Showcase Of Web Design In Lithuania

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It may be small, but Lithuania is the geographic center of Europe, and the meeting of Western and Eastern culture is evident. Lithuania is one of three Baltic countries, so-called for its proximity to the Baltic Sea. In 2009, it celebrated the thousand-year anniversary of its name.

Lithuania is known worldwide for its love of basketball, but today we’ll acquaint you with its Web design industry. In Web design, Lithuania is still a young country; the Internet boom began only about five years ago, and the country doesn’t have a good Web design school.

Most Web designers have studied in Western countries or are self-taught. Most work is done for hotels, rural tourism and real estate websites. Lithuania quickly adopts new technologies, and demand for Web designers and developers is increasing. While preparing this showcase, I noticed that many Lithuanian Web designers like Flash technology. Many websites have Flash elements, which can help present a company’s goals, services and prior work. Flash can help websites look professional, modern and dynamic.

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State Of Affairs

To better understand the Lithuanian Web design scene, I interviewed two professional and experienced freelance Web designers about their work.

I spoke with Donatas Vainilaitis3, a freelance designer who has worked with companies from Lithuania and Europe, and Osvaldas Valutis4, another freelance Web designer and student. Both are based in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city.

Donatas Vainilaitis is a freelance Web and graphic designer. His career began in 2003; since then, he has worked for a number of design studios, advertising agencies and corporations. Donatas’ favorite tools are Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash.

Osvaldas Valutis is a 21-year-old front- and back-end Web designer and developer based in Vilnius. Valutis is working as a freelancer while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Vilnius University.

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Question: Describe the life of a freelancer, developer and designer in Lithuania.

Donatas Vainilaitis: It’s complicated because you are also an accountant, manager, director and so on! But it’s a lot of fun. Everything depends on you and you alone. When something goes wrong, the blame is yours, but when you make something beautiful and useful, it’s so satisfying. It’s also a huge responsibility. Some people like it and some don’t. I love it.

Everyone thinks that when you freelance you sleep until 2:00 pm, and you work solely with clients you like. That’s not true; you must work a full day to be successful. The client must know that if he calls you at 9:30 am you won’t still be in bed and you will be able to answer all his questions with a clear mind. Of course, when you finish a big project or you’re waiting for feedback from a client, you can have a couple of days off—even in the middle of the week. That’s one advantage to making your own schedule. In fact, there are many advantages that have probably already been covered in thousands of other articles, so I won’t mention any others.

Osvaldas Valutis: Designers design, and developers develop. To each his own. Although I don’t design for print or the Web, I enjoy coding, experimenting with CSS3 and enabling functionality in my own designs (I’m sure I’m not the only exception to the rule). Believe it or not, the thrill of being able to do everything, from A to Z, is like a drug; this is a passion. And filling it up with caffeine increases the thrill!

Yes, you’re right: there is a world outside. I’m also a student, and basketball is my second religion (along with three million other people). I can’t say that I differ greatly from a typical inhabitant of Earth, but we are all unique. (Have you seen the movie K-Pax?)

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Question: Are there any regular meetings or events?

Donatas: I usually try to meet clients face to face. Of course, if he’s in another country, then it’s more complicated, but not impossible. This isn’t necessary, but it’s how I like to work.

Of course, there are necessary meetings, like when you are working on a big project with a group of people. It’s much better to meet somewhere in person than to hold Skype conferences or write long email threads.

Osvaldas: I wish individual designers and developers had more opportunities to participate in events related to Web design and development, but the offline life isn’t that dynamic yet. I’m not saying nothing is going on in public, but we lack specific events. Bloggers, for example, have a real festival for themselves every year. Should I start blogging or buy a ticket for “The Future of Web Apps: Miami”? Or both?

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Question: Where do you get inspiration from?

Donatas: Usually, I’m as far away from the computer as possible when I get inspired. Books, people, events and exhibitions are inspiring, especially when I’m struggling with a project. I turn off the computer and go out for some fresh air. Sometimes I don’t turn it back on for a few days. The Internet is a good source of inspiration, but only when you know what you’re looking for. Browsing websites aimlessly overloads your brain with useless information.

Osvaldas: I don’t have a specific inspirational source. I’m inspired by various subjects: people and their creations (no names—I’m speaking generally); nature (if you check out my website, you’ll see what I mean); pixel-perfect designs; tasteful and carefully chosen colors and fonts (while strong shadows and awkward borders have the opposite effect—they throw me off track). Some avoid recalling the Web design habits from the last decade, but for me it’s dark humor.

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Question: What’s the situation with the market? How much do designers earn?

Donatas: Designers will never earn enough, that’s for sure. I can’t speak for other designers. There are so many of them, and they work at different levels and all have their own principles. For some, the priority is money, and for others it’s the quality of their work. For me, I feel successful when I can eat what I want to eat, live where I want to live, buy things that are necessary and go on vacation more than twice a year.

Osvaldas: Earning a living as a professional designer isn’t an inexplicable phenomenon. Its feasibility depends on your business style and how intelligent—not rich!—your clients are. Personally, I aim for quality, so I will never support cookie-cutter websites. In a capitalist system, there will always be two types of workers: those who fight to survive and those who are financially successful and stable. Freelancers vascillate between these two states until they find their own place under the sun, so to speak. Be brave and find yours!

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Question: Is being a Web designer considered high-level, sophisticated work?

Donatas: I think there are too many Web designers right now. Let’s say I meet ten designers today. Only one of them could I call a high-level, sophisticated professional. But I think this has more to do with character than with the profession itself.

Osvaldas: The more experienced you are, the better the results you are expected to produce. Sophistication in this field has to do with personality, with a person’s ability to manage him or herself. Of course, life forces you into all kinds of situations, and one more skill will always make the way easier. It’s hard to believe, but learning something new every day can positively affect your life!

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Question: Do designers still use tables for layouts?

Osvaldas: Yes, it happens sometimes. I’m really surprised when some of the top-rated Lithuanian Web agencies use tables for layouts, but I think it’s only a matter of time before <table> is used only for tables. Coding culture is geting more positive all the time, which is good. I know that Lithuanians care about their code.

Question: How do Lithuanian designers handle typography? Are any particular font-embedding techniques widely used? Are many fonts available? How vivid is typography in Lithuanian Web design?

Osvaldas: Typography on the Web in Lithuania is tidy enough. Content is easy to read, so the best word to describe it is “simple” (although I don’t want to leave out “courageous”). Designers aren’t sure (and I have to admit, neither am I) about how to use font-embedding techniques. Typography here is, in a way, static. I believe the inability of CSS2 to embed fonts is one reason for this, but waiting until CSS3 works for all Web browsers is not a solution. From now on, I promise to be more universal. Are you all with me?

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Question: Are any features unique to Lithuanian Web design?

Donatas: I don’t think so. There is no Web design school in Lithuania that could teach you more than average Photoshop or Flash skills. Most Web designers here are self-taught. They browse the Web and read tutorials—which, of course, are not Lithuania-oriented—and everyone develops their own style over years of working at the job.

Osvaldas: I touched on this topic in my answer above. Briefly, a few shortcomings are vibrant fonts, forms and textures; these techniques are typically avoided, although I have spotted some changes recently. So the situation is getting more interesting every day. Conclusions? Don’t be afraid to innovate. The first reaction is usually skepticism, but in time people adapt and find benefits.

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Question: How does it all work? Is the situation currently comfortable or difficult? Do most customers want English-language or Lithuanian-language websites?

Donatas: It depends. What do you call a comfortable or difficult situation? If it has to do with money, then yes, you have to work more to earn the amount of money that you earned two years ago. However, there are some good things about the way the business has changed: people have become more careful about the money they spend, and people have to be more serious about the products they sell. The customer comes with a certain amount of money to spend on their website, and they need a good project, a good designer and good service. This is the time to show yourself off and also to evaluate your own skills. If you can make it through this hard time on your own, then you can truthfully say that you are a specialist in your field, and you will have gained a lot of confidence.

Osvaldas: When the economic recession caught us, I thought, “Oh no. Will my income get too tight? Will I lose my current clients, not to mention the possibility of new ones?” Believe it or not, nothing like that happened. Rather, things turned out better than I thought they could. Some say God saves us, but I say everyone is the master of his own destiny.

Lithuanian-language websites are, of course, the priority, but clients in most cases do not refuse a second or even third language on their website. Handling multi-language technologies and concepts isn’t actually that difficult to do.

Showcase of Web Design in Lithuania

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Trakai Muziejus27

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Ziedas.lt29

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Interjet Aibesaiko31

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Sodyba Teviške33

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Vilnius – mano namai35

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Kaledu stebuklas37

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Lopšiniu radijas39

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Estrella Naturals41

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Augink.lt43

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Loweage47

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Omnitel49

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Turo prekyba51

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Saugus vartojimo kreditas53

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Pildyk Bonai55

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Ecoservice57

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Algirdas City Hotels59

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SPA Vilnius SANA61

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Meškafonas63

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Valdyk IT65

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Vesa.lt67

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Polivarkas69

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Šviežia kava71

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Ežio stažas73

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Tapatybe.lt75

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Tavo baras77

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Ozo parkas79

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Traku istorijos muziejus81

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Evita83

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Plazma85

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Pavasaris87

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Romantic Hotel89

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Pieno žvaigždes91

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Agote93

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a priori95

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Bendri krantai97

Domino teatras98

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Tamulynas100

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Pramogos be narkotiku102

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Vilniaus degtine104

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Baltijos prodiuseriu grupe106

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Vichy vandens parkas108

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SKC110

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Pizza Jazz112

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Floralitos dizainas114

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Domus Mea116

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Pildyk118

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Indance120

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Geros nuotaikos generatorius122

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Belvedere124

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Web Agencies

Kryptis134126

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TAPE dizaino studija135128

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Artogama143130

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Indigo kids138132

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For such a small country, Lithuania has more Web agencies than you might think. The best known are Gaumina, Kryptis, Itema, Profis and Artogama.

Freelancers

Most freelancers in Lithuania are young and self-taught. Some do really great work and are professional enough to represent Lithuania. Not all freelancers have a self-hosted portfolio; most of them use Behance, DeviantArt, Flickr and other networks to display their work.

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Lithuanian Design Galleries

What Do You Think?

What do you think of the Lithuanian Web industry? Have any exceptional websites not been included here? Share your thoughts.

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Tomas Laurinavicius is a design blogger from Lithuania. He's interested in web/graphic design, Photoshop, WordPress and social media. He runs a design blog called WebDesignFan. You can follow him on Twitter.

  1. 1

    Wow, Tomas… My eyes exploded when I seen Lithuania’s name in my Smashing magazine’s RSS feed. Nice presentation.

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      Does anyone know where I can find a list of CakePHP Programmers in Lithuania please? We have eight websites to build.

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    Bravo. Thank you for publishing lithuania in SM ;)

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    Hello from Lithuania!

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  4. 5

    Wow! I am really impressed by the variety of the sites shown here! Beautiful examples and somehow different from usual. Compliments!

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    I feel honored to represent Lithuania’s web design industry on Smashing Magazine. I’m glad that you liked.

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    Nice collection!

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    Glad to be interviewed, many thanks to Tomas!

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    Realy interesting post :) I was realy surprised what saw Lithuania in caption of the article

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  9. 10

    Wow! Saunuoliai Lietuvos dizaineriai ir programuotojai! Well done guys! Made me feel even more proud I am from Lithuania.

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    Seriously, no one likes this fucking list posts. Web Design in Lithuania? Give me a fucking break. Try coming up with some original and useful content for once. Your site is like poison to the web design community.

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      Why dont you give a good example and post original and usefull comments.

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    • 13

      You know, you could write something useful and think of an article yourself ;) It is not professional to write such comment.

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      Your a douche.

      I’d love to see your brilliant work.

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      I’m pretty sure you’re from a country next to Lithuania, burning from jealousy that your country is not being represented on SM ;)

      Relax.. Your time will come too!

      Beautiful designs!

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        Most of these sites displayed here are just illustrations taken to the web/browser, there were very few sites with actual content and usability, but mostly just pretty colorful pictures.

        As I have worked in that field in Lithuania for 1,5 years I also know, that the same problem is in Latvias high-end web design industry. Out of the tree baltic countries, I see Estonia as the most outstanding, with not only pretty designs but massive web apps and really useful services.

        In conclusion, you would need some more UX designers and back-end people included to these projects.

        Greetings from France.

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      I wouldn’t exactly put it that way, but he does seem to have a point. Haven’t we seen enough of these posts already? Don’t get me wrong, I love Lithuania and the Baltic states in general, they are awesome countries, and these designers should be proud of themselves! However, I fear that these types of posts are slowly killing the web design community. What happened to the deep (and sometimes endless) discussions we used to have about all these different subjects? Now all we seem to hear from the readers are comments like “Nice post, thanks!” or “I really like number X, looks sweet!”. Although appreciated for the kind words, it doesn’t add much to the discussion, and it doesn’t leave us with many questions nor answers, and how DO we really expand our knowledge without asking questions?

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        Have to agree. A pointless post. And most examples are really bad.

        Should we anticipate more posts like this? “Web design in Zimbabwe”? Come on, the internet has no boundaries, why create ones now?

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      well, you spoke for yourself, bus I did enjoyed this post… and I liked the examples, so I’ll wait for more lists like this one.

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      I don’t see what’s so wrong with showcasing designs from around the world. Firstly, it gives these designers, who might not otherwise be visible on a global stage, a chance to show off their work. Secondly – and maybe this is just my personal opinion – it’s really useful to have all of these sites packaged up into one post instead of having to hunt them out. I really enjoyed looking through this showcase. While Lithuania might still be developing in terms of its presence online, i can see that its artists and designers are not afraid to let their country’s history and culture shine through in their work. So many of these sites have a fantastical narrative edge which, for me anyway, makes the web a more exciting place to be.

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      To the retarded man who has a bad attitude and opinion, Shut your mouth before someone shuts it for you. It is the miserable rotten bastards like you that ruin everything for everybody ! If you would just keep your mouth shut that day when someone shuts it for you, will never happen. I do not see THAT day in sight.

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    Such a marvelous collection

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    I usually don’t comment on the list posts, but this is a VERY impressive list!

    I love the design sensibilities and use of color! Typography, too!

    I feel that now I know a little more about Lithuania! :-) Thanks SM.

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    I was surprised by the quality of work shown here, a really nice list! Even being from Lithuania myself, I was not that familiar with its web design, so post like this is a very useful source for me. Big thanks to Tomas and SM!

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    esta mierda 03 de junio 2010 8:33 am
    En serio, a nadie le gusta esta mierda publicaciones de la lista. Diseño Web en Lituania? Dame un respiro de mierda. Trate de subir con algo de contenido original y útil por una vez. Su sitio es como un veneno para la comunidad de diseño web.

    La mierda eres tu!

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      Why Smashing Magazine allows this type of abusive language on its posts?

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    next pleas Latvia :)

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    Mark Litwintschik

    June 3, 2010 9:31 am

    Fantastic article Tomas. I’ve been waiting to see someone showcase the talent in the Baltic States. I owe you a beer or three for such a good showcase if you’re ever in London!

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    Šaunu! Nemaniau, kad Lietuvoje tiek daug “neprasto” dizaio.

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    Yes yes, this is quite an interesting thing, usually we see economically powerful countries in such lists, but I am impressed that this small country has a lot to show, web design is strong, wow and working good. And you should know that it is very cheap compared to other EU/EEA or US, so it is a good showcase and a good starting point to get new partners in Eastern/North Europe ;)

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    Na Romantic viesbucio tinklapis tai sudas, nevertas buvo cia rodyti.

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    Well well well! Who would have thought Lithuania is connected to the interwebs?

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    ramalamadingdong

    June 3, 2010 11:36 am

    Very nice show pieces!

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    Nice to see Lithuania on the board! I do not think that these are the best works in Lith.. especially the first one with the smelly fish, heh and very weak side of the freelancers? What? There are plenty better around… but after all – nice presentation. Thumbs up :>

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    Congrats guys, keep rock!

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    Really Impressive Designs. Thank you tomas. I aspect your other posts.

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    very nice

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    “the Internet boom began only about five years ago, and the country doesn’t have a good Web design school.”

    I dont see that from this showcase. and that is awsome! Lithuania shows that all you need is the will to become a designer. most of there designs are so creative and i am just amazed to see the quality and progress that is being made.

    Keep it comming!!

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    Great works of Lithuanian designers :)
    Will be great to see Latvian and Estonian website showcase also :)

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    Nice Work !!! great Post Tomas

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    Pagaliau mes SM’e!

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    Go, Kryptis, go! :) Thanx Tomai!

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    Great designs & greetings from Latvia :)

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    osvaldas.info is absolutly perfect for me :)

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  33. 48

    More about Lithuania. Just watch. :]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_baiTuFJWo

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    Alexander Bickov

    June 4, 2010 5:34 am

    Hello from lativa

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    Litwo! Ojczyzno moja! ty jesteś jak zdrowie;
    Ile cię trzeba cenić, ten tylko się dowie,
    Kto cię stracił.

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    As an American GD who’s visited Lithuania a couple times, it’s easy to see all around you that this is a country of skilled artists in many different mediums (theater, sculpture, etc.). Why is it not surprising that Web Design would be any different?

    On a side note, my favorite website is Syvturys’s. Not because of the design, but because it’s the best damn beer out there.

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    Please, correct this link: Best Lithuanian Websites gallery – bestweb.lt

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    Borders have never defined talent. Terrific work!

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    Impressive work!

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    Mohiuddin Parekh

    June 5, 2010 6:46 am

    Lithuanian designers are awesome, Brilliant work

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    Tomas congratulations! Respect for you for representing Lithuanian web designs and respect for your succesful post in great smashingmagazine!

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    mindaugas vaiciulis

    June 6, 2010 11:08 am

    Well done guys! Some really nice looking sites.

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    Lithuania webdesigners has done tremendous job..hats off to them..thanks SM to bringing their work to webdesign community.

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    Giedrius Kudzinskas

    June 8, 2010 1:29 am

    Great work my fellow Lithuanian’s, defo impressed with the quality of development and design.

    Here is a part Lithuanian digital agency based in london:

    Rubik Digital: http://www.rubikdigital.co.uk

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    So much of creative resources from Lithuania !! Well done Tomas, for providing such a good insight :)

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    Good job, Tomas. Glad to see homies on SM ) Cheers!

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    Great stuff happening out there in Lithuania!

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    I only recently stopped using absolute positioning and started using clears and clear fix. Life is way better now.

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    Hey Thomas,
    I am Web Designer from INDIA following you on twitter so want to tell u that including this post all the post from yr side are very helpful always.
    All the Best!!!!

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    the list as an idea is ok.

    what i miss is the quality-control. pages like ‘domus mea’ do not belong in any ‘best of’-list. they may look nice in the list, but if you really have a look at the page you immediately find out that it’s just… crap. even from the design point-of-view, just to not have to talk about all the other stuff that is important when creating webpresences…

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    Bunch of creative people in Lithuania, Don’t know where is this place but nice work .

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    Thank you everyone for comments! It was pleasure to represent Lithuania!

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    Anand Singh Nathawat

    October 16, 2010 3:29 am

    hi,
    very nice

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    It’s fantastic Tomas! I study a lot of web template in US recently for design our firm’s web site, your showcase is inspire me. Tks!

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    I’m proud to be a part of lithuanian graphics :)

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    Most of these sites displayed here are just illustrations taken to the web/browser, there were very few sites with actual content and usability, but mostly just pretty colorful pictures.

    As I have worked in that field in Lithuania for 1,5 years I also know, that the same problem is in Latvias high-end web design industry. Out of the tree baltic countries, I see Estonia as the most outstanding, with not only pretty designs but massive web apps and really useful services.

    In conclusion, you would need some more UX designers and back-end people included to these projects.

    Greetings from France!

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    “The best known are Gaumina, Kryptis, Itema, Profis and Artogama.” You must be kidding, Itema and Profis :) I hope that no one gonna check their portfolios :)

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      is a spanish word dont know why sodobemy liked to put that name maybe as are windos are for vista im watching a collins dictionary and has many translations for the same word , maybe that windows is just for appearance and no more, but microsoft is not the only, did u saw the mitsubishi pajero?in some places of latin america pajero means wanker, can u use a car with that name?because this just in brazil has that name, and where spanish is not usually talked, lol a0|a0

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