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Lately, many designers have been using large-scale photography in their website designs. And I’m in love. Using large photos in websites is wonderful because it essentially forces out any unnecessary design elements and thrives on simplicity. When you add in some strong, but simple, typography into the mix you get some magical things happening. Here is a collection of 7 websites that seem to effortlessly pull off this look.

This website is altogether remarkable. The page has such a dynamic feel, created by the different elements on it. The nameplate is in a bold yet elegant typeface, setting the tone for the design.


Designed to look like an old poster, this website for a vineyard is quite unique and innovative. The design successfully achieves a vintage feel and translates beautifully as a website.


Max Di Capua
The layout and typography here work together in a modular system, often overlapping one another. This approach to layout is refreshing because it isn’t rigid and has a fluidity to it.


The large letters in a custom typeface span the screen and continue off page, making the Rijksmuseum seem larger than life. The home page then rotates through beautiful photographs of the museum’s contents.


I Shot Him
This Web design studio greets you with a photographed welcome message, which is refreshing. The user immediately gets a sense of the physical space that these designers work in. There is a rawness to it, an authenticity.


The hand-rendered type personalizes the website and sets up an expectation of the kind of work the studio produces. The type treatment throughout the rest of the website reinforces a relaxed yet creative energy, as the wording is short and to the point.

This website has a lot of character. Banger’s is a down-to-earth eatery specializing in beer and sausage. Its story looks like it’s drawn on the brown cardboard box that its food is delivered in.


Doing it well:

Denise Chandler promotes her design projects with fun typefaces (each word also serves as a link to other pages). The novelty fonts here are her own and really are an effective way to promote her design work and serve as an engine for font sales.

Doing it well:

The highlighter effect on a simple phrase works beautifully for Undercurrent. Right away you know what the company is about and the high-importance words and emphasized. Font choices are simple and consistent.

Doing it well:

The motto for Miiks, “I create visual beauty,” is evident. The bright green and white combo is striking and immediately grabs your attention (so much so that you find the catch phrase almost by accident).

Doing it well:

Darren Ansley’s site is “Fueled by Design.” The large typography draws you to the center of the landing page and gives you an immediate idea of what the site is about.

Doing it well:

Design Zoom uses circles, the rounding of letters and color to create an overall floating bubble effect. The simple shapes and colors are fun and vibrant. Note that navigational tools and text blocks are left to stand on their own and are easy to read.


Life & Thyme


 I encourage you to visit this website – the photography is wonderful. The simplistic module-like structure of the website lets all the photos speak for themselves and it’s so successful. The type really holds it’s own, too. The serif font works so well with the style of photography – it adds class, sturdiness and character.

Milk & Pixels


 Ah, Milk & Pixels. Your lovely logo looks so wonderfully lovely over the fuzzy city photo in the background. *Swoon*

The Hub


 Coffee and bicycles, you say? What more could you ever need? The stunning nighttime photo of their building combined with the simple (but gorgeous) type on top makes me feel like I could spend some serious time at The Hub.

Big Bend Brewing Co.


 Even though Big Bend Brewing Company is located in Texas, this website makes me think of the Outback in Australia. The dry, hot desert atmosphere of this photo immediately makes me feel the need to quench my thirst – with a beer, of course. The simple, clean typography on top does nothing to interfere with that and it works so well.

Teehan + Lax


 Teehan + Lax adds a bright blue filter over the top of the background photos. Add in the classic type on top and I know right away that these are smart people. I mean, they have to be, right? This website does a great job at making a first impression with potential clients.

Kentisbury Grange


 Photo + Angles + Simple Site Design = A Thing of Beauty. Like Life & Thyme, the photography here is remarkable. The whole site is photo-based and combining the photos with a strong serif font really says “luxury” to me.

Originally posted 2014-06-26 18:12:18.

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