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45 Fresh, Clean and Impressive Designs

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Sometimes it’s just amazing to see, which level of usability, legibility and visual appeal can be achieved using some basic design techniques. In fact, some talented web developers manage to deliver powerful, functional and gorgeous web-design in “look-and-feel”-style, which is easy to use and nice to see. Recently we’ve listed 50 Beautiful CSS-based web design of 20061 and chosen some of the most beautiful and inspiring dark web-designs2. Now we’ve selected 45 more fresh, clean and impressive designs. Let’s take a look. Links checked: Dec 2015 – we have removed quite a few 404 links.

– VG DESIGN –

Fresh Designs - - VG DESIGN -

Alex Buga – Graphic Designer3

Fresh Designs - Alex Buga - Graphic Designer4

Design Disease – Feel my symptoms5

Fresh Designs - Design Disease - Feel my symptoms6

Realizzazione siti web Viareggio, Studio grafico viareggio, Toscana7

Fresh Designs - Realizzazione siti web Viareggio, Studio grafico viareggio, Studio grafico Lucca, Progettazione grafica, Realizzazione siti web Lucca, Toscana8

PISA Trekking – Aventura Levada a Sério9

Fresh Designs - PISA Trekking - Aventura Levada a Sério10

Niťárna Česká Třebová – příze pro vyšívání a pletení11

Fresh Designs - Niťárna Česká Třebová - příze pro vyšívání a pletení12

Fresh news

Fresh Designs - Fresh news

Arcsin | Webbyrå13

Fresh Designs - Arcsin | Webbyrå14

Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach for Wedding Receptions 15

Fresh Designs - Galuppi's in Pompano Beach for Wedding Receptions. | Restaurant, Patio Bar, and Banquets..16

scpgt | matt northam17

Fresh Designs - scpgt | matt northam18

sparklette.net19

Fresh Designs - sparklette.net20

The Collective Commercial Works of Drew Europeo21

Fresh Designs - The Collective Commercial Works of Drew Europeo22

luke stevens | design + consulting23

Fresh Designs - luke stevens | design + consulting24

Disco – Mac Disc Burning25

Fresh Designs - Disco - Mac Disc Burning26

sebdesign.eu | graphic and web design | online portfolio27

Fresh Designs - sebdesign.eu | graphic and web design | online portfolio28

Trojan Records29

Fresh Designs - Trojan Records30

:. JUNTA DE FREGUESIA DE CASTELO BRANCO .:31

Fresh Designs - :. JUNTA DE FREGUESIA DE CASTELO BRANCO .:32

Kloobik.org : retour à l’Open Source33

Fresh Designs - Kloobik.org : retour à l'Open Source34

kara burke illustrations : prints

Fresh Designs - kara burke illustrations : prints

Infiniti Mixed Media 35

Fresh Designs - Infiniti Mixed Media - Providing progressive graphic design and web design, based in Mayo, Ireland36

Zvik.com Designs37

Fresh Designs - Zvik.com Designs - Website Design and Web Design at Great Prices38

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2006/12/19/50-beautiful-css-based-web-designs-in-2006/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/13/30-dark-designs-you-shouldve-seen/
  3. 3 http://www.alexbuga.com/
  4. 4 http://www.alexbuga.com/
  5. 5 http://www.designdisease.com/
  6. 6 http://www.designdisease.com/
  7. 7 http://www.artscode.com/
  8. 8 http://www.artscode.com/
  9. 9 http://www.pisa.tur.br/
  10. 10 http://www.pisa.tur.br/
  11. 11 http://nitarna.cz/
  12. 12 http://nitarna.cz/
  13. 13 http://arcsin.se/
  14. 14 http://arcsin.se/
  15. 15 http://www.galuppis.com/
  16. 16 http://www.galuppis.com/
  17. 17 http://www.scpgt.co.uk/
  18. 18 http://www.scpgt.co.uk/
  19. 19 http://sparklette.net/
  20. 20 http://sparklette.net/
  21. 21 http://www.dreweuropeo.com/
  22. 22 http://www.dreweuropeo.com/
  23. 23 http://lukestevensdesign.com/
  24. 24 http://lukestevensdesign.com/
  25. 25 http://discoapp.com/
  26. 26 http://discoapp.com/
  27. 27 http://www.sebdesign.eu/
  28. 28 http://www.sebdesign.eu/
  29. 29 http://trojanrecords.com/
  30. 30 http://trojanrecords.com/
  31. 31 http://www.jf-castelobranco.pt/
  32. 32 http://www.jf-castelobranco.pt/
  33. 33 http://kloobik.org/
  34. 34 http://kloobik.org/
  35. 35 http://www.infinitimixedmedia.com/
  36. 36 http://www.infinitimixedmedia.com/
  37. 37 http://www.zvik.com/
  38. 38 http://www.zvik.com/
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  1. 1

    Lee Rickler

    March 5, 2007 9:12 am

    Most of these sites look great but fail on usability!

    Bloody good work though.

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  2. 2

    Christopher Scott

    March 5, 2007 10:21 am

    Nice list. I can’t help but notice a lot of the sites are using the flourish/swirly style illustrations that seem so popular now.

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  3. 3

    Great!
    Some sites are awesome!

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  4. 4

    Lucas Castro

    March 5, 2007 11:02 am

    Got smashed?
    Really impressive designs, #15 and #23 are my fav.

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  5. 5

    Yet another fine list of designs. Great collection. All these sites though, seem to have more of an art-sy style rather than any professionalism involved with it.

    I’d love to see a great list of professional designs that are attractive but still innovative.

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  6. 6

    Incoming digg, sir.

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  7. 7

    Keith L. Dick

    March 5, 2007 12:34 pm

    These all look very good and are creative but most of them remind me more of “Magazine Ads” than they do Website Themes…

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  8. 8

    I was blown away by some of the site designs. Goddamn my site is boring and uninteresting compared to those. :/

    Really great work, even though accessability really isn’t WCAG 3 stars for most of them.

    -3
  9. 9

    Most of these are really not CLEAN, but very cluttered and busy.

    Most of these also FAIL on accessibility.

    Pretty, yea, most of them. But who ever MUPPET call em USABLE and CLEAN should really find a clue what USABLE and CLEAN actually means.

    -1
  10. 10

    I’ll admit – when I saw the title on Digg, I thought “this’ll be a bunch of above average sites that I’ve somehow seem before…” But they are all terrific designs and I’ve only seen a small handful of them.

    There was *something* that made me click on #18 right off the bat – I couldn’t help but notice they’re violating the new google adsense TOS by putting pics next to the ads.

    Anyway… nice list – I’ll be coming back if I’m feeling a little low on inspiration.

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  11. 11

    Thanks a lot for the list. Site have truly different style but all look good.

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  12. 12

    The Disco site was not proparly designed. Just try to mouseover the main banner, and you will see the glow that is wrong.

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  13. 13

    PINK is the new obsession…

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  14. 14

    Yeah! That is cool! Thanx!

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  15. 15

    OverZero.it

    March 5, 2007 5:32 pm

    You mixed a lot of different styles here.
    This can be useful as exercise to associate styles to different kind of project.
    Thank you very much!

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  16. 16

    Really great mix :)

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  17. 17

    Alot of talent in the list. Although there is so many elements of the designs that are re-used, backgrounds, drop shadow, destressed and scratched effects, Linears Gradient, Floral swirls, Beams of Light. We are at a point in Web 2.0 / CSS based design when there are trends developing which people like and reuse. The only issue is things start looking the same for better or worse..my own site included (designed a year ago).

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  18. 18

    Great collection well done!

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  19. 19

    theonlydrayk

    March 5, 2007 7:19 pm

    Impressive,

    good inspiration.

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  20. 20

    Nice collection. Thanks

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  21. 21

    Lucian Marin

    March 5, 2007 8:13 pm

    Great, but not so great. None of these sites are usable. :(

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  22. 22

    In what way are any of these designs ‘clean’? They’re overly-detailed, busy, and of the current trend in web design, but they’re far from clean.

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  23. 23

    Some of them look very nice :)

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  24. 24

    Not all clean. But its always inspirational to look at creative examples.

    Thanks for the effort..

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  25. 25

    lawton chiles

    March 5, 2007 9:03 pm

    Darn it. My work is not eye-catching enough. Most of these makes you stop and stare.

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  26. 26

    Great list

    I think for the first time ever, i called a website beautiful, when i saw sparklette.net

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  27. 27

    I know it’s being done to death right now, but I love the swirly floral patterns! A lot of nice graphic design on those sites. Unforunately, I’m a terrible designer, so these lists always give me an inferiority complex :(

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  28. 28

    Horrible………. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone “Web Design is not Graphic Design”!

    Designs like these are good indication that CRASH 2.0 is approaching………

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  29. 29

    Cool list & nice post! Great designs. ;)

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  30. 30

    Hi, I’m the owner and creator of Toubeauty.com n°18

    to be honnest inspiration came from
    http://www.kineda.com
    http://summer.tnvacation.com and of course smashmagazine the year before – thanks a lot

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  31. 31

    Good stuff there. Very inspirational.

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  32. 32

    Now these are some nice looking designs. Good job. :D

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  33. 33

    I love Smashing magazine but your taste in website design seems slightly dubious. Most of these look like they have been produced by Photoshop monkeys not Graphic Designers. There’s too much going on to captivate the viewers attention. Nice photoshop techniques but most seem poorly designed.

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  34. 34

    Terinea Tech Tips

    March 6, 2007 2:30 am

    What a fantastic collection of web designs. Hope I can produce something of that quality one day.

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  35. 35

    My fav is stocktemple.com
    It’s well designed and what beautiful use of colors! How could you go wrong!

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  36. 36

    Nice list. Good to see one of the finalists in the SEO contest in the Philippines :)

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  37. 37

    Oliver we are out of easter eggs!! Nice sites.

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  38. 38

    I need eggs. Check your laundry

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  39. 39

    I don’t care what people say. As a general rule, ‘clean’ is a pretty good descriptor. Lot’s of color! Some of these would make great inspiration for case studies.

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  40. 40

    Nice list. Although the designs look lean and impressive I don’t think they are very intuitive. They look more form friendly than function friendly.

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