45 Fresh, Clean and Impressive Designs

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Sometimes it’s just amazing to see, which level of usability, legibility and visual appeal can be achieved using some basic design techniques. In fact, some talented web-developers manage to deliver powerful, functional and gorgeous web-design in “look-and-feel”-style, which is easy to use and nice to see. Recently we’ve listed 50 Beautiful CSS-based web-design of 20061 and chosen some of the most beautiful and inspiring dark web-designs2. Now we’ve selected 45 more fresh, clean and impressive designs. Let’s take a look. Links checked: June/30 2008 – several links and screenshots have been deleted.

2. - VG DESIGN -3

Fresh Designs - - VG DESIGN -4 5. Alex Buga – Graphic Designer5

Fresh Designs - Alex Buga - Graphic Designer6 7. Design Disease – Feel my symptoms7

Fresh Designs - Design Disease - Feel my symptoms8 8. Luis Alarcón, Blog9

Fresh Designs - Luis Alarcón, Blog10 9. Scrapbook Your Memories 11

Fresh Designs - Yellowlane | So much time. So little to do.12 12. Realizzazione siti web Viareggio, Studio grafico viareggio, Toscana13

Fresh Designs - Realizzazione siti web Viareggio, Studio grafico viareggio, Studio grafico Lucca, Progettazione grafica, Realizzazione siti web Lucca, Toscana14 13. PISA Trekking – Aventura Levada a Sério15

Fresh Designs - PISA Trekking - Aventura Levada a Sério16 16. Cube Club Chemnitz 17

Fresh Designs - Cube Club Chemnitz | News18 17. Niťárna Česká Třebová – příze pro vyšívání a pletení19

Fresh Designs - Niťárna Česká Třebová - příze pro vyšívání a pletení20 18. Fresh news21

Fresh Designs - Fresh news22 19. Arcsin | Webbyrå23

Fresh Designs - Arcsin | Webbyrå24 21. Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach for Wedding Receptions 25

Fresh Designs - Galuppi's in Pompano Beach for Wedding Receptions. | Restaurant, Patio Bar, and Banquets..26 22. scpgt | matt northam27

Fresh Designs - scpgt | matt northam28 23. sparklette.net29

Fresh Designs - sparklette.net30 24. A-FILM31

Fresh Designs - A-FILM32 26. The Collective Commercial Works of Drew Europeo33

Fresh Designs - The Collective Commercial Works of Drew Europeo34 28. Carbonmade: Your online portfolio.35

Fresh Designs - Carbonmade: Your online portfolio.36 29. luke stevens | design + consulting37

Fresh Designs - luke stevens | design + consulting38 32. Disco – Mac Disc Burning39

Fresh Designs - Disco - Mac Disc Burning40 34. sebdesign.eu | graphic and web design | online portfolio41

Fresh Designs - sebdesign.eu | graphic and web design | online portfolio42 35. Trojan Records43

Fresh Designs - Trojan Records44 36. CaraWilliams.com.au45

Fresh Designs - Welcome to Café Rouge - Restaurant - Bar - Café46 39. :. JUNTA DE FREGUESIA DE CASTELO BRANCO .:47

Fresh Designs - :. JUNTA DE FREGUESIA DE CASTELO BRANCO .:48 40. Kloobik.org : retour à l’Open Source49

Fresh Designs - Kloobik.org : retour à l'Open Source50 41. kara burke illustrations : prints51

Fresh Designs - kara burke illustrations : prints52 42. Infiniti Mixed Media 53

Fresh Designs - Infiniti Mixed Media - Providing progressive graphic design and web design, based in Mayo, Ireland54 45. Zvik.com Designs55

Fresh Designs - Zvik.com Designs - Website Design and Web Design at Great Prices56

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/19/50-beautiful-css-based-web-designs-in-2006/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/13/30-dark-designs-you-shouldve-seen/
  3. 3 http://www.vgdesign.com.ar/
  4. 4 http://www.vgdesign.com.ar/
  5. 5 http://www.alexbuga.com/
  6. 6 http://www.alexbuga.com/
  7. 7 http://www.designdisease.com/
  8. 8 http://www.designdisease.com/
  9. 9 http://www.luisalarcon.com/blog/
  10. 10 http://www.luisalarcon.com/blog/
  11. 11 http://scrapbookyourmemories.myshopify.com/
  12. 12 http://www.yellowlane.com/
  13. 13 http://www.artscode.com/
  14. 14 http://www.artscode.com/
  15. 15 http://www.pisa.tur.br/
  16. 16 http://www.pisa.tur.br/
  17. 17 http://www.cubeclub-chemnitz.de/
  18. 18 http://www.cubeclub-chemnitz.de/
  19. 19 http://nitarna.cz/
  20. 20 http://nitarna.cz/
  21. 21 http://www.toubeauty.com/salon/fresh-news/
  22. 22 http://www.toubeauty.com/salon/fresh-news/
  23. 23 http://arcsin.se/
  24. 24 http://arcsin.se/
  25. 25 http://www.galuppis.com/
  26. 26 http://www.galuppis.com/
  27. 27 http://www.scpgt.co.uk/
  28. 28 http://www.scpgt.co.uk/
  29. 29 http://sparklette.net/
  30. 30 http://sparklette.net/
  31. 31 http://www.a-film.de/
  32. 32 http://www.a-film.de/
  33. 33 http://www.dreweuropeo.com/
  34. 34 http://www.dreweuropeo.com/
  35. 35 http://www.carbonmade.com/
  36. 36 http://www.carbonmade.com/
  37. 37 http://lukestevensdesign.com/
  38. 38 http://lukestevensdesign.com/
  39. 39 http://discoapp.com/
  40. 40 http://discoapp.com/
  41. 41 http://www.sebdesign.eu/
  42. 42 http://www.sebdesign.eu/
  43. 43 http://trojanrecords.com/
  44. 44 http://trojanrecords.com/
  45. 45 http://www.carawilliams.com.au/index.php
  46. 46 http://www.caferouge.co.uk/
  47. 47 http://www.jf-castelobranco.pt/
  48. 48 http://www.jf-castelobranco.pt/
  49. 49 http://kloobik.org/
  50. 50 http://kloobik.org/
  51. 51 http://www.karaburke.net/prints.php
  52. 52 http://www.karaburke.net/prints.php
  53. 53 http://www.infinitimixedmedia.com/
  54. 54 http://www.infinitimixedmedia.com/
  55. 55 http://www.zvik.com/
  56. 56 http://www.zvik.com/

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  1. 1

    Most of these sites look great but fail on usability!

    Bloody good work though.

    3
  2. 2

    Christopher Scott

    March 5, 2007 10:21 am

    Nice list. I can’t help but notice a lot of the sites are using the flourish/swirly style illustrations that seem so popular now.

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  3. 3

    Great!
    Some sites are awesome!

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  4. 4

    Got smashed?
    Really impressive designs, #15 and #23 are my fav.

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  5. 5

    Yet another fine list of designs. Great collection. All these sites though, seem to have more of an art-sy style rather than any professionalism involved with it.

    I’d love to see a great list of professional designs that are attractive but still innovative.

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  6. 6

    Incoming digg, sir.

    0
  7. 7

    These all look very good and are creative but most of them remind me more of “Magazine Ads” than they do Website Themes…

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  8. 8

    I was blown away by some of the site designs. Goddamn my site is boring and uninteresting compared to those. :/

    Really great work, even though accessability really isn’t WCAG 3 stars for most of them.

    -3
  9. 9

    Most of these are really not CLEAN, but very cluttered and busy.

    Most of these also FAIL on accessibility.

    Pretty, yea, most of them. But who ever MUPPET call em USABLE and CLEAN should really find a clue what USABLE and CLEAN actually means.

    -1
  10. 10

    I’ll admit – when I saw the title on Digg, I thought “this’ll be a bunch of above average sites that I’ve somehow seem before…” But they are all terrific designs and I’ve only seen a small handful of them.

    There was *something* that made me click on #18 right off the bat – I couldn’t help but notice they’re violating the new google adsense TOS by putting pics next to the ads.

    Anyway… nice list – I’ll be coming back if I’m feeling a little low on inspiration.

    0
  11. 11

    Thanks a lot for the list. Site have truly different style but all look good.

    0
  12. 12

    The Disco site was not proparly designed. Just try to mouseover the main banner, and you will see the glow that is wrong.

    0
  13. 13

    PINK is the new obsession…

    0
  14. 14

    Yeah! That is cool! Thanx!

    0
  15. 15

    You mixed a lot of different styles here.
    This can be useful as exercise to associate styles to different kind of project.
    Thank you very much!

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  16. 16

    Really great mix :)

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  17. 17

    Alot of talent in the list. Although there is so many elements of the designs that are re-used, backgrounds, drop shadow, destressed and scratched effects, Linears Gradient, Floral swirls, Beams of Light. We are at a point in Web 2.0 / CSS based design when there are trends developing which people like and reuse. The only issue is things start looking the same for better or worse..my own site included (designed a year ago).

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  18. 18

    Great collection well done!

    0
  19. 19

    Impressive,

    good inspiration.

    0
  20. 20

    Nice collection. Thanks

    0
  21. 21

    Great, but not so great. None of these sites are usable. :(

    0
  22. 22

    In what way are any of these designs ‘clean’? They’re overly-detailed, busy, and of the current trend in web design, but they’re far from clean.

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  23. 23

    Some of them look very nice :)

    0
  24. 24

    Not all clean. But its always inspirational to look at creative examples.

    Thanks for the effort..

    0
  25. 25

    Darn it. My work is not eye-catching enough. Most of these makes you stop and stare.

    0
  26. 26

    Great list

    I think for the first time ever, i called a website beautiful, when i saw sparklette.net

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  27. 27

    I know it’s being done to death right now, but I love the swirly floral patterns! A lot of nice graphic design on those sites. Unforunately, I’m a terrible designer, so these lists always give me an inferiority complex :(

    0
  28. 28

    Horrible………. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone “Web Design is not Graphic Design”!

    Designs like these are good indication that CRASH 2.0 is approaching………

    0
  29. 29

    Cool list & nice post! Great designs. ;)

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  30. 30

    Hi, I’m the owner and creator of Toubeauty.com n°18

    to be honnest inspiration came from
    http://www.kineda.com
    http://summer.tnvacation.com and of course smashmagazine the year before – thanks a lot

    0
  31. 31

    Good stuff there. Very inspirational.

    0
  32. 32

    Now these are some nice looking designs. Good job. :D

    0
  33. 33

    I love Smashing magazine but your taste in website design seems slightly dubious. Most of these look like they have been produced by Photoshop monkeys not Graphic Designers. There’s too much going on to captivate the viewers attention. Nice photoshop techniques but most seem poorly designed.

    0
  34. 34

    Terinea Tech Tips

    March 6, 2007 2:30 am

    What a fantastic collection of web designs. Hope I can produce something of that quality one day.

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  35. 35

    My fav is stocktemple.com
    It’s well designed and what beautiful use of colors! How could you go wrong!

    0
  36. 36

    Nice list. Good to see one of the finalists in the SEO contest in the Philippines :)

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  37. 37

    Oliver we are out of easter eggs!! Nice sites.

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  38. 38

    I need eggs. Check your laundry

    0
  39. 39

    I don’t care what people say. As a general rule, ‘clean’ is a pretty good descriptor. Lot’s of color! Some of these would make great inspiration for case studies.

    0
  40. 40

    Nice list. Although the designs look lean and impressive I don’t think they are very intuitive. They look more form friendly than function friendly.

    0
  41. 41

    QUOTE: “I love Smashing magazine but your taste in website design seems slightly dubious. Most of these look like they have been produced by Photoshop monkeys not Graphic Designers. There’s too much going on to captivate the viewers attention. Nice photoshop techniques but most seem poorly designed.”

    I agree! It seems fairly common that people are impressed whenever they see really busy designs, which upon careful examination are just almost random shapes slapped together to make a “design”. Indeed, a lot of these seem to have been made by “Photoshop monkeys” and not graphic designers or anyone with any real talent.

    Anyone could take photoshop brushes and *click click click*—an “impressive” design like above!

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  42. 42

    Oh my gawd! Swirly florals and stars and arrows and circles… So talentless. My eyes are turning to stone.

    0
  43. 43

    they are great

    0
  44. 44

    thanks. realy great sites

    0
  45. 45

    Um, yuck. Whoever picked these 45 websites has terrible, unsophisticated taste!

    While some are not too bad, many of these are not “fresh, clean, and impressive.”

    Perhaps the title of this article should have been “45 UNUSUAL website designs.” That would be more accurate.

    Or better yet: “45 website designs that I like because I am ignorant.”

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  46. 46

    While I agree that the artwork on most sites looks great, I doubt about their functionality. I think there must be defined a differences between a good artwork and a good designed website. Most of them would look great on posters and other prints, but don’t work as a website because mostly the banners takes in half of the page, or there’s too much content on them to have a decent overview.

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  47. 47

    Very nice collection there – It is how we are trying to design several sites right now – crisp, clean and uncluttered.

    Top marks for this!

    0
  48. 48

    What a great list. There are definitely some excellent, top-notch designers out there. Thanks for the nice shots!

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  49. 49

    Wow! That’s a great list of Fresh sites.

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  50. 50

    Wender da Silva Souza

    March 16, 2007 4:54 am

    Nice List… congratulation !!!

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  51. 51

    very nice works.congratulations for every designer

    0
  52. 52

    average sites that I’ve somehow see

    0
  53. 53

    Thanks, great list :)

    1
  54. 54

    Hi,
    cool list you have here!

    0
  55. 55

    Diseño Grafico y Multimedia

    May 25, 2007 7:41 pm

    Goods works :)

    0
  56. 56

    Verey interesting web design on more this layouts. Especialy green Urban../Thanx for infos. Richard

    0
  57. 57

    cool designs….inspiring

    0
  58. 58

    Awesome list, and awesome sites, you can clearly see that vector-based 2.0ish style on most of them.

    #15 is waaaay to awesome.

    0
  59. 59

    Another great list of sites.
    Thanks for sharing with us

    0
  60. 60

    WD-NYC designer

    June 20, 2007 12:30 am

    I like the design very much, clean and very creative.

    0
  61. 61

    Nice collection of sites.
    Inspirational.

    0
  62. 62

    very inspiring list, wish someday my blog can be in a top list. (of anything haha)

    -1
  63. 63

    At first glance I thought these were wordpress themes and I gasped. Still, even though they aren’t, the css designs are just damn sick. I have tried to teach myself design like this numerous times, but in the end I always end up outsourcing.

    Designers are very hard to come by these days.

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  64. 64

    The pics look nice, I would say rather sweet….

    I liked the picture with a girl and a butterflies – it is warm and pleasant – the idea was as I believe – winter (girl)- spring (butterflies) :)))

    that are just my thoughts anyways )))

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  65. 65

    hi,

    Nice list. I can’t help but notice a lot of the sites are using the flourish/swirly style illustrations that seem so popular now.

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  66. 66

    wow this is REALLY inspiring!!

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  67. 67

    This is really great!!

    0
  68. 68

    Nice design overall ..

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  69. 69

    Nice list. My favorite website is ” Urban Originals “

    0
  70. 70

    Wow, The Ituloy Angsulong Experience design is really amazing. Well done with this design showcase.

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  71. 71

    “luke stevens | design + consulting” realy impressive.

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  72. 72

    This showcase is a great inspiration. awesome job.

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  73. 73

    Web design Bulgaria

    November 13, 2007 4:47 pm

    Wow, yet another sweet list. I always wonder how Smashing Magazine gather that smashing list of things.

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