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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:

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

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The Risington Podcast

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Erratic Wisdom

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Iso50
Magazine-style, very stylish, and pretty impressive.

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

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Brandonmouth

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cause/affect blog

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Squawk
The “paper” theme in use.

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Sam Rayner

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Schneeballschlacht
Interesting not just because of two mascots, 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.

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

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I Heart Luxe
A shopping magazine powered by WordPress.

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Cameron.io

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Plavackuv Blabolnik
Whatever it means…

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Nitram-Nunca

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Josh Spear

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Blogwhatdesign

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Spreeblick
Magazine-style design based upon WordPress.

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

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Brian Jeremy
Loves colors…

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

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Jeriko

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theshaun.com
Seriously cool, elegant and simple.

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ExHero.de

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Tomas Marban

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Benjamin Tollady

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ManiacalRage

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

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

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Papel Continuo
Sometihng… completely different.

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Ideate

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

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

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w3sh

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Ovavaho
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 and publishing — all in German.

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  1. 1

    Awesome list, thanks :-)

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    I love it!, great, really impressive work

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    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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    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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    Yay for iso50 … Tycho is some good music

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    Very Pretty Weblogs

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

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

    Thanks SmashingMagazine – a great selection of inpiration!

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    awesome……
    pretty cool

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    Some really stella design work

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    really cool sites. thank you guys.

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

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    Thanks again guys, this is an amazing list.

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

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    nice list

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    very nice selection as usual ..

    thanks

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

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

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    great examples. inspirational too.

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

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    Thanks for those wonderful examples. Amazing!

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

    Keep up the good work guys!

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    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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    Thanks a lot for mentioning my site!

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