Landing pages have long been an excellent way to draw people into your site, app or service, without bombarding them with too much information. In fact, the very point of a splash page is to show your essence, while teasing what you have to offer.

No matter if you’ve built one before or not, landing pages are powerful tools and checking out some of the best out there is a great way to get started. Plus, if you’re planning on actually releasing something soon, it’s likely you could use a little inspiration to help you think outside the box.

Check out TNW’s list of 11 awesome splash page designs below:

1. Minute Race

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.29.25 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchMinute Race does two things really well. They have a countdown that gives you 60 seconds to sign-up for their beta, or you are out. It made us feel nervous enough to sign up before we knew exactly what was going on. Second, showing off the edge of their app was just enough to make me want more.

➤ Minute Race

2. Shipment

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.26.36 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchShipment’s site doesn’t put much information out there, but what they do show off is enough to make potential users curious while it’s in private beta. I particularly like the vintage/futuristic feel. Read our review here.

Shipment

3. ChoreMonster

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 10.11.59 AM1 520x308 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchChoreMonster’s design fits right into its purpose: It’s whimsical, playful and illustrative. It’s clearly kid friendly, but with tons of personality. You can read our review of ChoreMonster here.

➤ ChoreMonster

4. Evertale

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.31.39 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchEvertale embraces a strong parallax design, with a little trail that follows you down the page to where you sign up. It’s like going on a micro-journey.

➤ Evertale

5. Local Uncle

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.33.24 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchLocal Uncle gets it right by dropping us right into a map. It’s short, sweet and well-organized.

➤ Local Uncle

6. Sipp

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.36.07 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchSipp’s realistic textures feel just right and the wine-red logo and grape submit button are nice touches. The message statements are also concise and clear.

➤ Sipp

7. Nest

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.36.44 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchNot so much a landing page as it is a wonderfully simple and direct homepage, Nest has managed to find a perfect balance between clarity and detail. The massive, beautiful photographs only make everything better.

Nest

8. Puma

puma 520x307 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchHighly direct and strong, Puma’s landing page gets everything it needs to get done in just a few seconds. You immediately know you’re in the right place and are asked if you’d like to shop or just look around and explore.

Puma

9. ShopLocket

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.37.22 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchI love ShopLocket’s subtle background and curvy logo. Scroll down to reveal little segments of bright colorful, descriptions.

➤ ShopLocket

10. Pixelivery

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.29.37 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchA teaser for an upcoming shop, Pixelivery has a very open and clear design, with strong call to actions and bright colors.

➤ Pixelivery

11. FiftyThree

Screen Shot 2012 04 12 at 2.41.14 PM 11 Killer splash page designs to get you inspired before your launchFiftyThree’s homepage says one thing: Paper is an awesome app, and you should try it. The team wastes no time promoting itself, and instead jumps front and center to its featured product.

➤ FiftyThree

This list is just the beginning, so if you have any favorites to share, definitely leave them in the comments below!

Thanks to @klavr and @SamseChristian