Texture in Web Design


I’m not entirely sure why I wanted to write about texture in web design this week, but for some reason it seemed appropriate – maybe it’s because I associate autumn with texture more than any other season, or maybe it’s just because I’ve been seeing a lot of it as I’ve searched the net lately (probably).

Anyway, here is a round up of 5 sites that I’ve stumbled upon lately that I think for one reason or another really make the best of texture.

Envisionext
This is the first site I came across that I thought really executed some very controlled use of texture.

Jared Campbell
I don’t know who Jared Campbell is but he’s got himself a tidy little website. I particularly like the way the texture is carried through to the typography without going over the top.

Starbucks Coffee at Home
I must have seen a hundred websites that attempt to recreate a chalboard effect over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as sweet as the Starbucks site – I love the chalk marks and the use of colour on the board.

Von Dutch Originals
Ok, I admit it, of the 5 this is my least favourite of the designs shown here, but there is still something about it that I like. Somehow this site feels like it’s on paper rather than screen – achieving that is very difficult!

Guillaume Pacheco
Initially, I didn’t like this site – then I clicked a couple of the buttons. I love the transitions between different textures and the use of typography – well worth a look!

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