"10 of the best websites in April 2013"


When you work on the web, you are rarely accused of spending too much time at the computer. So, during our quiet moments we explore the outer reaches of the web to find websites that look good, sound good and work well. All in the name of work, of course. After all, we need inspiration!

Here are a few of the finest places to click on the world wide internets at the moment…

Google Street View Hyperlapse – This is a clever web app from Teehan+Lax Labs that turns a Google Street View walk into a supersonic time-lapse video. The source code is out there too, if you are feeling adventurous. http://hyperlapse.tllabs.io

Fluid simulation with Turing patterns – No, I don’t understand, but gosh is it beautiful. http://cake23.de/turing-fluid.html

J Peterman – Classy togs require a classy website. While the site itself is no great shakes, we just love the way products are represented graphically instead of with photos. And the copywriting isn’t bad either. http://www.jpeterman.com/!59Cy6Rj!-DSF-Di1cXJpNQ!/

Jim’ll Paint It – The best website ever. Established February 2013. http://jimllpaintit.tumblr.com/

A List Apart – The best web dev blog, bar none. Presented like a magazine, it’s well written, not too preachy and not overly tech-obsessed. Perfect for developers, designers or anybody who is interested in what shapes the world wide web. http://alistapart.com/

Dog Shaming – This Tumblr-style site has been going for a few months now, but it’s really coming into its own. Dog owners will understand. http://www.dogshaming.com/

Chrome SuperSync Sports – Are you the next Daley Thompson? This is the closest you will get to matching the moustachioed medalist, all from the comfort of your web browser. http://chrome.com/supersyncsports/

Windows of New York – Illustrations of windows in New York. That is all. http://www.windowsofnewyork.com/

KLM Claim your place in space – A competition that every human being must enter. KLM, the Dutch airline, are offering a free trip into space. Yes, that’s right, we are now living in the future. But this is no ordinary stick-your-email-in-a-digital-hat competition: instead you need to predict where a balloon, released by KLM later in April 2013, will eventually pop on its journey into space. There is also a very neat social media angle; this is how to do a competition properly. http://space.klm.com

Mount Kimbie – Another slick video-dominated site, but we like it. And the Mount Kimbie LP is shaping up to be something special. And there is a free song on the website. And they are coming to Liverpool in a couple of weeks. I could go on… http://www.mountkimbie.com/