5. Dig Me Out podcast
Music nerds will surely appreciate the name of the Dig Me Out podcast. Ever hear of a band called Sleater-Kinney? You know, the band Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia fame is in? Oh you don’t know? Please excuse me while I pour this unfiltered, locally sourced kombucha over your indie-rock-ignorant head.
Was that my outside voice? Sorry. Here’s a paper towel.
So why does a podcast even need a web presence? Shouldn’t their existence on iTunes and other podcast platforms give them enough exposure?
The hardest part of having a podcast is gaining an audience. All the podcasts with similar content, competing for listens, makes it hard to stand out in the podcast pack. A website can help people find you. It’s a place for show notes and photos and fun extras.
Dig Me Out’s design, heavy on half-toned style collages, brings to mind flyer art for rock shows. Music nerds landing on this page will know exactly what this podcast is about through the imagery alone. And I know it’s not that punk rock to ask for money, but placing the Patreon link in a more prominent page would probably go a long way.
So dust off those Doc Martens, wash that Mudhoney shirt, dye your hair with some Manic Panic, and enjoy the music of the 90s with Dig Me Out.
Audiosphinx is a composer who scores music for fashion shows and commercial clients like Asics. Hovering over each project brings up a vertical strip that highlights and loads the details. The design isn’t flexible enough to add new projects, but they’ve chosen such strong examples of their work that it doesn’t matter.
The connection of visuals to the music makes for an engaging experience. We’re not only compelled to watch, but to stay and listen.
Also, there’s plenty of beautiful models staring blankly into the void occupied by us mere mortals. And that’s okay — because the emotion and atmosphere of Audiosphinx’s compositions bring this website to life.
7. Blackway Boat Models
Come aboard dear readers, it’s time to put on a captain’s hat and navigate the world of model boats with Blackway Boat Models.
And thus was the most abrupt transition in the history of blogging made.
This model-boat website is an example of how any business can benefit from a solid web presence, no matter their area of expertise. With a lot of small businesses, especially niche businesses like this, the tendency is to just put up a clunky, quick website, just for the sake of having something out there.
This is not the case with Chesapeake Bay Workboat Models and Accessories. This design is not anchored to a template in the harbor of boring website builders — it’s creative and fun.
I love the graphic of a boat set against the gentle background video of the sea. The website has a clean layout and and a simple color palette that’s right in line with the craftsmanship of the model boats and accessories they make.
And did I mention the miniature crab traps and other tiny fishing equipment?
So tiny. So neat.
8. Marquis Health
Most healthcare websites are pretty boring. Anyone seeking a medical test probably doesn’t care about cool images and eye-catching typography.
And that’s why I like this page for Marquis Health. It’s way more stylized and visual than it needs to be. I mean, have you noticed that most health-related sites are as sterile and plain as an office bathroom?
The background video is of a twisting double helix, set against an interlaced vector of lines. It’s an interesting visual. The white, grey and blue color scheme gives it a modern, techy feel. There’s also a number of scroll triggered animations that slide text into place.
The sterile vibe is a trend on many health care sites. Marquis Health gets credit for using photos of people who look like actual medical professionals, instead of that same stock photo of the smiling fake doctor we’ve seen again and again.
But the site doesn’t have many pictures of people. Any industry that provides important services for a person’s health and well-being should humanize how they present themselves — connect with those seeking help.
Climb out of your design bubble
A community of designers sharing projects is inspiring for sure. But when all we do is look at the same type of work from similar types of designs, we're missing out on unique creative approaches.
I highly recommend digging a bit deeper to look for inspiration in places that you normally wouldn't. Are there any Webflow deep cuts that have lit your creative spark? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.