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45 More Excellent Blog Designs

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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.

Screenshot4

The Risington Podcast5

Screenshot Blog Design6

Erratic Wisdom7

Screenshot Blog Design8

Iso509
Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.

Screenshot Blog Design10

Wilsonminer.com11
A very thought-out design with attention to little details.

Screenshot Blog Design12

Brandonmouth13

Screenshot Blog Design14

cause/affect blog15

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Squawk17
The “paper” theme in use.

Screenshot Blog Design18

Sam Rayner19

Screenshot Blog Design20

Schneeballschlacht21
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

Papuasia24
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

Cameron.io28

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Plavackuv Blabolnik30
Whatever it means…

Screenshot Blog Design31

Nitram-Nunca32

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Josh Spear34

Screenshot Blog Design35

Blogwhatdesign36

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Spreeblick38
Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.

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PushStandards40
Soft colors, visually appealing layout and hand-written links at the top of the page.

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Brian Jeremy
Loves colors…

Screenshot Blog Design

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

Screenshot Blog Design43

Jeriko44

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Clean, Simple Designs Link

theshaun.com
Seriously cool, elegant and simple.

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ExHero.de46

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Tomas Marban48

Screenshot Blog Design49

Benjamin Tollady50

Screenshot Blog Design51

ManiacalRage52

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Experimental Designs Link

TechGuyTales54
Office notes, paper clips and wood background. Well, what do you expect? Sarcastic design fits to sarcastic blog entries.

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Qwertcity56
Vivid colors. Used together, they may be not that appealing, but they just can’t be not eye-catching.

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Papel Continuo58
Sometihng… completely different.

Screenshot Blog Design59

Ideate60

Screenshot Blog Design61

Kulturbanause62
The background determines the layout. You defintely haven’t ever seen a blog layout like this.

Screenshot Blog Design63

Chris Contollini64
An interesting integration of Google Maps into… well, a weblog!

Screenshot Blog Design65

w3sh66

Screenshot Blog Design67

Ovavaho
Focus on illustrations.

Screenshot Blog Design

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/22/30-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/28/45-excellent-blog-designs/
  3. 3 http://patdryburgh.net/
  4. 4 http://patdryburgh.net/
  5. 5 http://www.therissingtonpodcast.co.uk/
  6. 6 http://www.therissingtonpodcast.co.uk/
  7. 7 http://www.erraticwisdom.com/
  8. 8 http://www.erraticwisdom.com/
  9. 9 http://blog.iso50.com/
  10. 10 http://blog.iso50.com/
  11. 11 http://www.wilsonminer.com/
  12. 12 http://www.wilsonminer.com/
  13. 13 http://www.brandonmuth.com/
  14. 14 http://www.brandonmuth.com/
  15. 15 http://aigasf.org/causeaffect/blog
  16. 16 http://aigasf.org/causeaffect/blog
  17. 17 http://www.squawkdesign.com/weblog
  18. 18 http://www.squawkdesign.com/weblog
  19. 19 http://samrayner.com/
  20. 20 http://samrayner.com/
  21. 21 http://www.schneeballschl8.de/
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/15/isnt-it-sweet-mascots-in-modern-web-design/
  23. 23 http://www.schneeballschl8.de/
  24. 24 http://papuasia.afasici.net/
  25. 25 http://papuasia.afasici.net/
  26. 26 http://www.iheartluxe.com/
  27. 27 http://www.iheartluxe.com/
  28. 28 http://cameron.io/
  29. 29 http://cameron.io/
  30. 30 http://www.blabolnik.cz/
  31. 31 http://www.blabolnik.cz/
  32. 32 http://nitram-nunca.com/
  33. 33 http://nitram-nunca.com/
  34. 34 http://www.joshspear.com/
  35. 35 http://www.joshspear.com/
  36. 36 http://blogwhatdesign.com/index.php/blog
  37. 37 http://blogwhatdesign.com/index.php/blog
  38. 38 http://www.spreeblick.de/
  39. 39 http://www.spreeblick.de/
  40. 40 http://pushstandards.com/
  41. 41 http://pushstandards.com/
  42. 42 http://www.jkg3.com/
  43. 43 http://www.jkg3.com/
  44. 44 http://www.i-jeriko.de/
  45. 45 http://www.i-jeriko.de/
  46. 46 http://exhero.de/
  47. 47 http://exhero.de/
  48. 48 http://tomatic.com/
  49. 49 http://tomatic.com/
  50. 50 http://www.tollady.com/blog/
  51. 51 http://www.tollady.com/blog/
  52. 52 http://log.maniacalrage.net/
  53. 53 http://log.maniacalrage.net/
  54. 54 http://techguytales.com/
  55. 55 http://techguytales.com/
  56. 56 http://www.qwertcity.com
  57. 57 http://www.qwertcity.com
  58. 58 http://www.papelcontinuo.net/
  59. 59 http://www.papelcontinuo.net/
  60. 60 http://www.ideate.co.za/
  61. 61 http://www.ideate.co.za/
  62. 62 http://www.kulturbanause.de/
  63. 63 http://www.kulturbanause.de/
  64. 64 http://contolini.com/chris/
  65. 65 http://contolini.com/chris/
  66. 66 http://www.w3sh.com/
  67. 67 http://www.w3sh.com/
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  1. 1

    Awesome list, thanks :-)

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  2. 2

    I love it!, great, really impressive work

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  3. 3

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

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  4. 4

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

    http://electricpulp.com/

    http://www.davidhellmann.com/

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  5. 5

    Yay for iso50 … Tycho is some good music

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  6. 6

    Very Pretty Weblogs

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  7. 7

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

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  8. 8

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

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  9. 9

    When I was searching for a plugin I’ve found a courious spanish blog that look’s great: Berriart

    Those are so beautiful, thanks for a bit more inspration

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  10. 10

    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.

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  11. 11

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

    Thanks SmashingMagazine – a great selection of inpiration!

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  12. 12

    awesome……
    pretty cool

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  13. 13

    Some really stella design work

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  14. 14

    really cool sites. thank you guys.

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  15. 15

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

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  16. 16

    Thanks again guys, this is an amazing list.

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  17. 17

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

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  18. 18

    nice list

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  19. 19

    very nice selection as usual ..

    thanks

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  20. 20

    Really nice stuff! I think that one fits as well: Link.

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  21. 21

    I really like http://nitram-nunca.com/ and http://www.brianjeremy.com

    Dark colored backgrounds have a nice comfortable feel to me

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  22. 22

    I think you forgot to mention this site: http://timothysykes.com/

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  23. 23

    great examples. inspirational too.

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  24. 24

    Thanks for featuring my site (erraticwisdom)!

    @Rolando Bouza:
    Are you talking about the body font? It’s 12px Helvetica which is usually pretty easy to read. It renders oddly on PC’s, but I don’t think it comes with Windows by default.

    @Daniel Holter:
    Thanks again man!

    The archives he’s talking about can be found here. Some of my earlier versions are pretty hideous, but I keep ’em around so I can always remember how crappy of a designer I think I’ll be in a year.

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  25. 25

    In the name of the whole team, specially Franziska, our designer: Thanks very much!

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  26. 26

    Thanks for those wonderful examples. Amazing!

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  27. 27

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

    That is exactly what I thought as soon as I saw it.

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  28. 28

    Excellent list!
    Mine didn’t make it? awww. jk!

    Keep up the good work guys!

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  29. 29

    check out this one. i think it has an interesting design, even if from my point of view they still have to do a little more work http://www.divercitycafe.ro

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  30. 30

    Thanks a lot for mentioning my site!

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  31. 31

    awesome collection! Thank you indeed.

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  32. 32

    I’m honoured to have my blog listed alongside such great sites, thanks very much. :)

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  33. 33

    nice collection…thanks for sharing :)

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  34. 34

    Am I the only one who is worried about the (color)noise of most of the pages? Some are so bad that i can hardly read them. And could someone please shoot down this electricpulp copiest? Man i hate it when people just copy!

    nevertheless, although i can find flaws with nearly every design, i do like the list because there are some fine examples on it.

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  35. 35

    Very very nice blog designs. My favourite is the Qwertcity.

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  36. 36

    I love these designs, the creativity behind them is just phenomenal! Kudos to the designers and thanks for posting this.

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  37. 37

    You left out one! http://www.FireBettman.com
    Great site!

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  38. 38

    Thanks so much for featuring my blog’s design (PushStandards.com), I’m honored! I’ll just go link back to you now :)

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  39. 39

    Totally awesome guys, thanks for posting my blog :)

    And keep up with the AWESOME site you guys have!!!

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  40. 40

    Rafael Hernandez

    February 20, 2008 7:33 pm

    I think http://project47.viscountbox.com has an excellent design too!

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