Hand drawn elements are used extensively in websites owned by creative individuals. A hasty digging of the web would indicate that a handful of websites owned by designers contain some of form of hand crafted elements as embellishments of their web presence.
Basically, this practice is a product of their own creative imagination. Designers always have a drive to be unique and to stand out from his peers and one way of doing it is by using hand drawn, personalized elements on their websites. Instead of favoring clean and sleek gradients that tends to be businesslike, for their navigation menus, a lot of creative professionals exude a hand crafted and homey feel by using doodles and handwritten fonts. This approach in web design is of course not a monopoly of creative professionals. Some businesses also take it to informally connect to their patrons.
Hand Drawn Elements in Web Design
In general, websites with hand drawn elements tend to be informal, personal and friendly as opposed to formal, businesslike and rigid layouts. In this post you will find websites that adopt the informal, doodle-filled and unconventional setup. Here, you will notice that these most of these websites no dot adopt the traditional setup of well-defined sidebars. Most of these websites do away with them altogether. They have unique layout and navigation schemes. In terms of pleasing appearance and their potential to attract attention, these websites are winners. Check them below and see for yourself.
Showcase of Websites with Hand Drawn Elements
Bearskin Rug has a vintage feel. It is simple and clean with its attractive hand drawn logotype on its header and its call to action.
Peter Wesolowski’s website has plenty of hand drawn elements. From typography, to his navigation menu, to his timeline, and contact form, Peter has skillfully crafted his portfolio website.
Kyle Steed has a catchy illustration of himself on his personal website’s header. All the typography also are obviously created out of handwritten fonts that blend seamlessly to the background of his website design.
The lighthearted illustration that dominates HTML5 Labs’ website would give us an industrial feel that gives the impression that it is a website of a theme foundry engage in the business of creating websites. Its simple and textured background allows the featured works of the company to stand out.
1minus1 has monochromatic illustrations on its background and on its navigation menus as well as on its typography. Its unique minimalist feel allows its two-colored hand drawn illustration of two cups to be the center of attraction. This element gives you a clue to follow towards the funnel that drops liquid on the ground where the works done by the web design firm is found. This figuratively illustrates the concept of combining design and development to create tangible results.
Cilantro Café has an eclectic mix of doodles, hand written type and fancy hover effects.
Stepan Mares apparently is a comics illustrator. His brand name is depicted with an illustration of himself. His typography and his navigation are also hand written which made to appear on top of a spring bound portfolio.
Marie Catrib is a restaurant that uses hand drawn elements on its design to add a personal and lighthearted touch to its products. It gives us the impression of its products being homemade prepared with special flavors and passion that only Marie Catrib herself can deliver.
Sarah Hyland’s website accurately depicts her profession as an actress, videographer and a creative soul with her subtle grunge website with hand drawn elements.
Amazee Labs has an amazing combination of colors on its retro-vintage theme. Its tagline is composed of a pleasant mix of four colors green, white, blue and red in a with a hand painted look characteristic of old signage design.
Clever Craft has a hand written tagline and some paint splatters all over. These makes the whole design speak for its purpose as a creative and education portal for the young.
Pointless Corp. has some attractive drawing on its right sidebar. Overall, its design is unique, clean and professional that rightly speaks of the proficiency of the team in serving its clients.
Polecat is a team of creatives that offers UI design services. If UIs for apps ought to be clean, sleek, professional and simple, you are right. That is what Polecat does. The design on its website however looks cartoonish. But wait, its actually a workflow in graphics. It explains the process how Polecat handles a project from start to finish. It really adds a touch of attitude and personality to the designs they create. The website as a whole is a break from UIs that rely heavily on clean but sometimes monotonous sans serif.
Yoke has a fun and lighthearted drawing that stands big right on the header.
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Just Dot has hand drawn elements on its design all over. It’s a brilliant mix of art and some science with its mathematical formulas subtly written on the grungy drawing board that acts as its background.
Pow is simple and laid back with its monochromatic design. Its logo is catchy and its minimal one column design is effective with its no-frills-no-flashes approach.
Forever heavy again has vintage feel adorned with a hand drawn tagline and illustrations of a cat and a man on top, obviously depicting the word “refreshing.”
Big Daddy Weave’s website does not really employ heavy use of hand drawn elements but the typography that spells its name, obviously its logo, is worth mentioning as hand drawn or hand painted type.
The Beehive Boston is simple, highly creative and hand drawn. The navigation is on top of the web page, which seems to be part of the artistic display of typography.
Quite apart from the skillful use of solid colors, Middle Mojo have handmade types that shines on the design.
Head2Heart has hand drawn elements on its navigation, donation button and logo. Its typography is also handwritten. All these in complementary colors of blue and orange.
This website has attractive hand drawn navigation in pleasant colors. The design as a whole is catchy, simple and effective.
The navigation and hand drawn cartoons of this website speak well of the tailored and customized web design that the company creates for their clients.
Kutztown University’s art department is portrayed as a creative entity on its website with hand drawn elements.
Go Live has nice color combination with hand drawn illustrations and hand crafted typography.
Carsonified has a fancy navigation style in the form of hand drawn clouds and fonts.
Greenaway pro 2011, have hand drawn elements like its logo, navigation and its typography.
Allure Graphic Design has nicely crafted hand drawn elements on its header. It’s clean and beautiful design is obviously feminine.
Hover on the logo of this website and you will see it transforms into a pen-wielding humanoid robot. Essential elements of this website are all hand drawn as it is intended to showcase doodles and drawings.
Oregon Breweries has an attractive hand drawn header that turns green on hover.
Doodle Pad cannot be called as such without doodles. You can find them on its home page with the illustration of a client and a creative. Its logo also is well, hand drawn.
A nicely designed website with hand crafted elements has a personal sketchy appeal. Hull Digital has an attractive sketch and typography with fancy scratch lines appearing on hover under its menu.
Booki.sh has an attractive design with blue colored illustrations and a minimalist typography.
Bootb has a nicely executed colors and handcrafted elements in black background.
Kevin Monger is a model maker and he fully identifies himself as such by using sketches on his website.
WebFoo is a web design agency in London, and its website uses illustration to enhance the look of its online presence in a professional manner.
Aside from the hand drawn logo on top and its navigation menu, Home Store has an animated and cool roller coaster to boot.
The nicely done drawings on a cardboard texture acting as its background, is what make this website attention grabbing.
Kev Adamson is a creative professional and his website says it all. His logo, creative navigation, and his doodles on a piece of paper texture are proof of his expertise in drawing.
Harry Ford himself in drawing is what highlights his web page. Hover on the icon surrounding the illustration and you will see his social connections.
Hope you enjoy this round up of creative websites with hand drawn elements. If you have some thoughts in mind, shoot us a comment below and let the ball roll.