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Best sites of August

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Caution! This article is 8 years old, and our opinions may have changed.

So, who wants to see some swanky new sites? You do? Well look new further! I've got some proper corkers for you this month. Let's get down to business.

Meet Graham

Let me introduce you to Graham. Graham is one funny looking fellow. He is in fact the perfect shape to survive a low impact crash! And what a site to showcase him. The quality and time spent on this project has not been compromised in the slightest for showcasing Graham to his fullest capabilities. The beautifully interactive 3D section giving an in-depth insight into the reason behind his shape is fantastic. Not only does it allow you to see the ins and outs of each part of Graham, but the side-bar allow the user to digest the research and development of the project bit-by-bit.

They don’t skimp on the subpages or responsive functionality either. This is the full works baby.



We are always on the look out for inspiration to make our e-commerce framework a better user-experience which results in looking at ALOT of e-commerce sites. One that has stood out for me recently is Othr. Not only does it stock some super looking products, but it has some super nice interface features. Note how on a product page, as soon as you scroll past the ‘Add to Cart’ form, a fixed button pops in so the user always has the option. Something we have been working on recently is a single page checkout template too. This site features this and is a great example of this. All information is kept on one page, on site, with order totals always on show, and fields segmented into an accordion to allow the user to add their information one chunk at a time.

Again I must say the cherry on top for this site is definitely the quality of the images. Consistent, uniformed and lit and coloured to perfection. Showing off just how awesome their products really are!


Sirin Labs

Now we’re getting into the good stuff! Sirin Labs are showcasing a new range of mobile phones. A boy do they showcase them. This is one of those sites that I go on and think ‘Yep, I need to learn canvas’. As soon as you access the site you are hit in the face with a futuristic interface surrounding a strange, 3D, atmospheric sphere. Once you have heated this up with your mouse and caused an on-screen explosion, you are led to a drag-heavy interface which splits up the product into its core elements.

Absolutely everything on the screen has a purpose and is interactive. The sounds and the glitches are what make it a complete experience for me. I’m really digging sound effects on sites at the minute…where done right that is! Usually with sites like this, the information that is actually displayed usually gets lost, but I feel that this site has the right balance of experimental aesthetics to legible and user friendly information. Kudos to this site.


Femme Fatale

This site caught my eye simply by the companies name - classic Velvet Underground song! Any who, this site is a nice and simple studio portfolio site with some beaut typography and transitions. Plenty of CSS masking animation going on hear, lovely stuff! Great little animation happens when clicking the logo too. At a final glance too, I just realised the changing text is the lyrics to the Velvets song. For those of you who haven’t a clue what this song is, shame on you, now click play below!


I've been at Shape for around 8 years now. I bagged a couple of weeks of work experience at the end of my first year at Salford Uni and from then on, well what can I say, they couldn't get enough of me.