50 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

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The most recent collection of creative blog designs1 was featured here on Smashing Magazine back in July. Only three months have passed and we’ve got a new dose of inspiration for you. Beautiful and sophisticated designs are constantly appearing on the Web; creative activity is in non-stop mode, despite global economic shocks and unfortunate events; and this is surely a positive sign.

Today, we showcase 50 fresh, beautiful, inventive and, hopefully, inspiring blog designs. The variety of styles represented in this collection is considerable, so everyone will be able to find a tasty piece of inspiration for their own creative aspirations. Notice that every screenshot is clickable and leads to the website itself.

Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

Jason Gray Music2
Jason Gray’s blog was initially WordPress-based, but it now has a beautiful and original Flash appearance that we just couldn’t pass up.

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The Pixel Blog4
This exquisite blog belongs to a Web design and marketing company called The Pixel. Amazing graphics in the header and footer, along with a giant tree (the branches of which separate the posts), make this design pure eye-candy.

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Sushi & Robots6
Sushi & Robots is the journal and portfolio of Jina Bolton, a San Francisco-based designer, developer and author. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, this website is definitely a master class.

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WorkAwesome8
The neat desktop-themed design of WorkAwesome’s blog is definitely worth your attention.

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One by Four10

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Jason Santa Maria12

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Dustin Curtis14

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Jack Cheng16

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New to York18

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31three20

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Abduzeedo22
Abduzeedo, which is bookmarked by every Web design fan, was recently redesigned. The highlights are considerably enhanced usability and unique post teasers.

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iA24

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Darren Hoyt26

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Point & Anchor28
It’s all about the lines here. Point & Anchor’s blog design is quite engaging.

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Trent Walton30
Neatly combining a few uncomplicated code hooks, the founder of Paravel Web design agency, Trent Walton, has created an original, attractive blog. The presentation of each individual post and the overall layout of the blog are remarkable indeed.

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Tumble32

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Fudge34
The website of digital studio Fudge is currently under construction. Still, the way it has designed its latest news log is worth mentioning here. Photoshop interface imitating design is a neat idea. Plus, the navigation is a treat for the eye.

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UX Booth36

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daus.trala.la38

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Design Intellection40
This simple yet admirable blog design is achieved using HTML 5 markup. The dotted typography for post numbers is a nice touch.

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Biggest Apple42
The pure style of Biggest Apple’s website features a gorgeous sketch in the header and some pretty icons all around.

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árbol textual44

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Helium Workx46

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Argee48

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Stripturnhout.be50

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Mark Boulton52

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This is a working library54

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LaMalla.cl (Chile)56
This amazing blog belongs to a small community of creative people, a space to share links to inspirational info from all over the globe. A grayscale geometrical background and cool jQuery effects make our exploration of this website a really enjoyable experience.

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Contrast58
A clean style, nifty typography and hover effects make for a great blog design. Excellent work by Contrast, a Web apps development crew from Ireland.

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Demain J’arrête (France)60
This classy comic strip is available in French only, but the blog’s design won’t leave you cold.

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Fran Fernández62
The blog of Spanish singer Fran Fernández features an expressive and slightly careless-looking graphic design, which reflects the passion of the musician best.

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Stéréosuper (France)64
Stéréosuper is a successful duo of creative folks working in the field of multimedia. Boris and Jean-Francois are keen on karate: perhaps this explains the imaginative fighting characters in their design. The dark color scheme and hatched elements are quite appealing, too.

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Music City Unsigned66
This cute blog belongs to the Nashville community of emerging artists. Although it is Flash-based, you won’t have any problems with accessibility or navigation here.

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Tal & Acacia68
Unpretentious beauty: this is how we would describe this design. Pastel-themed graphics give it a special flavor.

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Denis Chandler’s Blog (Another Blog About Stuff)70
The style of this blog is fairly conventional, but look at the header! This bit of spice elevates the otherwise formal design, bringing in some splash.

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Mulletized72
This blog of Cape Town Web designer Brendon Grobler features an offbeat layout and great use of typography. This is what Brendon says about his blog redesign: “I tried to create something less “bloggy” and more graphic, focusing strongly on typography (which is one of my great design loves) and imagery.” The result is impressive, wouldn’t you agree?

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M1K3 74
This blog (belonging to UI designer and developer Michael Dick) is an example of an excellent dark design.

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Mark Forrester76
This awesome blog-styled website is a creative outlet for Mark Forrester, a “half-baked” (his words) English/South African freelance designer and entrepreneur. The journal is easy and pleasant to navigate, and the cartoon illustrations in the header and footer are incredible. (They were designed by Cape Town-based illustrator and cartoonist Alex Latimer77).

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Jord & Chan79
This nice duo-themed layout presents two strips of content on the same page, a very original idea. The smooth background texture adds more charm to the design.

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Cog’Nition81
This blog has a lovely surprise: you can change the design’s theme, choosing from two amusing cartoon-style backgrounds.

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JonahL83
Jonah Levine’s blog follows simplicity and a pure style. An attractive dark design, and a good use of lines.

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Marcel Müller blog85
Marcel Müller’s blog has a stylish, corporate look. Another good example of precise, minimalist design.

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TrippingWords87
This really is something striking. Everything here, from the header to the footer, is extraordinary and hyper-creative.

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The Swish Life Magazine89

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mesonprojekt91

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DesignCritique93

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Manuel Romero95

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Julia May is a freelance writer now working with FlashMint, the top-class provider of Flash templates.

  1. 1

    Whoa. Some real great inspiration there! Hoping to come up with a great design for my blog as well :)

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  2. 2

    Amazing where we are today in web-design! I just had one of my first web site design books in my hands today – David Siegel’s “Creating Killer Websites” from 1998. It’s really impressive what happened in the meantime if you compare the killer sites from then to what we se here and every day online. Great collection.

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  3. 3

    One day I’ll make it on to one of these lists… :)

    Some very nice designs on that list. Its good to see how some of these have matured from your post on blog designs from ages ago. And just bookmarked a few I’ve never seen before.

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  4. 4

    wow. creative indeed!

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  5. 5

    Sweet, thanks for the collection :)

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  6. 6

    Woah! Some really awesome blog designs here. I just started my blog recently as well, but these designs are stunning!

    Tumble and the Pixel Blog are my favorites.

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  7. 7

    I am personally tired of desktop themed design. There was a blog posting recently about some of the worst trends of web design and that was one of them. I have to agree with them.

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  8. 8

    nice selection. a few tremendous designs and like Dan said before “One day I’ll make it on to one of these lists… :)”

    Greetz!

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  9. 9

    Thanks for this great inspiration piece. Quite a wide variety of designs and choices the designers used. Personally, I prefer some of the cleaner, “white” designs like those of “The Swish Life” and “Design Intellection.” However, the others are still great designs.

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  10. 10

    Maybe one day I will be there too… :D great collection! Thanks!

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  11. 11

    Great collection, a good way to start a creative day!

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    Thanks for featuring us, and for the kind words.

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  13. 13

    Awesome inspirations. I love the windmill. The variety of blog concept was inspiring!

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  14. 14

    Amazing blogs. Jason Santa Maria’s blog is really one of a kind.

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  15. 15

    Some fantastic looking blogs there. I hope to see mine there one day :-) – when it’s finished maybe!!!

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  16. 16

    I love the cartoon strip-like Demain J’arrête (France) blog design. I think it’s a brilliant idea :)
    Nice round up btw!

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  17. 17

    Great list ;-)

    My favourite was Mark Boulton’s super simple design.

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  18. 18

    Inspirational. Really nice collection … now i know just how good MY blog has to be to make it on the list .. i better get to work :)

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    Hi,

    Firstly I would like to say a big thanks for being listed on your top 50 Blog Designs.

    We spent a long time developing the look for our new site and was really interesting as the artwork we used was intended for a 3D Flash site which we will be launching in the coming months. We were so impressed by what our artist did that we wanted to use it and thus the blog was born to show traditional sketch artwork.

    Thanks once again!!!

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  20. 20

    Superb collection, thanks!

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  21. 21

    i wonder when is the day that i’ll make it in this list.. hahaha
    anyway, ctrl-d > enter. better to bookmark than never. XD

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  22. 22

    Thanks for featuring UX Booth! My favorites are easily: http://demainjarrete.stpo.fr/ and http://www.newtoyork.com/

    -Andrew

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  23. 23

    Great post, some of these are truly inspiring. Thx

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  24. 24

    I liked the design of `The Pixel Blog`, I wonder how do these designer get such a beautiful and creative designs ? Any ideas ?

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  25. 25

    Awesome blog designs.Great collection.

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  26. 26

    grt post…i love smashing magazine…i gettin updated by U guys…

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  27. 27

    A few of them are very bad. Can’t understand what they are searching in a “beautiful blog design” Post…

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  28. 28

    all creative designs for better inspirations, i really like and getting ideas as well. thanks

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  29. 29

    Really great collection of designs…very much inspirative….

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  30. 30

    Why I am not so creative? ** Thanks for that!

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  31. 31

    Really beautiful blogs, and so many I haven’t seen before… where do you find them all?

    Maybe one day I’ll be in such a list, too…

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  32. 32

    So Great, your blog is place that I found many things about graphics. Thank you so much.

    -1
  33. 33

    Love the 30 Minutes a Day design! Great collection!

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  34. 34

    It’s always funny to see the coffee at the blogs :) I think it apperas in just one design but it’s great. Like standard.

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  35. 35

    These are awesome…

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  36. 36

    These are all fantastic looking, as always. But content is often over-looked by designers – meaning you log onto their site, admire the graphics and leave.
    However some of these go beyond that, an example being Jack Cheng’s 30min post. Now that sounds and looks good.

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  37. 37

    What I like most is that when you think you have seen all there is something that changes your mind. Awesome designs!

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  38. 38

    50 or 60? I didn’t count

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  39. 39

    Great list. thx.

    I like to see gaming / game sites design list too :)

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  40. 40

    I wonder, when SM will consider http://10words.richpurple.com/ as a creative blog. OR at least proivde the feedback on the same.

    BTW, nice post.

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  41. 41

    Thanks a lot for including us! We really can’t believe it! :-DD

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  42. 42

    Wow, thanks a lot for the feature – its an honor for me that you liked my humble blog, and also to be among those amazing blogs! :-)

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  43. 43

    To be honest im really bored to watch the same sites over and over again …

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    • 44

      How you can look at these and be bored is beyond me.

      I see pure talent and dedication.

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      • 45

        I dont say they are not nice , but i see them in almost every article… its boring already

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    • 46

      I understand, I feel the same with you. I am bored these site too. many sites have seen many times. and I really think there are more delicious site there.

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  44. 47

    Enormously huge headers seems to be commonplace nowadays. I personally dislike this trend as they take up too much screen real estate.

    Netbooks have very low resolutions in height (600 pixels) and many of these designs will become cropped on a netbook, and that does not look very good.

    Make another minimalist blog list sometime! :3

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  45. 48

    hi
    julia,

    Thank you very much for this post. I am from india and here web design is far behind than the current design trend. But this will surely push me to discover some unique style in web disign.

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  46. 49

    Sushi and Robots looks a lot like Jim Mahfood, the comic book artist’s style. I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t some kind of coincidence. He lives in LA though.

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  47. 50

    Awesome works. Some of them really inspiring, but other are not some much to take a look.

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  48. 51

    wow nice collection of new creative blog websites ill bookmark it

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  49. 52

    Fudge is my favorite.

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  50. 53

    Great post! I love to see new blog designs. Jason Gray’s blog is awesome.

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  51. 54

    Great overview of lots of different feels.

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  52. 55

    Thanks for the mention (once again =] ) and, well, sorry for my French…

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  53. 56

    Cool collection. “The Pixel Blog”-Design is really awesome.

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  54. 57

    every time i see good looking sites, i feel like i want to redo mine. I just finished it two months ago. HA. Good post.

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  55. 58

    Some very inspiring blogs! The gang at One by Four are very honored and pleased to be included!

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  56. 59

    Hi guys! Thank for the positive feedback. I really enjoyed working on this list and I’m glad you share my views.

    Kamal, thank you for the suggestion, somehow I’ve missed this beautiful blog this time, but I’ve bookmarked it for the future projects.

    Aditya, like you, I’m inspired by this beautiful, creative and elegant designs. Good luck in your aspirations! ;)

    Andre, thanks for your note. Many websites from this list are not heavy on graphics and visualizations, but they do provide remarkable usability, simplicity and sense of style and are worth mentioning here.

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  57. 60

    I really liked Jason Gray’s blog; it is very different and catches one’s eye. I also really liked Pixel’s look; it is very magical and cartoonish looking!

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  58. 61

    Am I the only one that finds the last one really ugly?

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  59. 62

    I adore the hand-drawn structure of Demain J’arrête (France). What a perfect online advertisement for his cartooning skills!

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  60. 63

    I’m sorry, but I think this was really quite a boring post. I’m sure every designer featured here spent a lot of time on their respective sites, but I don’t see anything special about them, nor make me jump out of my seat and go design something. Sorry.

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    Helge-Kristoffer Wang

    November 4, 2009 4:24 pm

    Hi.

    Thanks for an inspirational post! I’m currently working on my blog and I want it to be inspired by the Norwegian nature as I am a native Norwegian designer. My point is; You really gave me inspiration by this post!

    Thanks alot! :)

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    Helge-Kristoffer Wang

    November 4, 2009 4:25 pm

    Paul: It’s not ugly. It’s one of a kind. ;-)

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  63. 66

    Nice Collection!!

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  64. 67

    Lets put some textures and all the world will call us “PRO!” and “creative” …

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  65. 68

    As I can’t see the comments (PE please!), likely someone has already said this, but what I noticed about many (most?) of these designs is a technique, I don’t know the name, where basically header, content area and footer are wrapped in larger, min-width boxes, with absolutely-positioned images pulled off to the right and left, leaving those with smaller screens scrollbars who only show the content of the site (instead of starting at the true far left, the scrollbar starts at the content-left), which is pretty cool. Though when my screen isn’t big enough I have to dig the images out of source to see them : ) Some of these guys must have 27″ screens!
    Am I just now seeing this everywhere, did it creep up on me, or is this some sort of new trend? Anyway, I do think it’s neat for some of the more art-oriented sites, like Pixel blog, who reminded me a lot of meomi.com, which is also a giant tree filled with goodies.

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  66. 69

    #2 is the best out of all of these

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  67. 70

    I love Fudge. Interesting use of typography.

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    Shane Jeffers | Three Styles

    November 5, 2009 6:07 am

    Great List! I haven’t seen some of these before. Thanks for the list.

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  69. 72

    Great list and I’m pretty honoured to have my site Tripping Words on the list as well. So thanks so much for that. My personal favourite is Mark Forrester’s work. He is simply quite brilliant!

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  70. 73

    Nice! Glad to see Fudge on the list.

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    It is amazing to see how many inspirators are out there =)

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  73. 76

    Wow … very beautiful designs …. thz
    (www.thungechinmyar.co.cc)

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  74. 77

    Love Mark Forresters design above. Its really cool!

    Nice to see some interesting designs with black backgrounds too. its difficult to find good examples with black backgrounds, so well done!

    Have to say though I’m getting pretty sick of seeing coffee cups on blog themes now. Its getting a little bit boring, unoriginal and certainly doesn’t fit the post title of “creative”.

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  75. 78

    These are some great designs, but a couple of the strike me as cluttered. Overall, a great list.

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    VictoriaAnn Design

    November 8, 2009 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the interesting article – I can only wish my blog looked as interesting.

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  77. 80

    Love SM’s collections for the inspiration inexhaustibility of every post. Inspiration in every post is enough to achieve lot of creative goals. Thanks for such huge and quality posts like this!

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  78. 81

    Nice list used one as inspiration.

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  79. 82

    Inspirational masterpieces! Thank you.

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  80. 83

    Guerilla Marketing

    November 16, 2009 11:50 am

    Marcel Muller’s minimalist design combined with corporate flare I felt was really powerful and sleek

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  81. 84

    Very Nice….I needed a bit of Inspiration..

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  82. 85

    i think the second one is quite good the rest – is like know body is posting them so why not i post them – really bad.

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  83. 86

    Hi – Great list of super sites. This is not a comment but I couldn’t find an email link to the post’s author Julia May. I’d love for you to take a look at our blog design and possibly include it in a future compilation. http://www.godynamo.com

    Thanks and cheers!
    Bob Beck
    Creative Director
    Dynamo

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  84. 87

    I stumbled upon this site and thought it was beautiful like those listed above.
    agith.cerestia.net/
    - (:

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  85. 88

    Wowsa!!!!!
    No words to describe the respect for the creative generation of these blog designs! Thank you so much smashing magazine! I also stumbled upon this through google, just now. Thank you once again.
    regards.

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  86. 89

    fantastic collection..

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  87. 90

    Wow, a great collection. Definitely some fresh takes on blog design in here. The one with the tree is my favorite I think. Once I decide on my skeleton framework, I’ll see if I can come up with something noteworthy like these :-)

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    Matthew Dickens

    June 2, 2010 1:06 pm

    Thank you for this post! I love these, because I like to look through them and get ideas for myself. More showcase articles.

    Thanks.

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  89. 92

    interesting, thanks for the sharing!
    i like this post

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  90. 93

    Awesome! I was looking for some inspiration for my next project and bam! half way through browsing this article I struck gold! Thanks SM!

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  91. 94

    Great list you put together :) Those lists reallly help if you need some inspiration and they are a great way of keeping track of what’s going on in the design community and what the new trends are.

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  92. 95

    I find Pixel Blog visually appealing. The design is awesome except for the logo.

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  93. 96

    Amazing!

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  94. 97

    exceptional!!!

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  95. 98

    Ohh..I hope my blog will land on one of your creative lists one of these days. :-)
    Or maybe you might want to consider mine, now. hehehe
    http://www.markable.me

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