Get a bit closer Showcase of Big Faces in Website Design

Every day we stumble upon marvelous websites that overwhelm us by creative truly unique designs, wonderfully incorporated animations and high-level technical side. However, generally majority of them remain impersonal and we don’t have a clue who is responsible for these sophisticated realizations.

Certainly, not every site requires mandatory personalization but if we are talking about personal blogs, online portfolios, different types of agencies that are aimed to direct interaction with the simple users or customers on the other side of a screen such sections as “about me” or “team” are compulsory. In most cases these pages do their job of brief familiarization well, but if you want to make your online presence more open and site more friendly it will be better to introduce yourself visually, providing your users with photo or illustrated portrait of yourself.

Furthermore properly chosen image also helps to incorporate emotions into your site, evoking positive reactions. For example, if you take a look at our first sample you won’t keep from smiling. Such buoyant and optimistic face definitely adds to a website prepossessing appearance.

Today we have collected examples of big faces in website designs that are used to introduce staff, win over people, or just simply add a human touch that is really welcome in a world of endless net of scripts and digital designs.

Examples of Big Faces in Web Design

Nathaniel Deal radiates warmth and hospitality that is achieved by means of only one big smile and small regular greeting.

Nathaniel Deal

Edita’s Casting uses an extraordinary approach of presenting team members through a play, giving an opportunity to create different funny facial combinations.

Edita’s Casting

Adham Dannaway graphically and distinctly shows his main lines of activity, dividing its face into 2 parts and making one of them fully illustrated in order to reveal creative nature.

Adham Dannaway

The Fifth Army has an unconventional retro atmosphere, in which human photo is harmoniously supplemented by typography and light textured background.

The Fifth Army

Simone Favarin features traditional horizontal stripe layout, where first, rather wide, line is reserved for a welcome section with an image of a man who creates award-winning sites.

Simone Favarin

Perspectif leverages face image as a tool for communicating couple of aspects, such as main specialty – creation of realistic 3-dimensional projects, and, of course, an awe-effect from a final result.

Perspecti

Avvo has a rather simple homepage that contains only several necessary components: photo background, which exudes an image of trust and proficiency, and essential search form with a good tagline.

Avvo

Rick and Drew beautifully merges 2 faces into one in order to show 2 separate but major staff members simultaneously, and make it clear that they are working as a unit.

Rick and Drew

Opera Returns exudes an image of purity and beauty, featuring ingenious picture of a woman with spellbinding bicolor makeup and light clean background.

Opera Returns

Nikon USA utilizes good time-tasted method of leveraging faces of famous people in order to inspire confidence in regular customers.

Nikon USA

Rememberum is an amazing online memorial for Steve Jobs, featuring master himself. Website is made in grayscale mode with a bunch of user interface elements that are inherent to old computers.

An online memorial for Steve Jobs

Mobile Dashboard for Marketers is a cartoon driven landing page with cheerful superhero illustration which looks simply wonderful.

Mobile Dashboard for Marketers

Antonio Errigo has an urban vibe with a slightly blurred cosmopolitan photo background, bold distinct typography and an image of serious man behind a work on a foreground.

Antonio Errigo

Kamila Nyvltova showcases her photo portfolio by dint of full screen slider that reveals true emotions of models.

Kamila Nyvltova

Labo M Music is another good example in our collection of applying illustrated huge face, which fascinates users by its harmonious combination of simple shapes, bright colors and thick lines.

Labo M Music

Rimmel London UK recreates a feeling of depth perception and perspective due to clear human image on a background and several slightly blurred pictured mascaras that are scattered throughout the design.

Rimmel London UK

Valentina Gallo has dark but truly sophisticated website design; her black-and-white portrait goes perfectly well with composition.

Valentina Gallo

L’Experience beaute urbaine features amazing female face image that is split into 2 parts. First one has washed-out colors, and second one is vice versa saturated with natural colors. In this way designer wants to promote cosmetic products that help every women to stand out from a “grey mass”.

L’Experience beaute urbaine

Ratatattoo recreates necessary atmosphere of online tattoo salon by means of specific type, grunge decorations and vivid image of frisky and blithesome person.

Ratatattoo

Cristina Favaretto skillfully utilizes space of single-page website, tightly packing essential information and her image.

Cristina Favaretto

Faces of Drunk Driving is a really serious website that is aimed to raise awareness of drunk people on the roads and its horrendous outcomes by showcasing people who has been already affected by this problem.

Faces of Drunk Driving

Ditto has a traditional business-like layout that uses facial image in a header in order to easily draw attention to merchandise and its basic utilization.

Ditto

Rozhovory is a standard grid-based website with cells filled with achromatic facial images of different people. Each picture leads to corresponding biography.

Rozhovory

Das Pinke Zimmer is truly unconventional online store with vertical parallax effect and a great deal of zingy retro-styled images.

Das Pinke Zimmer

Konfrontacje incorporates magnificent video background that features an aged person who stares at you and it seems like he is going to talk to you.

Konfrontacje

Juan Mora is another nonstandard take on graphically showcasing versatile nature of creative people. In this instance, designer decided to divide background into 2 parts, supplying each one with specific color, icon and title.

Juan Mora

Reflection

One of the main reasons of using big faces as well as other people images is to add a feeling of authenticity. Such websites are considered to more likeable inspire confidence in potential clients.  Obvious allusion to the individuality is definitely set your site apart from your faceless competitors.

What do you think about adding a human touch? Is it really necessary for certain group of sites? Or emotional component, which is often hidden in people photos – is not so important in establishing good relationships?

Nataly Birch

I'm an internet entrepreneur and an amateur web designer and developer from Sevastopol. In my spare time I read books, play board games and volleyball.

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5 Comments
  1. Steve MacDonald May 15, 11:23 am

    I love the Konfrontacje, it’s very simple yet inviting a very good relationship to the audience or readers. Plus the video will definitely helps grab the audiences’ attention, builds familiarity with you that is foundational to new relationships, and thus creates more confidence and trust.

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  2. John Orban May 15, 4:07 pm

    Normally I don’t read blog posts this long, but the thoroughness of your research into these sites is commendable. I hope lots of folks look at what you’ve found.

    The web truly is a remarkable place these days (I got started back in the early 90’s when it was quite different.)

    Thanks,
    John

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  3. Alexander Goncharov May 18, 9:17 pm

    wow, never realized it’s so damn important! thanks a lot for the research Nataly! I’m on my way to my iPhone photo library to choose a pic for my blog :D

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  4. Nathaniel Deal May 24, 7:31 pm

    Hey thanks for including my site in your awesome article!

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  5. adham Dec 20, 3:23 am

    Thanks for the mention :-)

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