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50 Beautiful CSS-Based Web-Designs in 2006

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2006 was rich on creative, beautiful and unusual design concepts. We’ve seen a lot of whitespace, many examples of readable and usable text-design, badges, stars, rounded corners, shapes, gradients, mirror and 3D-effects – just name it. Let’s take a close look at some of the most beautiful designs we’ve seen in 2006. Links checked: May/29 2008 – 5 outdated designs deleted.

Vibrant Designs Link

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SteveLeggat.com2

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Emotionslive.co.uk4

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Dinis91.com6

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Joyent.com8

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olivier.danchin.neuf.fr10

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Foxie.ru12

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Komodomedia.com14

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Bartelme.at16

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Quatuour.be

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Onlinecenter.nu19

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Fall.tnvacation.com

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Zero.ru21

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Methodarts.com23

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Summer.tnvacation.com

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Icebrrg.com25

Dark Designs Link

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Kineda.com27

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BeSuperCharged.com29

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Veerle.duoh.com31

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Obuweb.com33

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Slideshowpro.net35

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Whitwa.net37

Light Designs Link

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Mstefan.com39

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Subdued.net41

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Devlounge.net

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Media2006

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ElectricPulp.com44

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SusannePaschke.de46

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PixelEden.net

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Jek2k.com48

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Morellc.com50

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Attitudedesign.co.uk

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CSS Vault53

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Evaneckard.com55

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.steveleggat.com
  2. 2 http://www.steveleggat.com
  3. 3 http://emotionslive.co.uk/
  4. 4 http://emotionslive.co.uk/
  5. 5 http://www.dinis91.com/
  6. 6 http://www.dinis91.com/
  7. 7 http://joyent.com/
  8. 8 http://joyent.com/
  9. 9 http://www.haveamint.com/
  10. 10 http://olivier.danchin.neuf.fr/
  11. 11 http://foxie.ru
  12. 12 http://foxie.ru/
  13. 13 http://www.cameronmoll.com/portfolio/
  14. 14 http://www.komodomedia.com/
  15. 15 http://www.bartelme.at
  16. 16 http://www.bartelme.at
  17. 17 http://www.quatuor.be
  18. 18 http://www.onlinecenter.nu
  19. 19 http://www.onlinecenter.nu
  20. 20 http://www.zero.ru
  21. 21 http://www.zero.ru
  22. 22 http://www.methodarts.com
  23. 23 http://www.methodarts.com
  24. 24 http://www.icebrrg.com
  25. 25 http://www.icebrrg.com
  26. 26 http://www.kineda.com
  27. 27 http://www.kineda.com
  28. 28 http://www.colourmod.com
  29. 29 http://www.besupercharged.com/
  30. 30 http://veerle.duoh.com
  31. 31 http://veerle.duoh.com
  32. 32 http://www.obuweb.com/
  33. 33 http://www.obuweb.com/
  34. 34 http://www.slideshowpro.net
  35. 35 http://www.slideshowpro.net
  36. 36 http://www.whitwa.net
  37. 37 http://www.whitwa.net/
  38. 38 http://www.mstefan.com
  39. 39 http://www.mstefan.com
  40. 40 http://www.subdued.net
  41. 41 http://www.subdued.net
  42. 42 http://www.theologisches-seminar-elstal.de
  43. 43 http://www.electricpulp.com
  44. 44 http://www.electricpulp.com/
  45. 45 http://www.susannepaschke.de/
  46. 46 http://www.susannepaschke.de/
  47. 47 http://www.jek2k.com
  48. 48 http://www.jek2k.com
  49. 49 http://www.morellc.com
  50. 50 http://www.morellc.com
  51. 51 http://www.attitudedesign.co.uk
  52. 52 http://www.cssvault.com
  53. 53 http://www.cssvault.com
  54. 54 http://www.evaneckard.com/
  55. 55 http://www.evaneckard.com/
  56. 56 http://www.wallopcreative.com
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  1. 1

    Some fine looking websites here, but also a nice illustration that “CSS-based” means nothing when applied to semantically incorrect markup. Some of these sites are even plain inaccessible.

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  2. 2

    Great stuff!

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    Carlos Eduardo

    December 20, 2006 2:07 am

    Impressive!

    It’s nice to see what we can do with CSS + XHTML but, surely, we need to have in mind that a semantic markup is VERY important to a successful site.

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  4. 4

    Beautiful and crazy

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  5. 5

    Thanks for featuring Devlounge, great list!

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  6. 6

    Very cool!

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  7. 7

    Super nice work, well done :)

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  8. 8

    Wow. Thanks for the inspiring list.

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  9. 9

    Not to be a party pooper, but http://foxie.ru/ looks like a table-based mess to me. Or perhaps I don’t understand the rules for inclusion on this list :)

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  10. 10

    Real beauty. Very inspiring. Thanks for the list.

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  11. 11

    Great list, will add to My Ma.gnolia bookmarks

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  12. 12

    What an inspiring list! Awesome.

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  13. 13

    Nice sites!

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  14. 14

    Wow Beautiful!!!

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  15. 15

    All these sites look eerily the same. I like clean gradients and tabs as much as the next guy, but the shit has to stop. It’s like the 45 degree angle thing during late 1999-2000. (Damn you 2Advanced!) There is nothing impressive about rehashing the same crap over and over. CSS+XHTML does not mean you site needs to look like a trendy web 2.0 logo.

    I’m not saying these are not good sites, because most of them are, but good design should look good 10 years later, and these will not. They are part of trend, like low-rise pants and bug-eye glasses. So take off you Von Dutch hat and think up some new ideas.

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  16. 16

    Indeed great collections man…

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  17. 17

    Yeah, I think http://www.ndesign-studio.com is beautiful and Nick is great CSS designer.

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  18. 18

    great list… with many differents styles..
    2006 was a goodYear..

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  19. 19

    Nice work! I got lost in the list for hours…

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  20. 20

    Thanks for the screenshot, but you got the URL wrong – its Nice-Design.co.uk

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  21. 21

    Bullshit. Why is it always LOOKS over USABILITY?

    I mean there are hundreds of sites that “look nice” but are extremely difficult and tedious to use. Small text, radical colors and contrast, usage of Flash, required scrolling, useless images, too limited effective area without scaling support, non-standard solutions (= difficult to interpret what is a link/button) etc.

    The list goes on and on but yet many people deem such sites as incredible.

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  22. 22

    Great list, all very beautiful!

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  23. 23

    This site is absolutely knackered in IE7. It doesn’t matter what the browser is, you have to cater for them all. So don’t come trying to tell me what’s good when you obviously can’t build one yourself…

    And if I see one more page centered css site with a graphic popped on top of the page I am going to SCREAM.

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  24. 24

    What about mattbango.com, oh wait, rikcat.com stole his design and then gets the credit.

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  25. 25

    Great collection. I always enjoy seeing different examples of CSS goodness! The art on those sites is nice as well.

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  26. 26

    Really impressive designs! This list is another great resource for inspiration!

    Thanks!

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  27. 27

    David,

    I believe that ‘CSS-based’ merely differentiates between the CSS and Flash wars that went down a few years back. For example, the gorgeous http://www.ampedesports.com/ uses CSS for 99% of layouts but still includes a bit of flash and html (tables) here and there, so I’m not sure… should it be allowed?

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  28. 28

    Woooooow!

    This sites are really very pleasant for the eye!

    Great 4 inspiration!!

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  29. 29

    designs are really nice
    but how would i know because your CSS on
    this site is messed up

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  30. 30

    This all looks like some WordPress themes. Very generic and derivative stuff.

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  31. 31

    Ironic- how screwed up this page is nd they are recognizing good web site design…………….
    Not working the way they want in IE6 nor IE7

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  32. 32

    2006 has been a great year for CSS-based website. Congratulations to all and great compilation!

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  33. 33

    designs are really nice
    but how would i know because your CSS on
    this site is messed up

    Looks fine in firefox. Stop using ie7 and use a real browser, fool!

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  34. 34

    Wow what that ! Please respect the standard ! IE7 is more standard as FF ! But the result suck ! And check your JS too :-)

    undefined values :-(

    Else a nice idea :-)

    See you !

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  35. 35

    Some of these sites are plain inaccessible :(
    They aren’t fully css-based

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  36. 36

    take off “http://foxie.ru/” of the list it’s made out of tables!

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  37. 37

    Tvorba stránok

    December 21, 2006 1:59 am

    Good selection… nice webpages.

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  38. 38

    Great list. Some there I think I would put after some others. Thanks for the compilation!

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  39. 39

    Mediocre. All sites have the same layout, all they changed are the images.

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  40. 40

    90% have the same aesthetic. Pretty Boring.

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