9. The Second City Works
For those who are at least intermediate-level comedy nerds, Chicago’s Second City comedy theater needs no introduction. Not a comedy aficionado? Well, you’ve heard of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Stephen Colbert, right? They’re all alumni of this comedy institution.
The Second City Works, built by the amazing folks at Heco, is an offshoot business of their theater. They offer licensed video content for businesses to use, but their main focus is in creating custom comedy sketches for businesses utilizing Second City actors who can inject humor and life into the most boring of company conferences and presentations.
The great thing about this website is the professionalism of the content. They’re not out to prove how funny they are, but to communicate the benefits of the services they offer. The tone of the content is conversational, but never wacky. Images show the actors with little explanation, but capturing the joy that they bring to the stage. They don’t need to tell us that they’re funny — their reputation precedes them.
There’s also a lot of interesting visual embellishments throughout the design. Scroll-triggered animations bring colorful shapes together in much the same way that sketch comedy brings together different ideas to make us laugh.
We’ve all struggled with bad days. How many of us, feeling down in the dumps, have called upon Siri to help us through it? If you have, you’ve probably discovered that, though she’s great at telling us how to find the nearest coffee shop, Siri sadly abandons us when the times get tough.
In all seriousness, we probably shouldn’t be calling on Siri for help with our mental health. But what if there was an app with an intelligent chatbot that could help you out when you’re feeling depressed, stressed, or anxious? X2 is in the business of making mental health more readily available, and their chatbot Tess can text you through your problems and offer solutions.
They use a simple design, with the focus being on the content that details how their app works and how it can help people. There are a few scroll-based animations, but they are subtle. There’s a gentleness and light quality to the design that fits very well with their goal of improving emotional well-being.
11. Marc Kris Modern Homes
Marc Kris Modern Homes is all about creating custom homes for their clients. Instead of paragraphs packed with technical details, their website lets imagery tell their story. There's plenty of visuals showing off their process and the homes they've created. In fact, their main call to action on their landing page goes straight to a very well-produced video explaining their process.
They also never lose focus of the personal side of their business. Yes, we get to see the homes that they’ve built, but we also get to see who they are, as well as their clients. Their website captures the artistry of what they build as well as the essence of who they are.
ASCS is a visual branding business headed by Andre Swaby. And there’s a lot of awesome visuals going on in this inventive design.
From the 360° scroll-triggered animations to the custom illustrations, this website doesn’t skimp on the design candy. It seems like almost every element has some sort of animation applied to it. But none of it seems monotonous. It only adds to the energy that bursts forth from this design.
It’s obvious that Andre spent a lot of time on this website, and that they pay attention to the tiniest of details. If you’re looking for someone to do your own visual branding, these are the qualities that you would expect from any good designer.
13. Pierrick Calvez Visual Designer
Pierrick Calvez is a visual designer in Shenzhen, China. Their multifaceted portfolio shows all of Pierrick’s creative pursuits in the visual arts, from monochromatic prints and photography to a five-minute guide on typography. Each piece offers a glimpse into Pierrick’s refined and sophisticated approach. This portfolio captures Pierrick’s varied interests and talents, providing both a well-rounded representation of who Pierrick as a person and artist, and offering useful content like a talk on how restraint will fuel your creativity.
14. Dot Health
Those who’ve had to request medical records know it can be a frustrating, drawn-out process. Dot Health offers an app that keeps all of your medical records secure, in a single place.
Health care websites tend to have a design aesthetic as sterile as an examination room. Dot Health fills their design full of bright and colorful illustrations that feel like they were hand painted. There’s also representations of many different types of people, humanizing what they do and who they aim to help.
Entering a medical records office can feel like stepping into a beige void of boredom. Dot Health brings color and creativity to a field that’s usually devoid of it.
15. Conservation Guide
Looking to do something to help out the environment? Conservation Guide could be your gateway for doing a little ecological good.
With a palette of blues, images of nature, and scroll-triggered animations like a crab that scuttles across the screen, the site beautifully reflects the world it hopes to conserve. There’s a good balance between the visuals and content, with neither feeling overpowering but rather in symbiosis.
Note for the curious: while much of the site was built in and powered by Webflow, it looks like the more app-like element of project search and application was not.
Feeling inspired? Start designing!
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