12 Incredible UX Designer Portfolio Sites

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Design portfolios are fairly easy to set up. You can build project grids or add visual case studies to showcase your work, and the quality is immediately visible.

With UX design, it’s a little tougher because it’s often about the process and the results on each project. To craft a great UX portfolio I recommend studying others to get ideas.

This collection is by no means a complete collection of UX designer portfolio sites. But it’s an excellent place to start looking for ideas and studying how other UX designers present their work.

1. Hanna Jung

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Hanna’s portfolio site offers a minimalist style with a primary focus on the work. It uses plenty of visuals to sell projects but it doesn’t feel like “just” a UX portfolio.

The header and tagline clarify exactly what Hanna does, and this is probably the best way to grab attention. If you’re designing a portfolio site for yourself always try to share what you do early, so visitors know what they’re looking at.

Each project photo inside the grid links to an internal page with more info. You can turn this into a detailed photo gallery, a quick synopsis, or even a detailed case study. But offering more info about each project on a separate page is never a bad idea.

2. Adham Dannaway

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Many people know Adham Dannaway’s site because it’s been featured in galleries across the web. And for good reason!

His homepage uses a brilliant graphic illustrating the type of work he does: both design and code.

There’s a significant overlap between UI designers and UX designers, so a lot of freelancers position themselves in this overlap. It makes you more valuable to a client who may want to hire for both skills, or just one knowing both skills worth off each other.

But the real reason Adham’s portfolio works so well is the internal structure of his portfolio project pages. Check out this one as an example. Notice how it reads in a linear fashion and helps sell the work done on that project.

Definitely the best choice for anyone launching a UX portfolio site from scratch.

3. Val Head

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Val Head is a well-known designer with a specialty in UI/UX animations along with interaction design. Her portfolio site is a testament to all the work she does.

And you’ll notice the homepage doesn’t use a single image beyond her logo.

The structure immediately grabs your attention whether it’s focused on Val’s newsletter, her speaking engagements, or her recent blog articles. A fantastic design showing how you can sell your UX work without many visuals at all.

4. Paul Lapkin

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Some designers don’t feel comfortable adding their personal photos onto their portfolio. Others like it because it adds personality and gives visitors a chance to see who they are.

Paul Lapkin uses a fullscreen header background portrait that immediately grabs attention. The heading text describes his work as a UI+UX designer along with further details underneath.

This intro text is meant to grab your attention and leave you wanting more. The “view work” link is pretty clear, and if you can write copy that also grabs attention this style might work for you too.

5. Nick Finck

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Nick Finck has a much more traditional website with a clear header, navigation, and footer area. Not all modern portfolios look like this but this layout works well and has for years.

One thing I really like on the homepage is the header section with Nick’s photo. This includes two CTAs that encourage you to dig deeper into Nick’s work.

A lot of his portfolio’s essence is in the writing and in his past project work for companies like Adobe and Google. This means it’s less about selling and more about building connections with potential clients.

6. Christina Richardson

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A while back I was browsing through portfolios and found Christina Richardson’s site.

This has always been a favorite of mine for a few reasons. It naturally has a sense of personality, but it doesn’t feel too cluttered or heavily customized. The whole site runs as a single-page design so it’s super easy to navigate too.

But I also really like the UX timeline feature since it’s a visual representation of work experience.

This feels a lot more user-friendly than a boring resume, but it gets the same message across. Very UX-y if I do say so myself.

7. Ionut Zamfir

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Split-page designs work well if you have the right photos. Ionut Zamfir follows this trend brilliantly in his UX design portfolio.

Background images litter each section of the page and you’ll even find a slideshow featuring pics of his work.

It’s definitely a simple website, but sometimes that’s all you need. Some visuals to help sell, information about the designer and a contact form.

8. Kevin M. Hoffman

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Other than photos you can also use contrast and colors to grab attention. That’s what you’ll find on Kevin Hoffman’s site which also breaks the page up with horizontal block sections.

Text is pretty easy to read and it doesn’t follow any particular formula. Not to mention the colors don’t exactly match, but they also don’t clash either.

I’d call this an experimental portfolio layout, but it does serve its purpose.

9. Simon Pan

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The portfolio site of Simon Pan is one of the best places for case study layouts. You can learn so much just going through his portfolio and reading through his case studies.

With UX design it’s more about selling your knowledge through the process. Clients want to know what you did on a project and how you solved problems for past clients.

Simon’s copywriting is exquisite, and it helps sell his work well. This is one of the best skills you can pick up if you’re pushing towards a case study mentality.

10. Adrian Zumbrunnen

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With a unique combination of minimalism and dynamic effects, this portfolio is certainly eye-catching.

Adrian Zumbrunnen uses a dark + light color scheme that feels typical of many design portfolios.

But he includes other elements like bold CTA buttons, links to video recordings of his talks, and even an illustration of himself. Pretty unique!

11. Ramin Nasibov

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Ramin Nasibov follows a typical grid layout that works well on visual designer’s portfolios. This site is real easy to browse and it works nicely on mobile too(along with other grid-style layouts!)

One thing I would like to see on Ramin’s homepage is more info about himself. But he does so much work in the design space that it makes sense to focus solely on the work.

If you’re trying to draw more attention to your work instead of yourself I recommend a grid-style layout just like this.

12. Nishtha Mehrotra

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On Nishtha Mehrotra’s site you’ll find a nice mix of everything. It uses a custom hero header with animations, a visual portfolio grid, and a clean contact section with an email and a phone number.

The site feels incredibly professional, and it has been designed with the user in mind. Single page portfolios are often better if you can fit everything you want to say onto one page.

I also like the resume section which feels a lot easier to browse than a PDF doc. Overall a really clean site, and well worth studying if you’re going for the single-page portfolio look.

5 Most Important Key Steps To Take Before Designing A Small Business Website

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Creating a website has become a precursor, a preliminary requisite to look into and create before you set your business selling goods or services. Globalization and digitalization have become a part and parcel of every economy, trade, and commerce, thus in order to carve a niche for oneself in the flourishing market, one needs to […]

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The Perfect Office – 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More

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The Perfect Office – 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More

Sep 26, 2017

We’ve seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. There are so many cool stuff out there that we could assemble infinite perfect office spaces every week! So we’ll assemble some, and we’d like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have?

This week we’ve found some super nice items for you, beginning with the beautiful retro game controller 8Bitdo SN30. There’s also the professional LCD monitors made by Philips, and an amazing work desk with a touchscreen built-in! But there’s more!

8Bitdo SN30 Universal Retro Game Controller

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

Got a flashy new Nintendo Switch, but yearn for the true Nintendo experience? Look no further! (at Gear Patrol)

Philips Professional LCD Monitors

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

The first of the new P-series displays to arrive is the Philips 328P6AU (pictured). The monitor is based on an IPS-ADS panel with a 2560×1440 resolution and can hit 400 nits in brightness. Philips says that the 328P6AU display can reproduce 98% of the AdobeRGB color gamut (and therefore it is safe to say that it can cover 100% of the sRGB), but it does not reveal anything beyond that. The firm also is not disclosing the refresh rate of the panel, but given how the monitor is being positioned, it is likely that it is set at 60 Hz. Since the 328P6AU is a professional display, its stand can set the monitor in portrait mode and allows all kinds of other adjustments (height, rotate, tilt). (at AnandTech)

SmartDesk 3 AI Standing Desk

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

This SmartDesk’s ‘AI’ standing desk really just has a touchscreen tablet built-in. The company also says the built-in display syncs with Google’s software suite to notify users when they have meetings. There’s also an Uber button so you can request a ride from your desk. So basically, Autonomous built a touchscreen tablet into a desk and preloaded some apps. That seven-inch display has a 400×800 resolution and connects to Wi-Fi, by the way.The SmartDesk has an activity log that tells you how long you have been working, sitting or standing and suggests when you should sit or stand. (at Like Cool)

Bose Soundwear Companion Speaker

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

Typically, there are two ways to listen to music: through speakers that other people can hear, or via ear- or headphones that make your listening private but keep you isolated from the world around you. The Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker is meant to fill that gap. It wraps around your neck, resting on your shoulders and using the company’s waveguide technology to deliver full, rich sound to your ears while minimizing noise for those around you. A built-in microphone pairs with an on-device button for taking calls and using Siri or Google Assistant and a series of custom designed covers let you change its looks to suit your taste. (at Uncrate)

August Smart Lock

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

Now on its third generation, the August Smart Lock has gotten an all-new design as well as some new features. Notably, the round look of the original — still available in the new Pro model — is gone, replaced with a taller unit that has an actual thumb turn for manual operation. Battery life has doubled, and the new DoorSense feature can tell if the door is open or closed, so you can set it to automatically lock when the door shuts, providing added peace of mind. While it uses Bluetooth to let you control the lock with your phone, remote operation is possible with the addition of an August Connect module or Doorbell Cam Pro, which also add support for Alexa and Google Assistant. (at Uncrate)

Office Ideas!

Here are some office ideas for you! How do you like these? Don’t forget that you may suggest gadgets or ideas via twitter: @paulogabriel – Also, if you’d like to sponsor this post, drop me a line! I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. 😉

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The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

The Perfect Office - 8Bitdo SN30 Retro Controller, Bose Soundwear Speaker, Office Ideas and More!

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10 Pure CSS Call-To-Action Button Sets

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Every website and landing page should have a clear call-to-action button. This encourages the user to click and perform an action, whether to make a purchase, start a trial, or sign up for an account.

There is no single best way to design a CTA and you can use many different styles, from large gradients to ghost buttons, and everything inbetween. But other factors like color, size, and position also have an affect on usability.

I’ve hand-picked 10 of my favorite CTA designs, all built with pure CSS. If you’re looking for CTA inspiration, then you’re bound to find something in this collection.

1. Floating Button

Here’s one of the most unique styles I’ve seen and it’s certainly not common on the web. This floating button could become a staple for landing pages that mesh nicely with the design.

It uses a CSS3 drop shadow along with a repeating animation to create the floating effect. This all runs through CSS which makes it even easier to replicate for your own project.

Granted, the hover effect is a bit dull, although the actual button design itself more than makes up for this. Plus you can always expand the hover effect to include other CSS3 animations if you’re willing to push the envelope.

2. Green Circled CTA

You’ll find plenty of CTAs like this on landing pages promoting offers or ebooks. They often use the red hand-drawn circle effect to make it blend into the page and seem more natural to click.

What’s cool about this green CTA button is the hover effect animation. It works on both the button and the red squiggles in the background. Certainly not the effect you’d assume at first glance!

But for a real easy CTA, that’s sure to grab attention, you should try this out. And since the button uses pure CSS you can easily change the color scheme to match any layout.

3. Material Button

If you like working with Google’s material design then you’ll love this unique button set. It’s built in one single style but offers two different triggers: mouse hover and click.

The button snippet uses SCSS/Sass for CSS code, but you can compile it down into CSS right from CodePen. This makes it easier to copy/paste the code for personal use if you’re not a big Sass fan.

The animation effects mimic Google’s design guidelines, so this set is brilliant for any material web project you might be creating.

4. Colorful CTAs

Super small and easy-to-use best describes this button set created by developer Rohan Nair.

The color choices are made to match but you can always change the scheme in CSS. The real eye-catching effect here is the click animation that moves the button “down” into the page.

This gives the illusion of depth and helps each button stand out from other elements on the page.

Again this all uses pure CSS, so it’s a pretty easy button set to copy and customize.

5. Micro Interaction Button

If you want even greater button animation effects take a peek at these microinteraction buttons designed by Phil Hoyt.

They use Font Awesome for the arrow icons mixed with custom CSS animations. While hovering any button, the text label animates out of view and instead displays the icon font prominently.

Depending on your CTA design this may not work as well, especially if you can’t find an icon to represent the button behavior. clearly

Although if you can work this into your site, the hover effect is bound to grab attention.

6. Bordered Buttons

I found these bordered buttons while skimming CodePen and they immediately stood out from the herd.

They don’t inherently feel like CTAs, but with larger text or a larger button size these little designs could dominate a header with ease.

Each button uses the CSS translate() method along with custom background colors to create the border effect. It’s a fairly complicated technique but it’s also the best method considering a plain CSS border wouldn’t animate the same way.

If you like these designs and want to give them a shot, they should run smoothly in every modern web browser.

7. Gradient Styles

Classic gradient buttons will never go out of style and they’re used prominently in larger frameworks like Bootstrap.

With these gradient buttons you can easily update the hover & click animations all while keeping true to the color format. It uses LESS CSS which makes it easier to darken gradient colors using percentages rather than hex codes.

I always like gradient buttons so long as they blend with a layout. And these certainly aren’t the only gradient styles you’ll find so check CodePen if you’re looking for more.

8. YouTube Call to Action

Here’s a rather unique CTA that leads to a YouTube video. It’s a fixed badge in the lower-right corner of the screen and while hovering you can see the video CTA appear on top.

It’s a pretty simple design but it’s not going to be useful on every web page. It can be used to promote deals, new releases, and of course links to other sites like YouTube.

But if you’re looking for a prominent CTA button for your page header, this template won’t help much. Still a very unique idea and certainly worth saving if you could ever use something like this in the future.

9. Flip-Down Buttons

3D animations for the web are easy to create if you know what you’re doing. But even if you don’t understand CSS it’s just as easy to copy 3D code snippets like these flip-down buttons made by Arnie McKinnis.

They’re built on LESS, but you can turn that into plain CSS right inside CodePen. The buttons rely on CSS transforms to create the 3D effect which only appears on mouse hover.

It’s a pretty unique design because the CTA itself is technically “under” the button. Hovering only displays the clickable link underneath making the colorful button more of a fancy shell to grab attention.

But if you like the 3D animated effect, definitely give this a try on your own site.

10. Pure CSS Hovers

Rather than focusing on a unique design or color scheme these pure CSS buttons offer custom hover animations.

They all look similar to typical ghost buttons where you have a border color and no internal color. But while hovering you’ll notice each button’s border style animates into something new.

It’s a tricky effect to get right, and it’s not something you can just pick up and customize without some effort. Although if you know your way around CSS, you should figure it out pretty quickly.

11. Pulsing CTA

If you’re looking to consistently grab attention from visitors then try this pulsing CTA design. It uses a delay via CSS to create a repeating pulse animation with an outer glow.

But if you dive into the CSS code, you can change the pulse animation to be anything you like. It’s pretty versatile, and of course, it should blend in nicely with any design.

Also if you click the “X” icon in the corner you’ll get to see the full animation effect all over again. This loads the button into view along with the window so it even has a cool animation for the first pageload.

Most websites use pure CSS buttons these days so it’s not all that difficult to find one you like and clone the code for a kick-ass CTA.

Sharing React Components Easily with Bit

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This is the age of components. Frameworks built for UI components, such as React, enable us to split our UI into individual, reusable pieces that can be worked with in isolation.

In many ways, React components are not that different from other encapsulated code functionalities. They can get defined inputs (usually “props” or ES6 classes) and return UI-oriented elements that will appear as part of your UI.

Individual components are often used across different parts of our UI. The problem is, organizing and sharing our components across teams and applications often presents a real challenge. Sharing components can give us fast and simple access to components written and used by our team, and help make sure our codebase is made of nothing but what we actually need.

Bit is an open-source project that enables us to instantly share components from our existing source code with our team, and use them across our different projects without changing our source code, file structure or the tools we work with. Let’s see how.

Managing code components with Bit

Sharing Components: It’s Not That Simple

Three major issues stand in the way of easily organizing and sharing source-code components: discoverability, maintainability, and the overhead of sharing.

Discoverability is a major issue. A developer working on my team on or a different team has no way of easily discovering and browsing the components available throughout our source code when choosing, upgrading or installing the ones they need with the tools of their choice.

Maintainability is another problem while sharing common components across different parts of our application. Maintainability problems range from simple duplications, to the complexity of maintaining multiple repos and packages and keeping control over the dependency chain. This can quickly get out of hand.

Up until now, sharing our components was a bit of a challenge. It forced us to either duplicate code or invest a lot of time and effort maintaining large packages — which also weigh down our build and install time.

When trying to find and use an individual React component (Slider, Spinner etc.) we usually ended up installing vast static libraries containing a whole bunch of stuff we didn’t need. It also made it next to impossible to discover or use individual components created by our team or the community.

In some ways, this is very much like using a CD-ROM just to listen to a single song. Using Bit, we can easily share any set of components, making them individually available to anyone on our team.

Sharing Components with Bit

If you haven’t heard of Bit’s latest release, it’s an open-source project that allows us to share components from our existing source code with our team and across projects.

By decoupling the representation of components from our actual file structure, Bit tracks the components within our source code and enables us to quickly turn any file or subset of files into a reusable component. Using simple glob patterns (see below), the components within an entire library or project can be instantly shared without changing our source code itself or our file structure.

Any component (installed with Bit, and very soon with NPM or Yarn) can be individually shared, discovered and used in any application or project. It can also be modified and updated from any project environment, choosing if and how to let our friends update our components from their own projects (and vice versa).

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Components can be grouped together into “Scopes”, which are collections that can be thought of as “playlists” of individual components sharing common attributes. When using the free Bit community site, each component is presented along with its rendered visuals, test results, semi-automatically generated docs and more.

Regardless of the tools we use to install our components, we can gain full control over our dependency graph and get a clear picture of the components used across our projects. Sharing code can also help keep our UI aligned with our design principles, as we can avoid changes when implementing the same components again and again in different projects.

Let’s try an example.

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Free Profile GUI PSDs for Social Networking Sites

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Freebie PSDs are the norm amongst web designers. We love to share and the community is built around helping designers improve their workflow with pre-made graphics. There’s no need to reinvent…

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Seattle Aquarium Redesign by Adobe Creative Resident Natalie Lew

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Seattle Aquarium Redesign by Adobe Creative Resident Natalie Lew

Seattle Aquarium Redesign by Adobe Creative Resident Natalie Lew

Sep 25, 2017

It’s our final day posting about the Adobe Creative Resident Class of 2017 and we’re thrilled to feature the work of Seattle-based interaction designer, Natalie Lew. A designer with a passion for thinking of ways future technologies like augmented reality and artificial intelligence can be used in the classroom to teach intangible concepts, we were particularly captured by Natalie’s work for the Seattle Aquarium Redesign. The project entailed attracting those who have visited the Seattle Aquarium before to see the site in a new light, and for those yet to go to the attraction to see aquariums themselves in a unique way. Natalie created a beautiful new visual identity for the aquarium, applied that identity to the branding of the design, and designed a new service application to aid those visiting the site. Check out Natalie’s journey for the aquarium redesign below and learn more about this rising star and what inspires her here. 

Designing the App Experience

This is an application intended for a user about to visit the exhibit or already within the exhibit. It does not intend for the aquarium to offer more than it already does; rather, it simply facilitates the activities and exhibits and the aquarium in current existence.

Wireframes and Navigation

Further Branding

As the identity of the Seattle Aquarium relies on far more than just visual UI, Natalie created mockups of what Out of Home advertising might look like, as well as their website and catalogue for print viewing.


An interaction designer and recent graduate, Natalie Lew of Seattle is passionate about the intersections of design and philosophy. Her interdisciplinary background in design inspires her residency project, in which she’ll create a toolkit of resources to make user experience design more accessible and available to the creative community.  She plans to start a design studio in the future, so she’ll challenge herself to learn more about working in individual and group settings while constantly receiving and improving based on feedback. 

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All Things Monochrome and How To Use It For Your Design Project

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The thought of making a project design using monochromatic colors could be intimidating at first, but take heed, because it can lead to a compelling aesthetics and visuals. Monochromatic colors are always a hot concept and work well with different design projects. In this article, we’ll explore the unique beauty of monochromatic colors and understand […]

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When Slower UX is Better UX

Original Source: https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2017/09/when-slower-ux-is-better-ux/

When it comes to technology, faster isn’t always better. 

It’s true that 47 percent of people want web pages to load in two seconds or less (and 40 percent abandon sites that take three seconds to load). But when load times drop significantly below that two-second threshold, users start to get skeptical.

To understand why, put yourself in the shoes of someone checking his credit score. In the past, he may have spent hours on the phone to get even one bureau’s credit report. Now, using an app, he can get all three reports in mere seconds with just a few taps.

Yes, the app is fast, and yes, from an objective perspective, it’s user-friendly. Its designers clearly did their homework. But does he trust the app’s results? Is it a scam? Did the program really gather all three reports, check them for errors, and present them in a matter of seconds?

No way, he might think. Given his past experience, he’d be perfectly reasonable in thinking that the app couldn’t possibly have done it that quickly.

When Slower Software Works

In most cases, a speedy user experience makes sense. Optimization is important, and frankly, most sites need more of it, not less.

But there are certain situations in which a slower UX can actually increase user trust and engagement. Consider slowing your software in order to:

1. Create Security Theater

When you fly, the Transportation Security Administration’s job isn’t just to make you safer; it’s also to make you feel safer. This same labor of illusion is what made you confident when filing your taxes with TurboTax earlier this year. Intuit created fake animated loading bars that show that it triple-checking your returns for errors even though it actually does so along the way.

Slowing down this stressful process tells users that TurboTax is working hard for them and that they can trust it with sensitive information. Facebook provides random security checks for a similar reason: By drawing attention to something that’s already happening behind the scenes, Facebook gives users confidence that their data is secure.

When, exactly, should you provide a security-show slowdown? One might be in order if the user has provided sensitive information (such as a social security number or home address), paid money to use your service, or engaged deeply with it.

For example, imagine a home-finding startup. Rather than you doing the legwork of finding the perfect home, the startup’s app handles it for you. Because it costs money and requires personal information, it’s imperative that it slow the process down. In order to build trust, the app should explain why it needs your sensitive data, how it will use that information, and assure you that it will keep your information safe. A free messaging app, on the other hand, needs no such slowdown. Its goal is merely to gain and keep its users through a seamless experience with the least number of barriers.

2. Educate Users About Modern Tech Speeds

Thanks to Moore’s Law and the maturation of connected devices, many modern technology products are fast and efficient with little perceived latency. Mobile computing and network speeds are remarkably quick compared to even five years ago.

But with so many users accustomed to spotty internet service, old technologies, and buggy software, fast operating speeds can cause them to worry about whether your product is working correctly. Wells Fargo’s eye scan technology, for example, was so quick that users didn’t believe it was doing what it said it was. The developers artificially slowed the process by strategically including scanning and authenticating progress bars. 

Slowing your product to match user expectations should, however, be a stopgap solution. Look for opportunities to educate users on today’s software speeds. Within the product itself, explain how your software is faster than ever. 

Facebook, again, provides an illustrative example. Ever notice how it pushes temporary notifications into your newsfeed following a product update? Each update mentions how Facebook is constantly working hard to improve the platform’s speed.

In your own product, take it one step further and include a call to action to allow users to provide feedback. Have an FAQ ready (or, even better, live support) to respond to this feedback and help users understand what’s really happening behind the scenes of your software.

3. Work Within System Constraints

Keep in mind that not all devices are connected to fast internet providers. Your product’s users might be of modest means or live in rural areas, or your own server infrastructure might not be up to snuff.

Either way, progress indicators such as loading bars can remind users that your product is still working on their request. For example, FirstRand Bank Limited of South Africa baked an artificial progress bar into its web interface. Because its infrastructure is outdated and slow, information can’t be displayed as quickly as it could, say, in Wells Fargo’s app.

Again, consider the user’s experience. If you’re a FirstRand customer staring at a blank screen for 15 seconds after clicking a button, wouldn’t you try checking your connection and refreshing the request? Unfortunately, these actions only make the bottleneck worse.

A fake loading bar might not be the ideal solution, but it’s better than providing no feedback at all. Animation to show that your software is handling the user’s request provides relief for both your servers and your users.

Speeding Up or Slowing Down?

All this talk of slowing down software requires some historical context. System limitations and users’ past experiences may be slowing things down, but on the whole, technology is pushing toward faster user experiences.

The more time that elapses, the more long-term tech users we’ll have. The more long-term tech users become accustomed to instantaneous results, the less UX designers will need to slow down their technologies. The faster technologies work — and, importantly, work correctly — the more users will trust them. Meanwhile, younger generations without the preconceived notions of their parents will grow into adults who are accustomed to seamless technological experiences.

Older generations who aren’t comfortable with technology still exist, however, and two people of different demographics rarely have the same comfort levels with the same technologies. Today, intentionally slowing down certain product scenarios can help older users feel comfortable with what’s happening to their data.

When slow systems (by today’s standards) are gone and people are used to instantaneous results, how much systems reveal to us about their back-end operations may become a question of personal freedom. As humans, we want to feel in control. Choices are comforting.

Ultimately, speed is important, but so is matching users’ expectations. No matter how fast we move into the future, slowing down will never go out of style.

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The 40 best free web fonts

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It's time-consuming to cut through the ocean of free fonts online, especially web fonts, to find the real gems that punch above their price tag. With this in mind, we've rounded up the greatest free web fonts from around the internet to get you started.

There are various methods to source and license web fonts, including subscription-based models such as Typekit and Fontspring, which boast libraries of quality typefaces that are becoming increasingly popular with professional designers.

If you're on a tight budget, however, or are just looking to experiment on a smaller project, there are plenty of good web fonts available at no cost if you know where to look. 

Luckily, we've done the hard work for you, and have put together this list of the best free web fonts around at the moment. There's a broad selection so there should be something here to suit every project. Don't forget to check out our articles on How to use webfonts and How to choose the right typeface for your brand, to help you out.

01. Archivo Narrow

Archivo Narrow is built for high performance typography

Designed by Héctor Gatti and Omnibus-Type Team, Archivo Narrow consists of four fonts with 416 glyphs each. It is designed to be portable and can be used across both print and digital platforms, and its technical and aesthetic characteristics of this typeface are both crafted for high performance typography. 

And if you like its style, Archivo Black, a heavyweight grotesque designed for highlights and headlines, is also available.

02. Palanquin

Palanquin has seven weights plus a heavier display family

A Unicode-compliant Latin and Devanagari text type family designed for the digital age, Palanquin is a versatile font family that strikes a balance between typographic conventions and visual flair. It consists of seven text weights and can be extended with a heavier display family, Palanquin Dark.

If you'd like to contribute to the Palanquin project you can find it here on GitHub.

03. Ostrich Sans

Ostrich Sans is a gorgeous modern sans-serif, available in a variety of styles and weights

Available from The League of Moveable Type, free web font Ostrich Sans is a gorgeous modern sans-serif with a very long neck. The family comes complete with a number of styles and weights, including dash, rounded, ultra light, normal and black.

04. PT Sans

PT Sans is based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the 20th century

PT Sans was developed for the project Public Types of Russian Federation. Based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the 20th century, free web font PT Sans also incorporates distinctive features of contemporary humanistic designs. 

PT Sans was designed by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva and Vladimir Yefimov and released by ParaType in 2009.

05. Fira Sans

Free web fonts: Fira Sans

Fira Sans was created by legendary type designer Erik Spiekermann

Free web font Fira Sans was created by legendary type designer Erik Spiekermann, with additional contributions from Carrois Type Design. 

Designed to integrate with the character of the Mozilla FirefoxOS, the Fira family aims to cover the legibility needs for a large range of handsets varying in screen quality and rendering.

06. Montserrat

free web fonts: montserrat

Montserrat is inspired by the urban typography of the region in Buenos Aires

Julieta Ulanovsky created this font because she wanted to preserve the beautiful typography she saw on the street signage in Montserrat, Buenos Aires. As the area is developed, the old posters and signs are lost. 

This font is distributed under an open source license and goes some way toward preserving the urban typography of the historic region.

07. Abril Fatface

free web fonts: abril fatface

Perfect for arresting headlines

Abril Fatface is part of a big type family that has 18 styles designed for all kinds of uses. Fatface has a strong, elegant presence that makes for striking headlines. It's commonly paired with Lato, Open Sans and Droid Sans.

08. Playfair Display

free web fonts: playfair display

Great for squeezing into tight spots

With its extra large x-height and short descenders Playfair Display is particularly suited to headlines, especially if space is tight. It works well with Georgia, and you’ll also see it used with Oswald, Lato and Arvo.

09. GT Walsheim

Free web fonts: GT Walksheim

GT Walsheim is a popular choice for design blogs

Used by many design blogs these days, GT Walsheim is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by Noël Leu and released in 2010 through Swiss foundry Grilli Type. 

You have to pay for the full font family, but Grillit Type kindly offers GT Walsheim as a free trial, so you can try before you buy.

10. Merriweather

Free web fonts: Merriweather

A good choice for long reads on screens

If readability on screens is a priority in your project you might reach for Merriweather, which was designed especially for this purpose. Merriweather is always evolving, and you can request features and stay up to date by checking creator Eben Sorkin's blog.

11. Josefin Sans

Free web fonts: josefin sans

Josefin Sans captures something of the Swedish design style

Josefin Sans was drawn with vintage Swedish design in mind, and has a geometric, elegant aesthetic. The letter z has a distinctive 'haircut', which was inspired by New Universal Typeface Newut from André Baldinger.

12. Gravitas One

Free web fonts: Gravitas One

This web font will be perfect for headers and tabs

Designed by Riccardo De Franceschi, Gravitas One is modelled on the 'UK fat face' – a heavy advertising type created during the industrial revolution in England. 

This is a font that'll look great in a medium to large scale; perfect for headers, tabs and striking titles.

13. Jura

Free web fonts: Jura

Jura comes in four different weights, so will work well almost anywhere!

Daniel Johnson wanted to create a Roman alphabet using the same kinds of strokes and curves as the Kayah Li glyphs. Jura was born and has been expanded to include glyphs for the Cyrillic and Greek alphabets. 

It's available in light, book, medium, and demibold weights.

14. League Gothic

Free web fonts League Gothic

The League of Moveable Type delivers another stellar web font

Originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders Company in 1903, League Gothic has been given a new lease of life thanks to The League of Moveable Type. 

Thanks to a commission from WND.com, it's been revised and updated with contributions from Micah Rich, Tyler Finck, and Dannci, who have contributed the extra glyphs.

15. Fjord

Free web fonts Fjord

Fjord is perfect for content on the web

Fjord is a serif typeface, originally designed with printed books in mind, and particularly intended for long texts in small print sizes. This will look great for your longer content on the web as it features sturdy construction, prominent serifs, low-contrast modulation and long elegant ascenders and descenders relative to the 'x' height.

16. Amaranth

Free web fonts Amaranth

Play around with Amaranth and see what works for your site

The Amaranth family is a friendly upright italic design with a slight contrast and distinctive curves. With its three new styles Amaranth works really well with almost any text type. This is a font perfect for playing around with – see what works!

17. Gentium Basic

Free web fonts Gentium Basic

The free web font Gentium Basic was designed as a multilingual face

Released under the SIL Open Font License, Victor Gaultney's serif was designed specifically as a multilingual face, incorporating Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts and advanced support in the Gentium Plus version. 

Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic are both available as free web fonts, but are restricted to a Latin character set.

18. Open Sans

Free web fonts Open Sans

This free web font is crisp, clean and optimised for web and mobile

Designed by Steve Matteson, type director at Ascender Corp, this humanist sans serif boasts great legibility even at small sizes, and has been optimized for both web and mobile interfaces. This free web font has an upright feel, with open letterforms and a neutral-yet-friendly appearance that ensures versatility.

19. Signika

Free web fonts Signika

The free web font Signika was designed with clarity in mind

In the tradition set by the likes of Meta and Tahoma, Anna Giedry's designed Signika with signage and wayfinding in mind, where clarity is key. This free web font is a sans serif with low contrast and a tall x-height, qualities that translate well onto screen. Its wide character set includes small caps, pictograms, and arrows.

20. Josefin Slab

Free web fonts Josefin Slab

The x-height of this free web font is half its caps height

Drawing on the trend for 1930s-style geometric typefaces with some added Scandinavian flavour, Santiago Orozco's distinctive slab serif brings a distinctive 'typewriter' feel to its sans serif counterpart, and this free web font is perhaps best suited to display use. Unusually, Josefin's x-height is half that of its caps height.

21. Forum

Free web fonts Forum

This free web font is particularly effective for all-caps headlines

As its name implies, this is a grand Ancient Roman-style serif that is particularly distinctive as a display font used all-caps for headlines, although works stylishly as a sentence-case text face at slightly larger sizes. This free web font's elegant proportions are reminiscent of classical architecture, with semi-circular arches, horizontal cornices, and vertical columns.

Next page: 20 more great free web fonts…

22. Tikal Sans

Free web fonts Tikal Sans

This free web font takes its name from the Mayans’ main city

Taking its name from the Mayans' most prominent city, Tikal Sans' characterful sharp-ended strokes are influenced by glyphs that were used by the South American civilization. Foundry Latinotype gave this web font a large, contemporary-feeling x-height for both legibility and friendly appeal, while its multiple weights ensure maximum versatility.

Note: currently only medium and medium italic are available free.

23. Arvo

Free web fonts Arvo

Good arvo, mate! And a very good web font, too…

Equally suited to both print and web, Anton Koovit's geometric slab serif is available in Roman, Italic, Roman Bold, and Bold Italic. Although this free web font has an almost uniform stroke width, Arvo's very slight contrast adds to its character – and it's also carefully hinted to enhance its on-screen readability.

24. Bevan

Free web fonts Bevan

Ultra-bold web fonts don’t always translate to screens, but this one does

This is Vernon Adams' reimagining of a traditional 1930s slab serif by Heinrich Jost. The letterforms have been digitised, reshaped and optimised for the web, with more open counters and stronger stems to ensure that Bevan functions as an ultra-bold display font that suits modern browsers.

25. Old Standard TT

Free web fonts Old Standard TT

This web font has a very ‘scientific document’ feel to it

Revisiting the Modern (classicist) serif style that was widespread in the late 19th and early 20th century but later abandoned, this style is well suited to giving style and heritage to particular types of content, such as scientific papers, or for setting Greek or Cyrillic type. The name counterbalances the ‘New Standard’ (Obyknovennaya Novaya) used in much Soviet typography.

26. Kreon

Free web fonts Kreon

This is a personality-packed web font which is great for blogs

Ideally suited to magazine and news websites, as well as blogs, this characterful serif by Julia Petretta has a slight slab feel to it, but its balanced, low-contrast letterforms convey considerably more personality than a more neutral typewriter-style web font might, making it ideal for headlines. Sans serif and italic versions are currently in development.

27. Droid Sans

Free web fonts Droid sans

Droid web font is ideal for mobile screens, hence the name

A digital-focused typeface by Ascender Corp’s type director Steve Matteson, Droid Sans has been optimised for maximum readability at small sizes for user interfaces – particularly menus on mobile phone screens (hence the Android-referencing name). It has an upright stress with open letterforms, and balances a neutral feel with a friendly touch.

28. Italiana

Free web fonts Italiana

This elegant web font adds a touch of class to any site

Another web font geared up for setting newspaper or magazine headlines, which makes it useful for carrying a brand seamlessly across print and digital. Mexico-based designer Santiago Orozco was inspired by traditional Italian calligraphy, and accordingly is well suited to projects that need a touch of elegance and Continental style. Development is ongoing, and Orozco welcomes feedback.

29. Vollkorn

Free web fonts Vollkorn

Hardworking web font Vollkorn is its designer’s first attempt as a typeface

Considering it's Friedrich Althausen's first attempt at typeface design, this hardworking, multi-purpose serif (the name is German for 'wholemeal') is a considerable accomplishment, and has been downloaded thousands of times. Its chunky, well-defined serifs give it confidence and energy that make it equally effective at large sizes for headlines or titles, or for larger passages of text.

30. Actor

Free web fonts Actor

The free web font Actor has very distinctive 6s and 9s

Like Poly, this free web font emerged from a university project – this time by Thomas Junold while he was studying at Aachen University of Applied Sciences at Karl-Friedrich (Kai) Oetzbach. It has a particularly high x-height that calls for generous line spacing, and also features old-style figures, with 6 and 9 particularly unique.

31. Lato

Free web fonts Lato

This free web font is published under the Open Font License

A sans serif family created by Polish designer Łukasz Dziedzic, Lato is published under the open-source Open Font License. Originally developed for a client project, which was later steered in a different direction, the face is relatively non-descript when used small, but reveals its character at larger sizes, where its semi-rounded characters add warmth.

32. Average Sans

Free web fonts Average

Average by name… This web font is neutral and no-nonsense

As its name implies, this typeface by Argentine designer Eduardo Tunni has relatively neutral letterforms in terms of structure and proportion, and comes in both sans serif and serif versions that complement each other nicely. It's best used as a text font, or for short, no-nonsense headlines. A serif version, simply called Average, is similarly clear and crisp.

33. EB Garamond

Free web fonts EB Garamond

This variation of the Garamond typeface is a great free web font

Since its roots in the 16th century, the humanist serif face Garamond has become a true typographic icon, and much copied. This particular open-source project by Georg Duffner seeks to bring the essence of Claude Garamond's masterpiece onto the web. 

The 'EB' stands for Egenolff-Berner, as the web font is based on a specimen created by Conrad Berner while at the Egenolff print office.

34. Ubuntu

Free web fonts Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a distinctive web font – and open source, of course

Created by leading London foundry Dalton Maag, this distinctive sans serif font was developed with funding from Canonical Ltd to benefit the wider free software community, and users are encouraged to modify, improve and share the web font. Ubuntu is designed to convey personality on both desktop and mobile screens.

35. Rosario

Free web fonts Rosario

Rosario is perfect for setting paragraph type

Rosario is described by publisher Omnibus as being a classic semi-serif typeface, featuring weak contrast and smooth endings. We think it's an excellent Humanist sans-serif addition to your type arsenal. Perfect for setting paragraph type, Rosario is named after the city where designer Héctor Gatti lives. The font has also benefited from TrueType hinting additions provided by Adobe via their Edge Web Fonts platform.

36. Roboto Slab

Free web fonts Roboto Slab

Roboto Slab provides a pleasant reading experience

Roboto Slab is one variant in the wider Roboto family designed by Christian Robertson. The slab version particularly catches the eye with its geometric shapes and open curves. It works equally well as a display font or for dense copy: the letterform rhythm feels natural, making for a pleasant reading experience.

37. Oswald

Free web fonts Oswald

Oswald is a fantastic display font for headlines

One of the first fonts to be featured in Google’s Web Fonts library, Oswald has been updated more recently to include multiple weights, extended character sets and better kerning. The font is a reworking of the classic Alternate Gothic sans-serif typeface style, created by designer Vernon Adams, and is a fantastic display font for headlines and captions.

38. Stalemate

Free web fonts Stalemate

Stalemate works well as an accent font

A wonderfully quaint script design by Jim Lyles, and harking back to vintage origins. This font works well as an accent or display font, adding instant “personal” impact to your typography on the page.

39. Crimson Text

Free web fonts Crimson Text

Crimson Text is a solid, well proportioned serif

This wonderfully refined font makes an excellent choice for copy that requires the solidity and impact of a well proportioned serif. Designed by Sebastian Kosch in the best traditions of oldstyle typefaces such as Garamond, this features beautifully rendered ordinals and uppercase forms, making it a solid and reliable choice for many applications.

40. Ledger

Free web fonts Ledger

Free web font Ledger has excellent legibility even on low-resolution screens

A multi-purpose face with a large x-height, strong stroke contrast, and clearly defined serifs and terminals that all contribute to excellent readability, Denis Masharov's free web font Ledger is particularly effective for editorial use – working equally well on the printed page or on a low-resolution screen.

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