12 Original Flat Web Designs for Your Inspiration
As we are all aware, one of the trending styles these days for mobile & web UI projects is flat design. Designers have grown quite fond of flat design and it has been the chosen design direction for most up and coming websites. This style places the importance on functionality over design. No more shadows, gradients, beveled edges, and reflections.
Flat design is all about contributing to a digital experience through visual clarity, bold typography and illustrations.
Today we'd like to share with you some of the more original examples of flat web design that we've discovered. These web designs go beyond the status quo and try the untried avenues. We'll examine deeper what makes these designs original so we can better understand what makes them stand out and be inspired by that.
So let's begin!
The Big Picture
Here are some interesting examples of websites which use big photos for the backgrounds...
1. Folklore website by Mar Cubillos
As you can see, this website for Folklore Surf is a beautiful example of original flat design. When you use pictures as a background and combine them with parallax scrolling, you achieve a simple, yet astonishing result. You can see that the focus for the Folklore website is simply on the content. The picture and the copy compliment each other equally, allowing you to have the stunning visual collaboration you’ve always wanted but have never dared to ask for.
2. Sunera website by Anna Reshetova
Bold, bold, bold! Sunera is a digital marketing studio based in Russia that uses captivating graphics, original icons and a regular flat layout to draw your attention to their website. This website has a vibrant look that balances well the simplicity and complexity.
3. Lois Jeans Official Website by Nectar
Can you say, “wow?” This multidimensional Lois Jeans website uses the regular flat design with an original flair to create a dynamic site. Different elements are interspersed everywhere: color splashes, varying typographies and an image grid – it’s hard to look at one piece because all of the pieces look so good!
Interact with me!
Here are the websites that invite a user on a playful interactive experience through the way one needs to navigate them...
4. The Place by VGNC
“The Place” is a digital content agency that presents to us a simple flat website…or does it? Just roll your mouse over to one of the images presented in the homepage to engage in an interactive experience. Roll your mouse over to the second image to be immersed in a completely new and different interactive experience. The choice is yours - what will you choose?
5. Welsh Water by Carbon Studio
This visual goldmine of a website, designed for the Welsh Water company, is a true interactive journey meant to engage and entertain users through every step of the process. When you are surfing through the website, you’ll learn more about the company and water treatments through engaging flat graphics – of which you’ll quickly learn to appreciate the beauty.
6. WWF Seize your power by Nice and Serious
“To Start the Story, Type Your Name,” is the opening prompt for the WWF website promoting new energy technologies. This engaging website uses parallax scrolling, a trending flat characteristic, and stunning graphics to captivate you. What keeps you on the page? The great storytelling flow that is conveyed through both the copy and the design keeps you on the page. You’re practically guaranteed a happy ending if you keep scrolling through this website.
What's your special today?
Here are some examples of unusual menus that break the status quo and help to create a playful & entertaining atmosphere...
7. Enjoy Wishlist by Design Bureau Alexander Munk
Enjoy Wishlist is a classic original flat design website. The main menu on the homepage creates a central focal point, provides aesthetic appeal and originally invites people to interact with this website. The playful arrangement of the menu items can seems a bit confusing but it is probably part of the ‘play’ that this website invites us to get involved into.
8. The Squad by The Squad
Here is another playful flat design layout, coming from the Squad - an Australian design studio. A playful layout combined with elegant typography create a visual, tasteful and engaging user expereince. This team has surely experimented with the layouts and opted in for a less standard one. Good job!
9. Minimal Monkey by Stephen Burgess
Minimal Monkey really stayed true to its name with the design of this website. This simple, flat layout provides a minimalistic but user-friendly experience to all who stumble upon it. There is a good amount of information conveyed on this one page, yet it doesn’t feel overwhelming in the slightest sense of the word. After all, what do you expect from Minimal Monkey?
Here are some examples of the websites that use captivating illustrations and give more life to a traditional flat design...
10. SVK Ariburnu
SVK Ariburnu is a Barcelona based design studio. Their website well reflects the mediterranean character – lots of bright colors and smile-inducing flat style illustrations create a good and positive vibe. It is a great example of how flat design can have a vibrant life. Bravo!
11. Derek Boateng
Did you know that this particular website has often been described as one of the Internet’s favorite websites? Derek Boateng’s website is a great example of flat design. The homepage is subtle and minimalistic with modern flat design illustrations.
12. Windows of New York by Jose Guizar
Do you love New York? So do we. So does Jose Guizar, a Mexican designer living in New York City. His website is a classic example of flat design with elements such as parallax scrolling and original illustrations. After seeing this website, you’ll want to visit New York… for the windows!
We hope you agree that these flat web designs break the traditional rules while remaining extremely functional. They are a great inspiration, isn't it? Keep in mind that although flat design is a trending style, original ideas are always better than the copied ones. Be inspired by good work to create your own!
You probably have your own flat design favorites bookmarked as well. If you don't mind sharing in the comments section below, we'd love to see them!