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20 of the Best Website Homepage Design Examples

You never get a second chance to make a first impression — that’s why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important web pages on your website.

For any given company, the homepage is its virtual front door. If a new visitor doesn’t like what they see, their knee-jerk reaction is to hit the “back” button.

That’s right — unfortunately, a lot of people still judge a book by its cover.

What makes a website’s homepage design brilliant instead of blah? Well, it takes more than looks alone — it also has to work well. That’s why the most brilliant homepages on this list don’t just score high in beauty, but also in brains.

Download our full collection of website homepage examples here to inspire your own homepage design. 

But before we dive into the examples, let’s dissect some of the best practices of homepage design.

What Makes a Good Website Homepage Design

All of the homepage designs shown here utilize a combination of the following elements. Not every page is perfect, but the best homepage designs get many of these right:

1) The design clearly answers “Who I am,” “What I do,” and/or “What can you (the visitor) do here.”

If you’re a well-known brand or company (i.e., Coca-Cola) you may be able to get away with not having to describe who you are and what you do; but the reality is, most businesses still need to answer these questions so that each visitor knows they are in the “right place.”

Steven Krugg sums it up best in his best-selling book, Don’t Make Me Think: If visitors can’t identify what it is you do within seconds, they won’t stick around long.

2) The design resonates with the target audience.

A homepage needs to be narrowly focused — speaking to the right people in their language. The best homepages avoid “corporate gobbledygook,” and eliminate the fluff.

3) The design communicates a compelling value proposition.

When a visitor arrives on your homepage, it needs to compel them to stick around. The homepage is the best place to nail your value proposition so that prospects choose to stay on your website and not navigate to your competitors’.

4) The design is optimized for multiple devices.

All the homepages listed here are highly usable, meaning they are easy to navigate and there aren’t “flashy” objects that get in the way of browsing, such as flash banners, animations, pop-ups, or overly-complicated and unnecessary elements. Many are also mobile-optimized, which is an incredibly important must-have in today’s mobile world.

5) The design includes calls-to-action (CTAs).

Every homepage listed here effectively uses primary and secondary calls-to-action to direct visitors to the next logical step. Examples include “Free Trial,” “Schedule a Demo,” “Buy Now,” or “Learn More.”

Remember, the goal of the homepage is to compel visitors to dig deeper into your website and move them further down the funnel. CTAs tell them what to do next so they don’t get overwhelmed or lost. More importantly, CTAs turn your homepage into a sales or lead-generation engine, and not just brochure-wear.

6) The design is always changing.

The best homepages aren’t always static. Some of them are constantly changing to reflect the needs, problems, and questions of their visitors. Some homepages also change from A/B testing or dynamic content.

7) The design is effective.

A well-designed page is important to building trust, communicating value, and navigating visitors to the next step. As such, these homepages effectively use layout, CTA placement, whitespace, colors, fonts, and other supporting elements.

Now, get ready to learn about excellent homepage design through the following 16 real-life examples.

Website Design Inspiration: 20 of the Best Homepage Designs

1) FreshBooks

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • It’s easy to consume. There is much debate on whether short or long homepages work better. If you choose to do the latter, you need to make it easy to scroll and read — and that’s exactly what this site does. It almost acts like a story.
  • There’s great use of contrast and positioning with the primary calls-to-action — it’s clear what the company wants you to convert on when you arrive.
  • The copy used in the calls-to-action “Get Started for Free” is very compelling.
  • FreshBooks uses customer testimonials on the homepage to tell real-world stories of why to use the product.
  • The sub-headline is also great: “Join over 10 million small business owners using FreshBooks.” FreshBooks expertly employs social proof — 10 million is a big number — to compel its target audience to join their peers and try the tool.

2) Airbnb

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • It includes the destination and date search form that most visitors come looking for, right up front, guiding visitors to the logical next step.
  • The search form is “smart,” meaning it’ll auto-fill the user’s last search if they’re logged in.
  • The primary call-to-action (“Search”) contrasts with the background and stands out; but the secondary call-to-action for hosts is visible above the fold, too.
  • It offers suggestions for excursions and getaways Airbnb users can book on the same site as their lodgings to get visitors more excited about booking their trip on the site. It also shows which of these offerings are most popular among other users.

3) Mint

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • It’s a super simple design with a strong, no-jargon headline and sub-headline.
  • The homepage gives off a secure but easy-going vibe, which is important for a product that handles financial information.
  • It also contains simple, direct, and compelling call-to-action copy: “Sign up free.” The CTA design is also brilliant — the secured lock icon hits home the safety message once again.

4) Dropbox (Business)

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • Dropbox carries over its simple design and branding. It includes only what is important: A large, relevant image with supporting copy, and a “Try free for 30 days” call-to-action button
  • Dropbox’s homepage and website is the ultimate example of simplicity. It limits its use of copy and visuals and embraces whitespace.
  • Its sub-headline is simple, yet powerful: “The secure file sharing and storage solution that employees and IT admins trust.” No need to decode jargon to figure out what Dropbox really does.

5) 4 Rivers Smokehouse

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • Drool. That’s what I think when I arrive at the website for 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Combined with great photography, the headline “Brisket. 18 years to master. Yours to savor.” sounds like an experience worth trying.
  • The parallax scrolling guides you on a tour through the services, menu, and people having a great time — a great use of this popular design trend.
  • The only negative? I don’t live close enough to this place. Boo.

6) Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • The headline and sub-headline appeal to the visitors’ emotional side: “Work With a Company That Gets It”; “Trust us. We’ve been there too! We’ll find jobs where you can thrive.” That value proposition is unique and compelling.
  • It’s hard to tell from the screenshot above, but the headline is on a rotating carousel that caters to specific personas, from job applicants to people searching for a therapist for their schools.
  • There are several pathways visitors can take when they arrive on the page, but the calls-to-action are positioned well, worded simply, and contrast with the rest of the page.

7) Jill Konrath

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • It’s simple and gets straight to the point. From the headline and sub-headline, it’s clear exactly what Jill Konrath does (and how she can help your business).
  • It also gives easy access to Jill’s thought leadership materials, which is important to establishing her credibility as a keynote speaker.
  • It’s easy to subscribe to the newsletter and get in touch — two of her primary calls-to-action.
  • The pop-up subscription CTA uses social proof to get you to join her thousands of other fans.
  • It includes news outlet logos and testimonials as social proof.

8) Evernote

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • Over the years, Evernote has turned from a simple note-saving app into a suite of business products. This isn’t always easy to convey on a homepage, but Evernote does a nice job packaging many potential messages into a few key benefits.
  • This homepage uses a combination of rich, muted colors in the video and its signature bright green and white highlights to make conversion paths stand out.
  • Following a simple headline (“Remember Everything”), the eye path then leads you to its call-to-action, “Sign Up For Free.”
  • Evernote also offers a one-click signup process through Google to help visitors save even more time.

9) Telerik by Progress

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • “Stuffy enterprise” isn’t the feeling you get when you arrive at Telerik’s website. For a company that offers many technology products, its bold colors, fun designs, and videography give off a Google-like vibe. Just one important aspect to making visitors feel welcome and letting them know they’re dealing with real people.
  • I love the simple, high-level overview of its six product offers. It’s very clear way of communicating what the company does and how people can learn more.
  • The copy is lightweight and easy to read. It speaks the language of its customers.

10) eWedding

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • For those love birds planning their big day, eWedding is a great destination to building a custom wedding website. The homepage isn’t cluttered and only includes the necessary elements to get people to starting building their websites.
  • The sub-headline “Over 800,000 wedding websites built!” is great social proof.
  • It’s included excellent product visuals, a great headline, and a call-to-action that reduces friction with the copy, “Start website.”

11) Basecamp

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • For a long time, Basecamp has had brilliant homepages, and here you can see why. It often features awesome headlines and clever cartoons.
  • The call-to-action is bold and above the fold.
  • In this example, the company chose a more blog-like homepage (or single page site approach), which provides much more information on the product.
  • The customer quote is a bold and emphatic testimonial speaking to the benefits and results of using the product.

12) charity: water

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • This isn’t your typical non-profit website. Lots of visuals, creative copy, and use of interactive web design make this stand out.
  • The animated header image is a great way to capture attention.
  • It employs great uses of video and photography, particularly in capturing emotion that causes action.

12) TechValidate

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • This homepage is beautifully designed. I particularly love the use of whitespace, contrasting colors, and customer-centric design.
  • The headline is clear and compelling, as are the calls-to-action.
  • There’s also a great information hierarchy, making it easy to scan and understand the page quickly.

13) Chipotle

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • The homepage is a great example of agility and constant change. Chipotle’s current homepage is all about the forthcoming holiday, which it uses as a unique value proposition to get you to start clicking through your site. When I think Chipotle, I don’t necessarily think about catering, but the site is a great reminder to consider different uses for the burritos you already know and love.
  • The food photography is detailed and beautiful, and it actually makes me hungry looking at it. Now that’s an effective use of visuals.

14) Medium

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • This is perhaps one of the best uses of whitespace I’ve seen. It allows Medium’s app tagline and photo to take center stage while still drawing your eye to the darker section titles on the site.
  • Medium makes it easy to sign up — on the site, or with a simple text message to your mobile phone. I’m much more responsive to a text than an email, so this is a great strategy to keep people engaged in the signup process.
  • The homepage uses social proof to get visitors to start clicking around: The “Popular on Medium” and “Staff Picks” sections let me know where to find high-quality content.

15) Digiday

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • Unlike other online news publications that inundate homepages with as many headlines and images as possible, Digiday’s first section showcases just one article. Its featured image (in this case, a scary one) is eye-catching, and the headline is just asking to be clicked now that the visitor has an idea of what they’re going to read.
  • The top of the homepage, where websites normally showcase a ton of different sections and options to click through, only has one icon to click — which leads you to a subscription page.

16) KIND Snacks

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • The bold colors produce contrast, making the words and images stand out on the page.
  • The CTA — “Shop KIND” — is clever. It urges the visitor to click to learn more while making a play on the word “kind” — implying that it’s a good choice to shop there.
  • KIND Snacks’ tagline is straight up brilliant — when I read it, the message immediately resonated and made me want to read the snack bar’s label.

17) Ahrefs

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • The color contrast between the blue, white, and orange colors is eye-catching and makes the headline and CTA pop.
  • The sub-headline and CTA are a compelling pair: To be able to start tracking and outranking competitors for free is a great offer.
  • The homepage presents a multitude of options for the visitor, but it isn’t cluttered thanks to the solid background and simple typography.

18) A24 Films

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • The film company’s homepage is made up of only trailers for its new films. We know video content is format audiences want to see more of, and this is a great strategy to showcase A24’s work in a highly engaging way.
  • At the top of the homepage, A24 immediately offers a myriad of ways to get in touch via social media and email — something I appreciate as a visitor when so many other sites bury contact information at the bottom of the page.

19) Ellevest

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Why It’s Brilliant

  • “Invest Like a Woman: Because money is power.” These headlines are powerful and make me want to learn more about the product — both as a woman, and as someone interested in making smart financial choices.
  • The images show, rather than tell, one of the company’s value propositions: a desktop site and mobile app that move with you.
  • “Get Started” is a great CTA — in fact, we use it ourselves here at HubSpot. When clicked, it takes visitors through a few simple steps to set up a profile and start investing.

20) HubSpot

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Why It’s Brilliant (If We Do Say So Ourselves)

  • The LEGO characters catch your attention (because they’re cute), then they cleverly illustrate and reinforce the messaging in the headline and sub-headline.
  • It bears another eye-catching “Get Started” CTA — with bonus microcopy detailing our free versions users can choose to upgrade in the future.
  • Throughout the homepage, our bright blue and orange color themes keep returning to draw your eye to links and CTAs.

 

30 Bold and Clean Web Designs for Inspiration

Making design choices for your website can be a daunting task. Sometimes, you’re not sure what’s going on, or what direction to take your web design. Well, that’s where Betterment comes in. We don’t want you to get overwhelmed (or be without inspiration), so for this post.

But what makes bold and clean so special, you might ask?

The interwebs are a big place, and it can be easy for your site to blend in and get lost, unless you’ve purposefully designed it to stand out. Bold, clean designs draw attention and make browsing easy for users. Bold makes a statement, while cluttered, mundane websites make users bounce before you’ve even had the chance to tell them what you’re all about. Clean design also helps the right things stand out (like your CTA) and minimizes distractions. Check out the picks below, and let me know what you think.

Here are 30 bold and clean web designs for your inspiration.

30 Sites to Inspire You

1

Everlane

With a “back to basics” theme, Everlane (or, as I’d call it, Everlasting Awesomeness) is cutting out the fluff with a clean design and bold font.

2

Catscarf

This site features a big photograph of a pretty suave-looking cat wearing a cat scarf (yeah, you read that right — cat scarves for sale). We see the über chic name of the featured scarf and a perfectly placed CTA just below. What do users do? They shop. When do they shop? RIGHT MEOW!

3

THISISPAPER

Like Catscarf, THISISPAPER also features a great full-size image that draws your eye right to the CTA. Buy a copy? Don’t mind if I do!

4

Falve

A carousel of color-rich, full-page images with a clean, simple, sans serif font welcomes you on the homepage and implores you to stay.

5

Brave People

Check out the Brave People page, and you’re greeted with brave design. Bold, big photography and parallax design are complemented nicely by the mouseover effect on the photos of the team.

6

Intersection

Intersection’s site puts you on the street of a big city, looking up at a skyscraper — and directly at the site menu.

7

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8

Harry’s

With another carousel, Harry’s cycles through high quality images with sans serif fonts. Each slide bears a smart description of their razors and accessories.

9

GC Watches

GC Watches is presenting you with a timeless design: clear copy next to bold images.

10

Squarespace

Interactive graphics? Yes, please! Squarespace takes the bold image up a notch with animation.

11

Jun Lu

This design company knows what they’re doing. A neutral, gray background lets the product images take center stage.

12

Jonathan Decosta

One word: grayscale. This site shows just how bold black-and-white can be.

13

Escape Committee

Red is a power color, and Escape Committee boldly embraces it as their accent color.

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Wondersauce

Opposites attract for Wondersauce, a digital development company that uses a clean, white font on a natural woodgrain background.

15

Nixon

Nixon splits its site with bilateral symmetry, with one side for each sex. Grayscale photos of a man and a woman facing the simple, three-option menu directs users right where they need to go.

16

IWC Schaffhausen

IWC Schaffhausen offers visitors a window into nature from the computer to introduce visitors to the aquatimer collection; it’s an unexpected and refreshingly clean design for a watch manufacturer.

17

Doug Aitken: The Source

A brief intro flashes photographs across the screen with soft, pulsating music. After the intro, video interviews continue with each creative individual in his project. A bold choice; as we recently discussed, video can be tricky.

18

Spotify

Scroll beyond the hook & promise, and you’ll hit a design explosion. Big, high definition photographs dominate the page, which is complete with parallax scrolling and a clear CTA.

19

Britney Spears

It’s Britney, bitch. But in all seriousness, the design team nails it with a high quality image and just Britney’s name. Because she needs no introduction.

20

Google Glass

The Google Glass rolls through striking full-page images of different people wearing Google Glass in different situations for a simple-yet-bold design choice.

21

Shaun White

The snowboarder’s site greets you with an excellent action shot of him in the clouds. If you’re into snowboarding, this picture is definitely going to capture your attention.

22

Jack Daniels

Once you get past the age verification, the black-and-white branding is carried throughout the home page, which greets you with a carousel featuring different varieties of the whiskey.

23

Crop the Block

Crop the Block truly showcases their filmmaking cred with a great selection of stunning video clips and exquisitely paired typography.

24

Symbolset

A color-changing background with animated white type make this site one-of-a-kind.

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Whiteboard

Whiteboard packs a punch with their single-page design, bold contrasts, and mouseover effects.

26

Liberio

Liberio declares simplicity with flat design. The site delivers with inviting graphics on a muted gold background. The warm, happy graphics of people, representative of three potential groups of product users, blink and smile at you, which is a nice touch.

27

Dropbox

Sometimes less is more. Dropbox makes a clean entrance on their homepage with a white background and blue illustration.

28

Simone Marcarino

Hey, his page title says it, and I agree: smashing design. Marcarino uses bold colors with a minimalist honeycomb design combined with a striking mouseover effect.

29

Cambridge Healthcare

Healthcare providers rarely have websites with nice design, but Cambridge does. The vital info is showcased within a monochromatic blue color scheme.

30

Pulse

With the home page horizontally divided by color and content, Pulse provides bold contrast with simple, clean graphics.

31

Dropify

Warm, bright, exciting colors make the hero area of this single-page design really pop. Further down the page, the bright colors are contrasted with a simple, white background.

So, what’s going on?

You may have noticed a commonality among many of the designs — high quality images, along with white, non-serif font on a color background. While that design trend demands attention, those aren’t the only design routes you can take. Bold, clean and visually exciting web design can come in many formats from videos to static graphics, grayscale to bold color, and full-page photo backgrounds to sliders. Bold comes in a variety of flavors, and it’s up to you to pick the bold flavor that works for your project.

Hopefully, you’ve got a lot of inspiration and have an idea of how you’ll embolden your next site design. Let me know what you thought of these choices — and what you think about bold, clean design. We love your feedback!

50 Beautiful Examples of Minimalism in Modern Web Design

All designers have different interpretations of what minimal web design truly is, but most would agree that the purpose of an effective minimally designed web page is to layout the content in such a way that no single element distracts attention from the visual hierarchy. And the key to achieving minimal distraction is to initially have a well-structured backbone focused on the comparative space relation between the fundamental elements of the web page.

Although, minimal design does seem to have evolved ever so slightly over the last few years, especially within web design. Trends, techniques, and user expectations have changed and quite remarkably this has resulted in alterations to the look and feel of what we would typically define as a minimal site.

Those boundaries that had previously existed between all mainstream web design trends have become blurry, resulting in a blend of styles, where only the best parts of each have been wisely selected to create a whole new minimal style. This is the modern web.

This gallery features 50 minimally designed sites that have not only stripped away all non-essential elements, but have also successfully absorbed other popular modern design trends, like over-sized typography and large imagery, simple yet effective navigation systems, long scrolling, carefully selected interactive elements, flat design, and all use the latest responsive techniques.

And, as you would expect from minimal web design, focus is firmly put on the content.

Another Pony

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Huge

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Manuel Rueda

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Bedow

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Adam Andrascik

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Electric Bodies

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MmD

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Reducing the Obvious

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Jorge Riera

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Design Co.Mission

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Socialis

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Jonathan da Costa

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Intersection

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Tim Brack

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Hatch Inc

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Trois Oiseaux

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McChillin

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Cory Gibbons

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AYR

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BKKR

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Pieternel Vermoortel

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Lexican

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Arne Meister

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Mike Kus

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Brault & Barnes Design

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NewVision

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Sang Han

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The Mobile Index

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Kerem Suer

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Daniel Benneworth-Gray

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More Air

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Ale De Carvalho

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Another Pony

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Control Films

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Andrew McCarthy

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Yaron Schoen

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Scytale

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Gavin Potenza

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Kyle Thacker

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Neue Yorke

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Hatch Inc

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Jim Ramsden

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Ada Blackjack Shop

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Oak Street Bootmakers

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Refryed Design

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Alistair Lane

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CO OP

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John Sparrow

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Shadow

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Northbound Design

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ECC Lighting & Furniture

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Cedric Vella

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Maier & Maier Photography

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Clocksmiths

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Belancio

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Jean-Maxime Brais

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Sketchin

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Dumbo Townhouses

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If you would like to take things further, take a look at the Ultra-Minimal web design trend.

15 Award-Winning Websites With Beautiful (And Functional) Designs

Every once in a while, I’ll come across a site that really makes me stop and think. A site that pushes the boundaries of what is known to be possible on the web. Whether it be the design aesthetic, usability, interactivity, sound design, or value that the site provides, we all know what it’s like to stumble across a masterpiece.

15 of the Best Website Designs to Inspire You

1) Feed

Not only is Feed an interesting concept, but it also has a stunning execution that challenges our understanding of what is possible on the web. Through a creative blend of animation and video, the site immerses the user into a very engaging experience. As an atypical site, it contains several unique usability elements as well, including a navigation that doubles as a scroll progress bar.

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2) ETQ

ETQ takes a very minimalistic approach to ecommerce with their stripped-down site with big, compelling visuals of their product. Simple, flat, color-based backgrounds accompanied by strong typography help to keep the focus on exactly what the user came there to see: shoes.

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3) Mikiya Kobayashi

Mikiya is a Product Designer with a minimalistic portfolio that showcases his work through strong photography and subtle animations. His full site was originally created in Japanese and then translated into English, helping demonstrate the international scalability of his design.

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4) The History of Climate Change

Follow the footsteps of Luc Jacquet as Wild-Touch takes you along this visual and educational journey about the history of global climate change. A mixture of historical media and unique animations help tell the story. 

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5) Virgin America

In a world where airline websites are known to be riddled with major usability issues, Virgin America has one of the best websites that pushes usability, accessibility, and responsive design forward. In fact, it’s been named as the first truly responsive airline website, a new precedent in the industry.

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6) World of SWISS

Another airline?! What is happening?! Yep, SWISS airlines built an incredibly immersive site that tells their story and describes what it’s like to fly with them — and they simply did too great of a job to be ignored. Strong visuals and animations introduce the user to different sections of the site that are packed with information beyond the usual sales and marketing pitch that is so common today.

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7) L.A. Times

While news sites aren’t exactly known for having the nicest designs or being the easiest to use, the Los Angeles Times site has been updated with a simple, newspaper-like design that’s easy to read and navigate.

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8) Minimums

Minimums takes a very bold approach to the way that they display their content, leveraging a grid-based website design, big typography, and full-width, high-quality images. Their site serves as a really nice example for how to properly execute a grid structure while still maintaining a nice visual hierarchy in the design.

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9) Guillaume Tomasi

As a Photographer in Montreal, Guillaume Tomasi has built a portfolio that’s truly fit to house his unique and awe-inspiring photography. His surreal photo style is juxtaposed by his simple, flat, empty, and minimalistic portfolio design that places all of the focus on the work itself. His unique series navigation coupled with art-gallery-inspired work introductions and perfect scrolling interactions yield an experience reminiscent of that of a real gallery.

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10) Killing Kennedy

Tons of media outlets covered the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, but because of its website design, National Geographic was able to stand out. Using parallax scrolling to display a blend of video, audio, and historical facts, the user is immersed in the story and duality of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald’s lives.

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11) Big Cartel

Despite being a relatively large company, Big Cartel creates a very simple, straightforward, and compelling experience by leading with a creative headline, a video, and … pretty much nothing else. Simple navigation and nice examples of sites created with their platform helps to serve as supporting content that tells the rest of the story.

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12) Beagle

Beagle does an exceptional job of visually and progressively telling the story of their product in a simple and easy-to-digest way. This is a major challenge for many startups, especially when they’re introducing new concepts to existing markets. People want to know, “What is your product? How does it work? Why do I care?” Beagle answers all those questions while simultaneously showing off their product and compelling the user to purchase. Plus, they’re one of few sites that actually implemented “scroll hijacking” correctly. 

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13) Woven Magazine

Woven is an online publication that celebrates artists, craftsmen, and makers alike. To me, they represent a confirmation that publications can (and should) have beautiful, engaging sites with easy-to-read content. Free of distractions like pop-ups and obtrusive ads, this site all about the experience of the content itself.

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14) Inside Abbey Road

Google knocked it out of the park with this highly interactive site, which allows users to step into the Abbey Road Studios. Brilliant sound design, navigation mechanics, and visuals mixed with the usual “Google flair” all help draw visitors in to this well-made site.

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15) JOHO’s Bean

The website for JOHO’s Bean has incredible imagery, interactivity, story telling, visual design, and most of all, sound engineering. These all come together to create a compelling, emotional, and engaging site that tells the story of a coffee bean’s journey. 

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What websites do you admire — and why? Let us know in the comments. 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

 

10 famous designers’ online portfolios and what you can learn from them

Design That Solves Problems for the World’s Poor

“A billion customers in the world,” Dr. Paul Polak told a crowd of inventors recently, “are waiting for a $2 pair of eyeglasses, a $10 solar lantern and a $100 house.”

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A pot-in-pot cooler that relies on the evaporation of water from wet sand to cool the inner pot. CreditTomas Bertelsen

The world’s cleverest designers, said Dr. Polak, a former psychiatrist who now runs an organization helping poor farmers become entrepreneurs, cater to the globe’s richest 10 percent, creating items like wine labels, couture and Maseratis.

“We need a revolution to reverse that silly ratio,” he said.

To that end, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, which is housed in Andrew Carnegie’s 64-room mansion on Fifth Avenue and offers a $250 red chrome piggy bank in its gift shop, is honoring inventors dedicated to “the other 90 percent,” particularly the billions of people living on less than $2 a day.

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The Lifestraw drinking filter, which kills bacteria as water is sucked through it.CreditVestergaard Frandsen

Their creations, on display in the museum garden until Sept. 23, have a sort of forehead-thumping “Why didn’t someone think of that before?” quality.

For example, one of the simplest and yet most elegant designs tackles a job that millions of women and girls spend many hours doing each year — fetching water. Balancing heavy jerry cans on the head may lead to elegant posture, but it is backbreaking work and sometimes causes crippling injuries. The Q-Drum, a circular jerry can, holds 20 gallons, and it rolls smoothly enough for a child to tow it on a rope.

Interestingly, most of the designers who spoke at the opening of the exhibition spurned the idea of charity.

“The No. 1 need that poor people have is a way to make more cash,” said Martin Fisher, an engineer who founded KickStart, an organization that says it has helped 230,000 people escape poverty. It sells human-powered pumps costing $35 to $95.

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A portable light mat.CreditStanford Richins

Pumping water can help a farmer grow grain in the dry season, when it fetches triple the normal price. Dr. Fisher described customers who had skipped meals for weeks to buy a pump and then earned $1,000 the next year selling vegetables.

“Most of the world’s poor are subsistence farmers, so they need a business model that lets them make money in three to six months, which is one growing season,” he said. KickStart accepts grants to support its advertising and find networks of sellers supplied with spare parts, for example. His prospective customers, Dr. Fisher explained, “don’t do market research.”

“Many of them have never left their villages,” he said

The Real Hillary Clinton

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stumps in Lorain February 26, 2008 at Admiral King High School as she listens to a question from the crowd in a town hall format as she makes her point of becoming the democratic presidential candidate with her supporters.  Sen. Clinton and democratic opponent Barrack Obama are scheduled to partake in a debate in Cleveland later today.  (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

The following videos, website and articles are offered for people to read, understand and share with friends who either back Hillary Rodham #CorporateClinton or are undecided about whom to support during the primaries in 2016. While Senator Sanders refuses to attack his opponents, Bernie has never stated nor implied that his supporters should refrain from taking brass knuckle shots at the neo-liberal hawk leading in the polls by less every week. In other words, “Bernie’s revolution must treat his candidacy as a hostile coup against Hillary and the corporatist party leadership. Clearly a job for Bernie’s revolution and not his campaign, since his campaign must…diplomatically avoid cracking the same eggshell of legitimacy his revolution needs to smash.”

This interview conveys exactly how legal corporate corruption works in the U.S. and specifically worked with Senator Clinton:

Another Resource Website:

Before you consider voting for Hillary Clinton, please take the time to review the information here.

Articles:

Barack Obama: Hillary Clinton ‘is just like Bush’,”The Telegraph, 1/01/2008.

Hillary Clinton’s Unapologetically Hawkish Record Faces 2016 Test: Burned by Iraq in 2008, but still a strong voice for military action” by Michael Crowley, Time Magazine, 1/14/14.

President Hillary Clinton Would Be Far More Conservative Than You Think,” by H.A. Goodman, Huffington Post, 6/24/2014.

Hillary Clinton Goes to Bat for GMOs at Biotech Conference: The potential presidential candidate’s old industry ties resurface,” by Max Ocean, Common Dreams, 7/03/2014.

Bernie Says Don’t ‘Anoint’ Hawkish Hillary as Nominee,” by Max Ocean, Common Dreams, 8/12/2014.

Hillary Clinton – The Perfect Republican Candidate,” by Farron Cousins, Ring of Fire (video), 8/14/2014.

Run Warren Run Members: Hillary Clinton is ‘Republican Lite, Completely Unacceptable,’ by Ring of Fire staff, 2/03/2015.

Five Reasons No Progressive Should Support Hillary Clinton,” by Joseph Mulkerin, Truthout, 2/13/2015.

Muckety maps show entanglements of Clinton Foundation,” Muckety, 3/22/2015.

Gary Hart: Billion-dollar Clinton campaign should ‘frighten’ Americans,” Politico, 4/05/2o15.

Hillary Clinton Wrong On Family’s Immigration History, Records Show,” by Andrew Kaczynski, Buzzfeed, 4/15/2015.

Wall Street owns the Clintons: Why Hillary can’t outrun her husband’s presidency,” by Nomi Prins, Salon, 5/08/2015.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department,” by David Sirota and Andrew Perez,  International Business Times, 5/26/2015.

Hillary Clinton Helped Sell Weapons To Hostile Nations To Enrich Defense Funders,” by Farron Cousins, Ring of Fire, 5/28/2015.


Secretary Clinton’s TPP claim is verifiably false,” by Victor Tiffany, Examiner, 8/01/2015.

No, Hillary Clinton cannot win over the left,” by Victor Tiffany, Examiner, 8/26/2015.

Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Not Be A Victory for Women,” by Debbie Lusignan, Sane Progressive, 8/31/2015.

Clinton Called For More Debates in 2008; Now She’s Dodging Them: Ducking debate has been a theme in Clinton’s political career,” by Zaid JilaniAlternet, 9/01/2015.

The Racial Justice Failures That Hillary Clinton Can’t Ignore: Clinton’s record is far from stellar,” by Guy Saperstein,Gaius Publius, Alternet, 8/31/2015.

HILLARY CLINTON GOES TO MILITARISTIC, HAWKISH THINK TANK, GIVES MILITARISTIC, HAWKISH SPEECH,” by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 9/09/2015.

The Clinton campaign puts the ‘moron’ into oxymoron,” by Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 9/12/2015.

Hillary Clinton Is Hiring Mudslingers To Keep Her Own Hands Clean,” by Keith Foote, Liberal America, 9/15/2015.

Clinton, the Asian pivot and everything you need to know about neo-liberalism,” by Victor Tiffany, Examiner, 9/20/2015

Pipeline politics: Clinton on Keystone XL,” by Ali Velshi, Aljazeera, 9/24/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s incomplete timeline on her personal e-mail account,” by Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 9/27/2015.

The Insiders: Nixonian Clinton strikes again,” by Ed Rogers, Washington Post, 9/28/2015. “If you can’t even be honest about how you issue pedantic talking points, what can you be honest about?”

Throwing eggs at Hillary Clinton’s flip flops,” by Victor Tiffany, Examiner, 9/30/2015.

Campaign 2016: Hillary Clinton Pitched Iraq As ‘A Business Opportunity’ For US Corporations,” by David Sirota, International Business Times, 9/30/2015.

If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton’s Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory,” by H.A. Goodman, Huffington Post, 10/01/2015.

Why No True Democrat Should Support Hillary Clinton,” by Michael Blecher, Op-Ed News, 10/07/2015.

Hillary, Bernie, and the Banks,” by Robert Reich, Common Dreams, 10/09/2015.

Clinton Flip Flops on Gun Control,” by USA Secret History, YouTube

Hillary Clinton’s Big Climate Change Accomplishment Was Actually a Huge Failure,” by Eric Holthous, Mother Jones, 10/14/2015.

6 Signs That Show the New Hillary Is Still the Old Hillary: Speaking like a progressive, but tacking to the center,” by Stephen Rosenfeld, 10/15/2015.

Debate analysis: Bernie’s ingenious move, Hillary’s lie & establishment pundits,” by Victor Tiffany, Progressive Examiner, 10/15/2015.

The worst thing Hillary Clinton has done,” by Ben Norton, Salon, 10/15/2015. “…when it comes to speaking out of both sides of the mouth, Hillary Clinton is a virtuosa.

Hillary vs. Bernie: Here’s What’s Really at Stake,” by Elias Isquith, Alternet, 10/17/2015.

Edward Snowden: Clinton made ‘false claim’ about whistleblower protection,” by Tom McCarthy, the gaurdian, 10/16/2015.

Corporate Media Won’t Tell You Hillary Clinton is a Lying Fascist,” by Jack Bawkwill, Dissident Voice, 10/22/2015.

Forget Benghazi/Real Issue is Hillary Clinton is For/By the Corporations,” by Debbie Lugisnan, Sane Progressive, 10/23/2015.

An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe,” by Robert Sheer, Truthdig, 10/24/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s Failed Libya ‘Doctrine’,”by Robert Perry, Reader Supported News, 10/26/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that DOMA had to be enacted to stop an anti-gay marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution” earned her four Pinocchios, by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 10/28/2015.

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq,” Media Benjamin, Common Dreams, 10/28/2015.

WATCH: Clinton Throws Out Black Lives Matter Activists During Speech On Race,” Amanda Cirard, U.S. Uncut, 10/30/2015. “Clinton’s removal of Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted her speech is a far cry from Bernie Sanders’ reaction to a Black Lives Matter interruption. When Sanders was interrupted during a speech in Seattle, Sanders gave the mic to the protesters and allowed them to air the grievances, even as the mostly-white crowd in attendance booed the speakers.”

Election 2016: Hillary Clinton Demands Probe of Exxon After Oil Giant Stops Funding Clinton Foundation,” by David Sirota and Andrew Perez, International Business Times, 10/30/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s misleading claim that ‘numerous surveys’ show veterans are satisfied with VA medical care,” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 11/02/2015.

A Hillary Clinton Presidency Would be a Disaster, A Nightmare for Americans,” by Stephen Lendmen, Global Research, 11/02/2015.

The betrayal that should haunt Hillary Clinton: How she sold out working women & then never apologized,” by Daniel Denvir, Salon, 11/02/2015. “Clinton and her partisans are instrumentalizing baseless accusations of sexism to protect a candidate with a sexist and racist policy record.”

A.B. Stoddard: Caught in her own web,”of lies by A.B. Stoddard, The Hill, 11/04/2015. “Clinton said she was transparent, yet her emails were under congressional subpoena for years while she kept her private server a secret. Clinton said she used one device at State for convenience, but she in fact used several. She said her email server was destroyed, but it was not. She said she handed over all work emails to the State Department, but then congressional investigators turned up others. She said she responded to a routine records request from the State Department and turned over her emails when several other secretaries of State did, but State officials were asking for her emails in response to Freedom of Information Act requests and congressional investigations months before that.”

Why Are Bernie Sanders Fans So Angry?” by Michael Blecher, OpEdNews, 11/05/2015. Brilliant, must-read summary of the ways Democratic Party system is rigged toward Hillary Clinton;  it also asks questions like “What about our take on the fact the Clinton camp is calling out Bernie Sanders for being sexist? Should we not only overlook the fact that these claims lack any merit but also ignore the fact the Clintons have yet to take any responsibility for the racist undertones that her campaign displayed when she ran against Obama in 2008?” Blecher presents much more on the sleazy tactics the Clinton camp is undertaking.

Hillary Clinton Is a Garbage Rich Person,” by Matt Bruenig, Matt Bruenig Politics, 11/08/2015. “…building an unimaginable fortune that you then shield from tax so that your rich nepotist kid can be even richer is grounds for legitimate disgust.”

Hillary Clinton’s claim that 90 percent of her emails were ‘in the system’,” by Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 11/9/2015. 3 Pinocchios

How can war-weary Americans possibly vote for Hillary Clinton?” by Damon Linker, The Week, 11/10/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that she tried to join the Marines,” by Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 11/12/2015. 2 Pinocchios

Hillary Clinton: sex, lies and videotape,” by Victor Tiffany, Examiner, 11/12/2015.

Hillary Clinton Was A Top Recipient Of Wall Street Cash Before 9/11 Attacks,” by David Sirota and Andrew Perez, International Business Times, 11/15/2015.

Shaky Foundations: The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends,” by Ken Silverstein, Harpers, 10/17/2015.

It Will Be Extremely Difficult for Hillary to Say No to Wall Street: Can Clinton simply disregard the industry’s favors to her wealth, political campaigns and foundation?,” by Zaid Jilani, Alternet, 11/18/2015.

Clinton Goes after Laugh Factory Comedians for Making Fun of Her,” posted on Judicial Watch, 11/18/2015. “They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”

Hillary Is Already Triangulating Against Liberals: Her new attack on Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care plan shows her indifference to progressive voters,” by Jim Newell, Slate, 11/18/2016.

Clinton Sheds Progressive Façade with Bold Rightward Lurch,” by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, 11/19/2015

Clinton’s campaign-finance hypocrisy,” by Lawrence Nobel, Washington Post, 11/20/2015.

In Landmark Speeches, Bernie Makes the Case for Socialism While Hillary Promises War,” by Tom Cahill, USUncut, 11/20/2015.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton Opened Her Door to Financial Supporters,” by “Ear to the ground,” Truthdig, 11/30/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s Ghosts: A Legacy of Pushing the Democratic Party to the Right,” by Michael Corcoran, Truthout, 12/02/2015.

Super PACs, Dark Money and the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Part 1,” by Melissa Yeager and Libby Watson, Truthout, 12/05/2015.

Behind the Clinton Campaign: Dark Money Allies, Part 2,”by Melissa Yeager and Libby Watson, Truthout, 12/05/2015.

Climate Judge Hansen “Profiles” Clinton’s Democrat Criminals,” by Patrick Walker, Nation of Change, 12/06/2015.

RAP’s Walker: the corrupt Clinton machine will spell doom for humanity,” by Victor Tiffany, Examiner, 12/06/2015.

Hillary Clinton Is Whitewashing the Financial Catastrophe,” by William Greider, The Nation, 12/11/2015. “ Hillary Clinton sounds like she is assuring old friends and donors in the financial sector that, if she becomes president, she will not come after them.”

The Worst People of 2015,“by Drew Magary, GQ, 12/14/2015. #5? Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton Denounces Corporate Crime While Accepting Cash From Blackstone, Firm Sanctioned By SEC,” by David Sirota and Andrew Perez, International Business Times, 12/16/2015.

Whitewashing Hillary–By “Redwashing” Progressive Critics,” by Patrick Walker, Op-Ed News, 12/17/2015.

Clinton, Rubio, Cruz Receive Foreign Policy Advice From Same Consulting Firm,” by Lee Fang, The Intercept, 12/18/2015.

Hillary Clinton Understates Her Wall Street Donations At Democratic Debate,” by Andrew Perez, International Business Times, 12/20/2015.

Edward Snowden: Clinton’s Call for a ‘Manhattan-Like Project’ Is Terrifying,” by Tim Dickinson, Reader Supported News, 12/21/2015.

Hillary Clinton named most corrupt politician of 2015,”USA Politics, 12/25/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Islamophobia Campaign Is Nothing but Veiled Opportunism,” by  Roqayah Chamseddine, Alternet, 12/26/2015.

State Department releases more Hillary Clinton emails marked ‘classified’,”by Stephanie Condon, CBS News, 12/31/2015. The “FBI is still probing whether State Department officials improperly included classified material in email correspondence with Clinton.”

CLINTON’S TIES TO MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ARE AS SERIOUS A CONCERN AS HER TIES TO WALL STREET,”by Ron Chusid, The Moderate Voice, 2015.

Hillary’s Happy Holidays,” by Paul Street, Reader Supported News, 1/03/2016. “Mrs. Clinton…remains an abject, Wall Street-sponsored corporatist beneath carefully constructed fake-progressive rhetoric. She’s still the same old ‘new Democrat’ – a dismal, dollar-drenched servant to concentrated wealth and power – beneath deceptive, populist-mimicking oratory and branding.”

‘Bold, brash and wholly false’: Hillary’s Wall Street reform plan is to misrepresent Sanders’, while falsely claiming her’s is tougher. Nice try” by Eliza A. Webb, Salon, 1/05/2016

Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary,” by Liza Featherstone, The Nation, 1/05/2016. “… there are no socialist-feminist reasons to support Hillary Clinton.”

Hillary Clinton Is Not Telling The Truth About Wall Street,” by Zack Carter, Huffington Post, 1/08/2016. “Making things up in order to criticize Sanders proposals that Democrats actually like only damages Clinton’s credibility with Democratic voters.”

Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders on Guns, But Was as a ‘Pro-Gun Churchgoer’ in 2008,” by HA Goodman, Huffington Post, 1/11/2016.

How Hillary Bangs the Drums of War,” by Steve Weismann, Reader Supported News, 1/11/2016.

Clinton misrepresents Sanders on Guns,” by delphine, Daily Kos, 1/11/2016.

Report: FBI expands investigation of Clinton,“by Harper Neidig, The Hill, 1/11/2016.

Hillary Clinton in 2008: “Since When Do Other Democrats Attack One Another on Universal Health Care?”,” by Zaid Julini, The Intercept, 1/12/2016.

What Hillary Knew About Libya,” by Robert Perry, Consortium News, 1/13/2016.

Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Reform Plan Leaves Credit Rating Agencies Untouched,” Truthdig, 1/13/2016.

Rachel Maddow confronts Clinton over Sanders attack: You’re ‘casting aspersions on his character,’” by Bethania Palma Markus, Raw Story, 1/14/2016.

Hillary Clinton Is Botching Her Best Chance To Win,” by Jason Linkins and Zach Carter, Huffington Post, 1/15/2016. “Clinton’s gone all the way ’round the bend and has decided to ramp up unnecessary fearmongering, dispatching her daughter to New Hampshire to darkly warn that Sanders is gonna take everyone’s health care away.”

Fourth Debate: Can Clinton Recover from Devastating Debate Loss?,” Justice Gazette, 1/17/2016. “Martin O’Malley…actually accused Hillary of lying and of flip-flopping on the issues.”

Hillary’s No Neocon. She’s Far More Dangerous,“by Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News, 1/18/2016.

Hillary Blames Bernie for an Old Clintonite Hustle, and That’s a Rotten Shame,” by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, 1/20/2016.

Of Course Clinton Has Foreign Policy Experience, But Her Experience Has Been a Total Disaster,”by Adam Johnson, Alternet, 1/20/2016.

Hillary Clinton Declares War on Single-Payer Health Care,” by Michael Corcoran, Truthout, 1/21/2016.

Hillary Clinton and the Northern Strategy,” by Steve Hendricks, Counterpunch, 1/22/2016. “She bills herself a champion of Main Street over Wall Street, but she has been a lackey of Wall Street her entire political life.”

Hillary in Blackface: The Blaxploitation Politics of Identity Democrats,” by Patrick Walker, Nation of Change, 1/24/2016.

How Hillary Tells Us She Won’t Fight Wall Street,” by Steve Weismann, Reader Supported News, 1/25/2016.

Clinton’s email excuses are falling apart,” by Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Posts, 1/26/2016.

World Bank Group to Provide up to Half-a-Billion Dollars for Nepal Earthquake Recovery

KATHMANDU, June 23, 2015—The World Bank Group today said it would provide up to half-a-billion dollars to finance the reconstruction of Nepal after devastating earthquakes in April and May killed almost 9,000 people and left many mountain districts of the country in ruins.

Subject to the approval of the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, the financing will consist of $200 million for housing reconstruction in poor rural areas and another $100 million for the government’s budget and for strengthening the banking system, which has suffered with the economy. An additional $100 to $200 million will be redirected from existing World Bank projects in Nepal and invested in reconstruction efforts. Any reallocated money will be replaced with additional funds.

“The World Bank Group stands with the people of Nepal in their time of need,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We are working with the Government of Nepal and its international partners to help the country get the resources it needs to build back better. We will do everything possible to help people who suffered from the earthquake, especially the poor, rebuild their homes and livelihoods.”

A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) released last week said Nepal’s recovery needs were $ 6.7 billion, roughly a third of the economy. Early estimates suggest that an additional 3 percent of the population has been pushed into poverty as a direct result of the earthquakes.  This translates into as many as a million more poor people.

The PDNA will be discussed at a donor conference in Kathmandu on Thursday, June 25 to help donors decide how much support they can give to Nepal. In addition to its financing, the Bank is also planning to set up a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) that will help Nepal’s partners coordinate their financing in the reconstruction effort.

“Our financial support targets areas that are critical for the people of Nepal,” said Annette Dixon, World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region of the World Bank.“Housing was heavily damaged by the earthquakes and we need to get people as quickly as possible out of temporary shelters and into more permanent buildings that can withstand Nepal’s weather conditions. Our budget support will help to get the government more rapidly back on its feet.”

IFC, the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, is making a $50 to 70 million liquidity facility available to commercial bank clients in Nepal so they can support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and boost trade lines. IFC is also trying to accelerate agreements with market leaders to increase production of galvanized corrugated iron (CGI) sheets, the largest single need for new housing in the reconstruction phase.

About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. It consists of five institutions: the World Bank, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA); the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Working together in more than 100 countries, these institutions provide financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development.

For more information about the work of the World Bank and IFC in Nepal, please visit:http://www.worldbank.org/np

World Bank Nepal on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/worldbanknepal

World Bank South Asia on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/worldbankasia

8 ways to support Nepal

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley region on Saturday, it’s hard to assess the true damage and number of casualties, according to The New York Times. Avalanches were reported across the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. Many villages that were hardest hit are the hardest to reach as well. The death toll is currently estimated to be over 3,800 people with more than 7,100 injured. Unfortunately, these numbers keep going up.According to the Red Cross, “many are feared trapped under rubble and the number of casualties is expected to rise. At least 15 aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 5 to 6.6, caused further damage to buildings and increased the risk of collapse.”

The survivors of the earthquake are in urgent need of basics like food, water, shelter and clothing. Many from our Architects of Change community here at MariaShriver.com have been asking what they can do to help. Here are 7 organizations that are already on the ground. They need support through monetary donations that can help them mobilize teams and supplies.

  1. Save the Children: has worked in Nepal since 1976 and already have extensive programs throughout the country. They have launched a disaster response on the ground and need your generous gifts to support their efforts. They fear that nearly 2 million children have been affected by the earthquake. “As the sheer devastation of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the most affected by this disaster,” says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal. They have already begun distributing tarpaulins and baby packs (which include children’s clothing, blankets and soap).Click here to support these efforts through a donation. 
  1. Catholic Relief Services: had prepositioned emergency aid in nearby Bihar, India since this region is known for earthquakes. Supplies, including temporary shelter kits (tarpaulins, mats, rope), water purification kits and hygiene kits for 2,000 families are being moved to Nepal for distribution. CRS emergency personnel are already on the ground, with more on the way, working with Caritas Nepal, hoping to reach 10,000 families with more emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits. Click here for more information and to make a donation.
  1. Doctors Without Borders: is sending 8 teams to the region, including a surgical team with skilled doctors. They will set up a surgical unit and run mobile clinics to assist those affected by the earthquake. Learn more and contribute here.
  1. Red Cross: has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and is already providing first aid, search and rescue and blood to medical facilities in the capital and support to first responders. They have 19,000 non-food relief kits available in Nepal–which include clothing, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and personal hygiene items– to distribute to families. More than 6 million people live within sixty miles of the epicenter. Click here for more important facts and figures from the Red Cross and to make a donation to support their efforts.
  1. The Salvation Army: already has 75 offices throughout Nepal. They are mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies to provide basic, urgent needs for shelter, food and water. A specific fund has been set up for donations, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. Visit  salar.my/Nepalor call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  1. The Himalayan Cataract Project: reports that thousands will be left homeless. “Everything is going at a warpath and the country is in state of emergency and all efforts have been put to save and retrieve people from the wreckages hoping they will live and be given medical treatment,” shares Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit from Kathmandu, Nepal. To make a donation visit donate.cureblindness.org and select “Nepal Relief Efforts” in the designation field.
  1. International Medical Corps: Another great and straightforward way to contribute is through your own Facebook page. You’ll notice a message at the top of your News Feed that asks you to donate. Facebook will match donations, up to a total of $2 million, to contribute to local relief organizations. 100% of donations will go to International Medical Corps and their work in response to the Nepal earthquake. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/nepalearthquakesupport.
  1. #SupportNepal: Raising awareness about the need for funds and spreading the message is also important. Share this information with others by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all your social media platforms using the #SupportNepal hashtag to encourage others to donate as well. As Architects of Change, we need to do what we can to support those currently on the ground in Nepal

 

We are losing the fight against Nature, when are we going to give up?

For those who don’t know what is going on, is very simple, greenhouse gases allow shortwave radiation from the sun to pass through the atmosphere and warm the Earth’s surface. The energy that then radiates out from the surface, longwave radiation, is trapped by the same greenhouse gases, warming the air, oceans, and land. When coal, oil, and natural gas are burned, they release enormous amounts of greenhouse gases — especially carbon dioxide, or CO2, which is by far the most prevalent. The gases add up much faster in the atmosphere than natural processes can absorb them, and thereby wreak Earth’s climate system.

To date, warming and melting of the Arctic has occurred far faster than was projected, leading some scientists to conclude that the Arctic could be ice free in the summer as early as 2012. If the Greenland ice sheet were to melt completely, sea level would rise about 20 feet, leaving hundreds of millions of coastal residents — people, plants, animals — homeless. And severe weather events like hurricanes, droughts, and heat waves, already on the rise, will occur more frequently than ever. Countless other disastrous outcomes, many of which can’t be precisely modeled for predictive purposes, make climate change a looming threat.If things continue the way they are by 2050 this will amount to 35 percent of all plant and animal life currently in existence — at least a million species.

IS A FULL OUT WAR

Humans have added so much greenhouse gases that the greenhouse effect that first made life possible now threatens the world as we know it.

The “War Against Nature” is escalating at an exponential rate throughout the world and the bloating population of humans are now feeling the wrath of climate disruption and the consequences of razing its magnificent jungles. Today there are more severe and frequent floods displacing a half of a million people regularly, massive hillside slums, droughts, hurricanes, extinction of fauna and flora and unimaginable squalor with nil by way of sanitation for people.

 

Some Facts

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Who is causing the most damage to Nature?

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Nature fights back… Who is most likely to get hurt?

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We all lose!

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The bottom line…

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How to stop this war against nature?

Governments can take several steps to reduce the threat of global warming. First and foremost, the United States and other industrial nations must use less of the fossil fuels — especially coal, oil, and gasoline — that produce carbon dioxide, the most significant heat-trapping gas. Industrial countries are responsible for the largest share of worldwide emissions of heat-trapping gases. But these nations also have a great ability to switch to cutting-edge energy technologies that produce fewer of these emissions.

The nations of the world must negotiate a climate change treaty with legally binding limits on emissions of heat-trapping gases.

The United States can reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions through four principal strategies that make use of new energy technologies: improving energy efficiency, developing renewable energy resources such as solar and wind power, reducing gasoline consumption for transportation, and switching from coal and oil to natural gas.

Improve Energy Efficiency

The less energy we use, the less carbon dioxide we will produce. Over the past 20 years, American industry and consumers have begun to switch to more-efficient motors, vehicles, appliances, windows, and manufacturing processes. This switch has saved considerable energy and money, but much greater efficiency is possible.

Develop Renewable Energy

Clean, safe, renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and sustainably grown biomass (plant matter), can provide us with energy but do not contribute to global warming. These technologies are ready to be deployed much more widely, but government policies must encourage their use.

Reduce Gasoline Consumption for Transportation

Cars, trucks, and buses consume over half of the oil used in the United States. Highly efficient gasoline-powered cars, and alternatively fueled vehicles such as electric and fuel-cell cars and buses, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using less or no gasoline. In addition, policies can encourage consumers to drive less and to use alternatives to single-passenger automobile trips, such as carpools, bicycles, and public transportation.

Switch from Coal and Oil to Natural Gas

Although natural gas is a fossil fuel, it produces less carbon dioxide than either coal or oil. Changing from coal to natural gas for generating electricity and from oil to natural gas for home heating is thus desirable as a quick fix, even though these switches alone cannot reduce carbon dioxide emissions nearly as much as is necessary.

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Additional Government Steps

Reducing American use of coal, oil, and gasoline would start to address the global warming threat, but other steps, such as transferring technology to developing countries, preserving forests, decreasing atmospheric methane, continuing to phase out CFCs, and slowing down population growth, are also important. They can also provide benefits in addition to reducing global warming. Forest preservation, for example, would protect endangered species, while slower population growth would make it easier to supply adequate food for all the world’s people.

Transfer Technology to Developing Countries

American businesses, the government, and international organizations need to find ways to transfer advanced energy technologies to developing countries, so that those nations can build their economies without having to use the older, polluting fossil fuel technologies that the industrial countries are now trying to phase out.

Preserve and Plant Forests

Trees take in carbon dioxide and use it to grow. Deforestation, especially in the tropics where many of the largest, most important forests are located, contributes significantly to global warming. Efforts to preserve forests and to plant trees on deforested land are essential not only for preventing global warming but also for preserving biodiversity.

Decrease Methane in the Atmosphere

Although methane contributes much less to global warming than does carbon dioxide, it is still responsible for about 15 percent of the problem. Among other steps to decrease methane emissions, the nations of the world can prevent leaks from natural gas pipelines, cut methane emissions from landfills, and reduce their use of beef for food.

Continue to Phase Out CFCs

Because chlorofluorocarbons are responsible for depleting the protective ozone layer, the nations of the world have agreed to stop using them. These chemicals also trap heat, so vigilance in enforcing the international agreements to phase out their use will help slow global warming as well.

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Your turn to take action….

Climate change affects us all. Here are tips on how you can personally make a difference.

At Home – reduce, reuse, recycle!

  • Buy minimally packaged goods
  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metal. Reuse, mend, and repurpose things to save money and divert waste from your local landfill
  • Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
  • Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
  • Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water
  • Run dishwashers only when full and don’t use heat to dry dishes
  • Eat less meat, poultry, and fish
  • Plant Trees – Enter tree planting pledges online, then plant indigenous or locally appropriate trees where you live. View results of tree planting efforts globally.

At Work and On the Go

  • Print double-sided or not at all
  • Always use reusable cups, knives and forks.
  • Think before you travel. If a video conference call will suffice, spare the hassle and expense, and CO2 emissions.
  • Avoid traffic jams and decrease your personal carbon footprint by walking, bicycling, and using mass transit whenever possible. Consider carpooling with friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
  • Taking the stairs can sometimes be faster than waiting in long elevator lines. In addition to saving energy, taking the stairs gives you a mild workout which will help keep you healthy.
  • Have your business join the UN Global Compact and become part of the solution for two of today’s largest scale environmental issues – Climate Change and Water Sustainability.Here are some additional tips on how to kick the CO2 habit 

Know Your Carbon Footprint

Find out how much CO2 your lifestyle produces and the amount of resources it takes to live the way you do. Once you know the impact your lifestyle causes you can start to make adjustments and monitor improvement. Encourage others to do the same. Calculate CO2 emissions resulting from your air travel.

Learn More — Knowledge is power.

Speak up!
You can raise your voice to combat climate change by asking your local and national authorities to engage in environmentally-friendly measures.

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