I’ve written about emerging gallery-style websites like image bookmarking and information design. Here’s yet another trend: niche web design inspiration galleries. Here are examples of those classifications:
- One-page: FullSingle
- Light on dark: LightOnDark
- Minimalist: minimalsites
- Liquid layouts: No Resolution
- Specific CMS: WeLoveWP, welovetxp.com, Joomlabased, Movable Love
- Specific look: CSS Nature
- Specific website genre: ChurchBeauty
- Specific group of designers: CSS Princess, CSS Design Yorkshire, CeeEsEs, CSS Blue
Most of these sites aren’t really new, except that enterprising webmasters are coming up with new categories more often—seemingly every week!
Do we really need new sites for all these categories? I would say yes. Despite the presence of categories and tags, custom search engines powered by Google, gallery aggregators like Most Inspired, you can never have an excessive supply of inspiration.
Plus, visual search using mere keywords is still ineffective. Usually because there isn’t enough care given into describing images. You can never really tell how many tags you can add to properly describe the look and feel of a website.
In fact, since websites are basically interfaces and not just 2-dimensional designs slapped onscreen, showcases and galleries should also focus on their interactive elements. That’s probably where pattern galleries like Pattern Tap comes in.