Using Vectors for Header Design + 38 Websites with Vectorized or Illustrated Headers

written by aext on March 14, 2010 in Showcases with 40 comments

Though issues of layout, typography, and various other page elements are bound to take up plenty of time for web designers, many take a special delight in the creation of headers. Whether for corporate web pages or personal blogs, forum indexes or e-commerce sites, a good-looking header can make a lasting impression on visitors, and is likely to be one of the most important concerns for design clients. Using vector graphics for header design has been gaining momentum as a design practice for several years, resulting in clean and attractive visual schemes that leave out the potential pixelation and fuzz of raster graphics.

Vector-based headers are especially desirable for their ability to scale without losing image quality. If a certain item within the header, such as a character or other motif, is requested to be changed at a later date, or the client wants similar work produced for a different application, the original graphics can easily be modified without any aesthetic sacrifice. As digital design programs become more adept at handling vector graphics, the possibilities for smooth and limitlessly scalable headers is growing. With this growth, it’s likely that the web will become even more visually appealing and that designers will fall even harder for the fun and thrill of header design.

This is a collaborative article. Copy by Hannah Wiggins (Polimedia) and an awesome round up by Gedy Rivera (LifetreeCreative).

Morphix Design Studio – Identity, Pictograms & Webdesign

JOBY-Website Designer, Graphic Designer, Logo Designer, Bangalore, India

Atomic Cartoons Inc.

Paravel » Web, Print, Branding

Manchester Web Design Agency / Creative Spark

Music City Unsigned – Nashville’s Best Emerging Artists

Legwork Studio / A small design studio located in Denver, CO.

Carmilla Vampire – a contemporary dark tale. Illustration, fashion, shop, Rossocarmilla style

IndoFolio – The Portfolio of Gopal Raju, a freelance designer from India.

Think Orange – we create web products that drive social interaction and make you smile.

Guifx : Embedded Touchscreen GUI Design and Home Automation User Interface Graphics

N.Design Studio | Design Blog & Portfolio

TechAdventure DC

Sara Tušar Suhadolc Portfolio

Just Made My Day

Digital Podge 2009 – Measurable Fun

Team Excellence » Houston, TX

El Designo Graphic Design, Logo design, Print Design, Web Design Edmonton, Alberta

Robbin Ingvarsson, Waldemar Wegelin – creative partners from Hyper Island

Beraterherz – Anne Schoenemann. Projektmanagement & Senior Beratung

DNA to Darwin

Group of companies Mospromstroy

boco | Dine out. Geek out. Rock out.

Chirp » The Official Twitter Developer Conference

Yaron Schoen

Dubai Webpage Designers – Puneet Sakhuja


Jacob Lee – Web, Print & Brand

Happy Cog’aoke 2

ColouringCode – Web Superheroes from Sheffield, UK

LogicBomb Media

Knoxville Tennessee creative web & blog design company :: GUERRILLA

The Omni Group

MicaGrafica : Portfolio of Mikal Morello

Hello! I’m David Jonsson a freelance web designer, illustrator and logo designer

Carol Rivello

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