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Ten Beautiful CSS Web Sites of 2010

    Jennifer Farley
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    It’s reflection time of year, and this week on Sitepoint I’m looking back at some of the loveliest/most interesting/coolest designs of 2010. As there are now approximately 15 gazillion sites online, I am basing this selection of HTML and CSS-based sites on those which have appeared on the CSS Awards site, which is always a great source of inspiration, awarding a Site of the Day and a Site of the Month. The CSS Awards site criteria web design 50% creativity 25% content 15% usability 10%.

    I’m also interested to hear what YOUR favorite CSS sites of the year are, too, so please add them in the comments section below. So in no particular order, here are some of the sites that caught my eye. Many of them are portfolio sites and I always find it interesting to see how designers present their work.

    Simon Collison’s website appears frequently on lists thanks to it’s unique design, reminiscent of an old museum of illustrated animals.

    Colly

    Rich Brown’s site is subdued in greyscale, but filled with interesting content.

    RichBrown

    While the design itself is not particularly unique, I love the use of images on the AD 60 website.

    Ad60

    DNA to Darwin uses nice typography and imagery to convey a sense of “olde world.”

    DNADarwin

    Sven Prim’s photography does all the talking on this beautiful site.

    SvenPrim

    Emily White Smith’s portfolio is simple and elegant with an interesting home page image.

    EmilyWhiteSmit

    As the site creator’s of Mooze Design say “we made it colorful.”

    Mooze

    Wing Cheng’s charming drawings of logos and web designs bring a very personal feeling to a portfolio site.

    WingCheng

    Tokyo Illustrator’s Society site packs a lot of visual information into a small space

    Tokyo

    Racket’s combination of illustration and design work is a feast for the eyes.

    Racket

    So those are just some of the many CSS-based sites I liked this year. Do you like any of them? What sites caught your eye?