30 More Excellent Blog Designs

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It’s not hard to design a weblog, but it’s getting harder when you try to achieve a unique weblog design. It doesn’t matter what weblog-engine you are using — frequently used themes tend to become boring over time, and they also don’t necessarily reflect the unique identity of the blogger.

To create an original design you need fresh ideas and creative design solutions. However, you don’t need to go too far with your design experiments. Basically that’s a close attention to finest details which makes a weblog stand out and gives it a fresh flavour and soft touch visitors can recognize immediately.

We’ve selected some more of them — over 30 excellent weblog designs with unusual design approaches; these blogs don’t only have a unique voice, but they also pay close attention to the finest design details.

  • You might find not all of the designs listed below beautiful; but that’s not what it’s about. They are beautiful in their own way as they are both well-structured and originally designed.
  • you can find further blog designs in the post 45 Excellent Blog Designs1 we’ve published before;
  • you can find even more designs in our Design Showcase section2.

Simplicity and Whitespace

Andreas Pihlström

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Theocacao

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Elitist Snob

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Fiveruns — so simple yet so beautiful.

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Blabolnik

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TNTPixel

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Rob Goodlatte

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Gerrit van Aaken

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Jared Christensen

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PSDtuts

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Verbalized — sometimes less is more. Close attention to small details is impressive.

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Sam Brown – a truly modest design.

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Weblogs Which Don’t Look Like Weblogs

Dan Rubin

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The Adventures of Cindy Li

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George Huff

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grantmx designs – this one melts clever portfolio and blog

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Blogsolid

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Carsonified

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Jrvelasco — quite noisy, but the noise fits to the subject of the weblog.

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Simon Reynolds

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Jonathan Durán

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Nice And Original Blog Designs

Tobias Baeck

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Chris Murphy — don’t forget to check the design of the archive section and the footer.

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Anthony Casey

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split da diz — interesting design: unusual approach for site structure.

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Adrian Pintilie — the top section of the site is pretty colorful.

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Cult Foo

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She Unlimited

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Tickerville

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Amy Hoy

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moddular — the design might look a little bit noisy, but it definitely has its personal style.

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Victoria van Roosmalen — OK, this cat looks cool.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/28/45-excellent-blog-designs/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/showcase/
  3. 3 http://iam.suprb.net/
  4. 4 http://theocacao.com/
  5. 5 http://www.elitistsnob.com/
  6. 6 http://blog.fiveruns.com/
  7. 7 http://www.blabolnik.cz/
  8. 8 http://www.tntpixel.com/
  9. 9 http://www.robgoodlatte.com/
  10. 10 http://www.praegnanz.de
  11. 11 http://www.jaredigital.com/
  12. 12 http://psdtuts.com/
  13. 13 http://www.verbalized.net/
  14. 14 http://sam.brown.tc/
  15. 15 http://superfluousbanter.org/
  16. 16 http://www.cindyli.com/
  17. 17 http://www.eleven3.com/
  18. 18 http://www.grantmx.com/
  19. 19 http://blogsolid.com/ideas/
  20. 20 http://carsonified.com/
  21. 21 http://www.jrvelasco.com
  22. 22 http://www.sr28.com/
  23. 23 http://www.otramancha.com/manga-y-anime/
  24. 24 http://blog.baeck.no/
  25. 25 http://www.farfromfearless.com/
  26. 26 http://www.escapecrate.co.uk/
  27. 27 http://splitdadiz.com/
  28. 28 http://www.adipintilie.eu/
  29. 29 http://www.cult-f.net/
  30. 30 http://www.tickerville.com/
  31. 31 http://www.slash7.com/
  32. 32 http://www.moddular.org/log/
  33. 33 http://www.evilgrin.nl/

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  1. 1

    You call praegnanz.de an excellent blog design? *ggg* You must be kidding.

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  2. 2

    There is some serious inspiration here… I have been considering a redesign myself and really want to now! Thanks!

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  3. 3

    TNTPixel would look a lot better without the big header picture imo. I still love the design *g*

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  4. 4

    It’s just awesome, I love Blogsolid and Cult Foo ! Very nice design.

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  5. 5

    There are some creative people here on this list.

    I wonder how the people in Smashing Magazine surf the web to frequently find such high quality web sites designs to showcase.

    Excellent.

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  6. 6

    Thanks Smashing, I can always rely on you for inspiration at times when I am lacking it.

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  7. 7

    Now,that’s what i call blog designs….

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  8. 8

    Very nice, I love them.

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  9. 9

    Thanks for this list. It’s a very good inspiration… :o)

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  10. 10

    The Dilbert blog. Are you kidding me?!?

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  11. 11

    Gonzague Dambricourt

    November 22, 2007 11:16 pm

    Oh :-) congrats to my very friend Polo for Split Da Diz which is being mentionned in this post !

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  12. 12

    Some great blog designs. Most of them I already knew. The Cult Foo has a superb design. Bravo !

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  13. 13

    Some of the designs up there are quite innovative and creative. Thanks for the linkage.

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  14. 14

    very cool blogs….i like how uniquely different but nicely done they all are :D

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  16. 16

    Great post like always. Really great designs.

    split da diz and cult foo were new to me. :D

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  17. 17

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. 18

    Where is Bittbox?

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  19. 19

    While i don’t think that praegnanz.de is the best amazingly well designed blog on earth i like how Gerrit works with whitespaces.

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  20. 20

    wow nice collection :o
    def great inspiration…

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  21. 21

    I dont want to be vain, but check this one out, new theme, fresh and professional:
    http://andufo.com

    Greets from a concurrent reader.

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  22. 22

    I especially love “verbalized” that’s a very simple + powerful design style, I love designing, I eat, breath and burp it every day (well maybe not burp) – see below

    http://one.revver.com/watch/494719/

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  23. 23

    I used to be a homeless rodeo clown but now I am a world class magician !

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  24. 24

    I’m in love with Elitist Snob. Verbalized is cute, too ;)

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  25. 25

    Top notch list! I like Cult Foo’s. Great inspiration, thanks again, as always.

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  26. 26

    I think http://www.fazewire.com is a great web 2.0 site.

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  27. 27

    A very rich and healthy article from SM after a long time. Loved it.

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  28. 28

    Some good inspiration, thanks!!

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  29. 29

    Thanks for yet another great post. My blog design is underway and I am designing it myself. I have been referring to your earlier posts on WP design and they came very handy for my new theme design.
    Cheers!!
    > Raj

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  30. 30

    praegnanz.de … plz ;] try to be serious guys :)

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  31. 31

    LOL, u see everybody here say: i found another great design! XD

    the praegnanz.de blog should stay there anyways it may not be the most pretty design of this list. But if u like clean clear styles, thats a really good blog design

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  32. 32

    Oh no I just realised that my own blog is UGLY!!!

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  33. 33

    Mine too…oh well, that’s why I came – for inspiration.

    TNTPixel looks very two point oh!

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  34. 34

    I’m wondering how TNTPixel was chosen to this list.
    Open: http://www.tntpixel.com/
    Then open: http://www.alistapart.com/
    Designer when design TNT must be looked to alistapart… shame

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  35. 35

    I’ve been holding off on submitting my site to the css sites for a while, waiting for it to be fully finished… but saw this and thought why not. Take a look, http://www.peterroper.co.uk

    Its not got all the finishing touches, but I’m really pleased with the javascript and composition

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  36. 36

    Very creative and beautiful blog designs.

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  37. 37

    The best part is that there is enough of design treasure(graphics, layouts, tutorials etc) in most of the blogs. Thank you smashing magazine.

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  38. 38

    Why is everyone so down on praegnanz.de? Have you actually been to the site?
    It may not be the most graphically impressive but it is designed very well and is clean and easy to read and navigate. Isn’t that a part of good design?

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  39. 39

    Another great compilation!

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  40. 40

    So the definition or “excellent” in terms of blog design is “shit loads of wasted space”.

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  41. 41

    All of them are great designs in my oppinion, but I love the cat of evilgrin! It is just… So clean and so funny jaja

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  42. 42

    ahhhh. a fresh wave of new designs…which one will I choose…

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  43. 43

    Nice blog Blogsolid

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  44. 44

    What do you think about mine? http://www.cristiangalletti.com
    Wordpress based and widgets for the external columns.

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  45. 45

    I think my blog has a better layout than moddular, for example… You give some nice examples, but some of them are just “ok”.

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  46. 46

    Nice list, why stop at 30?

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  47. 47

    most of these sites are found through cssremix or cssvault… while cultfoo has a nice header, I’d say its let down by its content. As much as the header is great, I dont feel inclined to read through the blog itself.

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  48. 48

    Meh, I guess it’s my personal taste, but I only like few of them.

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  49. 49

    Nice designs, but many of them have too large headers.

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  50. 50

    You guys are simply reposting the same websites that you show in all the other round-ups. For example, the “praegnanz.de” blog was featured in your “45 Excellent Blog Designs” article as well.

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