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Maps are often used in web design, but today we’d like to feature top 10 websites with maps definitely worth seeing. And although the sites differ in purpose and style we hope you will find them inspiring and helpful.
So we invite you to check the screen shots below and see that each of the following websites is using a map in its own way. Sometimes it’s a real map showing a rout or location, sometimes a map is just a design element serving as a background or navigation. And as for a global map, it is a great way to show that a website is open to people all over the world.
Please enjoy the websites with maps and if know other similar designs, let us know in the comments.
Cirque du Soleil
Website : cirquedusoleil.com
This is an official site of Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” Cirque du Soleil is famous for its incredible shows that combine acrobatics and theatrical approach. The circus employs people from around the world and they have already performed shows on every continent except Antarctica.
World of Merix
Website : worldofmerix.com
World of Merix is a Poland based web design agency working globally. The company website is using the map to show where their clients come from. Isn’t it a proof that clients are the main focus at WorldofMerix?
The English UK Fairs
Website : englishukfairs.com
The English UK Fairs website is using a map to inform visitors about the fairs that will take place during 2012 (and other future events). That is why the map is frequently updated and is surely one of the most important parts of the website.
Website : 180degrees.com
Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper were the youngest Britons to scale Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Also, they have traveled from the North Pole to the South Pole using only human and natural power. This way they wanted to raise awareness of climate change and 180degrees.com was launched to promote the trip to the widest possible audience.
The Dare Theory
Website : thedaretheory.com
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This is a one page website and the idea of the site is to inspire people all over the world to change their lives for better by doing unusual things.
World of Social
Wesite : worldofsocial.com
World of Social is an interactive agency helping businesses get most of Facebook ads. Although, the company is located in Poland, it has clients all over the world.
Website : mikviaggi.it
Mik Viaggi is an Italian based travel agency, but its services are available worldwide. So the site is aimed at anyone traveling on business or for pleasure. Important: as mikviaggi.it is in Italian you may probably need Google Toolbar to translate it into English or any other language.
Website : fantasy-cartography.com
As soon as you enter the site you get a feeling that you’re in the past and you can even imagine yourself a traveler. The old-style map occupies almost the entire page and helps users easily find what they’re looking for, whether the about page, portfolio page or anything they need.
Website : leaderbe.com
The map in the header tells anyone visiting the site that LeaderBe has clients worldwide. And even being at the top of the page, the map is still more like a background than the main content.
Website : duplika.com
This is the official website of an Argentina based hosting provider. As for the map, it is used to show that Duplika’s services are available all over the world.
About the author
Helen Bailey is a Marketing Assistant, she works at TemplateMonster and in her spare time she enjoys writing inspirational articles as well as articles about web design freebies.