60 Elegant and Visually Appealing Designs

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It’s quite easy to get stuck in creativity blocks, but it’s damn hard to get out of them. Particularly if you are out of time and don’t want to compromise your professional principles selecting the first “quick-n-dirty” solution you can think of. To get things done, you need inspiration and creative thinking. You need fresh ideas and elegant approaches. And you need to be able to find them as quick as it is possible. Handy references and examples are therefore both useful and enjoyable – after all, who can resist gorgeous, professional, elegant and visually appealing designs?

We’ve selected some of them. In an overview below you’ll find 60 fresh, elegant, professional and visually appealing designs, which pay close attention to details and manage to remain simple, user-friendly and nice-looking.

You might be interested in taking a look at design showcases we’ve published before:

Please feel free to comment upon the selected designs: nothing is more important to us than constructive criticism from your side.

Elegant Designs

1. Tomáš Ledba _ grafický design _ web design _ corporate identity6

Solid and Serious Designs - Tomáš Ledba _ grafický design _ web design _ corporate identity7

2. Intype8

Solid and Serious Designs - Intype9

3. BigFilebox10

Solid and Serious Designs - BigFilebox11

4. FreelanceSwitch12

Solid and Serious Designs - Advice, Tips, Community, Resource and Jobs for Freelancers - FreelanceSwitch13

5. FluidBook14

Solid and Serious Designs - FLUIDBOOK - Catalogue interactif, brochure en ligne - Online catalogue, interactive brochure15

6. Panic – Coda – One-Window Web Development for Mac OS X16

Solid and Serious Designs - Panic - Coda - One-Window Web Development for Mac OS X17

7. boo-box, as simple as that…18

Solid and Serious Designs - boo-box, as simple as that...19

8. Future of Web Apps20

Solid and Serious Designs - Future of Web Apps21

9. Freshview – Refreshingly Simple Software22

Solid and Serious Designs - Freshview - Refreshingly Simple Software23

10. Welcome to Revyver.24

Solid and Serious Designs - Welcome to Revyver.25

11. allpaymedia.com | Welcome26

Solid and Serious Designs - allpaymedia.com | Welcome27

12. Stuff and Nonsense28

Solid and Serious Designs - Stuff and Nonsense | Creative web site design specialists based in North Wales, UK29

13. StyleSpion30

Solid and Serious Designs - StyleSpion - Einrichten, Lifestyle, Einrichtungstipps, Wohndesign, selber machen, Design und Musik31

14. Online Portfolio of Vijay S Nair

Solid and Serious Designs - Online Portfolio of Vijay S Nair - Interactive Media Designer - Based in Bangalore, India

15. Svenigson™ – Yes, a Blog Kind of Thingy32

Solid and Serious Designs - Svenigson™ - Yes, a Blog Kind of Thingy33

16. Iconkits.com34

Solid and Serious Designs - Iconkits.com | Premier Stock Icons At Affordable Prices35

17. The Big Noob36

Solid and Serious Designs - The Big Noob37

18. Cómete Mallorca38

Solid and Serious Designs - Cómete Mallorca - Recomendaciones. Restaurantes. Fiestas. » recomienda tu sitio favorito como si fuese a un amigo.39

19. DNA 11 – From Life Comes Art.40

Solid and Serious Designs - DNA 11 - From Life Comes Art. DNA art, DNA portraits, personalized art, fingerprint art41

20. smashLAB42

Solid and Serious Designs - smashLAB - Simply great websites43

21. Playground Blues44

Solid and Serious Designs - Playground Blues45

22. Design Workflows at Work: How Top Designers Work Their Magic46

Solid and Serious Designs - Design Workflows at Work: How Top Designers Work Their Magic47

23. Idécollection – effektiva golv för din miljö48

Solid and Serious Designs - Idécollection – effektiva golv för din miljö49

24. Elliot Jay Stocks50

Solid and Serious Designs - Elliot Jay Stocks51

25. the Geniant blog52

Solid and Serious Designs - the Geniant blog53

26. North x East54

Solid and Serious Designs - Web Business with North x East55

Selected Designs

27. blog.critical | Andy Pearson56

Solid and Serious Designs - blog.critical | Thoughts on The Web, Design, Gaming, Apple and Life by Andy Pearson57

28. Chris Shiflett: PHP and Web Application Security58

Solid and Serious Designs - Chris Shiflett: PHP and Web Application Security59

29. inspired web – affordable web design, marketing and hosting on the gold coast australia60

Solid and Serious Designs - inspired web - affordable web design, marketing and hosting on the gold coast australia61

30. Nitram+Nunca62

Solid and Serious Designs - Nitram+Nunca63

31. unFortunate – Cookies Not Included.64

Solid and Serious Designs - unFortunate - Cookies Not Included.65

32. 3daysafter — Journal of Rian Triharyana66

Solid and Serious Designs - 3daysafter — Journal of Rian Triharyana — Indonesian Web Developer67

33. Krabi & Mask68

Solid and Serious Designs - Krabi & Mask69

34. OkapiStudio70

Solid and Serious Designs - OkapiStudio71

35. Reise-Community globalzoo.de72

Solid and Serious Designs - Reise-Community, Reise-Blog, Reisepartner und mehr. globalzoo.de73

36. OUTLINE to DESIGN74

Solid and Serious Designs - OUTLINE to DESIGN service. What You Need Is What You Get. Web, Identity, Print Design Which Meets Expectations.75

37. Immo Varro vastgoedmakelaar76

Solid and Serious Designs - Immo Varro vastgoedmakelaar77

38. Webdesign, Usability, Grafik und Design – Kai Müller78

Solid and Serious Designs - Webdesign, Usability, Grafik und Design - Blog und Portfolio des Webdesigner Kai Müller, Köln79

39. Jonathan – Snook.ca80

Solid and Serious Designs - Jonathan - Snook.ca81

40. Breeze82

Solid and Serious Designs - Home | Breeze - Create and send amazing email campaigns83

41. The TLC84

Solid and Serious Designs - The TLC85

42. Jogger.pl – bloguj przez Jabbera86

Solid and Serious Designs - Jogger.pl - bloguj przez Jabbera87

43. Global Moxie :: The Hypertext Laboratory of Josh Clark88

Solid and Serious Designs - Global Moxie :: The Hypertext Laboratory of Josh Clark89

44. Quo Consulting90

Solid and Serious Designs - Quo Consulting — branding, advertising, web design and e-business solutions and applications91

45. mezzoblue92

Solid and Serious Designs - mezzoblue § Home93

46. Mala krcma Skalinada | Volosko94

Solid and Serious Designs - Mala krcma Skalinada | Volosko95

47. Period Three96

Solid and Serious Designs - Period Three - simple web design and development. // Home97

48. Express4J – The Lightweight & Flexible UI Framework98

Solid and Serious Designs - Express4J - The Lightweight & Flexible UI Framework99

49. Tony2Nice – Once ate dog food to see how crunchy it was (hint: very)100

Solid and Serious Designs - Tony2Nice - Once ate dog food to see how crunchy it was (hint: very)101

50. Spouse Notes – Submitted by Apollo Loose102

Solid and Serious Designs - Spouse Notes - Submitted by Apollo Loose103

51. elixir graphics | professional rapidweaver themes104

Solid and Serious Designs - elixir graphics | professional rapidweaver themes105

52. ErgonoMind106

Solid and Serious Designs - ErgonoMind®, Agence de développement de site et d'application Web. ergonomie internet ihm intranet mobile interface logiciel conseil etudes sites web utilisateur utilisation designer web design ergonome 19/05/2007 03:20:04107

53. Nathan Carnes – Bellingham, WA Website Development and Graphic Design108

Solid and Serious Designs - Nathan Carnes – Bellingham, WA Website Development and Graphic Design109

54. nclud | Our Work110

Solid and Serious Designs - nclud | Our Work111

55. EUtelNet :: Web design and development ::112

Solid and Serious Designs - EUtelNet :: Web design and development ::113

56. Welcome to Buzz — Buzz Recruitment114

Solid and Serious Designs - Welcome to Buzz — Buzz Recruitment115

57. None-Design Media | Webdesign Recklinghausen116

Solid and Serious Designs - None-Design Media | Webdesign Recklinghausen117

58. Bistrian Iosip’s Blog118

Solid and Serious Designs - Bistrian Iosip's Blog119

Flash

59. WeSC – Let’s Get Physical120

Solid and Serious Designs - WeSC - Let's Get Physical121

60. Merten Snijders, Mhq Interactive 2007.122

Solid and Serious Designs - Merten Snijders, Mhq Interactive 2007.123

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/26/keep-it-simple-stupid-showcase-of-simple-and-clean-designs/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/19/50-beautiful-css-based-web-designs-in-2006/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/05/45-fresh-clean-and-impressive-designs/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/13/30-dark-designs-you-shouldve-seen/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/04/26/11-almost-perfect-business-layouts/
  6. 6 http://www.tomas-design.com/
  7. 7 http://www.tomas-design.com/
  8. 8 http://intype.info/home/index.php
  9. 9 http://intype.info/home/index.php
  10. 10 http://www.bigfilebox.com/
  11. 11 http://www.bigfilebox.com/
  12. 12 http://freelanceswitch.com/
  13. 13 http://freelanceswitch.com/
  14. 14 http://www.fluidbook.com/
  15. 15 http://www.fluidbook.com/
  16. 16 http://www.panic.com/coda/
  17. 17 http://www.panic.com/coda/
  18. 18 http://www.boo-box.com/html/en/
  19. 19 http://www.boo-box.com/html/en/
  20. 20 http://www.futureofwebapps.com/
  21. 21 http://www.futureofwebapps.com/
  22. 22 http://www.freshview.com/
  23. 23 http://www.freshview.com/
  24. 24 http://revyver.com/
  25. 25 http://revyver.com/
  26. 26 http://www.allpaymedia.com/
  27. 27 http://www.allpaymedia.com/
  28. 28 http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/
  29. 29 http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/
  30. 30 http://stylespion.de/
  31. 31 http://stylespion.de/
  32. 32 http://svenigson.com/
  33. 33 http://svenigson.com/
  34. 34 http://iconkits.com/
  35. 35 http://iconkits.com/
  36. 36 http://www.thebignoob.com/
  37. 37 http://www.thebignoob.com/
  38. 38 http://www.cometemallorca.com/
  39. 39 http://www.cometemallorca.com/
  40. 40 http://www.dna11.com/
  41. 41 http://www.dna11.com/
  42. 42 http://www.smashlab.com/
  43. 43 http://www.smashlab.com/
  44. 44 http://www.playgroundblues.com/
  45. 45 http://www.playgroundblues.com/
  46. 46 http://designworkflows.com/
  47. 47 http://designworkflows.com/
  48. 48 http://www.idecollection.se/
  49. 49 http://www.idecollection.se/
  50. 50 http://www.elliotjaystocks.com/blog/
  51. 51 http://www.elliotjaystocks.com/blog/
  52. 52 http://geniantsandbox.com/
  53. 53 http://geniantsandbox.com/
  54. 54 http://northxeast.com/
  55. 55 http://northxeast.com/
  56. 56 http://blog.criticalwebdesign.co.uk/
  57. 57 http://blog.criticalwebdesign.co.uk/
  58. 58 http://shiflett.org/
  59. 59 http://shiflett.org/
  60. 60 http://www.inspiredweb.com.au/
  61. 61 http://www.inspiredweb.com.au/
  62. 62 http://nitram-nunca.com/
  63. 63 http://nitram-nunca.com/
  64. 64 http://itsunfortunate.com/
  65. 65 http://itsunfortunate.com/
  66. 66 http://3daysafter.net/
  67. 67 http://3daysafter.net/
  68. 68 http://www.krabi.ee/
  69. 69 http://www.krabi.ee/
  70. 70 http://www.okapistudio.com/
  71. 71 http://www.okapistudio.com/
  72. 72 http://www.globalzoo.de/
  73. 73 http://www.globalzoo.de/
  74. 74 http://www.outline2design.com/
  75. 75 http://www.outline2design.com/
  76. 76 http://www.immovarro.be/
  77. 77 http://www.immovarro.be/
  78. 78 http://kaimueller.org/
  79. 79 http://kaimueller.org/
  80. 80 http://snook.ca/jonathan/
  81. 81 http://snook.ca/jonathan/
  82. 82 http://www.feelbreeze.com/
  83. 83 http://www.feelbreeze.com/
  84. 84 http://thetlc.org.uk/
  85. 85 http://thetlc.org.uk/
  86. 86 http://jogger.pl/
  87. 87 http://jogger.pl/
  88. 88 http://beta.bigmedium.com/
  89. 89 http://beta.bigmedium.com/
  90. 90 http://www.quo.com.au/
  91. 91 http://www.quo.com.au/
  92. 92 http://mezzoblue.com/
  93. 93 http://mezzoblue.com/
  94. 94 http://www.skalinada.org/
  95. 95 http://www.skalinada.org/
  96. 96 http://www.period-three.com/
  97. 97 http://www.period-three.com/
  98. 98 http://www.express4j.org/
  99. 99 http://www.express4j.org/
  100. 100 http://tony2nice.com/
  101. 101 http://tony2nice.com/
  102. 102 http://spousenotes.com/
  103. 103 http://spousenotes.com/
  104. 104 http://www.elixirgraphics.com/
  105. 105 http://www.elixirgraphics.com/
  106. 106 http://www.ergonomind.com/
  107. 107 http://www.ergonomind.com/
  108. 108 http://www.nathancarnes.com/
  109. 109 http://www.nathancarnes.com/
  110. 110 http://www.nclud.com/work/
  111. 111 http://www.nclud.com/work/
  112. 112 http://www.eutelnet.biz/indexe.php
  113. 113 http://www.eutelnet.biz/indexe.php
  114. 114 http://www.buzzrecruitment.co.nz/
  115. 115 http://www.buzzrecruitment.co.nz/
  116. 116 http://www.none-design.de/
  117. 117 http://www.none-design.de/
  118. 118 http://blog.bistrianiosip.com/
  119. 119 http://blog.bistrianiosip.com/
  120. 120 http://www.wesc.com/letsgetphysical/
  121. 121 http://www.wesc.com/letsgetphysical/
  122. 122 http://www.mhq.nl/
  123. 123 http://www.mhq.nl/

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  1. 1

    I really wish I could design pages like this. Awesome.

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  2. 102

    Extremely helpful,informative…. Persons like me who are freshers…. are delighted

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  3. 203

    Hi there,
    awesome designs even though first one (http://www.tomas-design.com/) doesn’t seem to work any more.

    Great source for business design inspiration. Thanks a lot and keep up a good work. Regards.

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    How are Kroenke and Fiszman killing the club? ,

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    Whatever methods we use to teach skills and knowledge at the professional stage involve us in many assumptions about how we learn professional skills, knowledge and values, what we learn and why, and what we expect students and trainees to do with that learning. ,

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  6. 506

    That’s cool ! thanx

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  7. 607

    Poorly researched list, really. Not many sites here speak elegant to me, everything is very content heavy and kinda ugly. Everything is too designery and not enough real life commercial examples…

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    I adore your work!

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    Roy from Barstow

    July 26, 2010 3:35 pm

    I find many of these sites to be sterile and lacking depth.
    Most resemble the same graphic style of gradient backdrops
    and square headers. To conservative for my idea of elegant.

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  10. 910

    nice post!

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  11. 1011

    Very useful post for design inspiration!

    Take a look at http://www.freecssshowcase.com is showcasing most beautiful web designs under many different categories!

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  12. 1112

    elegant? most of the posted websites aren’t. sorry to say so.

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  13. 1213

    Nice list you have here!Great collection.thanks for share such a nice post.Keep up the excellent work!

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    very wordpressy. not awesome.

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