50 Beautiful Blog Designs

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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 fifth 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.

In the showcase below we present 50 beautiful blog designs that literally stand out — either through their layout or through their design or through their attention to little details. Below you’ll find a variety of designs: clean designs, grunge, retro, graphics-heavy designs etc. Most designs presented below risk unusual approaches in the choice of design and content presentation. That’s what makes them different. Hopefully you will find some creative ideas which you can develop further in your further projects.

We strongly encourage designers to break out the common layout conventions, experiment with new approaches and risk crazy ideas. Show what you are capable of!

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Ali Felski

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L’effet Créa

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Matthew Buchanan
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Designworklpan.com

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Ciclismo Urbano

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Surfstation.com

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Designsensory

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Jason Santa Maria

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AmyMahon.com

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Meagan Fisher

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Rockatee.com

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Co-Founder of Smashing Magazine. Former writer, web designer, freelancer and webworker. Sven is now writing Science Fiction Stories.

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    Nice list!! thx!! amazing designs!

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    i like korbinian folk.

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    some nice looking sites gathered.

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    Yep, “glossy style” is dead. Very cool blogs ^_^

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    Great selection, thanks for sharing!

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    Very nice selection, i hope my blog will be in one of your list a day ;))

    Thanks for sharing

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    Thank you so so much for featuring dreamling.ca!! You guys are so lovely! :D

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    Ooohhh my god! I am dying now, blushed! I send my students to read you guys all the time!! Now what wil I say! What an honor!!

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    Christopher Anderton

    October 23, 2008 5:00 pm

    Wow. Nice to have Matblogg in the list! :)
    I follow SmashingMagazine everyday. So it’s was a nice suprise to find my blog in the list.

    Cheers!

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  10. 10

    Wow. Thanks a lot. Is an honor to be spotlighted in Smashing Magazine!

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    love it soooo much. really inspiring.

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    Amazing design blogs! I really like the first one though!

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    Wow, it’s amazing!!!!

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    Typo in the link Designworklpan.com!

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    Thank you so much guys for featuring l’effet crea, lot of hard work was put in that design!

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    Christopher Ross (thisismyurl.com)

    October 23, 2008 6:50 pm

    Geez, I didn’t make it again? hm … OK, I guess I can see why.

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    Awesome list!

    Thank you SOO much for featuring my site — That INDIE Dude.

    PLEASE check out my latest venture if you have a chance. It’s called We Design Change, and it is a meeting place / launching pad for designers and artists who want to use their creativity to make the world a better place. Sign up and tell your friends! :)

    Thanks again for the mention!

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    The Neil Gaiman and Jason Santa Maria blogs are extremely impressive. Anything put out by Vidget is also top-notch… awesome work!

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    Dang, Natalie Jost’s website returns 403 forbidden for me. I always love her designs.

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    Loodo is awesome!!

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  22. 22

    very nice collection
    you could try one day something else, like showcase of not-english blogs ;)

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  23. 23

    WOW :-) Very Nice Designs

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    Really nice :)

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  25. 25

    too good designs…
    every thing is inspiration … thanks

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    Thanks again, some of this design are really awesome !

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    Great :)
    Please guys next time, could you put anchors on each design ? :P

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    Very nice list! Though a lot of these designs are top notch, I do feel my blog would fit in one of these lists too!

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    Wow, your best feature SM! :)
    Hope I’ll see mine one day… Just kidding. :p

    Joffrey,
    Geek and Hype

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    great list guys, as usual ;)
    I was hoping to see my blog listed eheh!

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    Ole Martin Kristiansen

    October 24, 2008 2:27 am

    Thank you very much for featuring my site, and even putting it on the front page. What an honor! Too bad my site has gone down because of all the traffic, I really really need to change my hosting.

    Thanks!

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    Very nice designs.

    Thank you.

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    I love jasonsantamaria.com :) The typography and layout is awesome! Hyper Island is also great!

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    Great list. I am going to bookmark this page and reference to it later.

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    So amazing!

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    very impressive, I like it :)

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    Very impressive designs.
    I like Loodo and Meagan Fisher specially.

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    Impressive indeed. One of my favorites is Ten Thousand Things, personally I’m a big fan of dark schemes.

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    Great designs..Realy

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    Nice collection there! Some great designs and good inspiration :)

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    Some nice designs, but many seem (to me) a bit busy and quite trendy. But hey, if that’s what you’re into…

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    This is awesome list! It always great to get new inspiration from others. I constantly make tweeks to my theme based on both feedback and ideas used in other designs. I’m thankful that I am always getting comments on great design for our site.

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    Heavy Metal Blogger

    October 24, 2008 5:12 am

    Damn, didn’t make it into that list – again :-)

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    check hollowell.se :D
    i like it coll idea with the letter

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    Wow , what a surprise ! ! ! Thank you for listing my blog :-) !!! Stephanie

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    Nice designs. But I must point your attention towards http://www.nalden.net. It is a completely flashbuilt site but it’s functions are amazing.

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    Thanks for featuring leffetcrea, that’s so nice :-D

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    Bar none, the best design here is AmyMahon.com

    (And, she’s my cousin :) )

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    I’m sorry, but you clearly left one out, http://www.qualityxhtml.com/blog/

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    Amazing blog designs in one line with simple and usual ones.

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    October 24, 2008 7:56 am

    Nice List. I really like your categories. Stay tuned . . .

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    really amazing

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    Thanks, Smashing, for featuring tff4.com — I’m not sure it deserves to be in the kind of company as many of these other incredibly creative blog designs, but the love is appreciated nonetheless.

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    That drawing of that indie dude, I want to punch it in the face.

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    Tagged for future inspirations! :D

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    nice post. these are great examples of good website design. :0]

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    Nice compilation. sezio.org is another great blog design focusing on the musical and visual art scenes in California.

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    whoa! loving the potato an ispoil! :)

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    And once again I am smashed! I don’t know how do you find such a great combination of designs, thanks a lot for that big piece of inspiration! :D
    I love SM!

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    my name is korbinian Polk

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    Really impressed with the many blog designs — thanks. Like Thomas Finley’s very much!

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    wow! It’s superb. Really very impressive and unique blog designs.

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    oh my fod!! what a design?!!!!! thanks for sharing..

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    Nice list as usual…

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    Too many gushers in these comments, but I agree with the people who said that *some* of these designs are inspirational. Most of them, IMO, are twee, unimaginative and utterly predictable – which I guess is inspiring in a different way. Thanks for presenting a list of design clichés to avoid. I like Ali Felski’s blog, though.

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  66. 66

    Hey !

    nice list !

    However… i know a beautiful blog design… it is called Journal Graphic

    journalgraphic.com

    I think it must integrate this list.

    Bye

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    why are the most celebrated blogs always super graphic heavy?

    Some of those I don’t even know where to start.

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    Very good. Congratulations.
    Saude e paz! Peace!

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    *sigh* Commented on wrong post before, argh.

    This steampunk design makes me drool: http://sekimori.com

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    I found the CSS/XHTML-only “speaking block” navigation of High Resolution an inspiration for a design I’m doing. Thanks!

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    this is my favorite – simplegreenclean.com
    but on this list i really like the nonesuch layout

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    i enjoye design

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    i also luv http://www.cooloutfit.at
    just a little fashion blog – written in german, so i can´t really read it – but the layout just nails it! perfect for a fashion blog!

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    @ Mr.Diggles #74

    I agree with you on this point and I have asked myself the same question. BUT, I don´t think that the focus in this case is on Usability, instead the focus is basically as they write “designs that literally stand out”.

    I think that a lot of these blog designs are beautiful and outstanding but the usability on some of these blogs is not so good. For instance, if you disable images in your web browser, suddenly you are handicapped because the main navigation disappears, (Main navigation = HUGE Image) .

    Anyway, Keep up the Good Work SM!!

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    I like “viget.com/extend” & “Marchand de Trucs”!

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    Impressive long list

    -Adam

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    wooow great design… may I get one of these theme?

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    I like the fact that this list includes elements of all design styles. I think we’re in a bit of a car crash when it comes to popular and inspiring blog design, taking bits and pieces from one another to form a finished product. Personally, I welcome our new Frankenstein design overlords.

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    Really the blog designs are beautiful and excellent and it helps the designers for designing new templates and new websites also.

    Really excellent work!

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    A really lovely list! I think Ali Felski is my personal favourite :o)

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    Wow Really it’s nice design

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    Beautiful designs, but the busyness of many of the blogs simply takes my eye and interest away from the content.

    For me, when it comes to a blog, form should always follow function. Less is more. Blah blah blah.

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    Good selection ! :D

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    I’m honored to find one of my site designs (www.lynnterpretation.com) on your list. Thank you so much for recognizing my work. I’ve long been a big fan of smashing!

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    very interesting..nice

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    Most of these made me cringe — several extremely busy layouts in this herd

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    That really artistic blog design, thanks for share, its very useful for me

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    It’s really inspire me. Thx guys.

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    It’s “粋” in Japanese.
    It means smart.

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    it’s amazing jobs!

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    thanks very good

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    “Macalicious” is amazing blog design.

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  94. 95

    Good selection :)

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  95. 96

    Very good collection.

    duke
    LInk

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    great list, thx

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    I think Gisele Jaquenod’s blog is just great :D

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    Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . :)

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    very creative people, lots of inspiration!!

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    cool! Very inspiring design

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    All of these are amazing! Great list.

    -3
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    I liked the macalicious design, it was awesome.
    btw, guyz have a look over this site theme, its also wonderful ;- .http://www.techhacker.org/

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    awesome blog…

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    Manners matter a lot to me. ,

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    I’m looking for all these wonderful safari based applications to go native for the iphone. ,

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  106. 107

    Hello,

    It is really nice selection. I would like to suggest you one: krispykrush.com/

    Let me kniow what you think :)

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    Great collection of designs, especially the first one – Ackno. Many thanks for sharing them.

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    Awesome designs and also great inspirations for web designers like me. I am also running a blog bloggeranalytics.blogspot.com Blogger Tricks but never satisfied with its look. May be i can do something new with it now. Thanks any way.

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  109. 110

    these are beautiful designs

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