. I really like the slideshow/storytelling aspect to it. That’s a style I’d like to try myself someday.

http://weareimpero.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    You’re quite right. You have a great eye for effective web design ;-)

beachmat - a couple of years ago

Hi Ben, here are a couple for your perusal:

http://www.darwintreeservices.co.uk
http://www.eyre-design.co.uk

thanks

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Darwin Tree.. nice, but there’s so much detail in the background, the message is going to struggle to get through.

    The Eyre Design site is effective. How many home pages fail to say “This is what we do and for whom”?! Not sure about the reversed white-on-black text though. Will add to the list for review later.

      beachmat - a couple of years ago

      Thanks for that. The Darwin site used to have a plain white background but the client wasn’t keen on it. I can see what they mean – I think it can look too clinical if that’s not the look you’re trying to achieve.

    Beachmat - a couple of years ago

    Don’t know if you have access to it, but how does the Darwin site look in IE8?
    (btw this page was crashing my IE8 – I think it was the ad)

Carlos - a couple of years ago

A potential candidate:

http://foodsense.is

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I like it. Very clean. The one problem I had was I clicked on the tabs below the splash panel on the home page, expecting to go to those places, but they just cycled the panel. Not great.
    And I’d like to trim a few pixels from the top of the page, to pull all the content a bit higher.
    But otherwise a very appealing and effective website. Shortlisted.

Cara - a couple of years ago

Ben, I honestly don’t think our site is ready for the top 100 yet, but we’ve made such a dramatic improvement from what we had before (Save the Pixel was a big help, by the way!). I am afraid that the picture on the home page is really to large, and I’m not positive that our “messages” below the picture are right…. I would be most grateful for any feedback you might have though.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi. It looks tidy. I’ll add it to my short list. One fairly obvious thing I noticed is that page headlines (H1s) don’t stand out enough. They’re too small and light in tone.

Ruaridh - a couple of years ago

Great list so far, the HTC site surely has to go somewhere, a beautifully designed site: http://www.htc.com/uk/
An even more amazing case study is available at F-i’s site: http://www.f-i.com/htc/global/

Owen - a couple of years ago

http://www.muzikantenbank.net

Might not be the most beautiful design using the latest html and css standards, but the site is all about ease of use and has grown out to be the nr.1 site in the Netherlands if you want to find a musician for your band, or am existing band to join. Built to serve a single purpose, connecting musicians in an easy and intuitive way. (while grabbing as much SEO traffic as possible and generating adsense revenue)

Maybe I’m aiming too high but one can only dream right ;-) All I can say is that it has served it purpose well for the past 13 years.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi. It’s pretty effective. Simple text, without “design” features getting in the way. But it could go further down the “Save the Pixel” path by increasing the size of more important elements and navigation, removing unnecessary boxes & lines etc.

      Owen - last year

      Hi Ben, huge update, the site has been fully redone using Twitter Bootstrap as CSS framework. Can you have a look if it qualifies for the reserve list maybe? :)

Portus - a couple of years ago

http://writersearningmoneyonline.com/

Is this good? ;)

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Not special enough :-)

Eamon - a couple of years ago

what about this one …

http://www.shopkick.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I love it! Great, compelling content.

Grant Lewis - a couple of years ago

Try this one Ben, http://www.wechoosethemoon.org/index.php

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    That one has been mentioned Grant. I will spend more time on it, maybe at the weekend with Henry (5). I’m not sure there is anything particularly “web design” about it. It’s more like pure multimedia delivered through Flash and a browser.

Sam - a couple of years ago

http://www.sohars.com

Pretty good site for a local mower shop.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Naah :-)

Bill - a couple of years ago

I found this website the other day and instantly liked it. very inviting, easy to navigate and easy to read font size / style which is critical for an article intensive site.

http://www.koozai.com/

And they’re a UK company. Imagine that!

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    That is a GREAT home page! Reads beautifully and sells with style. Thanks Bill

timothy Kanatha - a couple of years ago

the whole website is like one big painted canvas,absolutely fabulous.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I looked, and I didn’t get what the site is about. Visually impacting, but no message, so for me it’s a miss.

Niall - a couple of years ago

Check out http://cupcakefactoryba.com.ar/

I like it. I don’t like hearts at all but they give it a great sense of perspective, especially with the bigger hearts being blurred.

What do you think?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hmm. I find it visually really confusing. My eye is just not drawn to any content, but to the powerful visuals going on all around.

      Niall - a couple of years ago

      I guess you’re right. It’s a bit over the top.

      How about: http://www.clear-web-solutions.com/

      It’s a bit generic but it’s clean and I like bokeh effects.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      It’s OK, but the message is not at all compelling or congruent.

Sarah Peters - a couple of years ago

Here’s one I came across this morning:
http://moneyasyougrow.org/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I like that it’s done without Flash. The information is accessible, and it’s interesting to browse. It is US-centric, so some of the info is not relevant to the rest of the world. But a very nice site. Going on the shortlist.

Ian - a couple of years ago

Here is a contender guys for – http://www.job2teach.com !

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi Ian. I don’t like the tones & gradients on this site. The background gradient goes one way, and the boxes have the same white-to-pale-blue go the other way. That just doesn’t work for me. I’d make the content boxes white.

      Steve - a couple of years ago

      Hi Ben,
      Is it really so big issue not to have white background and black text? If there is very pale gradient, should not it be OK? Should really ALL pages have just WHITE background? Is it really so anti-SEO to use colours?
      Many pages have e.g. black background and white text, which I like as it is less tiring for eyes and white letters seem bigger on white background as in design generally white colour makes things seem bigger.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi Steve. Good questions. In general I would say yes, use black text on a white background wherever possible, unless you have a really strong reason not to. We don’t get books or newspapers using “reversed” text for body copy, for good reason. Some tabloids use it in very large type headlines to give gravitas, but I think readability is always compromised slightly.

JDS - a couple of years ago

I would like you to take a look at this site. Possibly not in the top 100 but would like your insight on it.
http://www.persistentpeddler.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Hi JDS. It’s pretty awful design-wise. The site looks like a perfect candidate for my next book (about niche marketing), though.

      JDS - a couple of years ago

      Would you please tell me what you mean by the design is bad? I would like some pointers here. I’m not asking for free advice. I’m buying your course next week. (Big Payday) ;)

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi. I’ll give you a few tips.

      The background colour creates a strong contrast line with the white content area, which draws the eye away from content.
      Justified text is a bad idea for reading on screen, and your paragraphs are too long – big square blocks of words.
      The navigation is barely visible, black on a mid-tone background.
      And the logo has both white and black overlapping two different mid-tones, which makes it quite weak.
      The colour combinations don’t go together at all.
      And the various design features, like the “Sales Tips” button, logo, and newsletter sign-up look totally unrelated.

      Hope this is helpful.

Haya - a couple of years ago

I just stumbled across this site and i think it’s really neat and perfect for the clientel they are trying to reach (moms, kids, etc.)
what do you think? http://www.pishposhbaby.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I don’t think there’s anything special about the design at all.

Sarah Peters - a couple of years ago

Here’s a good one: http://www.bidsketch.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    I like it. There’s an immediate proposition. Visually it may be a little thin.. I’ll add to the list to review later though.

    Thanks again Sarah!

Derek - a couple of years ago

I’ll throw a few more in;

http://www.timeforcake.com/ has been my favourite site of the week. They kept my attention and their blog and free pdfs are really good.

I tried to find a good nomination in the charity sector which I found quite difficult. I did however really like the http://www.oxfam.org.uk/ site. Very clean and bold.

I like this site from one of the CopyBlogger gang, http://rafaltomal.com/ . Not sure that there is a strong enough call to action though, but does it matter so much on a personal site?

I think the US http://www.amazon.com/ is looking a lot cleaner than the older UK site. I’ll nominate that for consideration too. I think you’re a bit thin on eCommerce entries so I’ll nominate http://www.ebuyer.com/ as well since I always find it really easy to use.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Derek.

    I can’t love Amazon.com, or really admire it, don’t know why. I know it works, but there’s no design at all. I feel like some important elements, like the search, are now so pale you struggle to see them.

    I love ebuyer, on the other hand. Simple, bold, strong. That’s in.

    Rafal’s site is lovely. The chop from the light content area to the dark background will be tiring after a while, which isn’t ideal, but the first impression is brilliant.

    From a pure design basic point of view, Timeforcake seems slightly unusual, with odd size proportions, like the small logo. BUT the content does an OUTSTANDING of selling them! Winner!

    I think the Oxfam site is effective. Part of me wants to exclude it because it uses *that* wrap-around nav bar thing (so 2010), but I’m not a design tosser, so it goes in.

      Rafal Tomal - a couple of years ago

      Ben, thanks for listing my website in this post. I really appreciate it!

      Derek, I’m glad you like my design. I’m not trying to sell anything through my website. I want visitors to find out more about me and read my blog. I have my portfolio but I’m not trying to offer any freelance services, so no ‘call to action’ is needed here.

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Got it, thanks Rafal. So we’re right that the design correctly reflects the goals.

Derek - a couple of years ago

One more for luck;

http://www.bugherd.com/

Just because the name makes me laugh! Actually, I do think the video on the main page is really good.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    You know, this nearly made the shortlist. But it suffers from the coder’s curse… tiny piddly text! Text should be sized according to its importance, every page should have something that’s most important, so every page should have some big text!

    Erin Pheil - a couple of years ago

    Interested in Ben’s comment about the odd sized proportions.

    We actually spent 2 – 3 weeks working on them, especially above the fold on the homepage. We focused on the things we knew (from click tracking and analytics) our visitors cared about more than anything else, and we didn’t want our colorful logo to distract our visitors’ attention from the other, more critical components we wanted them to focus on.

    Our best clients care about results and the quality of our work. That’s what was given heavy emphasis on our homepage, above the fold. And of course though, before we displayed those things, we needed to make sure we made it crystal clear what our company actually DOES, especially considering our name. That was first and foremost. Then came results + work.

    We’ve had great success with our slightly non-standard layout. We do get many clients who call and tell us they would like to work with us because our site really emphasizes our devotion to focusing on actual results, vs. just pretty designs.

    Thanks again, so very, very much. We’re so honored by Ben’s mention (and thank you for checking out/liking our site, Derek!).

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi Erin.

      I think that one of the secrets of page design that is emerging to me from this study is that a landing page needs a hierarchy of attention-managing features.

      Obviously, there should be one thing that first attracts the eye. But then a page needs a progression of other things, so the eye can move through in an efficient but unhurried flow.

      When I look at the TimeForCake home page, I see the initial focal point, the H1 that uses the orange background (highlight colour). But then, I can see four other H2s above the fold, which have near-as-dammit the same type size. And the type size in the logo and strap line is around the same too, as are the two boxed links after the intro paragraph. So I think my eye gets confused about where to settle.

      Erin - a couple of years ago

      Hi Ben,

      What you say of course makes sense. The big question this creates, though, I believe is this:

      How can the goal of guiding the eye be integrated and made compatible with the knowledge that different visitors who use the web in different ways (methodical, humanistic, spontaneous, competitive) who are at different rungs on the awareness ladder are all arriving at a site with very different pain points and goals? Depending on the type of site one’s talking about, designing too much of a landing strip that guides the eyes straight to one or two features only might be encouraging some visitors to go the wrong way.

      No one page can be all things to all people, but top level pages that see a wide variety of visitor types need to be well designed so they don’t guide the right people in a direction that’s wrong for them.

      It’s a continual, fascinating, ongoing challenge. And the answers, as you share with everyone in Convert!, are always partially subjective until they’re tested.

      Thanks for your ongoing commentary and communications. Everyone benefits when you share, Ben.

      Have a great week,
      -erin

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi Erin. I think you’ve gone on to answer your own question.

      Multiplicity is one of the solutions – helping you predict what someone wants before they arrive.

      I think everyone needs a focal point: “Start Here” – but obviously some pages are menus, galleries, pick ‘n’ mix, and that’s fine.

      This really is the question that lurks at the dark centre of visual design, and – like painting – it needs to be answered every time within its own context.

      There are rules, but none of them applies in every situation. You need to master those rules and then to apply them with common sense and a subjective sensitivity.

Derek - a couple of years ago

Another one I forgot to nominate was the BBC site, http://www.bbc.co.uk/ . Interested to hear your thoughts on it.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    You’ve got to love it.. In you go, Auntie.

Paul - a couple of years ago

I vote the following:

http://www.thewatchgallery.co.uk
http://www.net-a-porter.com
http://www.harveynichols.com

What are your thoughts?

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Paul, there’s too much wrong with the navigation on Watch Gallery. The top area is awkward, I don’t like the navigation font, or the glow on the current item.

    Of the other two, I’ll put Harvey Nichols through, because it does a better job of the complex drop-down navigation. Net-a-porter is very small and fiddly. Compare Next.co.uk, which is just a bit more effective.

    (Note, I’ve reviewed previous incarnations of the Harvey Nichols site twice in the past, 2001 and 2004.)

Donovan - a couple of years ago

great css scheme switcher really vibrant colours…sexy site
http://www.designcodeplay.co.uk/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    It’s pretty effective, and I think projects the right impression.
    I don’t agree with a 20% first-time discount.. sends the wrong message to existing customers, and tells everyone else that their rates are inflated.
    Also, having a colour switcher with a message saying “We can’t make up our minds” is probably not what you want to hear from expert designers.
    Shortlisted.

      Jason Wintermeyer - a couple of years ago

      Stumbled on this post a few weeks, really appreciate the feedback you gave our site we have since adjusted the content/layout slightly based on your comments – many thanks for this :-) (Jason Design Code Play)

Kaushal - a couple of years ago

Speciality tea website
http://www.darjeelingteaxpress.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Not bad, but the navigation could be much clearer.

Millie - a couple of years ago

http://www.designbymouse.com.au

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Just looks to plain to me.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    They all make serious fundamental errors with colour.

Paul - a couple of years ago

Also, forgot to mention this one – http://www.6wunderkinder.com/

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Beautiful site!

Colin Dunbar - a couple of years ago

I’d like to recommend this one…

http://www.bronsondunbar.com

Thanks.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Don’t like the mustard colour or the logo much, and there’s a lack of black for tonal bite. I think we’ve seen better designer sites.

avukonke - a couple of years ago

Well there’s two sites that I recently encountered in South Africa and Nigeria respectively that do their job very well. I found what I was looking for and the information was excellent. the sites are http://www.nigeria.to and http://www.southafrica.to

The sites are not very good looking, but they fulfill their purposes wonderfully

Avu

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Nothing special here.

Connie Schultz - a couple of years ago

Seems to be getting a ton of traffic by using outside resources such as Facebook, Yelp, and a scheduling program. It seems their local community links to them for pet grooming services, which is also a big bonus.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Sorry Connie, that’s not very nice at all.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Newborn Baby is not class-leading design, and the Appetite site doesn’t say what it does.

Ravi - a couple of years ago

I feel this site http://www.merriam-webster.com/
is pretty good, which is more informative. Good source of learning through videos, visual quizzes etc.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    But it’s visually too busy.

Kieran Martin - a couple of years ago

This is a plain website for a community based centre for helping people having difficulty finding employment. As I said its plainn but gets the job done. It give cv advise, interview advise and you can also download cv templates etc.
http://www.mayocentrefortheunemployed.com

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Looks like a template, and the message just doesn’t come through. “Creating Futures” means what? And one of the most noticeable bits of text on the page says “Sidebar Menu”. Not polished enough to be among the best.

Sam Willis - a couple of years ago

This website is extraordinarily well design
http://event.ly

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    It’s OK, but we’ve seen much better examples of this style.

Dave Vranicar - a couple of years ago

Best B2B website I know of is:

http://www.hubspot.com

Their competitors, all in the business of marketing automation. also have good sites:

http://www.marketo.com
http://www.pardot.com
http://www.eloqua.com

But I think for all the reasons that are important to you, Ben, HubSpot’s is the best.

Dave Vranicar

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Thanks Dave. Hubspot’s site is certainly the best design of the bunch, but it feels thin, somehow lacking solidity. I’ll put it on the reserve list.

      Dave Vranicar - a couple of years ago

      Ben, I’m a little confused by your responses to some of these suggestions.

      In all your writings, you focus more on the marketing effectiveness of websites over the purely visual elements of their design. Yet in your quick assessments of these suggestions, you seem to be making snap judgments based on purely visual elements of the designs.

      Maybe you’re doing so because you have to sort through so many entries so fast. But I hope that in your final list, you take time to evaluate and comment on the marketing strategy and the business effectiveness of the websites in addition to their appearance.

      After all, business effectiveness is what you preach over esthetics.

      Dave

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      Hi Dave. I totally get where you’re coming from.

      The subject is “100 Best Designed Websites”, not best-conceived or most-comprehensively-implemented… I am focusing particularly on the first impression, which is so important. How does the visual design effect the purpose of the site (in particular the home page) to a first-time visitor?

      I appreciate that’s quite narrow, and that is partly due to the volume as you say, but it is important enough to be worthy of its own list.

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Sorry, nothing outstanding among those designs.

      Said Suleiman Juma - a couple of years ago

      Oops, what criteria do you use to classify those websites?

      Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

      I look for sites that execute their marketing objectives elegantly and effectively. Beautiful graphic design alone isn’t enough.

Benyamin Ruslan Naba - a couple of years ago

Hi Ben!
I like to introduce my own company website, already been revised after reading your 50 guide to ceate best website through email ;-). Thanks a lot Ben!
http://www.estubizi.com
http://www.ticketboxestubizi-simaeru.co.id

    Ben Hunt - a couple of years ago

    Not up to the standard.