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Now More Than Ever: 50 More Excellent Blog Designs

Designing blogs is easy. Designing blogs in a unique way is hard. Whatever blog engine you are using, there are literally thousands of templates available which you can apply directly, without any significant code modifications. That’s efficient, but it’s not creative, because using a default blog-template you risk to end up with some wide-spread look which has actually nothing to do with you. To convey your personality effectively, you need a design which reflects who you are and what you are doing. That’s why important is not just what you post, but also how you post it.

In fact, beyond the template-design-culture exists a field of creative, individual and impressive blog designs. And the good thing about it is that this field has been rapidly growing over the last years. To celebrate the creativity of blog designers we regularly present reviews of excellent blog designs we have stumbled upon recently. This post is no exception. Below you’ll find 50 further examples of excellent, unique and impressive blog designs.

Apart from “usual” minimal designs, one can observe more rather complex graphic works. If earlier only blog headers had striking visual elements, now whole web-layouts seem to have become more vibrant: paper clips, mp3-players, coffee cups and further objects are used extensively. Apparently, they are used as metaphors for the environment of site designers. Such designs are just impossible to copy and they unite the visual design with the author’s content in a unique and very personal layout.

You can also have a look at our previous showcases:

Excellent Blog Designs Link

Perfect integration of visual elements in a standard 2-column blog structure. Artwork.

Blog Showcase - Narfstuff5

Viget Labs
A pretty, clean, light and fresh blog design.

Blog Showcase -  Viget Labs

Informal yet looking professional, with moderate use of white space and light colors.

Blog Showcase - Dollarshort7

The sixth version of Damien du Toit’s blog. Grid in use.

Blog Showcase - blog - coda.coza9

Brad Frost’s Blog10
A truly creative blog design. This blog contains “words that would otherwise be coming out of designer’s mouth”. Literally.

Blog Showcase - Brad Frost's Blog11

Trendy stripes gone wild. The colors just fit together.

Blog Showcase - Blog | Missy

Beautiful visual composition which includes date stamps with a bird, search box with a bird and a navigation with birds. The RSS-bird is orange, of course.

Blog Showcase - Popstalin13

Wood, coffee, ear phones. This blog reflects the habits of its owner.

Blog Showcase - tehCpeng.net15

A blog with a very intuitive structure; nothing can really confuse a visitor and the date stamps are pretty sweet!

Blog Showcase - Nzrn17

Lucy Blackmore18
An artistic blog design for a blogger-artist.

Blog Showcase - Lucy Blackmore19

Design Reviver20
A magazine style blog with its own way of presenting the overview of recent articles.

Blog Showcase - Design Reviver21

Blog design meets vintage style. If you will ever need to design a blog in the vintage style, here is how you could do it.

Blog Showcase - Clemente

Viget Labs22
Sometimes background image is everything you really need for a distinctive design. However, this blog offers more. Notice how well design elements are executed — e.g. article headings.

Blog Showcase - Viget Labs23

Achieving an intuitive design in complex layout isn’t easy. Ewald Natter manages to get it right. Although the layout isn’t simple, it manages to remain scannable and readable.

Blog Showcase - Freelenz ~ Grafikdesign und Webentwicklung25

Bits and Pixels26
Vivid colors on dark background look sexy. Can you find a space invader?

Blog Showcase - Bits and Pixels27

creative briefing28
Simplicity at its best. This design emphasizes the importance of typography. Visual elements aren’t really necessary.

Blog Showcase - creative briefing | marketing, design and entrepreneurship blog29

Ollie Kavanagh30
Here the content seems to “hang” in the air which is unusual and attractive. The design is remarkable.

Blog Showcase - olliekav.com31

The Superest32
A blog doesn’t have to contain posts. Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter present their illustrations in their blog.

Blog Showcase - The Superest: Who is the superest hero of them all?33

“Thin” blog design. The navigation menu at the top is pretty funky.

Blog Showcase -  Blog  Mancub

Antonio Lupetti impresses with a very clean design and keen attention to details. Calm, clean and very user-friendly.

Blog Showcase - woork

Four Labs
A 3-column-based blog design which is really distinctive from usual blog designs.

Blog Showcase - Four Labs

Interesting combination of illustrations and navigation in a blog design.

Blog Showcase - Sketchblog35

Internet Zillionaire36
Creative blog design in the old-magazine-look.

Blog Showcase - Internet Zillionaire37

davor peic.gavran38
A blog design in which everything perfectly fits together. Don’t miss the nice Flash-based language switcher at the top of the page.

Blog Showcase - davor peic.gavran {new media designer}39

Kristin Ascoop
A blog design with feminine touch from Holland.

Blog Showcase - Kristin Ascoop | Freelance vertalen, tolken, lessen Zweeds en Nederlands

Kohette Design Web40
Quite unusual, rather experimental solution. The RSS-feed-icon at the top of the site is animated.

Blog Showcase - Kohette Design Web41

Light and fresh design. The calendar seems to serve as the primary navigation.

Blog Showcase - Guifx Blog43

Home Design Find44
Photos, rulers and paper clips in use.

Blog Showcase - Home Design Find45

yo vivo en vigo
This header is really hard to forget.

Blog Showcase - yo vivo en Vigo

GlassHills – Web Design by Jackson Howell46
A blog design with many curves, swirls, clouds, sun and a rising RSS-feed-icon.

Blog Showcase - GlassHills - Web Design by Jackson Howell47

Caty’s Blog48
Apparently, Caty likes cats and small colorful illustrations.

Blog Showcase - Caty's Blog49

Simplicity meets white space meets fresh colors.

Blog Showcase - Vectips51

Maybe, there is a little bit too much noise on the page, but the way blog posts are presented is quite unusual.

Blog Showcase - revota53

A vertical navigation menu in use.

Blog Showcase - SUSAY.de55

Instead of displaying excerpts of the latest posts, this blog first presents the titles of the posts and the latest forum posts.

Blog Showcase - Neweracaptalk - Online fitted hat community

Lisa Bettany
What does Lisa like? Right, photography and music. And where does she come from? Right, Canada. You see it immediately. That’s an effective use of visuals.

Blog Showcase - Lisa Bettany. Canada's Sexy Geek Blog

Moderno Prometeo
Similar ideas as in the previous design.

Blog Showcase - Moderno Prometeo, escrito por Rolando Hernandez56

Pop Culture Tees57
A t-shirt-blog in a pop-art-style.

Blog Showcase - Pop Culture Tees58

Phil’s Proof
Ok, that’s probably too many details at once. But Phil doesn’t care. A really different blog design.

Blog Showcase - Phil's Proof

Alyssa Tucker
Summer colors for the summer mood. Can you find the swimming duck in the layout?

Blog Showcase - Alyssa Tucker

Catalyst Studios59
A group-weblog with dozens of hand-drawn elements.

Blog Showcase - Catalyst Studios v.360

Dandelion Path61
Sweet site navigation and sections labeling. All sections of the site are visible at one glance.

Blog Showcase - Dandelion Path62

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    Joseph Maguire

    May 8, 2008 6:05 am

    I like the site and Mostly lisa i was familiar with. She’s pretty damned ballsy and a funny person to chat with too. I am mixed on a few of the more complicated ones. Some are too hard to read and too busy, but overall nice stuff.

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    i love the Superest. i like the simpler ones, less colours, better.

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    Hmmm … claims to be published by TextPattern … Need we check all ?

    As for the rest : I know taste is very personal, but I find most of these heavy on design & low on substance. Is there a relation between the two ?

  5. 5

    nice list

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    Marcelo F. S.

    May 8, 2008 6:38 am

    Awesome tips! One of the best lists from Smashing!

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    now more than ever, blog design posts on smashingmagazine

  8. 8

    Thank you very much for featuring my site!
    It’s great to feel appreciated and I feel honored to be along side some fantastic designs.

    Jack (GlassHills)

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    Santiago Martinez

    May 8, 2008 7:59 am

    I believe that our blog can belong to the list, what do you thinks?


  10. 10

    sad ..mine not in the list …

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    Drupal Museum

    May 8, 2008 8:30 am

    Beautiful designs! I really like Kristin Ascoop. I added it to Drupal Museum.

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    Jonas Pelzer

    May 8, 2008 9:05 am

    Wow, really fascinating! Inspiration en mass. Thank you for this!

  13. 13

    Great Post….. Excellent

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    André Gärtner

    May 8, 2008 9:56 am

    Great designs, maybe my blog is on this site soon, too ;-)

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    Amanda Fazani

    May 8, 2008 10:43 am

    I’m thrilled to see you’ve finally included a couple of Blogger powered designs in this showcase :)

    Woork is excellent, but I was amazed to notice that Sketchblog is powered by Blogger! This is truly the best Blogger powered design I’ve ever seen (and I do go hunting for them!).

    Thank you guys (and please include some more in your next showcase to inspire those of us who do host with Blogspot!).

  16. 16

    I think I’m already sick of the table top grunge look…

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    Davor Peić

    May 8, 2008 11:20 am

    Very good selection!! some of the blogs are very very good designed with awesome content!!

    thanx for including me!


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    Sam Valiquette

    May 8, 2008 11:54 am

    Very interesting! Perhaps The Big Noob should be included?

    much love,

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    Inspire me to think out of the box again. Some of them are really cool!

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    Ollie Kavanagh

    May 8, 2008 2:08 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for the addition and being mentioned amongst all those great designs is an honor. I understand people’s opinion on ‘grunge’ being the in thing (or outdated already). I didn’t design it with grunge in mind, just a personal interest in graffiti and street art stemming from my print work.

    Great post.


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