45 More Excellent Blog Designs


We, designers, are creative folks. And being creative, we permanently strive for inspiration — innovative approaches, crazy ideas, smashing concepts and, in general, unique designs which can help us to observe a given problem from a fresh perspective. This is why we always have some fancy design books laying around on our desk, and this is why we enjoy observing other people’s work — basically just because we can learn a hell of a lot from them.

There are things one can do a number of times without worrying about becoming boring. For instance, collecting and showcasing excellent blog designs. In this post we do it already the third time. Why? Web design lives in blogs; new developments appear there, that’s where the music plays. And that’s where you need to look for in order to keep up with current trends and developments.

This post presents 45 excellent blog designs with a perfect layout and unique personal note. We haven’t analyzed the content of the blogs; instead we focused on ideas, approaches, graphics and layouts.

If you miss some stunning blog designs in this showcase please let us know in the comments. However, it’s also possible that these designs have already been covered in one of our previous showcases:

Excellent Blog Designs

Pat Dryburgh3
Pat Dryburgh has probably one of the largest RSS-buttons ever created.


The Risington Podcast5

Screenshot Blog Design6

Erratic Wisdom7

Screenshot Blog Design8

Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.

Screenshot Blog Design10

A very thought-out design with attention to little details.

Screenshot Blog Design12


Screenshot Blog Design14


Screenshot Blog Design16

Evan Eckard17


cause/affect blog19


Design Sponge21

Screenshot Blog Design22

The “paper” theme in use.

Screenshot Blog Design24

9513 blog25


Sam Rayner27

Screenshot Blog Design28

Interesting not just because of two mascots30, but because of a double-blog: two bloggers write together and against each other on both left and right sides of the navigation area. Interesting concept.

Screenshot Blog Design31

Black and white at its best. Notice how well icons communicate information, block formatting in use.

Screenshot Blog Design33

I Heart Luxe34
A shopping magazine powered by WordPress.

Screenshot Blog Design35



Plavackuv Blabolnik38
Whatever it means…

Screenshot Blog Design39

Bigsweater Design40
Right. Big. Sweater. And the design. And this is how the result looks like.






Josh Spear46

Screenshot Blog Design47



Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.


Soft colors, visually appealing layout and hand-written links at the top of the page.


Brian Jeremy54
Loves colors…

Screenshot Blog Design55

Jamie Knight56
Meet soft and cloudy design — that’s Jamie and his Teddy.

Screenshot Blog Design57



Clean, Simple Designs

Seriously cool, elegant and simple.




Tomas Marban64

Screenshot Blog Design65

Benjamin Tollady66

Screenshot Blog Design67



Experimental Designs

Office notes, paper clips and wood background. Well, what do you expect? Sarcastic design fits to sarcastic blog entries.


Vivid colors. Used together, they may be not that appealing, but they just can’t be not eye-catching.


Papel Continuo74
Sometihng… completely different.

Screenshot Blog Design75


Screenshot Blog Design77

The background determines the layout. You defintely haven’t ever seen a blog layout like this.

Screenshot Blog Design79

Chris Contollini80
An interesting integration of Google Maps into… well, a weblog!

Screenshot Blog Design81


Screenshot Blog Design83

Focus on illustrations.

Screenshot Blog Design85

No fresh content, but interesting graphics.

Screenshot Blog Design87


  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/22/30-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/28/45-excellent-blog-designs/
  3. 3 http://patdryburgh.net/
  4. 4 http://patdryburgh.net/
  5. 5 http://www.therissingtonpodcast.co.uk/
  6. 6 http://www.therissingtonpodcast.co.uk/
  7. 7 http://www.erraticwisdom.com/
  8. 8 http://www.erraticwisdom.com/
  9. 9 http://blog.iso50.com/
  10. 10 http://blog.iso50.com/
  11. 11 http://www.wilsonminer.com/
  12. 12 http://www.wilsonminer.com/
  13. 13 http://www.brandonmuth.com/
  14. 14 http://www.brandonmuth.com/
  15. 15 http://www.ttthings.com/
  16. 16 http://www.ttthings.com/
  17. 17 http://www.evaneckard.com/pages/weblog.php
  18. 18 http://www.evaneckard.com/pages/weblog.php
  19. 19 http://aigasf.org/causeaffect/blog
  20. 20 http://aigasf.org/causeaffect/blog
  21. 21 http://www.designspongeonline.com/
  22. 22 http://www.designspongeonline.com/
  23. 23 http://www.squawkdesign.com/weblog
  24. 24 http://www.squawkdesign.com/weblog
  25. 25 http://www.the9513.com/blog/
  26. 26 http://www.the9513.com/blog/
  27. 27 http://samrayner.com/
  28. 28 http://samrayner.com/
  29. 29 http://www.schneeballschl8.de/
  30. 30 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/15/isnt-it-sweet-mascots-in-modern-web-design/
  31. 31 http://www.schneeballschl8.de/
  32. 32 http://papuasia.afasici.net/
  33. 33 http://papuasia.afasici.net/
  34. 34 http://www.iheartluxe.com/
  35. 35 http://www.iheartluxe.com/
  36. 36 http://cameron.io/
  37. 37 http://cameron.io/
  38. 38 http://www.blabolnik.cz/
  39. 39 http://www.blabolnik.cz/
  40. 40 http://bigsweaterdesign.com/blog/
  41. 41 http://bigsweaterdesign.com/blog/
  42. 42 http://www.toggle.uk.com/journal/
  43. 43 http://www.toggle.uk.com/journal/
  44. 44 http://nitram-nunca.com/
  45. 45 http://nitram-nunca.com/
  46. 46 http://www.joshspear.com/
  47. 47 http://www.joshspear.com/
  48. 48 http://blogwhatdesign.com/index.php/blog
  49. 49 http://blogwhatdesign.com/index.php/blog
  50. 50 http://www.spreeblick.de/
  51. 51 http://www.spreeblick.de/
  52. 52 http://pushstandards.com/
  53. 53 http://pushstandards.com/
  54. 54 http://www.brianjeremy.com/
  55. 55 http://www.brianjeremy.com/
  56. 56 http://www.jkg3.com/
  57. 57 http://www.jkg3.com/
  58. 58 http://www.i-jeriko.de/
  59. 59 http://www.i-jeriko.de/
  60. 60 http://www.theshaun.com/
  61. 61 http://www.theshaun.com/
  62. 62 http://exhero.de/
  63. 63 http://exhero.de/
  64. 64 http://tomatic.com/
  65. 65 http://tomatic.com/
  66. 66 http://www.tollady.com/blog/
  67. 67 http://www.tollady.com/blog/
  68. 68 http://log.maniacalrage.net/
  69. 69 http://log.maniacalrage.net/
  70. 70 http://techguytales.com/
  71. 71 http://techguytales.com/
  72. 72 http://www.qwertcity.com
  73. 73 http://www.qwertcity.com
  74. 74 http://www.papelcontinuo.net/
  75. 75 http://www.papelcontinuo.net/
  76. 76 http://www.ideate.co.za/
  77. 77 http://www.ideate.co.za/
  78. 78 http://www.kulturbanause.de/
  79. 79 http://www.kulturbanause.de/
  80. 80 http://contolini.com/chris/
  81. 81 http://contolini.com/chris/
  82. 82 http://www.w3sh.com/
  83. 83 http://www.w3sh.com/
  84. 84 http://www.ohvavaho.com/blog/
  85. 85 http://www.ohvavaho.com/blog/
  86. 86 http://www.peminoz.com/
  87. 87 http://www.peminoz.com/

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  1. 1

    Awesome list, thanks :-)

  2. 2

    I love it!, great, really impressive work

  3. 3

    Great list of weblogs – I wish my day had more than 24 hours to have a look at all of them…

  4. 4

    Em am I the only one who sees that David Hellmann ripped off electric pulp???



  5. 5

    Yay for iso50 … Tycho is some good music

  6. 6

    Very Pretty Weblogs

  7. 7

    I liked erraticwisdom.com, but once you enter the site you discover that you cant read more than 4 lines with that fantastic font they use…

  8. 8

    Plavackuv Blabolnik is in czech slang ;) and it means something like “Babbling of Plavacek” and Plavacek is name of author ;)

  9. 9

    When I was searching for a plugin I’ve found a courious spanish blog that look’s great: Berriart

    Those are so beautiful, thanks for a bit more inspration

  10. 10

    I love Erratic Wisdom, and if you check out where he came from (in terms of his previous designs – in the archive) I think it’s pretty remarkable.

    Looking forward to the day my site design is on par with these… I am, admittedly, an rank amateur (!!) and a big geeky fan of web design. Oh well, it’s fun… and super great to continually be inspired by the sites you guys feature. Thanks.

  11. 11

    @Keith – yes, I see where you’re coming from.

    Thanks SmashingMagazine – a great selection of inpiration!

  12. 12

    pretty cool

  13. 13

    Some really stella design work

  14. 14

    really cool sites. thank you guys.

  15. 15

    Great list of blogs. I wish I could design my websites like that.

  16. 16

    Thanks again guys, this is an amazing list.

  17. 17

    I think this one Reinhold Weber would fit pretty well in the clean and simple category

  18. 18

    Plavacek is not author’s name but nickname. Author’s name is Miloslav Leseticky.

  19. 19

    nice list

  20. 20

    very nice selection as usual ..


  21. 21

    Really nice stuff! I think that one fits as well: Link.

  22. 22

    I really like http://nitram-nunca.com/ and http://www.brianjeremy.com

    Dark colored backgrounds have a nice comfortable feel to me

  23. 23

    I think you forgot to mention this site: http://timothysykes.com/

  24. 24

    great examples. inspirational too.

  25. 25

    Thanks for featuring my site (erraticwisdom)!

    @Rolando Bouza:
    Are you talking about the body font? It’s 12px Helvetica which is usually pretty easy to read. It renders oddly on PC’s, but I don’t think it comes with Windows by default.

    @Daniel Holter:
    Thanks again man!

    The archives he’s talking about can be found here. Some of my earlier versions are pretty hideous, but I keep ‘em around so I can always remember how crappy of a designer I think I’ll be in a year.

  26. 26

    In the name of the whole team, specially Franziska, our designer: Thanks very much!

  27. 27

    Thanks for those wonderful examples. Amazing!

  28. 28

    “…Em am I the only one who sees that David Hellmann ripped off electric pulp???…”

    That is exactly what I thought as soon as I saw it.

  29. 29

    Excellent list!
    Mine didn’t make it? awww. jk!

    Keep up the good work guys!

  30. 30

    check out this one. i think it has an interesting design, even if from my point of view they still have to do a little more work http://www.divercitycafe.ro

  31. 31

    Thanks a lot for mentioning my site!

  32. 32

    awesome collection! Thank you indeed.

  33. 33

    I’m honoured to have my blog listed alongside such great sites, thanks very much. :)

  34. 34

    nice collection…thanks for sharing :)

  35. 35

    Am I the only one who is worried about the (color)noise of most of the pages? Some are so bad that i can hardly read them. And could someone please shoot down this electricpulp copiest? Man i hate it when people just copy!

    nevertheless, although i can find flaws with nearly every design, i do like the list because there are some fine examples on it.

  36. 36

    Very very nice blog designs. My favourite is the Qwertcity.

  37. 37

    I love these designs, the creativity behind them is just phenomenal! Kudos to the designers and thanks for posting this.

  38. 38
  39. 39

    Thanks so much for featuring my blog’s design (PushStandards.com), I’m honored! I’ll just go link back to you now :)

  40. 40

    Totally awesome guys, thanks for posting my blog :)

    And keep up with the AWESOME site you guys have!!!

  41. 41

    I think http://project47.viscountbox.com has an excellent design too!

  42. 42

    Digital Revolutions

    February 20, 2008 8:35 pm

    Bravo! A rather impressive list of some quite “smashing” designs. :D

  43. 43

    A kind “thank you” for your generous inclusion. Best regards, B

  44. 44
  45. 45

    great selection as usual..

  46. 46

    Hi there,

    thanks for this compilation, but you forgot my layout. Its much prettier than some of the above mentioned, so please correct this :-)

    Best Regards from Berlin

  47. 47

    Nice post, like always :)

  48. 48

    Fantastic list as always ^_^ any update for beautiful free blog designs?

  49. 49

    and where is the rip?
    they looks like electricpulp but at last, is see two different sides. and any have made a good job.
    i think the mainproblem is, the colors are similar but brown and beige is a good combo…

    i see no problem there, sorry

  50. 50

    Check this out

    sirehdancengkeh.com change the rotating image function for random quotes, cool.

  51. 51

    Nice bloglist. However (not to sound too critical), how about a list of something other than portfolios/blogs/personal sites? I’d like to see some examples of more conservative, elegant corporate sites – small businesses, realtors, travel agents, hotels, that kinda thing. Blogs are a dime a dozen, its just so rare (and I guess harder) to make a good list of business sites, which after all, are the bread and butter of any web designer.

    As much as I love grunge ink splashes and tattered frames, or glowing light tentacles, your Joe Schmo realtor rarely goes for the outrageous, and Id like to see what fresh ideas other designers come up with when they are somewhat limited in their creativity.

  52. 52

    Big list,
    where is my web Design blog?

  53. 53

    What is an excellent? OMG! These are shit.

  54. 54

    Great list.
    And thanks for linking Papel Continuo.

  55. 55

    Great bloglist, thumbs up!

  56. 56

    Pretty nice list!

  57. 57

    Bali Web Designer

    February 21, 2008 6:38 am

    interesting list, but you must include webdesignerwall and ndesign studio also bittbox, i think they are qualified to be listed here.

  58. 58

    This is a nice list just for website design alone.

    I’ve also been listening to the Rissington Pod cast for a while now and have been really enjoying it. I know it’s not visual, but the “best podcasts” relating to design and development would be a really cool list.

  59. 59

    Wow… thank you so much! It’s an honour to be mentioned on here.

    Just so everyone’s aware… I’m working diligently to get my site back online… I wasn’t expecting nearly this many people coming to my site in the last little while…

    I’ll let you know when it’s back online.


  60. 60

    The site is back up!

    I love my web host :)


  61. 61

    Very very nice all of them. Thanks for sucha good job. Papel continuo is the best for me! papelcontinuo.net

  62. 62

    Great list of sites, guys. I read updates through my feed, but this is actually the first time I’ve commented here. Like others before have said, thanks for including us in your list and keep up the fantastic work.

  63. 63

    Very nice list!

  64. 64

    Strange list. Some are beautifulls, others like Sam Rayner, ttthings.com, Jamie Knight, Wesh or Kulturbanause are not interesting : just basic templates :(

    I like this ones


  65. 65

    Hope you like mine. Ciao!

  66. 66

    Great list, how about this one for simple?


  67. 67

    Keith (February 20th, 2008, 9:52 am)

    Em am I the only one who sees that David Hellmann ripped off electric pulp???

    Link [electricpulp.com]

    Link [www.davidhellmann.com]

    Ripped off? Inspired by perhaps, the colorscheme is similar and the blog is divided up in a similiar layout. But the overall creative concepts of theese sites are quite diferent.

  68. 68

    Very very nice ! thanks

  69. 69

    Great collection!

  70. 70

    very interesting list.

  71. 71

    Alika Tanaka Yarnell

    February 23, 2008 4:46 pm

    Nice work. I’m proud to be part of your collection. Thank you so much!

  72. 72

    Nice collection, nice designs! I wish I had their artistic skills. :)

  73. 73

    cool list. thanks

  74. 74

    very fantastic,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i m a regular vistor of ,the SMASHING.COM


  75. 75

    Thanks a lot for featuring our site http://www.schneeballschl8.de
    Keep the good work!


  76. 76

    wow, inspiring collection.

  77. 77

    I can see your hard work in that great list.Keep it up.
    Your lists are inspiring me

  78. 78

    Enjoyed that list!

  79. 79

    Thanks for the list Smashing! Great for inspiration.

    …and here’s my requisite & shameless plug for my frehsly-hatched redesign: CarbonGraffiti.


  80. 80

    thx for add my site…
    thx for delete my site…

    but really good pages!

  81. 81

    great collection!

  82. 82

    again great article!

  83. 83

    There have been many sections on Blog design in the past and this is inspiring me to start my own. Thanks for these refereshing designs.

  84. 84

    Great selecting of very inspiring designs.

  85. 85

    Not all blog designs are my taste, but there are much ideas like always.

    Thank you for your great summry about blog design from past until now….

    From Germany


  86. 86

    Nice layouts ! :D

  87. 87

    Thanks for showing us the variety of unique blogs. Very nice.

  88. 88

    i’d like to add a german blog to this awesome list

    think it fits perfectly

  89. 89

    this design is very talent. designers feeling the atmosphere of our time with speed, replacing actions and culture of young people

  90. 90

    Hey! Ripp off?? Thats a bad comment there…. Yes there is a small similarity to the background but nothing more than this. Getting inspiration from another website or other designers is not unsual tactic.

  91. 91

    Just a quick heads up to everyone who’s been checking out patdryburgh.net. A few weeks ago I changed the design, and stopped using my large RSS Icon. However, a few days ago I did make it available for download on my portfolio at atrickdesign.com. Just go to the blog section, and download the .zip which contains a transparent .png of the icon.


  92. 92

    thanks cordoba

  93. 93

    can you make one that has Allie Dimeco i have A Fan Blog and i need One!

  94. 94

    Thank’s a lot for this review..!!

  95. 95

    Really impressive!

  96. 96

    Really its very good and nice layouts .I like all.

  97. 97

    you should check out http://www.thecitylovesyou.com is a blog from mexico city, and they write about street art, fashion, toys, music, etc. the design changes all the time and is really nice.

  98. 98

    Those are very beautiful blog designs. I love the Kulturbanause a lot. It is very unique and beautiful. Very nice design for inspiration.

  99. 99

    the best blog designs i have ever seen so far. Very very beautiful. They are very inspiring.Thank you for sharing them.

    website design

  100. 100

    Thanks for the links. Toogle looks nice and also I dig that under contact they have their Xbox Gammer Tag. Pretty slick. Gonna remember that one. Also check out http://culturesoak.com/

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  103. 103

    Eccellente elenco di utilizzo Blog Design, bella esposizione.. sarà un valido punto di riferimento per la realizzazione di un nuovo . Thanks!

  104. 104

    Shame my friend’s WordPress blog isn’t on here. He blogs a bit, but the stars of his site are his great photographs. Nice dark design that is very masculin too.


  105. 105

    Business Blog Hosting

    September 12, 2008 10:26 pm

    nice themes

  106. 106

    boy minor kitchen land joke

  107. 107

    Bien por papel continuo.

    Los demás blogs están espectaculares!!!!.



  108. 108

    Good site! Successes in future

  109. 109

    Hello, excellent site, very rich in content and correctly carefully thought out

  110. 110

    Hello! Good site, simply super!

  111. 111

    Great list man. I like these designs. :clap:

  112. 112

    cause/affect blog is going to make me mad:-D I love that simply style

  113. 113

    Wow, great designs. You better check out this blog from a Filipina designer. http://www.tonetsdaily.com/ looks chic and unique!

  114. 114

    Great blog theme…

  115. 115
  116. 116

    Gosh, really awesome!!!

  117. 117

    Matt - Web Design Northampton

    May 15, 2009 7:44 am

    Some really great designs. Very inspiring!

  118. 118

    Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    June 10, 2009 2:11 am

    If blogs had been playing second fiddle to websites so far, it was largely due to design restraints. But all that is about to change. This post is testimony to the evolution blogs that have elevated them to a whole new level, almost at par with websites. Some of these blogs don’t even appear as ‘blogs’. The designs, as usual, are very good and inspiring. Thanks for the post.

  119. 119

    Very sweet collection, gonna use some ideas for redesign my blog with flash elements . Especially I like designs with vector elements.

  120. 120

    I like the way Chris Contollini use Google Map for his blog.

  121. 121

    Nice post you got here. It would be great to read more concerning this matter.

  122. 122

    Great post. (sorry just testing your comment form :p)

  123. 123

    that’s really a fantastic post ! added to my favourite blogs list.. I have been reading your blog last couple of weeks and enjoy every bit. Thanks.Website Design

  124. 124

    nice i love this post

  125. 125

    Very cool list of wordpress themes.. awesum,
    thanks alot.


  126. 126

    great stuff :-) good work!

  127. 127

    great information you have put in this post.Though we would all like to be able to do website designing for own website, we all aren’t able to, whether we just don’t understand the various elements or we just don’t have the time or don’t have the required expertise; the use of a top website design company is a must have. Just any website design company will not do; there are various things that can make a web design company a best web design company who will provide the exact services you need to meet the exact specifications you provide and request.

  128. 128

    Add one more blogger blog in your collection its looks so awesome. Blog Name is Tech Boy Arena. URL- techboyarena.com and do check out its wallpaper Gallery its really very unique

  129. 129

    i altogether accept with what you say simply as im from france and my english is not that good im not convinced if i understood everything right. I would enjoy if you could post a translated variation of your articles, so i can unterstand them better. promise to read over again presently here!

  130. 130

    I keep listening to the news talk about taking free online grant applications so I have been seeing around for the greatest site to acquire one.

  131. 131

    on our desk, and this is why we enjoy observing other people’s work — basically just because we can learn a hell of a lot from them.

  132. 132

    devlet hastanesi randevu

    March 2, 2011 5:45 am

    if i understood everything right. I would enjoy if you could post a translated variation of your articles, so i can unterstand them better. promise to read over again presently here! .devlethastanelerirandevu.com

  133. 133

    if you could post a translated variation of your articles, so i can unterstand them better. promise to read over again presently here!

  134. 134

    All the themes look creative and some of them just wonderful. I am looking forward to use some of these themes in my upcoming blogs. I especially liked the theme by Papuasia. With just white and black it provides a classic and retro look. Kudos to all you guys.

  135. 135

    Exquisite collection. I’m in to web designing for a while. I just hope to see more exclusive updates on blog design.

  136. 136

    Hello Snev,

    Thanks for make me aware about importance of Blog Design. Its really very much important. Eye catching blog designing may be the great source for people to stay at your site long time.

    I am looking forward some Blog Design layouts. You provide such a excellent list of Blog design layouts. I like it so much and going to implement Blog design, by getting ideas out of them some very soon.

    Really cool and excellent list you providing.

  137. 137

    I like this post! very interesting and informative, you provide such a excellent list of Blog design layouts. thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

  138. 138

    Absolutely cool stuff here! So how do I get the code for these great sites. is it possible to download (and even pay for) them? Would really love to use some or are they copyright protected?

  139. 139

    Absolutely cool stuff here! So how do I get the code for these great sites. is it possible to download (and even pay for) them? Would really love to use some or are they copyright protected?

  140. 140

    Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I’m experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss drawback? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  141. 141

    les recomiendo visitar la página http://www.deerink.com se muestran varios diseños creativos e innovadores.

  142. 142

    I enjoyed reading your nice blog. Congratulations, and keep posting to us. Do have some sort of email system where your blog posts emailed to me?

  143. 143

    So cool! I am gonna use them on my project at http://www.designedinseconds.com

  144. 144

    Wonderful collection !!!!! I really inspired by this and will definitely focus on to do some better by using this collection, in my future projects :-)

  145. 145

    excellent blog designs, very useful for my next blog

    Thanks for sharing great post.

  146. 146

    Towab Muhammad Yusuf

    January 2, 2014 11:52 am

    These are great, thanks

  147. 147

    Very interesting list of blogs. I really appreciate you to share these wonderful list of blogs with us.
    I also would like to share with you the one of my favorite scroll website i.e. ” http://www.61designstreet.com/ “that has also their unique web design.


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