Showcase Of Elegant And Original Blog Designs

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When visiting a blog for the first time, you get an instant and strong impression from the design and layout. Cluttered and confusing blog layouts can be an instant turn-off, while sleek and elegant designs immediately captivate the audience.

The 35 blog designs featured in this showcase engage visitors with a memorable layout, elegant design and good usability. They have no need to shout; they attract attention through sheer elegance and beauty. Through careful planning and judicious placement of elements, each of these layouts brings something unique and truly special to the Web.

Designers can take inspiration from these featured designs to create their own brand of magic.

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Elegant And Original Blog Designs

Istok Pavlovic2
An elegant watercolor design with close attention to details. Notice the navigation menu, RSS button and headings in the sidebar. The footer is incredible, too!

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Chris Guillebeau4
The attention to detail in this blog design is incredible.

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Hicks Design6
This blog design features a stationary menu interface with scrollable content. The muted colors are set off with bold tangerine accents that pull the whole design together.

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Ma.tt8
Beautiful graphic design is the highlight of this blog design. Dream-like images fill the screen, while the simple navigation bar waits to take the reader on a journey inside.

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Newtoyork.com10
An original blog layout with white space and an unusual design for the comments area.

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Ayakaito12
Muted colors, reminiscent of days gone by, give this design a comfortable vintage feel. The beautiful graphic in the header and simple navigation in the sidebar below set this blog design apart.

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Alpha Aesthetica14
An elegant grid-based design with incredible typography.

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Hugs for Monsters16
The author’s own artwork was used to create this stunning design. The layout is simple and tidy, yet a work of art at the same time. As an added bonus, humor is used to entertain readers as they enjoy the view.

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Outlaw Design Blog18
The bold use of color and heavy reliance of graphics work well together in this stunning blog design. The warmth of the color scheme and background create an inviting atmosphere.

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Le Bloe20
Shades of blue and gray with a splash of color make this blog design a work of art. The content is neatly presented and visually stunning.

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Typographica22
A celebration of typography awaits. Intelligent organization and simple navigation allow readers to immerse themselves in the simplicity of beautiful text.

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Agami Creative24
Watercolor at its best: a beautiful design in which each color is carefully chosen and skillfully used.

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retinart26
Grungy design with beautiful typography and unique distorted design elements.

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Belvoir George28
A visually impressive blog with awesome typography. This design makes perfect use of an appealing and striking background image.

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Stephen Caver30
This layout is an example of excellence in simplicity. The main navigation is the focus, and there are absolutely no distractions.

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Amour Chaleur32
Beautiful, original illustrations, and the one-column layout is creativity at its best.

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Neural Net Effect34
Very subtle design with an interesting structure, excellent use of imagery and nice typography. Simple, clean and elegant are the reasons this one is in this showcase.

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Bert Timmermans36
Clean and compact, this blog’s design organizes content like a book. The navigation is housed in the bookmark-shaped tabs, which smoothly glide into view as the mouse rolls over them.

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Good Little Wee Blog38
Simple shapes and cartoonish graphics make this blog design memorable. Content is organized simply and logically, making navigation extremely easy.

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Forgetfoo40
Simple, clean, minimalistic and beautiful.

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Web Science Man42
Color and graphics dominate, but don’t overwhelm, this design. Elegant navigation sits at the top for ease of use, making this blog design both fun and highly functional.

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Talking of Design44
One look at this blog design is enough to see that the designer is also an artist. The judicious use of animation draws interest without adding clutter.

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Kris Colvin46
This well-organized blog design has a slightly grunge feel. Interesting graphics in the header attract attention, and the content begins right away, leaving no room for boredom.

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Lyrical Media48
The easy navigation in this bold and simple blog design offers a quick snapshot of the content. Although usually difficult to pull off using an image this large and dominant in an elegant design, this layout seems to do it with ease.

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The Design Superhero50
Bold color combined with simple blocks of content displayed in a straightforward way are the highlights of this blog design. The content is neatly organized, with no clutter to distract readers.

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Visual Nightmare52
A unique blog design with grunge elements and a simple yet distinctive blog structure.

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Kimberly Coles54
A three-color blog theme, with hand-drawn design elements and a watercolor background.

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Chengis.me56
Bold, bright and beautiful, this blog design focuses on complete simplicity. Menus smoothly appear when the mouse rolls over the images, giving the visitor plenty of tasty choices.

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David Torondel58
A blog with a “traditional” two-column layout, many illustrations and a really cute design.

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Escaping the Word Cage60
Chain-link fencing has never been more beautiful. The unusual blend of hard and soft make this design unusually beautiful.

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Fubiz62
Color contrast and exceptional organization in this blog design gives visitors not only a visual treat but also easy navigation. Content is neatly displayed in concise blocks, making it simple for users to find their way around.

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Bjørn Friese64
Bold color and contrast and exceptionally good use of typography allow this blog design to work beautifully without images. It comes as no surprise that the author states in his bio that he loves both color and typography.

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Blogless66
Minimal design meets great typography and a one-column layout. The result is simple and elegant.

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Bonus

Pixelpretation.com68
The footer in this one is really hard to forget.

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Northern Classics70
… and so is this one.

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Further Resources

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/23/50-beautiful-blog-designs/
  2. 2 http://www.istokpavlovic.com/blog/
  3. 3 http://www.istokpavlovic.com/blog/
  4. 4 http://chrisguillebeau.com
  5. 5 http://chrisguillebeau.com
  6. 6 http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/
  7. 7 http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/
  8. 8 http://ma.tt/
  9. 9 http://ma.tt/
  10. 10 http://www.newtoyork.com/
  11. 11 http://www.newtoyork.com/
  12. 12 http://ayakaito.com/log/
  13. 13 http://ayakaito.com/log/
  14. 14 http://weblog.cynosura.eu/
  15. 15 http://weblog.cynosura.eu/
  16. 16 http://blog.hugsformonsters.com/
  17. 17 http://blog.hugsformonsters.com/
  18. 18 http://www.outlawdesignblog.com/
  19. 19 http://www.outlawdesignblog.com/
  20. 20 http://www.lebloe.com/?page_id=145
  21. 21 http://www.lebloe.com/?page_id=145
  22. 22 http://new.typographica.org/
  23. 23 http://new.typographica.org/
  24. 24 http://www.agamicreative.com/blog/
  25. 25 http://www.agamicreative.com/blog/
  26. 26 http://retinart.net/
  27. 27 http://retinart.net/
  28. 28 http://blog.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/
  29. 29 http://blog.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/
  30. 30 http://stephencaver.com/
  31. 31 http://stephencaver.com/
  32. 32 http://amourchaleur.com/
  33. 33 http://amourchaleur.com/
  34. 34 http://www.neuralneteffect.org/
  35. 35 http://www.neuralneteffect.org/
  36. 36 http://www.berttimmermans.com/
  37. 37 http://www.berttimmermans.com/
  38. 38 http://goodlittlecompany.com/index.php/weeblog/all_posts/
  39. 39 http://goodlittlecompany.com/index.php/weeblog/all_posts/
  40. 40 http://www.forgetfoo.com/
  41. 41 http://www.forgetfoo.com//
  42. 42 http://www.webscienceman.com/
  43. 43 http://www.webscienceman.com/
  44. 44 http://www.kevadamson.com/talking-of-design
  45. 45 http://www.kevadamson.com/talking-of-design
  46. 46 http://kriscolvin.com/
  47. 47 http://kriscolvin.com/
  48. 48 http://www.lyricalmedia.com/
  49. 49 http://www.lyricalmedia.com/
  50. 50 http://thedesignsuperhero.com/
  51. 51 http://thedesignsuperhero.com/
  52. 52 http://visual-nightmare.com/
  53. 53 http://visual-nightmare.com/
  54. 54 http://www.imwithsully.com/blog/
  55. 55 http://www.imwithsully.com/blog/
  56. 56 http://chengis.me/
  57. 57 http://chengis.me/
  58. 58 http://blog.torondel.net/
  59. 59 http://blog.torondel.net/
  60. 60 http://escapingthewordcage.com/
  61. 61 http://escapingthewordcage.com/
  62. 62 http://www.fubiz.net/
  63. 63 http://www.fubiz.net/
  64. 64 http://frieze.dk/
  65. 65 http://frieze.dk/
  66. 66 http://www.designlessbetter.com/blogless/
  67. 67 http://www.designlessbetter.com/blogless/
  68. 68 http://pixelpretation.com/
  69. 69 http://pixelpretation.com/
  70. 70 http://www.northern-classics.de/
  71. 71 http://www.northern-classics.de/
  72. 72 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/28/45-excellent-blog-designs/
  73. 73 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/22/30-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  74. 74 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/20/45-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  75. 75 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/08/now-more-than-ever-50-more-excellent-blog-designs/

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Gerri Elder is a content producer and social media strategist who has worked full-time on Internet development and marketing since 1997. Her current projects include ChicagoNow, GreenBiz and ProspectMX. Gerri can be reached on Facebook or Twitter and is often found on the Web under the username "absolutelytrue".

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  1. 1

    Excellent collection. A pretty common style on most of them but I personally like the tactile, flawed, human feel on them. Its real and appropriate for personal blogs.

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  2. 52

    RTP.pt is the website of the national PORTUGUESE television. pt domains are from Portugal; pl domains are from Poland…

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  3. 103

    Amaziiiing!!!!

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  4. 154

    I love Istok Pavlovic’s blog. It is so unique! Thanks!

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  5. 205

    Nice collection. Love it. Thanks

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    Some good designs here. I have to say, though, I’m not a fan of the two-column layout, in which one column is divided into two to serve as the sidebar. It feels cluttered or confusing to me, and I always have to read through one side of the column and scroll back up for what’s in the other side of it. I’ve noticed a lot of design blogs doing this and it frustrates me since there are usually some good “blogroll” links and other info in there. Am I just being crazy?

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    I see that the wootheme Irresistible was mentioned, I use it to :D I really like that theme with the custom frontpage enabled.
    Im new to this WordPress thing, so I need to learn how to tweak the theme eaven more.
    There is plenty of nice themes out there and the Bjørn Friese one is verry original :D

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    Very nice! Thanks!

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    I find the most interesting thing about this list to be how each blog design creates the right personality to present the content. From Bjørn and Aesthetica’s beautiful typography to Lyrical Media’s powerful image… so much variation depending on the designer’s personality and what they’re conveying. And many thanks for including my humble blog (a very nice, but very big surprise) – ‘unusually beautiful’ will do nicely!

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  10. 460

    Wow,, thank you so much for posting my blog on here!
    I’m really honored to be put featured in smashing magazine!!

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  11. 511

    Very nice, lots of useful inspirations.

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  12. 562

    super kool!!! amazing worx

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  13. 613

    excelent!

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  14. 664

    Hello

    No french in this list….boooo :)

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  15. 715

    Where is the french webdesigner ….

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    Some nice inspirations. Thanks

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  17. 817

    Really really great list! Thank you.

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