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45 More Excellent Blog Designs

We, designers, are creative folks. And being creative, we permanently strive for inspiration — innovative approaches, crazy ideas, smashing concepts and, in general, unique designs which can help us to observe a given problem from a fresh perspective. This is why we always have some fancy design books laying around on our desk, and this is why we enjoy observing other people’s work — basically just because we can learn a hell of a lot from them.

There are things one can do a number of times without worrying about becoming boring. For instance, collecting and showcasing excellent blog designs. In this post we do it already the third time. Why? Web design lives in blogs; new developments appear there, that’s where the music plays. And that’s where you need to look for in order to keep up with current trends and developments.

This post presents 45 excellent blog designs with a perfect layout and unique personal note. We haven’t analyzed the content of the blogs; instead we focused on ideas, approaches, graphics and layouts.

If you miss some stunning blog designs in this showcase please let us know in the comments. However, it’s also possible that these designs have already been covered in one of our previous showcases:

Excellent Blog Designs Link

Pat Dryburgh3
Pat Dryburgh has probably one of the largest RSS-buttons ever created.


The Risington Podcast5

Screenshot Blog Design6

Erratic Wisdom7

Screenshot Blog Design8

Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.

Screenshot Blog Design10

A very thought-out design with attention to little details.

Screenshot Blog Design12


Screenshot Blog Design14

cause/affect blog15


The “paper” theme in use.

Screenshot Blog Design18

Sam Rayner19

Screenshot Blog Design20

Interesting not just because of two mascots22, but because of a double-blog: two bloggers write together and against each other on both left and right sides of the navigation area. Interesting concept.

Screenshot Blog Design23

Black and white at its best. Notice how well icons communicate information, block formatting in use.

Screenshot Blog Design25

I Heart Luxe26
A shopping magazine powered by WordPress.

Screenshot Blog Design27



Plavackuv Blabolnik30
Whatever it means…

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Josh Spear34

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Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.


Soft colors, visually appealing layout and hand-written links at the top of the page.


Brian Jeremy
Loves colors…

Screenshot Blog Design

Jamie Knight42
Meet soft and cloudy design — that’s Jamie and his Teddy.

Screenshot Blog Design43



Clean, Simple Designs Link
Seriously cool, elegant and simple.




Tomas Marban48

Screenshot Blog Design49

Benjamin Tollady

Screenshot Blog Design



Experimental Designs Link

Office notes, paper clips and wood background. Well, what do you expect? Sarcastic design fits to sarcastic blog entries.


Vivid colors. Used together, they may be not that appealing, but they just can’t be not eye-catching.


Papel Continuo54
Sometihng… completely different.

Screenshot Blog Design55


Screenshot Blog Design57

The background determines the layout. You defintely haven’t ever seen a blog layout like this.

Screenshot Blog Design59

Chris Contollini60
An interesting integration of Google Maps into… well, a weblog!

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Screenshot Blog Design63

Focus on illustrations.

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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, writing and publishing — all in German.

  1. 1

    Awesome list, thanks :-)

  2. 2

    I love it!, great, really impressive work

  3. 3

    Great list of weblogs – I wish my day had more than 24 hours to have a look at all of them…

  4. 4

    Em am I the only one who sees that David Hellmann ripped off electric pulp???

  5. 5

    Yay for iso50 … Tycho is some good music

  6. 6

    Very Pretty Weblogs

  7. 7

    I liked, but once you enter the site you discover that you cant read more than 4 lines with that fantastic font they use…

  8. 8

    Plavackuv Blabolnik is in czech slang ;) and it means something like “Babbling of Plavacek” and Plavacek is name of author ;)

  9. 9

    I love Erratic Wisdom, and if you check out where he came from (in terms of his previous designs – in the archive) I think it’s pretty remarkable.

    Looking forward to the day my site design is on par with these… I am, admittedly, an rank amateur (!!) and a big geeky fan of web design. Oh well, it’s fun… and super great to continually be inspired by the sites you guys feature. Thanks.

  10. 10

    @Keith – yes, I see where you’re coming from.

    Thanks SmashingMagazine – a great selection of inpiration!

  11. 11

    pretty cool

  12. 12

    Some really stella design work

  13. 13

    really cool sites. thank you guys.

  14. 14

    Great list of blogs. I wish I could design my websites like that.

  15. 15

    Thanks again guys, this is an amazing list.

  16. 16

    Digital Revolutions

    February 20, 2008 8:35 pm

    Bravo! A rather impressive list of some quite “smashing” designs. :D

  17. 17

    A kind “thank you” for your generous inclusion. Best regards, B

  18. 18

    Plavacek is not author’s name but nickname. Author’s name is Miloslav Leseticky.

  19. 19

    nice list

  20. 20

    very nice selection as usual ..



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