30 Dark Designs You Should’ve Seen

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Dark designs can be really stunning. I mean, really. In Web 2.0 designers try to do their best to impress their visitors and in many cases they definitely succeed in doing so.

As a second (out of five) part of our 50 Beautiful CSS-Based Web-Designs in 20061 collection we’d like to present some stunning, but rather unknown dark designs, which you really should have seen if your aim is to develop web-sites in the modern “Look & Feel”-style. Links checked: June/15 2008 – 5 Designs deleted.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/19/50-beautiful-css-based-web-designs-in-2006/
  2. 2 http://www.designbyfront.com/
  3. 3 http://www.larissameek.com/
  4. 4 http://snagt.net/
  5. 5 http://www.justinshattuck.com/
  6. 6 http://www.glingglo.net/
  7. 7 http://www.brokenkode.com/
  8. 8 http://www.johndahlback.com/
  9. 9 http://fusionfox.com/
  10. 10 http://sercotransarctic.com/
  11. 11 http://www.lodowski.eu/
  12. 12 http://www.soulshaker.co.uk/
  13. 13 http://www.merix.com.pl/
  14. 14 http://coda.co.za/
  15. 15 http://ebonmusic.com/
  16. 16 http://www.vlp2005.com.ar/futbol7/
  17. 17 http://www.dacreate.co.uk/
  18. 18 http://www.magnitude.co.uk/
  19. 19 http://www.zindustry.com/
  20. 20 http://www.badboy.ro/
  21. 21 http://www.cviscusi.com/
  22. 22 http://prblogger.com/
  23. 23 http://www.deardorffinc.com/
  24. 24 http://www.sato-krefeld.de/
  25. 25 http://www.baranda-tequila.com/welcome.html
  26. 26 http://www.backbeatmedia.com/

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  1. 1

    Dark sites are very easy on the eyes.

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  2. 52

    Great list!
    I’d like to add my dark website design to the list: http://www.brianwebdesign.com

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  3. 103

    Dark design are mostly made to gives the feeling of perspective and depth.
    Bright colors are well combined with black contrasts for all web layout especially powerful colors like red or orange. I used black color background for a painting website last time. You can see my portfolio here: website1service.com

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  4. 154

    very nice

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  5. 205

    I like the dark web designs but have gone for a lighter design myself but I am thinking of doing a re-design.
    100 years ago a French priest embedded clues in his church leading to a secret location.
    Those clues have been solved.
    That location has been found.
    The SECRET is revealed!

    Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar

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  6. 256

    i like mostely all those dark designs ( also have it in my room at home).most i love that viscusi`s page.its awesome-this mixture from dark,impressive and romatic but also elements from clean-chic.wonderful and very inspiring!

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  7. 307

    Dark design with black/orange color scheme.

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  8. 358

    coolll…

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  9. 409

    I think our website has a “Dark design you should see”: AdWorks Webdesign :)
    Hope you don’t consider this advertising, it really is a great dark design!

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  10. 460

    Hi. Good site.

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  11. 511

    Nice post, im not into dark templates but it sure looks good.

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  12. 562

    these themes are beautiful, are any of them available as wordpress theme downloads?

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  13. 613

    All designs are very nice, but dark design is not corporate and professional, these design is like night club or party…

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  14. 664

    thanks,I really agrree with these points,I also will try these points in the designs for my site and my clients’ site.

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  15. 715

    thanks,great works,I like somethings of them,I will study them.

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    Not really feeling any of those designs. Maybe I’m prejudice to the darker layouts, but I really do find them hard to read. They just come off uninviting and unbalanced. I feel the same way in print. And it’s not just about ink waste, although, that’s a big gripe for me, as well.

    I had to laugh, too, because the first website that I thought was half-decent was the http://www.snagt.com link up top (3rd one down), and the site is now on a white background and much brighter. Much better IMHO. And yes, I realize this post is from 2007. In fact, a lot of those sites have “new portfolio coming soon!” messages, which makes me wonder if they’ve finally gotten bored of being in the dark.

    Be wary of the dark side… :}

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  17. 817

    All designs are very nice.

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    Hello guys,

    I would like to suggest that one which is minimalist and really nice too.
    http://www.krispykrush.com/

    What do you think?

    Thank you,
    Marie

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    Dark’s Themes Are Elegant, Professional & Mystery..

    I love the dark style, and i really like your collections.. But there’s still much more out there.. hope can get more about darker themes…

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    Behind The Web Design

    November 27, 2009 1:06 am

    Hi !

    Thank for this selection. I like Dark Designs.
    What do you think about mine ?
    behindthewebdesign.com

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  21. 1021

    A very nice and interesting collection of dark websites, thanks!
    Oh, and you for got this one gauntler.com :)

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    I love this one

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    Impressive. Particularly like Soulshaker(including the music), Lowdoski.EU, Viscusy and Sato.

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  24. 1174

    Great inspiring post. Here’s another good one:

    nomadicflow.com

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    Vishakan Dinesh

    July 3, 2010 1:13 am

    This is a great collection. My own site is a dark design too. Check it out.
    mrdthedesigner.com/

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    WOW grates pages I also saw good “dark” site infinitebattle.com

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    Good selection !
    Take a look on this Fresh collection of Amazing Dark Websites here
    http://www.dreamincoloronline.com/20-amazing-dark-websites/

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    Awesome dark designs are here.I think choosing color scheme in your web design is very important step.The use of dark color in web design centers the attention towards the content,making it an effective theme for portfolios,image galleries,and design centered sites.Thanks for sharing such a good post.

    buraq-technologies.com

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