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60 Elegant and Visually Appealing Designs

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It’s quite easy to get stuck in creativity blocks, but it’s damn hard to get out of them. Particularly if you are out of time and don’t want to compromise your professional principles selecting the first “quick-n-dirty” solution you can think of. To get things done, you need inspiration and creative thinking. You need fresh ideas and elegant approaches. And you need to be able to find them as quick as it is possible. Handy references and examples are therefore both useful and enjoyable – after all, who can resist gorgeous, professional, elegant and visually appealing designs?

We’ve selected some of them. In an overview below you’ll find 60 fresh, elegant, professional and visually appealing designs, which pay close attention to details and manage to remain simple, user-friendly and nice-looking.

You might be interested in taking a look at design showcases we’ve published before:

Please feel free to comment upon the selected designs: nothing is more important to us than constructive criticism from your side.

Elegant Designs Link

1. Tomáš Ledba _ grafický design _ web design _ corporate identity

Solid and Serious Designs - Tomáš Ledba _ grafický design _ web design _ corporate identity

2. Intype

Solid and Serious Designs - Intype

3. BigFilebox

Solid and Serious Designs - BigFilebox

4. FreelanceSwitch

Solid and Serious Designs - Advice, Tips, Community, Resource and Jobs for Freelancers - FreelanceSwitch

5. FluidBook

Solid and Serious Designs - FLUIDBOOK - Catalogue interactif, brochure en ligne - Online catalogue, interactive brochure

6. Panic – Coda – One-Window Web Development for Mac OS X

Solid and Serious Designs - Panic - Coda - One-Window Web Development for Mac OS X

7. boo-box, as simple as that…

Solid and Serious Designs - boo-box, as simple as that...

8. Future of Web Apps

Solid and Serious Designs - Future of Web Apps

9. Freshview – Refreshingly Simple Software

Solid and Serious Designs - Freshview - Refreshingly Simple Software

10. Welcome to Revyver.

Solid and Serious Designs - Welcome to Revyver.

11. allpaymedia.com | Welcome

Solid and Serious Designs - allpaymedia.com | Welcome

12. Stuff and Nonsense

Solid and Serious Designs - Stuff and Nonsense | Creative web site design specialists based in North Wales, UK

13. StyleSpion

Solid and Serious Designs - StyleSpion - Einrichten, Lifestyle, Einrichtungstipps, Wohndesign, selber machen, Design und Musik

14. Online Portfolio of Vijay S Nair

Solid and Serious Designs - Online Portfolio of Vijay S Nair - Interactive Media Designer - Based in Bangalore, India

15. Svenigson™ – Yes, a Blog Kind of Thingy

Solid and Serious Designs - Svenigson™ - Yes, a Blog Kind of Thingy

16. Iconkits.com

Solid and Serious Designs - Iconkits.com | Premier Stock Icons At Affordable Prices

17. The Big Noob

Solid and Serious Designs - The Big Noob

18. Cómete Mallorca

Solid and Serious Designs - Cómete Mallorca - Recomendaciones. Restaurantes. Fiestas. » recomienda tu sitio favorito como si fuese a un amigo.

19. DNA 11 – From Life Comes Art.

Solid and Serious Designs - DNA 11 - From Life Comes Art. DNA art, DNA portraits, personalized art, fingerprint art

20. smashLAB

Solid and Serious Designs - smashLAB - Simply great websites

21. Playground Blues

Solid and Serious Designs - Playground Blues

22. Design Workflows at Work: How Top Designers Work Their Magic

Solid and Serious Designs - Design Workflows at Work: How Top Designers Work Their Magic

23. Idécollection – effektiva golv för din miljö

Solid and Serious Designs - Idécollection – effektiva golv för din miljö

24. Elliot Jay Stocks

Solid and Serious Designs - Elliot Jay Stocks

25. the Geniant blog

Solid and Serious Designs - the Geniant blog

26. North x East

Solid and Serious Designs - Web Business with North x East

Selected Designs Link

27. blog.critical | Andy Pearson

Solid and Serious Designs - blog.critical | Thoughts on The Web, Design, Gaming, Apple and Life by Andy Pearson

28. Chris Shiflett: PHP and Web Application Security

Solid and Serious Designs - Chris Shiflett: PHP and Web Application Security

29. inspired web – affordable web design, marketing and hosting on the gold coast australia

Solid and Serious Designs - inspired web - affordable web design, marketing and hosting on the gold coast australia

30. Nitram+Nunca

Solid and Serious Designs - Nitram+Nunca

31. unFortunate – Cookies Not Included.

Solid and Serious Designs - unFortunate - Cookies Not Included.

32. 3daysafter — Journal of Rian Triharyana

Solid and Serious Designs - 3daysafter — Journal of Rian Triharyana — Indonesian Web Developer

33. Krabi & Mask

Solid and Serious Designs - Krabi & Mask

34. OkapiStudio

Solid and Serious Designs - OkapiStudio

35. Reise-Community globalzoo.de

Solid and Serious Designs - Reise-Community, Reise-Blog, Reisepartner und mehr. globalzoo.de

36. OUTLINE to DESIGN

Solid and Serious Designs - OUTLINE to DESIGN service. What You Need Is What You Get. Web, Identity, Print Design Which Meets Expectations.

37. Immo Varro vastgoedmakelaar

Solid and Serious Designs - Immo Varro vastgoedmakelaar

38. Webdesign, Usability, Grafik und Design – Kai Müller

Solid and Serious Designs - Webdesign, Usability, Grafik und Design - Blog und Portfolio des Webdesigner Kai Müller, Köln

39. Jonathan – Snook.ca

Solid and Serious Designs - Jonathan - Snook.ca

40. Breeze

Solid and Serious Designs - Home | Breeze - Create and send amazing email campaigns

41. The TLC

Solid and Serious Designs - The TLC

42. Jogger.pl – bloguj przez Jabbera

Solid and Serious Designs - Jogger.pl - bloguj przez Jabbera

43. Global Moxie :: The Hypertext Laboratory of Josh Clark

Solid and Serious Designs - Global Moxie :: The Hypertext Laboratory of Josh Clark

44. Quo Consulting

Solid and Serious Designs - Quo Consulting — branding, advertising, web design and e-business solutions and applications

45. mezzoblue

Solid and Serious Designs - mezzoblue § Home

46. Mala krcma Skalinada | Volosko

Solid and Serious Designs - Mala krcma Skalinada | Volosko

47. Period Three

Solid and Serious Designs - Period Three - simple web design and development. // Home

48. Express4J – The Lightweight & Flexible UI Framework

Solid and Serious Designs - Express4J - The Lightweight & Flexible UI Framework

49. Tony2Nice – Once ate dog food to see how crunchy it was (hint: very)

Solid and Serious Designs - Tony2Nice - Once ate dog food to see how crunchy it was (hint: very)

50. Spouse Notes – Submitted by Apollo Loose

Solid and Serious Designs - Spouse Notes - Submitted by Apollo Loose

51. elixir graphics | professional rapidweaver themes

Solid and Serious Designs - elixir graphics | professional rapidweaver themes

52. ErgonoMind

Solid and Serious Designs - ErgonoMind®, Agence de développement de site et d'application Web. ergonomie internet ihm intranet mobile interface logiciel conseil etudes sites web utilisateur utilisation designer web design ergonome 19/05/2007 03:20:04

53. Nathan Carnes – Bellingham, WA Website Development and Graphic Design

Solid and Serious Designs - Nathan Carnes – Bellingham, WA Website Development and Graphic Design

54. nclud | Our Work

Solid and Serious Designs - nclud | Our Work

55. EUtelNet :: Web design and development ::

Solid and Serious Designs - EUtelNet :: Web design and development ::

56. Welcome to Buzz — Buzz Recruitment

Solid and Serious Designs - Welcome to Buzz — Buzz Recruitment

57. None-Design Media | Webdesign Recklinghausen

Solid and Serious Designs - None-Design Media | Webdesign Recklinghausen

58. Bistrian Iosip’s Blog

Solid and Serious Designs - Bistrian Iosip's Blog

Flash Link

59. WeSC – Let’s Get Physical

Solid and Serious Designs - WeSC - Let's Get Physical

60. Merten Snijders, Mhq Interactive 2007.

Solid and Serious Designs - Merten Snijders, Mhq Interactive 2007.
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  1. 1

    Stunning list!
    I adore the minimal approach to design evident in some of these sites.

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    Dmytro Shteflyuk

    May 21, 2007 9:16 pm

    That’s great! Thank you so much for your amazing job!

    I really love solution with menu in 60, lightness of the first, style of 51, woman on 16 :-), and just great design 28.

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  3. 3

    Wohooo… thanks for including my site :)

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  4. 4

    great list!! as always

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  5. 5

    is so beautiful~~@@

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  6. 6

    Very nice compilation. Love smashingmagazine! Keep the good job.

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  7. 7

    Some of the designs don’t match my taste. Number 44 for example, the brown design of Quo Consulting has neither a good color, nor do I like the color-in-color approach.

    On the other hand, other designs listed here are stunning.
    Thanks for this list!

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  8. 8

    Nice list – thank you. Have really enjoyed this blog since finding it last year – keep up the great work!

    David

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  9. 9

    Thank you for including not only one, but two of my sites.

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  10. 10

    more quality then last time! last is my favorite …

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    @andy: Interesting; the brown-on-brown Quo site was one of my favorites. One man’s junk and all that. Now I just wish anything I tried to put together looked like these!

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    Paweł Kata (Oszczędzanie pieniędzy)

    May 22, 2007 12:01 am

    Wow! Polish Jogger is on the list! Way to go! :-D

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    There are some pretty good pieces of work listed here, many of which I’ve come across already. It’s pretty amazing what people are doing with design and CSS on the web these days.

    One note, your screenshot of Elixir didn’t quite finish loading it seems (the middle image is not complete).

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  14. 14

    A good list, but you forgot one: http://www.bmindful.com/

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    57. Nonedesign is a semi-blatant copy of http://www.astheria.com :/

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  16. 16

    Great list, I really love some of the minimalist designs you have listed. Thanks for all the work!

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  17. 17

    Awesome list!

    And Jogger! Congratulations to Rid. ^^

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  18. 18

    AWesome list, awesome designs! ;)
    And awesome Riddle and his Jogger.pl :D

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    Thanks for including my site. I’m very excited

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  20. 20

    Thank you for the great overview. There are some great designs. A fresh design that I also like is

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    I stopped paying attention after I saw that 7 out of the first 10 sites had that horrible Web 2.0-licious lime green color (or some variant of it) as a key element.

    Seriously, why does every site these days have to use that? It’s painful.

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    These are breathtaking. Well done!

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  23. 23

    Fantasic Article again, Dugg!

    I love the new direction that people are taking, with the ability to design at 1000px there is so much more ‘pop!’ that people can do!

    Great list!

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  24. 24

    http://www.feelbreeze.com/pricing is pretty close to http://campaignmonitor.com/pricing/ (especially the copy)

    even the application screens look the same… is Campaign Monitor licensing their product now?

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    Daniel Anderson Tiecher

    May 22, 2007 3:41 am

    Most of the sites listed in the articles are stunning and some of them are simply mind-blowing! I wish I have the skills needed to create sites like these. Guess I’ll have to stick with coding, eh?

    Great article, BTW.

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    Carlos Magaña

    May 22, 2007 4:00 am

    Great! you are great looking good designs, I was needed some of inspiration, this was very usefull

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    Great post.

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    Dmytro Shteflyuk

    May 22, 2007 4:35 am

    2bill: Because they look good. Very clean, simple and useful. This is just evolution.

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  29. 29

    Nice list! Got really good picks

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    What is not mentioned is that a fairly large number of these sites appear to have been built using the Apple “easy-peasy” web templates accompanying it’s very low-end iWeb web-page editor that ships for free with the Mac. So if this is good design, the folks at Apple should get the award for at least a third of these sites. :-)

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