30 Beautiful Corporate Websites

In today’s marketplace, every company needs an effective website. Of course, the purposes and needs of each company’s site will be unique, but every company should have a site that presents a professional image to visitors. That image should also be an accurate representation of the company and should work with other branding efforts to present consistent messages to customers.

Portfolio websites, blogs, and e-commerce websites often get attention as sources of design inspiration, but today we’re focusing on corporate websites. The purpose of these sites is to provide information about the company and its products or services. Here you’ll find 30 excellent examples that should serve as some inspiration for your own design projects.

Journey Group, Inc

Journey Group, Inc

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20+ Bold Business WordPress Themes

If you’re in the business of web design, chances are you’ve come across a client that needs a website for their business. You’ll get clients from all walks of life but some clients can just be straight up boring. Many designers aren’t jumping up and down to work with the construction companies, lawyers or medical supply shops. We like to work with the fun stuff like bakeries, creative agencies and clothing stores.

The reason is because most traditionally bland businesses enjoy the traditional and bland website. You end up making something lots of blues, lots of boxes and tons of text. So what happens when you don’t want to say no to a client that fits this profile but you also don’t want to say no to creativity? Well, you meet in the middle.

And that’s exactly what we’re doing today. We’ve gathered more than 20 WordPress themes that add some flavor to the typical business website and can be used no matter the industry. Let’s jump on in.

 

Divi

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Aside from this theme being amazingly customizable, Divi is just an all around beautiful theme. Sure it’s pretty simple but there’s beauty in the details such as the reveal of images, the headers and so much more. This is definitely great for the client that wants to live a little but doesn’t want to stray to far away.

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35 Excellent Photoshop Textures and Backgrounds Tutorials

Textures can be extremely useful resources for web and graphic designers. They can be used to create backgrounds, add grit and texture to any element within a design, and they can also be used to create various photo effects. Photoshop allows for all kinds of possibilities with textures. In some cases you may be creating your own texture from scratch in Photoshop, but in most cases you’ll be using a texture from a photo, whether it is your own photo or one that you acquired somewhere.

Here we’ll featured 35 different tutorials that teach various aspects of created and working with textures.

Enhancing Your Portraits with Textures

Textures can also be used to give a different look and feel to your photos, and it’s easy to implement.

Enhancing Your Portraits with Textures

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How to Transition from a Freelance Web Designer to a Lucrative Consulting Business

Did you ever feel that you have more work than you can handle? Have you thought about moving your freelance web design business to a new level, but don’t want the responsibilities of owning a larger business? Do you feel boxed in, doing the same type of projects over and over again?

If you’re an experienced web designer who feels this way, you’re not alone. After a few years, many web designers look for ways to expand their business. Often, they immediately think of growing the business larger–perhaps becoming an agency. However, there are other options.

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You don’t have to grow your business larger to expand. You can escape the boxed in feeling. You can transition from doing design work to being a web design consultant. In this post, I’ll discuss how to do that.

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35+ Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Your Own Posters

Creating posters with Photoshop can be a lot of fun and there are unlimited opportunities. In these tutorials you’ll learn some new ways to enhance your Photoshop skills while creating posters for all kinds of purposes. A lot of different styles of design are represented, and each one takes a different approach to get to the end result. You can follow some of the tutorials step-by-step, or browse them and find parts that you want to use in your own design projects. Either way, you’re sure to be able to learn some new skills and techniques if you’re interested in improving at Photoshop and poster design.

Design a Gorgeous Geisha Art Poster in Photoshop

This poster has an awesome textured watercolor effect that looks great and is pretty easy to accomplish.

Design a Gorgeous Geisha Art Poster in Photoshop

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2014 Web Design Trends – To Follow or Not to Follow?

The year 2013 and even 2012 saw several changes in trends for website design due to several large influencers. Google made several changes to their search engine algorithms in more than a few updates in past couple of years, forcing more websites to really cater to their audience in usability and content. The release of HTML5 gave designers a lot to play around with, which sometimes resulted in an overboard of animation, unfortunately. Responsive designs became much more necessary as mobile access to the web became much more prominent.

These examples are just a brief snippet of many of the changes that have influenced recent trends and that will continue to guide web design trends in 2014. Keep in mind, though, that most trends come with a downside – usually in the event of overuse. It’s also wise to remember that not every trend will be right for every single one of your clients. As a web designer or web developer, you have the responsibility of both keeping up with current trends as well as tailoring a website to your client.

So, read through some of the more popularly predicted trends below, and then decide on a client-by-client basis which of these trends to follow and which you should leave behind.

Flat Design

When Apple rolled out the iOS7 update, not everyone was a huge fan of the all-new flat design. Yet, Jony Ive seemed to know that it was the perfect time to let go of skeumorphism and introduce a much more minimalististic, clean, and straight-forward design. After the release of iOS7, flat designs started appearing all over the web. This year will probably be no exception in the continuing growth of flat design. It is not only mobile-friendly but also strips down a design to basics, often creating a much more organized look and feel.

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How to Hire the Very Best Subcontractor

At some point during your freelance web design career, you may find yourself with more project work than you can handle. Whether you’ve overextended yourself or you’ve decided to expand your business to include other people, you need help. Getting the right people to work with you is important.

In fact, your reputation as a web designer is at stake. The people you hire and the work that they do represents you and your business. Your subcontractors can make or break your web design business.

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In this post, I’ll discuss some tips for finding good subcontractors. At the end of the post, you’re invited to add your own thoughts and tips. If you liked this post, you may also like 5 Common Mistakes Made When Hiring a Web Designer.

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25 Impressive Design Portfolio Websites

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The portfolio websites of designers are often excellent sources of inspiration. Portfolio sites frequently demonstrate exceptional creativity and attention to detail, and they often showcase creativity and take some risks that may not be possible with other types of websites. In this post we’ll take a look at what makes a portfolio site successful and we’ll feature 25 outstanding portfolio sites that are worth a look. You’ll find designs from a variety of styles here, including minimal, illustrated, nature-inspired, textured, brightly colored, and more. Whether you are looking for inspiration to put to use in the design of your own portfolio site, or just want to browse some excellent websites, you’ll find something to like in this collection.

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Learn Photo Editing: Tutorials for Designers and Photographers

Photoshop provides designers and photographers with the opportunity to professionally edit photos for the best results. While there are almost endless possibilities for photo editing with Photoshop, there can be a lot to learn.

Here we will present links to various tutorials on a wide range of topics related to photo editing. If you’re looking to learn more about a specific type of editing or technique, or if you are just getting started with photo editing, this post should serve as an excellent resource for you. The tutorials listed below are separated into categories to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Eyes:

Want to change eye color or make eyes “pop” a little more? Photoshop allows you to do wonders.

Changing Eye Color in Adobe Photoshop CC or CS6

Changing Eye Color in Adobe Photoshop CC or CS6

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25 Outstanding Magazine Style Website Designs

One of my favorite styles of web design to take inspiration from is the magazine style. Creating a well-designed site that looks good, allows for good usability, and features a lot of content without cramming items onto the page is a very difficult task.

Blog theme designers can often put some of this inspiration into practice in their own work, as blogs often face the challenge of displaying a lot of content while still trying to look good.Here we’ll showcase 25 different websites that utilize a magazine or news style layout.

Relevant Magazine

Relevant Magazine

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