Out of the main five senses web designers and developers really only use one when it comes to designing for the web. Now I’m not saying web designers don’t use those other four senses, but in our line of work we really only use our sight. You can argue that hearing is used, which is true in some cases but not in all. Taste and smell are simply out of the question right? You can’t possibly know what a website smells or tastes like.
I am attempting to take a look at 10 popular websites and determine what they smell like using a variety of factors such as color scheme, layout, and the overall appeal. It mind sound kind of crazy but its actually rather fun. Ok lets get started
Web Designer Depot
Web Designer Depot is one of the most popular design blogs on the internet so I figured I’d analyze it with the smell test. When you first visit their site you get a splash of red and warm colors. They have clean typography nothing too heavy.
I would say WDD smells like Cherry Pie with a buttery crumb topping.
Six Revisions is an awesome design blog that focuses on all things web. This was a tough one, I really had to dig deep for this one. It’s got clean typography, simple color scheme, and a fair amount of border usage.
I would say Six Revisions smells like burnt rubber.
Spoon Graphics Blog
Chris Spooner has done an amazing job with his blog which focuses on Illustrator tutorials. To me this one came easy, its got a brown color scheme with lots of graphics.
I would say Spoon Graphics Blog smells like an old used cardboard box after a 17 hour trip in a hot car.
I would say Naldz Graphics smells like that patch quilt in that closet in the basement at your grandma’s house.
PSDTuts is a super awesome blog that is part of the Envato network that delivers high quality tutorials based on Photoshop. The color scheme has deep earth tones and vibrant reds, clean typography and great icon usage.
I would say PSDTuts smells like Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell.
Abduzeedo is a beautiful blog with silky grays and vibrant pictures and illustrations. They specialize in Graphic design resources and inspiration.
I would say Abduzeedo smells like a charred medium well steak with a side of A1 sauce.
PSD Fan has got great photoshop resources for any avid photoshoppper. It has a very light color scheme with a little bit of lime green thrown in for contrast.
I would say PSD Fan smells like a Green Apple Jolly Rancher.
Fuel Your Creativity
I would say Fuel Your Creativity smells like a Strawberry Pop-Tart immediately after popping up out of the toaster.
DesignM.ag is a design blog where you can submit articles and news to and provides you with insight on how to become a better designer. It’s got some splattered and grungy textures used throughout the site.
I would say DesignM.ag smells like that stale fruit cake your Aunt gave you in your stocking last Christmas.
Cats Who Code
Cats Who Code is a fantastic WordPress development blog that gives you great tutorials on how to get the most out of WordPress. It has a simple layout with illustrations and a blue and gray color scheme.
I would say Cats Who Code smells like the ocean on a cold winter night.
The Smell Challenge
I challenge you to not only browse these great blogs, but to visualize how you think they would smell. If you have any smells please feel free to put it in the comment section.