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20 Freshest Web Designs, January 2020

Each month we roundup the freshest website designs released in the previous four weeks, all with an eye-out for hot new ideas.

January 2020 is picking up where 2019 left off, with lots of animation and even more bold, bright color schemes. We’re also seeing an unusual number of luxury sites this month, and as always there’s a strong set of startups trying to break into the market. Enjoy!

 

Plink

To take on giants like PayPal, you need a compelling brand and a simple message, that can also wow with its first impression. Plink hits the nail on the head with its 3D animation.

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Madame Turfu

Are you wondering what 2020 will hold for you? Why wait to find out when Madame Turfu can predict the future with this wonderfully fun set of digital tarot cards.

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Nathan Taylor

What’s not to love about Nathan Taylor’s playful site? There’s so much to explore and do, but our favorite part is the different lighting modes.

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Meatable

Selling Meatable is a tough prospect; it’s real meat, grown in a lab instead of taken by animal slaughter. The simple step-by-step site does a great job of explaining.

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Sussex Royal

Whatever your view of Harry and Megan, there’s little doubt that their website oozes class. For a promotional site that isn’t actually selling anything, it’s a strong presence.

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Emotive Feels

This fantastic manifesto from design agency Emotive Brand illustrates an A–Z of potential brand emotions with simple animations that would grace the cover of a Bluenote release.

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UNREAL

Swiss design agency UNREAL’s site is a wonderfully chaotic love affair with web animation. It’s the type of site we can click around for hours, enjoying the sharp transitions.

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Kate Jackling

Sometimes the best design takes a step back and allows its subject to bask in all the attention. Kate Jackling’s site does this, letting her gorgeous photography take center stage.

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Helias

Helias has fully embraced the blob trend with a flood-filled area of color supporting each of its various products. It’s appropriate, engaging, and breaks up the formal grid well.

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Klokki

Sometimes the hardest sites to design, are the ones for products about which there’s very little to say. Klokki is one such product, but its site is bold, confident, and persuasive.

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Jonnie Hallman

Jonnie Hallman’s simple résumé site benefits greatly from the household names he’s worked for. We really like the details, like the way the monogram changes color as you scroll.

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eaast

eaast is a design and development partnership from Paris that’s fully embraced the Memphis style. Their simple site proves you don’t need years’ worth of work to sell yourself.

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Pantheone Audio

Proving that elegant scrolling is still very much a thing in 2020, Pantheone Audio uses the scroll to seamlessly navigate a luxurious site with a complex grid underpinning it.

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Leaf

After decades of the best a man can get, the half of the species that shaves daily seems to be obsessed with reinventing the process. Leaf taps into that simple marketing approach.

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Mociun

Most sites that sell jewelry miss the spirit of the pieces by focusing on the financial value. Mocuin gets it right with an on-trend color palette and stunning product photography.

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Jon Way

Jon Way’s portfolio features work from over a decade of art direction. There’s a clear, consistent aesthetic thanks to a lovely ‘static’ effect that plays across the whole site.

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Kota Yamaji

There’s some amazing work in Kato Yamaji’s portfolio, but what really strikes home is the amount of color he manages to squeeze in.

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Robb Owen

We’ve seen lots of animated vector avatars over the last couple of years, but rarely do we see one with as much personality as Robb Owen’s. The cursor tracking makes it feel real.

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Glasgow International Festival 2020

The Glasgow International Festival takes place between 24th April and 10th May 2020. Its site features some distinctly celtic typography, and tons of bold color.

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Megababe

Megababe is taking on the beauty industry with a range of body products that are insanely popular, and as positive as its super-confident sales site.

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Popular design news of the week: January 20, 2020 – January 26, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Nototo – A Virtual Memory Palace of your Notes

 

Startup Colors – Killer Color Combos for your Internet Startup

 

The New Landing Page is to Have no Landing Page at all

 

Futuristic Patterns in Graphic Design

 

65 Best Creative Instagram Accounts for Design Inspiration

 

Improve your Sign-Up Form with Off-White Text Fields

 

PHP in 2020

 

OpenStudio – All-In-One Business Management Software

 

The Burnout List

 

My Favorite UX Research Mistake

 

My Personal Website – From Zero to Hero in 5 Years

 

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Sleeping Positions on a Plane

 

UX Design Process: A Simple (but Complete) Guide

 

Google Releases 3 New Experimental Apps to Help Cut Down your Phone Usage

 

7 Requirements of a Holistic Design System

 

Isotope · Filter and Sort Magical Layouts

 

Movie Poster — Figma Plugin

 

10 Practical Principles for Designing Better Experiences

 

An ‘Ultimate Guide’ to ‘Tab Hoarding’

 

Why Design Systems Fail and How to Make Them Work in 2020

 

How to Design Emails that People will Actually Read

 

How to Build a Design System in Abstract

 

LinkedIn for Freelancers and Small Business Owners

 

Radiohead Launches Digital ‘public Library’ of the Band’s Archive

 

How to Kill a Startup Idea with Google Keyword Planner and AdWords: A Case Study

 

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Get the January 2020 Patch Tuesday patches installed

This month has seen a whole lotta hand waving and sky-is-falling-caliber rhetoric, but the reality is much more prosaic. If you aren’t running a major network (and thus aren’t susceptible to the imminent problems with Remote Desktop Gateway, the Citrix network bugs or the whopping 334 patches in Oracle), there’s been little reason to install this month’s updates. 

Still, work on cracking the CurveBall CVE-2020-0601 security hole continues at a furious pace. Some security companies are using CurveBall to sell more product, but the free Microsoft Defender catches at least some afflicted programs; Firefox, Chrome and Edge won’t fall for it; and pre-Win10 versions of Windows (Seven Semper Fi!) have never been exposed.

With several working proof-of-concept routines readily available — but no attacks, and indeed no sign that a general attack is imminent — patching for CurveBall falls in the “abundance of caution” bucket. Since we’ve seen few weird problems with the January patches, now seems like a good time to get patched up.

As usual, Patch Lady Susan Bradley has a detailed analysis in her Patch Watch column with a full patch-by-patch reckoning in her Master Patch List (paywall; donation requested).

Here’s how to get your system updated the (relatively) safe way.

Make a full backup

Make a full system image backup before you install the latest patches.

There’s a non-zero chance that the patches — even the latest, greatest patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Best to have a backup that you can reinstall even if your machine refuses to boot. This, in addition to the usual need for System Restore points.

There are plenty of full-image backup products, including at least two good free ones: Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup

Patch Win7, Win8.1 or associated servers

This is the last month we’ll see free Win7 patches — or so we’ve been promised. (I find it hard to believe that Microsoft won’t patch the Win7 Internet Explorer JScript security hole CVE-2020-0674, but Microsoft, eh?)

As for those of you Win7 holdouts worried about sprouting a black wallpaper due to the Win7 January “Stretch” bug, Microsoft now advises:

We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release for organizations who have purchased Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU).

Nice guys. 

Bottom line, for you Win7 folks: Do yourself a favor and change your wallpaper so it isn’t Stretched, before installing the buggy January patch. Follow Lawrence Abrams’s instructions on BleepingComputer.

Microsoft is blocking updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 on recent computers. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a PC that’s 24 months old or newer, follow the instructions in AKB 2000006 or @MrBrian’s summary of @radosuaf’s method to make sure you can use Windows Update to get updates applied.

For most Windows 7 and 8.1 users, I recommend following AKB 2000004: How to apply the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups. You should have one Windows patch, dated Jan. 14 (the Patch Tuesday patch). If you see a Monthly Rollup Preview, ignore it.

If you insist on manually installing Security-only patches for Win7 and Server 2008 (I call that the “Group B” approach on AskWoody), get the full list from @PKCano on the AskWoody site. If in doubt, ask questions on the site! It’s easy and free.

Realize that some or all of the expected patches for January may not show up or, if they do show up, may not be checked. DON’T CHECK any unchecked patches. Unless you’re very sure of yourself, DON’T GO LOOKING for additional patches. In particular, if you install the January Monthly Rollup, you won’t need (and probably won’t see) the concomitant patches for December. Don’t mess with Mother Microsoft.

If you see KB 4493132, the “Get Windows 10” nag patch, make sure it’s unchecked.

Watch out for driver updates — you’re far better off getting them from a manufacturer’s website.

After you’ve installed the latest Monthly Rollup, if you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run through the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and 8.1 snooping. If you want to thoroughly cut out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed instructions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Sustain Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollup Model.

If you’re worried about Windows 7 hitting end-of-support, don’t be alarmed. The first missed security patch isn’t until next month. Besides, you have lots of alternatives, and not all of them involve Windows. We watch your options intently in the Seven Semper Fi series on AskWoody.

Patch Win10 and associated servers

If you’re running Win10 version 1803, 1809, Server 1809, Server 2019, or any earlier version of Windows 10, I urge you to upgrade to Win10 version 1903. (You can find your version by typing winver in the Search box in the lower left corner and pressing Enter.) There are detailed instructions in the article Why — and how — I’m moving Win10 production machines to version 1903.

Win10 1903 is far from perfect, but it seems to be relatively stable at this point. The one huge advantage to version 1903: It lets everybody pause updates with a few simple clicks. That feature has my vote for the most important (perhaps the only important) upgrade to Win10 in the past four years.

If you insist on using Win10 version 1809, go through the steps in All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches to get 1809 updated. If you’re on Win10 1909, I figure you’ve jumped the gun, but the following instructions will work.

If you’ve been following my usual advice — to click “Pause updates for 7 days” three times — your machine is probably waiting further instructions, displaying an “Updates paused” notice in the Windows Update pane (Start > Settings (the gear icon) > Update & Security > Windows Update). If you see that updates have been paused, click “Resume updates.” Windows will go out and install the January cumulative update, plus any other ancillary patches (for example, for .Net) that you require.

I’m very happy to say that clicking “Resume updates” will not automatically move you to Win10 version 1909. In order to move to the next version — which continues to suffer from bugs, most notably the File Explorer Search bug — you need to click a link that says, “Download and install now.” Don’t click it.

Once you’re updated and rebooted, pause updates for 28 days: Click Start > Settings > Update & Security. Click Windows Update on the left side, then click “Pause updates for 7 days.” Next, click on the newly revealed link, which says “Pause updates for 7 more days,” and click it again, and one last time, for a total of four clicks. That pauses all updates for 28 days, until Feb. 21. With a little luck that’ll be long enough for Microsoft to fix any bugs it introduces in February.

If you see an offer of an Optional update (screenshot), don’t click Download and install now. There’s a reason why Microsoft deems such patches “optional.”

1909 download and install now Woody Leonhard/IDG

February’s Patch Tuesday is on the 11th. That’ll be the first day Win7 users will miss a security update (unless they pay for it). Expect much hand wringing and clucking, but not many fireworks.

Thanks to the dozens of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, especially @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86 and many others.

We’ve moved to MS-DEFCON 3 on the AskWoody Lounge.

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Popular design news of the week: January 13, 2020 – January 19, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Why I Quit Using Google

 

This is the One Skill Designers Need to Develop Most in 2020

 

The Definitive Guide to Landing Pages

 

Goodbye, Clean Code

 

Netflix Rejects their New Layout in this A/B Test

 

UX Design Trends Retrospective 2019

 

SPELLL

 

Design System Checklist

 

The Complete List of Font Formats and their Use

 

Hand-Picked List of the Best WordPress Themes in Every Niche for 2020

 

HTML Attributes to Improve your Users’ Two Factor Authentication Experience

 

3 Illustration Trends that will Be Big in 2020

 

Back to Basics in Typography

 

Typo Puns – Series of Fun Typographic Joke Posters

 

20 Best Number Fonts for Displaying Stylish Numbers

 

How to Make Money as a Product Designer

 

UXTweak: Platform for UX Researchers and Designers

 

Welcome to Apple: A One-party State

 

Yell Launches New Salary Tool for Graphic Designers

 

17 Trends in Illustration and Graphic Design to Meet 2020

 

Everything You Think You Know About Minimalism is Wrong

 

KPI is an Imperative Tool for UX Designers

 

Calculate Colors, Share Palettes

 

Being a Solo Founder: Pros, Cons, Tips and Tricks

 

How to Write your CTAs to Fit your Campaign

 

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Popular design news of the week: January 6, 2020 – January 12, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Design Trends 2020: Outside the Box

 

What are the 10 UX Trends for 2020?

 

Flat UI and a Half

 

Designers React to the New PS5 Logo (and it’s not Pretty)

 

This Website Lets You Name a HEX Code

 

Notably – Create Markdown Content, Code Snippets and Text Notes

 

New Logo and Identity for Fisher-Price by Pentagram

 

2019: Projects of the Year

 

Design Resolutions

 

Figma’s Features for the Entire Design Process

 

Instagram Font Generator

 

The Next Decade of Design will Be About Fixing the Last Century of Excess

 

Using the “Flywheel Effect” in Product Design

 

Neumorphism will not Kill the Skeuomorphism Star

 

Toyota’s Creepy New ‘Prototype Town’ is a Real-life Westworld

 

The End of “Someone”

 

Fritch – Free Vintage Typeface

 

The Split Personality of Brutalist Web Development

 

All Design Conferences

 

Anatomy of a Logo: The Star Wars Logo Evolution

 

6 Category Page Design Examples

 

Color Stuck? Try the Color Palette Finding Technique Graphic Designers Love

 

7 UI Trends to Watch in 2020

 

Here’s the Typography of the Next Decade

 

Designers Need to Get Paid. Let’s Ban ‘Exposure’ Once and for all

 

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