Whether they are used to subscribe to services, send a contact form or simply to call the user’s attention to a specific page, buttons are a very important part of websites. When well designed, they have the power to change conversion rates, bring new customers to a service or help users perform and validate specific tasks.
No wonder web designers tend to put so much time and effort into creating nice, appealing buttons. In this article, we will present a showcase of websites that can inspire designers in their quest for the perfect button design, some websites to find and download nice PSD button templates. We will then take a look at some online tools to create nice HTML CSS buttons using CSS3 goodness, and finish with a showcase of pretty CSS button frameworks ready for use.
All About Buttons
Finding Inspiration on the Web: Button Showcases
House of Buttons
House of buttons is a nice Tumblr website that showcases great UI buttons spotted all over the web. No search form is provided, this is a simple Tumblr blog. Just go through the pages to find inspiration.
Ui parade, Category “button”
The website Ui parade showcases different pieces of user interface and has a special category for buttons.
The Dailybutton is yet another Tumblr blog that only showcases beautiful buttons. The interesting part of this blog is that most of the buttons are available for download as firework files. You can navigate through the blog page by page, but buttons are also classified by tags to help you find similar buttons.
Button Tag on Dribbble
I think I don’t have to present Dribbble to you these days, this website has found its place in the designer community. By taking a look at the “button” tag on Dribbble you can find inspiration and take a look at some really nice and well designed buttons created by designer peers.
Deviant Art Button Project
The button project is a Deviantart gallery that put together many Deviantart button resources in one single place. PSD files are also available for some of those buttons.
PSDs and Inspiring Button Resources to Download
Pixel Premium Buttons Tag
Pixelpremium is a website curated by Orman Clark that offers free resources for web designers. The “buttons” tag offers a nice collection of inspiring button PSD templates to download.
365PSD is another website that offers a free PSD daily to the designer community. The archive tag for “button” offers a huge and nice variety of button PSD templates to download. Just take a look at them to see how great designers create their buttons.
Favbulous collects and showcases some of the best button PSD templates you can find among the designer community. You can go and take a look at the button tag to find inspiration and download nice PSD templates for buttons.
Duckfiles provides free and premium quality resources for web designers. The “button” category showcases a nice sample of button PSD templates to download and find inspiration from.
CSS Button Makers
We can save lots of great PSD and pixel resources to visually create appealing buttons, now we will take a look at some code and some online services that will help you create your dream button.
CSSButton is an online button generator. Not much coding skill is required; all you have to do is play with the options and create the three states of a button. You can start from scratch, or use a template. Once the button is finished you can view and copy/paste the code. You can login using a Twitter account to save the buttons.
css3buttongenerator provides the same services as cssbutton.me with a different layout. Fewer options are available here, you can’t create an active state for instance or save your button.
CSS Tricks Button Maker by Chris Coyer
CSS tricks button maker is yet another easy to use button generator. No option to save the button here.
CSS3button.net is another CSS3 button generator with many options available. Neither hover nor active state for this service, but it enables you to share the button in their showcase gallery.
CSS Button Frameworks and Tutorials
CSS3 button UI by geekeries
This is a nice and clean framework for simple UI buttons, using CSS3 gradients, transitions and animations.
Zocial is another CSS framework that offers nice and clean buttons for social services like Twitter, Facebook or G+
Bonbon is a sweet framework with tasty and juicy bonbon like buttons in pure CSS3 : yummy!
Using CSS3 animation, this tutorial will show you how to create radioactive buttons that will glow.
CSS3 Animated Buttons
A nice tutorial and demo that displays buttons with a bubble animation.
Now that you’ve got plenty of nice sources of inspiration, templates and CSS button generators you don’t have any excuse anymore not to create awesome buttons.
Now it’s your turn : do you know any great website where you find inspiration when you want to create a button ? Some lovely resources for download or a useful generator and CSS framework ? Just leave us a comment and share your discoveries.