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45 Fresh, Clean and Impressive Designs

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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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  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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    theonlydrayk

    March 5, 2007 7:19 pm

    Impressive,

    good inspiration.

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  20. 20

    Nice collection. Thanks

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