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2018 Best Web Design: 19 Creative Web Examples and Templates for You

Aug 5, 2018 2264207

With website design trends change every year, in the first half of 2018, some new trends, such as broken grid layouts, typographic animations and fluid effects have emerged.

We also continue to see some web design trends from 2016 and 2017 or earlier, such as minimalist/clean web designs, flat web designs, responsive web designs and interactive web designs, etc.

Do you want to keep pace with these website design trends of 2018 and design a creative and practical website as a UX/UI designer?

You’ve come to the right place! We've found 19 of the best website design examples and templates in 2018, including some fresh and creative WordPress websites, ecommerce websites and the best clean/minimalist web examples to help boost your creativity and inspire you.

And some website prototyping design tips will also be introduced with the aid of an easier, faster and smarter prototyping tool, Mockplus.

Best WordPress Website Designs

1.The Cool Club

Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Rich micro interactions, hovering effects and white space

This Cool Club website includes many interesting micro interactions.

For example, users can easily click the card box to deal cards one by one. In addition, as you move your mouse cursor over the words located on the navigation bar, they will shake and wave correspondingly. Overall, all of these micro interactions make for an interesting and attractive website design.

Moreover, this design also makes full use of white space to highlight their products and grasp the users’ attention.

What can you learn:

Make your website design better with rich micro interactions, small games and effective use of white space

Prototyping design tips:

The micro interaction design has been widely used by UX/UI designers to create an interesting and compelling website prototype. We highly recommend you to free download and use a powerful prototyping tool with rich interaction commands.

2. Papazian Jewelry Display

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Inspiring full-screen video background and the minimalist web design style

This website uses a full-screen video to dynamically display the production process of its products as its background. This approach features their attentiveness to detail in every piece of jewelry they make, compelling the user to buy a high-quality product.

Moreover, the coordination of the background video with the overall design and the color scheme contributes to an overall sense of elegance and fashion.

This website is also an excellent example of minimalist website design.

What can you learn:

Optimize your website with videos

Prototyping design tips:

With Mockplus, designers can easily use its “GIF” component to import and edit a video for their web/app interface design. Moreover, Mockplus offers over 3000 vector icons which are really useful to incorporate into an amazing minimalist website/app.

3. Draft

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Broken grid layouts, kinetic text animation and selection effects

This design studio website uses kinetic text animation to arouse users’ interests while loading. A broken/asymmetry grid layout is used to showcase their portfolio items one by one with a selection effect used to enhance each listing.

These design elements are effective in stimulating users’ interests and encourage site interactions.

What can you learn:

  • Personalize your website with broken grid layouts
  • Use kinetic text animations to show interface contents

Please Note: This does not mean you have to use asymmetrical grid layouts in your web/app design. Symmetrical grid layouts can also be effective enough(see below).

4. Waaark

Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Great fluid effects

This design studio website uses very cool fluid effects to attract and retain users. Moreover, its illustrated design style is eye-catching.

What can you learn:

  • Enhance the visual appeal of your website with fluid effects
  • Fluid effects are increasingly popular in web/app interface design. It is worth adding this design element to your UI designs.

5. Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center

Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Perfect combination of dynamic texts and photos

Unlike other garden websites which use static photos and texts, this botanical garden website combines dynamic texts and high-quality photos perfectly.

Users are treated to high-quality photos showing beautiful scenery paired with information about the garden as they ‘stroll’ through virtually.

What can you learn:

Use dynamic texts and photos for an intuitive interface

Moreover, in specific design cases, to make your website more beautiful and attractive, also customize some special effects for the UI texts and photos.

Best Ecommerce Website Designs

6. Wanderlust and Co

Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Interesting mouse cursor styles

This jewelry store website stands out for its smart searching, filtering and navigating features, contributing to a fashionable and visually appealing design.

Moreover, this website also features diversified mouse cursor styles for each jewelry category. When users browse different jewelry categories, the mouse cursor style automatically changes. This creates an interactive and engaging design element.

What can you learn:

Enhance your website with more humanized design elements according to the website or product features, such as varying mouse cursor styles, fonts, colors or color schemes, etc.

7. Chairish

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Promoted product carousel

This furniture website template uses a special carousel to promote hot products on its Home page. Flat icons with text help users search and check needed information quickly.

What can you learn:

  • Showcase promoted news or products on the Home page
  • Simplify your website interfaces with flat icons or designs

Prototyping design tips:

Mockplus lets you showcase the promotion news or products intuitively. Just drag and drop the “Image Carousel” component to display different product photos. Its “Icon and Label” component is also useful in creating an icon button with texts.

Of course, you can also add interactions to these icon buttons for better performance.

8. Woodendot

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Thoughtful online help panel

This ecommerce website is designed with a thoughtful online help panel which allows users to ask for help at anytime. Moreover, the feature can be hidden when not in use for better UX.

What can you learn:

Add a special promotion, Q & A or help panel to improve website UX

9. Manuel Rueda

Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Parallax Scrolling design

This website features an amazing parallax scroll effect which enables users to navigate through a series of videos easily by scrolling the mouse wheel. The end result is a user-friendly experience that is similar to watching a movie.

What can you learn:

Use parallax scrolling design to high light the visual hierarchy, layouts and important products

10. Signal Boosters

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Beautiful illustration design style

This website uses an illustration design style to display all interface components, which make the entire design beautiful and interesting.

What can you learn:

  • Use illustration/cartoon/Chinese ink design style to impress users
  • The illustration/cartoon/Chinese ink design style has become a popular trend with designers due to its unique and interesting visual aesthetic.

The cartoon design style can make your website UI extremely beautiful and attractive.

Best Clean/Minimalist Website Designs

Clean/minimalist websites are often simple, neat and user-friendly. And in the first half of 2018, there are many excellent clean/minimalist website designs. Let’s check out a few:

11. Michael Villar

Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Eye-catching selection effects

This website is an excellent minimalist website example. The black background matches perfectly with white texts and icons. Moreover, it also uses a very eye-catching selection effect, which makes the entire design more attractive and interesting.

What can you learn:

Stand out your minimalist website with special selection effects

12. Not Your Standard

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Useful navigation bar on the left side

The navigation system directly affects the user experience of a web/app. To improve UX, this website incorporates a left navigation bar that can be freely hidden or unhidden based on the needs of the user.

What can you learn:

Add real-time, interactive navigation elements to your webs/apps for better UX, such as hiding navigation bars, sidebars, etc.

13. MARK Goldstein

Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Cool color gradients

This website example uses beautiful, dynamic-color gradients to attract users through high visual appeal. Very cool.

What can you learn:

Enhance the visual performance of your website with right color schemes or color gradients.

14. Fresh Fronks

Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Effective product promotion

This website drives higher product sales through the use of simple text with varying sizes and typography, coupled with enticing product photos, to entice users to click for details or directly purchase.

What can you learn:

Showcase products by highlighting their unique features

Other Creative Website Design Examples

15. Dyad

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Responsive website, the perfect combination of high-quality photos and texts

This recipe sharing website is a responsive website that automatically renders well to different devices with different operating systems or screen sizes.

Moreover, recipes of this website are attractively featured with high-quality photos and texts.

What can you learn:

  • Create responsive websites for better UI and UX
  • Use “Photo + text” pairs to make your interfaces more enticing and persuasive

16. Dinner for Five

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Clear and intuitive visual hierarchy

This website wisely organizes texts with a very clear and intuitive visual hierarchy which is very practical for users to read and find their needed information quickly.

What can you learn:

Improve your website design with clear and intuitive visual hierarchies

You can create a clear and intuitive visual hierarchy for your website design by using diverse typography, sizes, placements, colors, alignments, layouts and other approaches.

Prototyping design tips:

With Mockplus, you can easily build a clear text or visual hierarchy for your web/app prototypes by setting sizes, placements, colors, alignments and more properties of a component.

17. La Shop Studio

La Shop Studio

Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Interactive website, creative audio design

This studio website allows users to interact with the website and create music through their mouse cursor even if they know nothing about music.

What can you learn:

  • Create an attractive and interesting interactive website
  • Improve your website with sounds or audios

Nowadays, the UI designs of a web/app no longer rely on the visual performance only. An increasing number of designers add sounds or audios to their designs for better UI and UX.

18.The Glyph Studio

The Glyph Studio

Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: 3D technologies and interesting hovering effects

This website features a 3D ball that users can rotate. In addition, the website also uses a hovering effect on several buttons.

What can you learn:

Use 3D technologies to display page contents for better visual performance

Improve websites with creative micro interactions, such as special hovering effects

19. Big Dropinc

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Vibrant color scheme

This website uses a minimalist web design style for intuitive and easier-to-understand interfaces. It couples the design with a vibrant color scheme to keep users’ attention.

What can you learn:

Customize a website color scheme

Prototyping design tips:

Mockplus offers powerful color selectors for every design component so that designers can easily edit colors and customize a color scheme for their app/web designs.

Moreover, Mockplus is also designed with many powerful features (such as the icon library, component style library and prototype sample library) for users to prototype their webs/apps quickly and effectively.

For example, Mockplus offers 8 ways to test and share a project so that designers can easily test, iterate and improve their prototypes as well as collecting feedback in real-time.

Mockplus newly introduces a team management and collaboration feature to help users collaborate more effectively.

Overall, Mockplus is really the best choice for you to prototype, test, iterate and demonstrate your website/app design easily and quickly.

Online design collaboration tool to help you create the best website

Mockplus iDoc

To create a wonderful website, it needs the collaboration between designers and web developers effectively. Take the new design collaboration tool Mockplus iDoc to help you improve teamwork efficiency and handoff design seamlessly. With it, designers can handoff design more easily through the powerful Adobe XD plugin,Photoshop plugin, and Sketch plugin.

The best website means all details perfect including the small UI elements and accurate positions. So just upload designs on plugins and generate specs and assets automatically. Developers could use the front-end parameters for website development.

Besides, Mockplus iDoc is not only a collaboration tool, but also a platform for hi-fi prototypes. Upload your static wireframes on it to change into the hi-fi interactive prototypes through a drag-and-drop.

Wrap Up

No matter what type of websites they are, all of the best website design examples and templates mentioned above have applied popular website design trends, and shown web design skills more or less.

We hope these examples will inspire you to create your own creative and compelling website or app.

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