The web design environment is constantly evolving at a really fast pace. Technologies and programs that we used the years before are now obsolete and are making way for newer and better ones. The visual part of web design is also changing due to the modifications in code and the way we write it and the current trends are something completely different than we had before.
Almost every site that is built nowadays is designed for larger screens and afterwards is adapted for mobile. The time when a 960px grid system was ruling the web design community has faded. At this point, if you want to built a website with the help of a grid system, you have dozens to choose from and they are not necessarily similar.
But this isn’t only due to the advancements in technology, people have also evolved beautifully in this industry. Thanks to the numerous open source resources that we had access to, or the incredible amount of tutorials, we have evolved too and we are not just mere designers, but web architects.
There are a lot of articles and books about information design, usability and user experience that are extremely valuable to the industry and which are read more than they were a few years back. To design and code you don’t need skills, you just have to read a few tutorials, but to build modern sites that are beautiful and useful at the same time, you need to be more than a simple designer.
In this article you will see a showcase of modern websites, sites built by people who wanted to take it to the next level and create a little bit more than just a website; they managed to create beautiful online experiences which should raise the bar for the rest of the industry.