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Top 10 Best Website Designs of 2014

With 2014 officially in the books, we are taking the time to look back and see who was able to really “wow” us with the best website designs of 2014. It takes a lot to be considered the best of the best. From a well-crafted, harmonious design to a great user-interface that provides a unique user experience or even ability to keep people engaged, there is a lot that goes into a incredible website.

Rather than just make a general list, we have opted to look for the top 10 best website designs of 2014 based on specific categories with winners truly deserving for their excellent approach to the site they have created.

And the Winners Are…

1. Best Educational Website

When people think of educational websites, usually children come to mind. But, the fact of the matter is that education can be for anyone young and old, that is why we took the time to look at all types of educational websites, including those geared for kids and adults considering not only design but ability to provide useful information in a user-friendly way.

Our Pick – www.sexgerms.com

2. Best Navigational Structure Website

Getting from Point A to Point B on a website might sound like a simple matter, but the truth is it can be one of the more difficult aspects of design, especially for a site that has a lot to see or do. Intuitive positioning and ease of transitions all need to be considered as part of the layout to ensure functionality is met.

Our Pick – www.behance.net

3. Best Keep My Eye Glued to the Website, Website

One of the best ways to create a site that goes viral is not simply from informative content, but instead has to something that has never been seen before by a large scale audience. If you can create that then you will have a dearth of visitors knocking at the door to see what all of the excitement is about.

Our Pick – http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/serengeti-lion/index.html#/the-robot

4. Best Functional Visual Design

Creating something that is beautiful while also complimenting the information and navigation aspects of a website can be difficult. Our top choice has managed to capture breathtaking images that smoothly display without interrupting the use-aspect of the site and at the same time perfectly showcasing the purpose of the website at a glance.

Our Pick – www.vimeo.com

5. Best Personal Blog Website

There are a lot of creative people in the world, some of whom who blog. With that creativity certain individuals have raised the bar not only with their content, but also their ability to display that content in a clean, easily navigated format that is also primed with monetization options and calls to action.

Our Pick – http://www.reasonsmysoniscrying.com

6. Best Weird Website
Just because something is weird doesn’t mean it has to be badly designed! Rather than being garish and overly busy, this year’s winner has a clean, orderly design that takes advantage of the weirdness of its content for maximum effect.

Our Pick – http://giphy.com

7. Best Funny Website
Humor is certainly one of the backbones of the internet, especially for people at work who need something to lighten the day. Along with a great layout, sites that showcase humor need excellent search capabilities and flawless video capabilities to ensure users are able to watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it.

Our Pick – http://www.funnyordie.com

8. Best Celebrity Website
Celebrity websites are huge these days, serving as a focal point for many superstars’ online presence and as a launch point for basic information. Along with a good design, the best sites in this category need to be able to handle a lot of traffic and have an interesting layout that encourages even casual fans to explore.

Our Pick – http://www.beyonce.com

9. Best Event Website
Event websites are becoming more popular as technological advances allow for a better, customized product to be delivered to each user based on the information gathered about them from GPS and cookies. Ideally along with a great functional design, the site should take advantage of location information, previous searches and even past events.

Our Pick – http://www.eventbrite.com

10. Best Historic Event Website
Powerful imagery, strong storytelling and making use of audio and video options can take any subject and bring it to life online when done properly. This year’s winner has done all that and more by combining strong design layout with impactful content and display for a truly unique and powerful site.

Our Pick – http://www.wearestillmarching.com

 

The process of evaluating the hours of hard work by some of the best web designers and developers in the business is a difficult job. It requires all of the knowledge and experience here at the Lounge including the expertise of our founder, Ken Braun, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Our intention is to be fair when evaluating all of the wonderful sites out there and using the criteria of design, creativity, usability and content we were able to come up with our list of the top 10 best website designs of 2014.

 

 

 

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