Personal Websites: 25 Examples for Your Design Inspiration

Personal websites are becoming increasingly popular. They can be used effectively for promotion, job searches, personal branding, and just for communicating with friends and family. These personal websites can often serve as a creative outlet and allow the site owner more freedom than they would have with a website that is tied to their business. Personal websites also allow the owner to change directions easily if their interests or purpose for the site changes at some point in the future.

In this post we’ll feature 25 examples of well-designed personal websites. This showcase presents a variety of different styles. You’ll see mostly blogs and/or social streaming sites, but there are a lot of different approaches and design styles. Some are minimal and clean, some use bright and vibrant colors, and others use more artistic and eye-catching designs. Hopefully this showcase will serve as great inspiration if you are considering designing a personal website of your own.

Brady Williams

Brady Williams

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10 Signs That You Bring a Business Mindset to Your Freelance Web Design Business

You have the web design skills. You have the knowledge. You have the experience. Yet, you could still be missing a critical element that is crucial to your success in running a freelance web design business.

Having a business mindset means that you treat your freelance business like, well, a business.

Freelancers who don’t take care of the business end of things often face obstacles and struggles as result. Sadly, some freelancers who lack a business mindset wind up paying for it in the long term when their web design business runs into trouble.

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Fortunately, there are some pretty easy signs to tell whether you bring a business mindset to your work. In this post, I’ll identify ten such signs. If you find that you lack a business mindset, it’s not too late to make a few changes.

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Is Responsive Design Still King in Today’s Mobile Age?

Asking the question, “Is responsive design still king in today’s mobile age?” requires some explanation. The first bit of information necessary for this question to make sense is the fact that mobile device use has increased exponentially in the last few years. According to an infographic from DigitalBuzzBlog, in May 2011 only 35% used a smartphone and 17% still had no cell phone, but by May 2013, these numbers had increased to 56% smartphone users and only 9% without a cell phone. In fact, mobile web use is growing 8 times faster than use in the 90′s and 2000′s. And half of average global mobile users access Internet primarily or exclusively on a mobile device. So a website that works for a mobile device, which include tablets, is necessary for any company to remain accessible and competitive today.

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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

divi

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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