When visiting a blog for the first time, you get an instant and strong impression from the design and layout. Cluttered and confusing blog layouts can be an instant turn-off, while sleek and elegant designs immediately captivate the audience.
The 35 blog designs featured in this showcase engage visitors with a memorable layout, elegant design and good usability. They have no need to shout; they attract attention through sheer elegance and beauty. Through careful planning and judicious placement of elements, each of these layouts brings something unique and truly special to the Web.
Designers can take inspiration from these featured designs to create their own brand of magic.
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Muted colors, reminiscent of days gone by, give this design a comfortable vintage feel. The beautiful graphic in the header and simple navigation in the sidebar below set this blog design apart.
Hugs for Monsters14
The author’s own artwork was used to create this stunning design. The layout is simple and tidy, yet a work of art at the same time. As an added bonus, humor is used to entertain readers as they enjoy the view.
Outlaw Design Blog
The bold use of color and heavy reliance of graphics work well together in this stunning blog design. The warmth of the color scheme and background create an inviting atmosphere.
Watercolor at its best: a beautiful design in which each color is carefully chosen and skillfully used.
Beautiful, original illustrations, and the one-column layout is creativity at its best.
Clean and compact, this blog’s design organizes content like a book. The navigation is housed in the bookmark-shaped tabs, which smoothly glide into view as the mouse rolls over them.
Good Little Wee Blog
Simple shapes and cartoonish graphics make this blog design memorable. Content is organized simply and logically, making navigation extremely easy.
Simple, clean, minimalistic and beautiful.
The easy navigation in this bold and simple blog design offers a quick snapshot of the content. Although usually difficult to pull off using an image this large and dominant in an elegant design, this layout seems to do it with ease.
The Design Superhero38
Bold color combined with simple blocks of content displayed in a straightforward way are the highlights of this blog design. The content is neatly organized, with no clutter to distract readers.
A unique blog design with grunge elements and a simple yet distinctive blog structure.
Bold, bright and beautiful, this blog design focuses on complete simplicity. Menus smoothly appear when the mouse rolls over the images, giving the visitor plenty of tasty choices.
Escaping the Word Cage
Chain-link fencing has never been more beautiful. The unusual blend of hard and soft make this design unusually beautiful.
Color contrast and exceptional organization in this blog design gives visitors not only a visual treat but also easy navigation. Content is neatly displayed in concise blocks, making it simple for users to find their way around.
Bold color and contrast and exceptionally good use of typography allow this blog design to work beautifully without images. It comes as no surprise that the author states in his bio that he loves both color and typography.
Minimal design meets great typography and a one-column layout. The result is simple and elegant.
Further Resources Link
- 45 Excellent Blog Designs52
- 30 More Excellent Blog Designs53
- 45 More Excellent Blog Designs54
- Now More Than Ever: 50 More Excellent Blog Designs55
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/23/50-beautiful-blog-designs/
- 2 http://www.istokpavlovic.com/blog/
- 3 http://www.istokpavlovic.com/blog/
- 4 http://chrisguillebeau.com
- 5 http://chrisguillebeau.com
- 6 http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/
- 7 http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/
- 8 http://ma.tt/
- 9 http://ma.tt/
- 10 http://www.newtoyork.com/
- 11 http://www.newtoyork.com/
- 12 http://weblog.cynosura.eu/
- 13 http://weblog.cynosura.eu/
- 14 http://blog.hugsformonsters.com/
- 15 http://blog.hugsformonsters.com/
- 16 http://www.lebloe.com/?page_id=145
- 17 http://www.lebloe.com/?page_id=145
- 18 http://new.typographica.org/
- 19 http://new.typographica.org/
- 20 http://retinart.net/
- 21 http://retinart.net/
- 22 http://blog.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/
- 23 http://blog.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/
- 24 http://stephencaver.com/
- 25 http://stephencaver.com/
- 26 http://www.neuralneteffect.org/
- 27 http://www.neuralneteffect.org/
- 28 http://www.berttimmermans.com/
- 29 http://www.berttimmermans.com/
- 30 http://www.webscienceman.com/
- 31 http://www.webscienceman.com/
- 32 http://www.kevadamson.com/talking-of-design
- 33 http://www.kevadamson.com/talking-of-design
- 34 http://kriscolvin.com/
- 35 http://kriscolvin.com/
- 36 http://www.lyricalmedia.com/
- 37 http://www.lyricalmedia.com/
- 38 http://thedesignsuperhero.com/
- 39 http://thedesignsuperhero.com/
- 40 http://www.imwithsully.com/blog/
- 41 http://www.imwithsully.com/blog/
- 42 http://blog.torondel.net/
- 43 http://blog.torondel.net/
- 44 http://www.fubiz.net/
- 45 http://www.fubiz.net/
- 46 http://frieze.dk/
- 47 http://frieze.dk/
- 48 http://pixelpretation.com/
- 49 http://pixelpretation.com/
- 50 http://www.northern-classics.de/
- 51 http://www.northern-classics.de/
- 52 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/28/45-excellent-blog-designs/
- 53 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/22/30-more-excellent-blog-designs/
- 54 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/20/45-more-excellent-blog-designs/
- 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/08/now-more-than-ever-50-more-excellent-blog-designs/
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