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 Dryburgh has probably one of the largest RSS-buttons ever created.
Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.
A very thought-out design with attention to little details.
The “paper” theme in use.
Interesting not just because of two mascots, 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.
Black and white at its best. Notice how well icons communicate information, block formatting in use.
I Heart Luxe
A shopping magazine powered by WordPress.
Whatever it means…
Right. Big. Sweater. And the design. And this is how the result looks like.
Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.
Soft colors, visually appealing layout and hand-written links at the top of the page.
Meet soft and cloudy design — that’s Jamie and his Teddy.
Clean, Simple Designs
Seriously cool, elegant and simple.
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.
Sometihng… completely different.
The background determines the layout. You defintely haven’t ever seen a blog layout like this.
An interesting integration of Google Maps into… well, a weblog!
Focus on illustrations.
No fresh content, but interesting graphics.