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Showcase Of Elegant And Original Blog Designs

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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Elegant And Original Blog Designs Link

Istok Pavlovic2
An elegant watercolor design with close attention to details. Notice the navigation menu, RSS button and headings in the sidebar. The footer is incredible, too!


Chris Guillebeau4
The attention to detail in this blog design is incredible.


Hicks Design6
This blog design features a stationary menu interface with scrollable content. The muted colors are set off with bold tangerine accents that pull the whole design together.


Beautiful graphic design is the highlight of this blog design. Dream-like images fill the screen, while the simple navigation bar waits to take the reader on a journey inside.


An original blog layout with white space and an unusual design for the comments area.


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.


Alpha Aesthetica12
An elegant grid-based design with incredible typography.


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.


Le Bloe16
Shades of blue and gray with a splash of color make this blog design a work of art. The content is neatly presented and visually stunning.


A celebration of typography awaits. Intelligent organization and simple navigation allow readers to immerse themselves in the simplicity of beautiful text.


Agami Creative
Watercolor at its best: a beautiful design in which each color is carefully chosen and skillfully used.


Grungy design with beautiful typography and unique distorted design elements.


Belvoir George22
A visually impressive blog with awesome typography. This design makes perfect use of an appealing and striking background image.


Stephen Caver24
This layout is an example of excellence in simplicity. The main navigation is the focus, and there are absolutely no distractions.


Amour Chaleur
Beautiful, original illustrations, and the one-column layout is creativity at its best.


Neural Net Effect26
Very subtle design with an interesting structure, excellent use of imagery and nice typography. Simple, clean and elegant are the reasons this one is in this showcase.


Bert Timmermans28
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.


Web Science Man30
Color and graphics dominate, but don’t overwhelm, this design. Elegant navigation sits at the top for ease of use, making this blog design both fun and highly functional.


Talking of Design32
One look at this blog design is enough to see that the designer is also an artist. The judicious use of animation draws interest without adding clutter.


Kris Colvin34
This well-organized blog design has a slightly grunge feel. Interesting graphics in the header attract attention, and the content begins right away, leaving no room for boredom.


Lyrical Media36
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.


Visual Nightmare
A unique blog design with grunge elements and a simple yet distinctive blog structure.


Kimberly Coles40
A three-color blog theme, with hand-drawn design elements and a watercolor background.

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.


David Torondel42
A blog with a “traditional” two-column layout, many illustrations and a really cute design.


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.


Bjørn Friese46
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.


Bonus Link

The footer in this one is really hard to forget.


Northern Classics50
… and so is this one.


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Gerri Elder is a content producer and social media strategist who has worked full-time on Internet development and marketing since 1997. Her current projects include ChicagoNow, GreenBiz and ProspectMX. Gerri can be reached on Facebook or Twitter and is often found on the Web under the username "absolutelytrue".

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    Very cool

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    really inspiring for me…I have planned to make a unique blog too

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    wow… AMAZING…

    really inspired

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    Not sure about the ‘elegant’, but sure a lot of them are original…

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    Great list of inspirations..i liked Le Bloe’s blog…

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    April 28, 2009 8:49 pm

    I think the word elegant was misused here.

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    Some of these are really pretty sweet…some are kinda… well… really not so sweet…
    i would like to take a moment to petition any designers out there to please stop using the Bleeding Cowboys font…(as in Outlaw Design Blog) its starting to become another PAPYRUS eeek! (i’m sorry i know i shouldn’t have said the “P” word… haha)

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    Le Bloe’s blog is WooTheme’s free ‘Irresistable’ theme with a few new images.

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    Great examples of blog design. Though sometimes I wonder if all those great designers do not feel restricted by the blog design itself. I mean, is there something beyond blog design? Maybe something where the layout follows the individual content and not that everything from text, to photos, to illustrations, videos etc. is put into the same long container list? Something that is not so predictable like flickr photos and twitter tweets in the sidebar? Something more individual than always the same concept? … I don’t have an answer (and also use wordpress for my projects) and this is not to say that blogs are bad. I just wonder if there is more than the current blog design to present (especially visual) content.

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    AT LAST some new designs for us hungry designers. Great list post with NEW items on it and designs we haven’t already seen dozens of times. Keep up the good work!

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    Alex Charchar

    April 28, 2009 11:42 pm

    Nice list, and thank you very much for the inclusion! made my day

    Alpha Aesthetica is such a beautiful design, isn’t it? I’ve returned to it a few times just to have a good look at the layout.. I also quite liked the textures of lebloe too

    Matthais – I know exactly what you mean, but it stems from a couple of things i think – there are a lot of resources floating around of what to put into your sidebar, what to have in your header, your menu, etc etc.. and they’re all very similiar tips, because its just what work at the moment. It’ll change as time goes on and blogging as a platform/design grows..

    and plus, it’s way more work to have something unique.. a lot of people don’t want to put that effort in.. they have a thought, a design that looks good and want to put their thought thought into that design to get it out quickly and easily.. its what’s appealing about blogs :)

    But there are those who break away from this (Jason Santa Maria for example)

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    So many blogs here are not developing for content, but develop content to support the design. Not long ago this was the wrong thing to do, but more and more people seem to forget or suppress this, but what for? Even more specialized blogs?

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    David Torondel

    April 28, 2009 11:57 pm

    Thank you very much for having chosen my blog. Considering the quality of the others, i am honored !
    I particularly appreciate Newtoyork and Ayakaito.

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    Thomas Strobl

    April 29, 2009 12:00 am

    Well doesnt really get me off my chair

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    The Stephen Caver site is a bad example, imho. I was clicking and nothing happened, until I found out that the navigation took up all of my browser space and the content was below the fold. To say that there’s no distraction….one huge distraction: the navigation (and logo). Looks: good. Usability: not so good….

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    Some nice inspirations. Thanks.

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    Does the Lyrical Media guy read .Net magazine (or Practical Web Design in the US) by any chance? Not really sure how they got away with that one.

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    Does the Lyrical Media guy read .Net magazine (or Practical Web Design in the US) by any chance? Not really sure how they got away with that one.

    If you check out the post on his blog about the redesign you’ll see he explains exactly where the inspiration came from and why it looks so similar to a magazine.


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