50 Inspiring Web Application and Service Web Designs

Spending months and months building an effective and useful web application or service is only half the battle that any developer must face. It might be potentially the most powerful and useful app ever created, but will users like it? Will they understand how to use it? And most importantly, will they come back and use it again? These are the three questions developers must ask themselves before they launch any app.

Apps and services are about having simplified features, finding the easiest possible method for users to interact, understand and eventually love the app. Not only do the features have to be simple they have to emphasize the sites purpose and allow users to quickly achieve basic tasks.

If we look at some of the biggest names in web apps and services and ask the question, what do they have in common? Have a look at Google Search, Twitter, Delicious ot to a lesser extent Flickr, and ask the questions, how did they become so popular? What distinguishes them from there competitors? The answer is simplicity. They are all memorable because they are easy to use, learn and understand and of course, they are backed up by a powerful tool as well. When you arrive at each site the function that they perform is clearly defined, they use basic navigation that everyone can understand and you can very quickly perform tasks.

There is no winning design formula to a popular web app or service, just guidelines. Nor is there a typical design style for you to follow, as this post unintentionally proves. What we have done is showcased 50 of the best designed web app and service web sites, broken down into the following categories: Clean, Simple and Nice Designs, Minimal and Effective, Vector and Large Background, Corporate and Professional, Modern and Typical (Web 2.0ish), Stylish and Classic, Graphically Improved and Flash, Flex and AIR Designs.

Clean, Simple and Nice Designs
Image Spark

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

robo.to

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Tumblr

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

PhotoSnack

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

YOKABOO

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Verb

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Server Density

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

WebMynd

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Twitter

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

The Invoice Machine

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Big Cartel

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Grapevine

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Minimal and Effective
Google

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Minify Me

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Flickr

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Delicious

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

ColorSuckr

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

TASCK

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

ImgLot

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Pictaculous

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Vector and Large Background
StrawPoll

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

FriendOrFollow

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

TwitterFone

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Everlater

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Bet Your Followers

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

MiLK – The Mobile Learning Kit

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Corporate and Professional
WordPress.com

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

crowdSPRING

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Wellper – Collaborative Pricing

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Amazee – Connect. Collaborate. Change.

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Vyew – FREE Anytime Collaboration

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Last.fm

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Behance Network

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Modern and Typical (Web 2.0ish)
Screenr

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Print Friendly

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Cork’d

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Vimeo

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Jing

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Friends Call Me

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Blogger

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Plinky

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

SHOWN’D

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Stylish and Classic Layouts
Typechart

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Dialogix

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Cobblestone Community Network

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Graphically Improved Designs
Carbonmade

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Wufoo

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

AppBoy

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

OCR Terminal

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

BabelWith.Me

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Gambolio.com

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Autodesk Project Dragonfly

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Flash, Flex and AIR Design
uvLayer

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Used cars : Volkswagen UK

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

Psykopaint

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

PDF Creator

Beautiful Web Service and App Design

The most common way to get usability wrong is to listen to what users say rather than actually watching what they do.

Jakob Nielsen, The King of Usabilty.

When developing your web app remember this: Users hate waiting, learning, repeating, non-standard navigation and really hate overlong and overblown pointless sigup forms. How about that for a simplifed guideline?

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Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.

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