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30 More Excellent Blog Designs

It’s not hard to design a weblog, but it’s getting harder when you try to achieve a unique weblog design. It doesn’t matter what weblog-engine you are using — frequently used themes tend to become boring over time, and they also don’t necessarily reflect the unique identity of the blogger.

To create an original design you need fresh ideas and creative design solutions. However, you don’t need to go too far with your design experiments. Basically that’s a close attention to finest details which makes a weblog stand out and gives it a fresh flavour and soft touch visitors can recognize immediately.

We’ve selected some more of them — over 30 excellent weblog designs with unusual design approaches; these blogs don’t only have a unique voice, but they also pay close attention to the finest design details.

  • You might find not all of the designs listed below beautiful; but that’s not what it’s about. They are beautiful in their own way as they are both well-structured and originally designed.
  • you can find further blog designs in the post 45 Excellent Blog Designs1 we’ve published before;
  • you can find even more designs in our Design Showcase section2.

Simplicity and Whitespace Link

Andreas Pihlström

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Theocacao

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Elitist Snob

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Fiveruns — so simple yet so beautiful.

Screenshot Weblog-Design

Blabolnik

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TNTPixel

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Rob Goodlatte

Screenshot Weblog-Design8

Gerrit van Aaken

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Jared Christensen

Screenshot Weblog-Design10

PSDtuts

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Verbalized — sometimes less is more. Close attention to small details is impressive.

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Sam Brown – a truly modest design.

Screenshot Weblog-Design13

Weblogs Which Don’t Look Like Weblogs Link

Dan Rubin

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The Adventures of Cindy Li

Screenshot Weblog-Design

George Huff

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grantmx designs – this one melts clever portfolio and blog

Screenshot Weblog-Design16

Blogsolid

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Carsonified

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Jrvelasco — quite noisy, but the noise fits to the subject of the weblog.

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Simon Reynolds

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Jonathan Durán

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Nice And Original Blog Designs Link

Tobias Baeck

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Chris Murphy — don’t forget to check the design of the archive section and the footer.

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Anthony Casey

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split da diz — interesting design: unusual approach for site structure.

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Adrian Pintilie — the top section of the site is pretty colorful.

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Cult Foo

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She Unlimited

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Tickerville

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Amy Hoy

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moddular — the design might look a little bit noisy, but it definitely has its personal style.

Screenshot Weblog-Design27

Victoria van Roosmalen — OK, this cat looks cool.

Screenshot Weblog-Design

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/28/45-excellent-blog-designs/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/showcase/
  3. 3 http://iam.suprb.net/
  4. 4 http://theocacao.com/
  5. 5 http://www.elitistsnob.com/
  6. 6 http://www.blabolnik.cz/
  7. 7 http://www.tntpixel.com/
  8. 8 http://www.robgoodlatte.com/
  9. 9 http://www.praegnanz.de
  10. 10 http://www.jaredigital.com/
  11. 11 http://psdtuts.com/
  12. 12 http://www.verbalized.net/
  13. 13 http://sam.brown.tc/
  14. 14 http://superfluousbanter.org/
  15. 15 http://www.eleven3.com/
  16. 16 http://www.grantmx.com/
  17. 17 http://blogsolid.com/ideas/
  18. 18 http://www.jrvelasco.com
  19. 19 http://www.sr28.com/
  20. 20 http://blog.baeck.no/
  21. 21 http://www.farfromfearless.com/
  22. 22 http://www.escapecrate.co.uk/
  23. 23 http://splitdadiz.com/
  24. 24 http://www.cult-f.net/
  25. 25 http://www.tickerville.com/
  26. 26 http://www.slash7.com/
  27. 27 http://www.moddular.org/log/
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Sven is the co-founder and former CEO of Smashing Magazine. He's now writing at his Conterest Blog, where he focuses on blogs, content strategy and publishing — all in German.

  1. 1

    You call praegnanz.de an excellent blog design? *ggg* You must be kidding.

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  2. 2

    There is some serious inspiration here… I have been considering a redesign myself and really want to now! Thanks!

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  3. 3

    TNTPixel would look a lot better without the big header picture imo. I still love the design *g*

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  4. 4

    It’s just awesome, I love Blogsolid and Cult Foo ! Very nice design.

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  5. 5

    There are some creative people here on this list.

    I wonder how the people in Smashing Magazine surf the web to frequently find such high quality web sites designs to showcase.

    Excellent.

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  6. 6

    Thanks Smashing, I can always rely on you for inspiration at times when I am lacking it.

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  7. 7

    Now,that’s what i call blog designs….

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  8. 8

    Very nice, I love them.

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  9. 9

    Thanks for this list. It’s a very good inspiration… :o)

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  10. 10

    The Dilbert blog. Are you kidding me?!?

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  11. 11

    Gonzague Dambricourt

    November 22, 2007 11:16 pm

    Oh :-) congrats to my very friend Polo for Split Da Diz which is being mentionned in this post !

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  12. 12

    Some great blog designs. Most of them I already knew. The Cult Foo has a superb design. Bravo !

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  13. 13

    Some of the designs up there are quite innovative and creative. Thanks for the linkage.

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  14. 14

    very cool blogs….i like how uniquely different but nicely done they all are :D

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  15. 15

    I add one, my blog : http://www.affinity-web.org :p

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  16. 16

    Great post like always. Really great designs.

    split da diz and cult foo were new to me. :D

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  17. 17

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. 18

    Where is Bittbox?

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  19. 19

    While i don’t think that praegnanz.de is the best amazingly well designed blog on earth i like how Gerrit works with whitespaces.

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  20. 20

    wow nice collection :o
    def great inspiration…

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