• Mike Wilson, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I think Awwwards always leans toward picking the more flashy, over-designed and over-animated sites (there are always exceptions of course). I think this is a function of the fact that it has such a big audience--they appeal more to casual amateur than the professional designer. If it has scrolling animations and random 1px outlines and diamond shapes with an overuse of serif fonts, then it will be featured on Awwwards without a doubt.

    For the best sites I usually hit up Siteinspire. Daniel Howells has impeccable taste, and his selections always feel much more mature and properly designed for their audience/function.

    33 points
    • M. AppelmanM. Appelman, over 7 years ago

      Upvote for https://www.siteinspire.com/

      26 points
    • Jonas S, over 7 years ago

      I agree. The level of usability is really low and the concepts are usually very hard to understand. But Siteinspire has its own shortcomings. It's the same style over and over. Grids, frames, minimalism and arty.

      9 points
    • Todd Padwick, over 7 years ago

      That's true. I do also spend a lot of time on siteinspire. its a very well collated archive of websites. but most sites they publish are pretty niche and as you say, may be appreciated by the seasoned designer as this is often who they are aimed at - architects, print designers etc, but not always a commercial audience.

      You're description of the over designed sites with diamonds was spot on by the way haha

      0 points