45 More Excellent Blog Designs

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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.

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The Risington Podcast5

Screenshot Blog Design6

Erratic Wisdom7

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Iso509
Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.

Screenshot Blog Design10

Wilsonminer.com11
A very thought-out design with attention to little details.

Screenshot Blog Design12

Brandonmouth13

Screenshot Blog Design14

ttthings.com15

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Evan Eckard17

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cause/affect blog19

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Design Sponge21
Scrapbook-style.

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Squawk23
The “paper” theme in use.

Screenshot Blog Design24

9513 blog25

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Sam Rayner27

Screenshot Blog Design28

Schneeballschlacht29
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

Papuasia32
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

Cameron.io36

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Plavackuv Blabolnik38
Whatever it means…

Screenshot Blog Design39

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

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Toggle42

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Nitram-Nunca44

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Josh Spear46

Screenshot Blog Design47

Blogwhatdesign48

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Spreeblick50
Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.

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PushStandards52
Soft colors, visually appealing layout and hand-written links at the top of the page.

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Brian Jeremy54
Loves colors…

Screenshot Blog Design55

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

Screenshot Blog Design57

Jeriko58

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Clean, Simple Designs

theshaun.com60
Seriously cool, elegant and simple.

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ExHero.de62

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Tomas Marban64

Screenshot Blog Design65

Benjamin Tollady66

Screenshot Blog Design67

ManiacalRage68

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Experimental Designs

TechGuyTales70
Office notes, paper clips and wood background. Well, what do you expect? Sarcastic design fits to sarcastic blog entries.

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Qwertcity72
Vivid colors. Used together, they may be not that appealing, but they just can’t be not eye-catching.

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Papel Continuo74
Sometihng… completely different.

Screenshot Blog Design75

Ideate76

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Kulturbanause78
The background determines the layout. You defintely haven’t ever seen a blog layout like this.

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

Screenshot Blog Design81

w3sh82

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Ovavaho84
Focus on illustrations.

Screenshot Blog Design85

Peminoz86
No fresh content, but interesting graphics.

Screenshot Blog Design87

Footnotes

  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 :-)

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  2. 2

    I love it!, great, really impressive work

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  3. 3

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

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  4. 4

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

    http://electricpulp.com/

    http://www.davidhellmann.com/

    -1
  5. 5

    Yay for iso50 … Tycho is some good music

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  6. 6

    Very Pretty Weblogs

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  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…

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  8. 8

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

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  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

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  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.

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  11. 11

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

    Thanks SmashingMagazine – a great selection of inpiration!

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  12. 12

    awesome……
    pretty cool

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  13. 13

    Some really stella design work

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  14. 14

    really cool sites. thank you guys.

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  15. 15

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

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  16. 16

    Thanks again guys, this is an amazing list.

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  17. 17

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

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  18. 18

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

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  19. 19

    nice list

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  20. 20

    very nice selection as usual ..

    thanks

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  21. 21

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

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  22. 22

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

    Dark colored backgrounds have a nice comfortable feel to me

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  23. 23

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

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  24. 24

    great examples. inspirational too.

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  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.

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  26. 26

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

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  27. 27

    Thanks for those wonderful examples. Amazing!

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  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.

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  29. 29

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

    Keep up the good work guys!

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  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

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  31. 31

    Thanks a lot for mentioning my site!

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  32. 32

    awesome collection! Thank you indeed.

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  33. 33

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

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  34. 34

    nice collection…thanks for sharing :)

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  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.

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  36. 36

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

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  37. 37

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

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  38. 38

    You left out one! http://www.FireBettman.com
    Great site!

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  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 :)

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  40. 40

    Totally awesome guys, thanks for posting my blog :)

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

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  41. 41

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

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  42. 42

    Digital Revolutions

    February 20, 2008 8:35 pm

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

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  43. 43

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

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  44. 44
  45. 45

    great selection as usual..
    *inspiration….

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  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
    Tobi

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  47. 47

    Nice post, like always :)

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  48. 48

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

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  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

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  50. 50

    Check this out

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

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