Welcome, HUMANS 2.0

Today we launched a major release of HUMANS.

While still on beta, the new release marks a whole new stage of the HUMANS platform. It contains a completely rewritten codebase, many new features and an overall improved usability and performance.

the new HUMANS platform

New codebase

The new HUMANS has been completely rewritten from the grounds up, switching from vanilla JS to ReactJS. The upgrade will allow the platform to be more future proof and ready for the many enhancements and new features coming soon.

New user interface

The new HUMANS has been revamped in terms of the way you use the platform. Hearing from many of our users that navigation and discovery are the most important features of the platform, we put navigation first on the new design.

The home screen is now the main filter section of the site, and from there you can pretty much get to any personal site listed on the platform within seconds.

There are a few major filter options for zeroing in on a personal website that you may find interesting. You can filter by occupation, country, color and service.

Service is actually a fluid definition that combines multiple ideas or platforms. In general, it is like asking how did you built your website or what is the main tool you used to make the website what it is today. For many users, the answers to such a question is just WordPress or Squarespace or Wix. For others, mostly for people who code their website, that answer can be, I used ReactJS or VueJS or whatnot. So, it may seem a bit confusing at first, but we find it valuable to have the option to filter this way.

New default sort option

Previously, when you opened HUMANS you saw the most popular personal websites ever as voted by our users. Users vote by liking a personal website, which makes it float and be presented more prominently.

Starting from HUMANS 2.0, whenever you open enter the platform, you see the latest featured personal websites presented by the order of their selection. We believe that this sort option will give greater exposure to more websites. You can still opt to sort the websites by popularity of course.

Moreover, you can limit the sites you see just to sites that have been selected as featured websites on our platform or to all the sites on the HUMANS ecosystem.

Featured sites are selected every day and are presented on the main HUMANS front page as well as on our social media profiles.

Bye Bye Beards

Well, amazingly, it was one of the most popular features of HUMANS v.1. Yes, you could filter to see only people with beards. Filtering for beards has been turned off for version 2, but the feature is still available somewhere. Found the easter egg? You will have fun exploring dozens of websites of bearded ladies and gentleman.

The personal page of bearded Olivier Guilleux.
Starting today, you will need to find a way to find all bearded website hero yourself.

New Personal Website Profile Page

We recreated and redesigned the website profile page to include more useful information than ever before. Not all profile pages look alike now and they are designed according to various fields and information about each and every website.

More information on every website

Some websites now include information like:

  • Contributors – It takes a village to raise a baby, but sometimes also to build a website. Now you can see who contributed and helped to create a personal website, as sometimes it wasn’t only the site hero. There are coders, designers, sound and graphic directors, photographers, content writers and others involved. If they did it, they should get their well deserved credits.
  • Design documents – Sometimes we find information detailing the work process involved in creating a personal website. We try to include a link in our site profile page
  • Information written by the website hero – claimed websites allow for even more customization. Claim your website to add more information about the technology and design process for creating your website.
New website hero contributed information (About Design & About Technology sections) on Vincent Orback‘s personal website page.

Related websites

Many users tell us that the major use-case for HUMANS is to find and discover more interesting websites to get inspiration. That’s why HUMANS 2.0 introduce the related websites feature. Each site now includes up to 4 algorithmically selected related websites. The major factors that make a website “related” are country of residence, occupation, color palette used and the technology leveraged to build the site.

New related personal sites featured, as seen on Jenn Schiffer‘s website page

More to come

There is much more to come in the next few weeks. Today’s upgrade is the base on which we are going to launch many new features on.

HUMANS is already the biggest platform on the internet for discovering beautiful personal websites. It is used by thousands of people every day, it keeps on growing and it’s going to be even better in the near future.

December 28 – January 9, Week in review

Happy new year!

After a short break for celebrating the new year, we are back here again, with even more motivation and energy to showcase some of the best personal websites on the internet. Let’s look at some of the new reviews on the HUMANS platform:

New sites on HUMANS

New featured sites

Every day we highlight one personal website that is worth mentioning in one way if not more. We showcase this site to our audience of visitors in various channels, on our site and in the different social media venues we operate on. Want to be featured? Let us know and we’ll consider your application.

December 21 – December 27, Week in review

Most of the personal sites we showcase on HUMANS are created by designers, developers, illustrators, art directors. However, our goal is to showcase personal sites that are owned by a all kinds of people active on the web. That’s why from time to time we make a special effort to focus on other industries. Currently we focus on music professional with interesting personal websites. Know something interesting or attractive, do let us know!

New sites on HUMANS

  • Lil Kleine popular Dutch musician
  • Elena SaharovaInteraction, experience and product designer from Russia
  • Dmitry ZyuzinInteraction, experience and product designer from Russia
  • Maciej KulczewskiProduct Designer and Frontend Developer based in Hannover, Germany
  • Matt YowDesginer of strategic identities, enduring visual systems, and holistic brand experiences.
  • Alex DeveroEntrepreneur, designer and developer from Czech Republic.
  • Oleh StasulaProduct maker, working off Denemark
  • Mike KelleyOne of the world’s top ad photographers
  • Beta TakakiA Senior Product Designer based in Vancouver
  • Chris MousdaleWeb and print designer and developer, kind of a geek, Apple fanboy.

New featured sites

Like every week we select 7 personal sites that highlight some special quality to feature on HUMANS and our various social media outlets. These are the bunch that made it this week:

December 14 – December 20, Week in review

A lot of people ask what makes for a good personal website. The answer is not as easy as it seems and it depends on quite a lot of factors. We’ll write a series of longer posts just about that, but for now let me tell you one thing that usually catches our eyes when we look at personal websites.

The thing is, great personal websites have something… (drumroll please) personal about them. They are not cookie-cutter template based, and even if they do use a design template (which is totally fine and makes things much easier to setup), they offer some sort of originality – in content, images, organization or anything.

Moreover, the one thing that we see as a big differentiator between great personal sites and all the rest is how much personality they show. The more you expose yourself and not just your work, the better the site is.

Some of the list added to our platform this week exhibit just that quality – showing the personality of their heroes. Enjoy!

New sites on HUMANS

  • Alejandro GavanchoMultidisciplinary designer from Peru
  • Andrew Benson Vistual artist doing cool stuff with software
  • Laura GonzálezAn artist, speaker, developer, and a self-proclaimed overall disgrace…
  • David William BaumA fashion, still life, and landscape photographer and creative director working in the US.
  • Taro YoshimuraJapanese developer, gamer and animal lover. Not necessarily at that order.
  • Guillaume TomasiPhotographer and curator based in Montreal
  • Jakub SzerszeńPolish self taught front end developer
  • Albert OmossComputational designer and artist from San Diego, California
  • Filip NordinSwedish Interactive Art Director
  • Mel NguyễnFreelance graphic designer, working of Brooklyn
  • Parker HendersonProduct designer from California
  • Kristijan RistovskiProlific maker, JS instructor and an occasional participator in Katy Perry videos.
  • Sara VieiraFull stack developer
  • Kent C. DoddsSoftware developer turned full time web instructor and educator
  • Rahat Chowdhury Developer,streamer,rapper and pokemon master from New York City
  • Neal AgarwalA creative coder since he was 10 years old. Exploring the intersection of creativity and technology.
  • Dan SankeyUK based product designer
  • Amelia WattenbergerFront end developer, UXer and Data visualizer
  • Seun AkanniNigerian full stack developer

New featured sites

Here goes. This is the list of personal sites and portfolios we have chosen to highlight this week. As usual, we select one personal site per day to showcase, and put in front of everybody else. There is usually something that we find specifically appealing about that website – whether it’s the design, content or something else entirely. This is the group of personal site that we featured in the last seven days:

December 7 – December 13, Week in review

If you are following closely, you probably noticed that every week more and more personal sites are added to our platform. You may be asking yourself, how do these websites get here in the first place. How are they chosen?

Well, the answer is that it’s a mix of sites that are submitted to the platform (and there are currently a few thousands of sites waiting for approval, review and upload) and other sites that we bump into when we browse online.

We know that the wait time for acceptance can be long (sometimes over a few months), but don’t be discouraged. We get to each and every site eventually, and if it meets our quality standards (no spam, no affiliate links), it will get here eventually.

For the time being, let’s review some of the new submissions from the last week.

New sites on HUMANS

New featured sites

Yes, every day we select on personal site to highlight in our various channels and social media networks that we operate on. These are portfolios or personal sites that caught our eye for one reasons or another. They may have striking designs, interesting content, be super minimal or over the top. Want to be featured? Let us know!

November 30 – December 6, Week in review

That’s just the time in the week when we review what we did this week, and what’s happening in the world of personal website creation. This was a rather busy week on HUMANS as we headed to NYC for some important meetings that helped us set where HUMANS is going next. More updates and changes to our operations coming very soon.

New sites on HUMANS

This week we have added 7 new personal sites and portfolios to our HUMANS database. Congrats all for joining!

  • Jacob Frederiksen – Freelance creative frontend developer from Denemark
  • Joel Cox – NY based product designer and creator of the Volta word processor
  • Jenn Piatkowski – Curly designer, spreading good vibes and great designs from Tokyo
  • Vinicius Sueiro – Creative developer from Brazil
  • Ross Dallaire – Creative developer from Pullman, Washington
  • Tom WitkowskiWeb developer and occasional gamer from Germany
  • Adam Greenough – Freelance web developer & designer from the UK

New featured sites

There is one personal website that we select every day to highlight and feature on HUMANS and on our social media channels. If you are interested in being featured, do let us know.

November 23 – November 29, Week in review

Like every week, this is the time to review and details what’s been added and what’s been featured. Here goes, and happy black and cyber weekend for those who celebrate 🙂

New sites on HUMANS

This week we add 24 new personal sites and portfolios to our HUMANS database. Congrats all for joining!

New featured sites

Every day one personal website is celebrated. We pin the featured site to the top of our HUMANS platform, viewable by thousands. We also mention the site on our various social media platforms. Want to be featured? Let us know!

November 16 – November 22, Week in review

Very busy week here in HUMANS HQ. Many new extra cool personal sites on our platform, and extraordinary features coming soon to the site, and worked on at our lab right now.

New sites on HUMANS

This week we introduced 21 new personal site profiles:

New Featured Sites

Every day we select one personal site that we wish to highlight. It is unnecessarily a new site or the one with the most striking design, but it showcases something interesting about the world of personal website design. It can be the content, the layout, the density or something else entirely. These were our picks for this week:

November 9 – November 15, Week in review

Many new entries this week in HUMANS. Very interesting people added to our database of inspiring personal sites. Check them out for design inspiration but also, and more important, getting to know them. Here goes.

Many new entries this week in HUMANS. Very interesting people added to our database of inspiring personal sites. Check them out for design inspiration but also, and more important, getting to know them. Here goes.

New sites on HUMANS

This week we introduced 17 new personal site profiles:

New Featured Sites

Every week we highlight new and veteran personal sites. These sites are not necessarily the best designed or the ones featuring the newest technologies. We care about sites that reflect the personality of their owners. These are the ones we featured this week:

November 2 – November 8, Week in review

Another hectic week of site adds and features. We are currently working on rebuilding the entire codebase in React, so no actual new features this week, but a lot is happening behind the scenes.

New sites on HUMANS

This week we introduced 13 new personal site profiles:

New Featured Sites

Every week we highlight a few sites, put them at front and showcase them in our various social media outlets. They are not always the best looking websites, or the most innovative, but they usually feature something special – in content, design, structure, typography or something else. Let us know if you wish to be featured.