Hi there, and welcome to our first ever ‘Good website design’ blog post – a spin off from our excellent Good email design blog series. We’ve spent the last couple of months looking at and compiling a list of some of the best designed websites out there and, though we understand that good design is very subjective, we’d like to share some of our personal favourites.
Today I will be looking at a website that caught my eye a while back. Hoban Cards, created by Evan Calkins, is a business card printing company with a twist. Using a vintage 1902 Chandler and Price letterpress, each card is hand printed and embossed on high quality cotton paper.
The concept of quality printing using classic equipment and techniques is complimented by the design of the website. The use of subdued, semi-transparent colours along with the subtle background textures repeated across the width make this website look like a vintage business card in itself. The format of the site is simple and easy to read with important, relevant information placed at the top of the page and some attractive example images, accented by a white border, sat below.
The order process itself is simple – you choose the style of card you wish to have printed by clicking on its respective thumbnail. You are then brought to an input area asking for the name and contact details that are to be included on the card and the next screen is payment via Paypal – no cluttered shopping baskets or navigational menus here!
Small, unintrusive social links for Facebook and Twitter nest themselves below the images, though it is worth noting that there is no official Facebook page for Evan’s many creative exploits. Facebook is an excellent way of reaching potential customers and also offers a valuable outlet to give your business a personality. If you’d like some more information, check out our beginner’s guide to Facebook or take a look at our social media blogs for some ideas.
Feeling creative? Seen a winsome website recently? Let it be known in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you!