The word chocolate can be associated with many words: dark, white, milk, hot, sweet, spicy, etc. But have you tried to combine it with the word web design? We did. We searched the Web for websites in any way related to chocolate and what we found is worth to be collected in this showcase. The interesting thing is that you would probably never stumble upon some of the sites, so the overview below may provide you with a unique perspective and get your creative juices flowing.
As one would expect, chocolate website often use an appetizing brown dominant color. If you take time to look at the panel of colors associated with it, you will find out that there is a lot of combination working really well. Apart from this component, each site is unique and features an original identity, depending on product presentation and given information.
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Feel free to explore the designs featured below. Some of them are nice examples for Flash used for product presentation. Some designs are very classy while others are more artistically designed. But they all have in common this fascinating sweetness everyone loves.
Similarities In Chocolate Website Designs Link
We found out that there are three common techniques that seem to crop up over and over again on various chocolate-related websites. A vast majority of the sites use a horizontal top-navigation, brilliant product and ingredient images as well as a dark brown color scheme which is often combined with vivid, strong colors.
The navigation patterns are mostly common and convenient, however we’ve noticed quite a few uncommon navigation menus as well. The interesting part is that we’ve seen only a couple of typical boring stock templates. Apparently, most chocolate and confectionery website owners do care about their branding and their unique presentation on the Web. In fact, many sites try to be playful, creating an engaging, interactive and memorable user experience. That’s not something you will see in every industry, e.g. certainly not among medical websites.
Horizontal Top Navigation Link
Because chocolate websites vividly highlight product and ingredient images and therefore fill a large part of the layout with visuals, the choice of horizontal top navigation seems quite appropriate. The number of navigation options varies from five to nine links per navigation menu (excluding sub-navigation links). The most common navigation links lead to pages describing the manufacturor of the chocolate, shops where the chocolate is available and “gifts” pages where users can order business gifts, wedding gifts etc. Sometimes the navigation also contains a link to the recipes page.
Product and Ingredient Images Link
The quality of product photography on chocolate websites is remarkable. Images are often large and dominant and are given a lot of both horizontal and vertical space. In fact, chocolate, especially gourmet chocolate, is often very visually interesting. The ingredients that go into it can also be very aesthetically pleasing. So it only makes sense that a lot of designers are opting to include mouth-watering images of the chocolate being sold on a given site.
Brown Color Scheme Link
Obviously, dark brown color scheme dominates on chocolate websites. However, very often the scheme is complemented with vibrant, dynamic colors such as bright green or red. In general, most sites do stick to the dark scheme, often with tiled or photographic backgrounds which are closely related to the main theme.
The Divine Chocolate site uses brown in limited quantities, but it’s still prominent in the design.
Dark brown used throughout the design of Valrhona’s site makes one think of dark, high-end chocolate.
Varying shades of brown, from the very dark brown (almost black) of the background to the lighter browns of the navigation and header are all evocative of the many varieties of chocolate out there, and what can be made with them.
The Cocoa Tree
Using brown as an accent color sets apart The Cocoa Tree’s site. It feels fresh and light, something that’s often hard to accomplish while still bringing to mind chocolate.
Unique Designs Link
Some chocolate websites fight for user’s attention with striking design elements and unconventional navigation schemes. Some of them are presented below. In these cases, (for site owners) the engaging and memorable user experience seems to play a very important role.
The Max Brenner website is set apart for a few reasons. The right-hand vertical navigation is one reason. But also the retro, grungy design with the animated eye (you’ll have to visit the actual site to see it).
The animation used on the Bloomsberry site is interesting and very well-done. The navigation is also atypical, with links easily identifiable but scattered throughout the main part of the home page.
The Pierre Marcolini site is very minimalist, with not a trace of brown showing up in the main part of the design.
Another site that uses no brown in the main design, but instead opts for colors reminiscent of the product’s packaging rather than its contents. The hand-drawn elements also make it stand out.
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- 9 http://www.godiva.com/welcome.aspx
- 10 http://www.godiva.com/welcome.aspx
- 11 http://www.mrchocolate.com/
- 12 http://www.mrchocolate.com/
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- 31 http://www.toblerone.ch/toblerone1/page?siteid=toblerone1-prd&locale=chde1&PagecRef=586
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- 33 http://haighschocolates.com.au/
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- 35 http://www.chocomize.com/
- 36 http://www.chocomize.com/
- 37 http://www.dovechocolate.com/
- 38 http://www.dovechocolate.com/
- 39 http://hemmakonditor.se/
- 40 http://hemmakonditor.se/
- 41 http://www.promisemechocolate.com/
- 42 http://hemmakonditor.se/
- 43 http://www.brooksidefoods.com/
- 44 http://www.brooksidefoods.com/
- 45 http://www.maxbrenner.com/
- 46 http://www.maxbrenner.com/
- 47 http://www.bloomsberry.com/
- 48 http://www.bloomsberry.com/
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- 53 http://www.zchocolat.com/
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- 57 http://www.medenosrce.rs/?lang=en
- 58 http://www.medenosrce.rs/?lang=en
- 59 http://www.chocolate-editions.com/index.php?inc=s_pc
- 60 http://www.chocolate-editions.com/index.php?inc=s_pc
- 61 http://www.icamcioccolato.it/
- 62 http://www.icamcioccolato.it/
- 63 http://www.spartak.by/
- 64 http://www.spartak.by/
- 65 http://www.askinosie.com/
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- 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/19/showcase-of-beautiful-vertical-navigation-designs/
- 68 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/22/35-beautiful-and-effective-ecommerce-websites/
- 69 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/07/the-unusable-and-superficial-world-of-beer-and-alcohol-websites/
- 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/14/what-if-oscars-were-given-to-movie-websites/
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