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50 New Beautiful Blog Designs

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There are things that can’t be showcased too often. For instance, beautiful blog designs. We have presented hundreds1 of2 beautiful3 blog4 designs5 in the past and now it’s time to provide our readers with a fresh portion of tasty design inspiration.

All blogs listed below have an original, unique design. They aren’t based upon some ready-to-be-used WordPress templates, but are the result of a hard, time-consuming work – therefore they deserve respect and admiration. Yes, many of these design are quite “heavy” on graphcs, not only because they look impressive on a tiny 550px-width-screenshot.

Below we present 50 new, beautiful, creative and (hopefully) inspiring blog designs. We feature many various styles and designs – hopefully, everybody will find some inspiring elements and design solutions for his or her next design. And, of course, thanks to all designers and artists featured in this post! All screenshots are linked to the original designer’s site.

Beautiful and Original Blog Designs Link

Duiwaigh6

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Iemai8

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Douglas Menezes10

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A Crayons Life12

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Blog me Tender

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Nice Web Type14

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Foodtease16

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Mike Matas18

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Questionable Characters20

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idsgn22

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SushiMonstr

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Brown Blog Films24

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Addicted to New26

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Nalden28

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The Klog30

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Guns & Donuts32

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moradito34

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Daustralala

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Digital Mash36

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Jack Cheng38

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Huwshimi: A robot blog40

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Cocoia Blog42

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Metalab44

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Mateus Neves46

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Ryan McMaster48

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Rin & Wendy50

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Markup & Style Society

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Get and Give

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The Astonishing Adventures of Lord Likely52

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Fritz Quadrata54

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Argee56

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Steven Mullen58

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Owltastic60

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Snailbird62

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Henry Hoffman64

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Guillermo Esteves66

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Skylab

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Gary Nock68

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5Pieces

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Ethan Marcotte70

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Dino Latoga

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tehCpeng72

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Darren Hoyt

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Elliot Jay Stocks74

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From The Couch76

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Mike Rundle78

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Boris Forconi

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Nasendackel80

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/28/showcase-of-elegant-and-original-blog-designs/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/23/50-beautiful-blog-designs/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/08/now-more-than-ever-50-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/20/45-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/22/30-more-excellent-blog-designs/
  6. 6 http://www.duirwaigh.com/
  7. 7 http://www.duirwaigh.com/
  8. 8 http://iemai.com.br/blog
  9. 9 http://iemai.com.br/blog
  10. 10 http://douglasmenezes.com/wp/blog/
  11. 11 http://douglasmenezes.com/wp/blog/
  12. 12 http://www.crayonslife.com/my_blog
  13. 13 http://www.crayonslife.com/my_blog
  14. 14 http://nicewebtype.com/
  15. 15 http://nicewebtype.com/
  16. 16 http://foodtease.com/
  17. 17 http://foodtease.com/
  18. 18 http://www.mikematas.com/
  19. 19 http://www.mikematas.com/
  20. 20 http://www.questionablecharacters.com/
  21. 21 http://www.questionablecharacters.com/
  22. 22 http://www.idsgn.org/posts/
  23. 23 http://www.idsgn.org/posts/
  24. 24 http://www.brownblogfilms.com/
  25. 25 http://www.brownblogfilms.com/
  26. 26 http://addictedtonew.com/
  27. 27 http://addictedtonew.com/
  28. 28 http://www.nalden.net/
  29. 29 http://www.nalden.net/
  30. 30 http://www.koodoz.com.au/klog/
  31. 31 http://www.koodoz.com.au/klog/
  32. 32 http://www.gunsanddonuts.com/
  33. 33 http://www.gunsanddonuts.com/
  34. 34 http://moradito.com.ar/
  35. 35 http://moradito.com.ar/
  36. 36 http://digitalmash.com/journal/articles/dynamic-columns/
  37. 37 http://digitalmash.com/journal/articles/dynamic-columns/
  38. 38 http://www.jackcheng.com/
  39. 39 http://www.jackcheng.com/
  40. 40 http://huwshimi.com/blog/
  41. 41 http://huwshimi.com/blog/
  42. 42 http://blog.cocoia.com/
  43. 43 http://blog.cocoia.com/
  44. 44 http://www.metalabdesign.com/blog/
  45. 45 http://www.metalabdesign.com/blog/
  46. 46 http://www.mateusneves.com/
  47. 47 http://www.mateusneves.com/
  48. 48 http://ryanmcmaster.com/web-design-blog/
  49. 49 http://ryanmcmaster.com/web-design-blog/
  50. 50 http://rin-wendy.com/
  51. 51 http://rin-wendy.com/
  52. 52 http://www.lordlikely.com/
  53. 53 http://www.lordlikely.com/
  54. 54 http://www.fritz-quadrata.de/
  55. 55 http://www.fritz-quadrata.de/
  56. 56 http://www.argee.org/
  57. 57 http://www.argee.org/
  58. 58 http://www.stevemullencreative.com/words.php
  59. 59 http://www.stevemullencreative.com/words.php
  60. 60 http://owltastic.com/
  61. 61 http://owltastic.com/
  62. 62 http://snailbird.com/
  63. 63 http://snailbird.com/
  64. 64 http://www.henryhoffman.com/
  65. 65 http://www.henryhoffman.com/
  66. 66 http://www.gesteves.com/
  67. 67 http://www.gesteves.com/
  68. 68 http://www.garynock.com/blog/
  69. 69 http://www.garynock.com/blog/
  70. 70 http://unstoppablerobotninja.com/journal/
  71. 71 http://unstoppablerobotninja.com/journal/
  72. 72 http://tehcpeng.net/
  73. 73 http://tehcpeng.net/
  74. 74 http://elliotjaystocks.com/blog/
  75. 75 http://elliotjaystocks.com/blog/
  76. 76 http://www.from-the-couch.com
  77. 77 http://www.from-the-couch.com
  78. 78 http://www.flyosity.com/
  79. 79 http://www.flyosity.com/
  80. 80 http://www.nasendackel.de/
  81. 81 http://www.nasendackel.de/
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  1. 1

    There are several beautiful designs in the roundup, I also discovered a few well-written gem of blogs.

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  2. 2

    Once again: awesome collection of some really inspiring designs! Thanks SM!!

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  3. 3

    great!! foodtease is really a nice design … well done!

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  4. 4

    Awsome Collection. Hats Off !

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  5. 5

    there are like 5 that are totally boring….. plain, ugly, no thought put into them. You may say simplistic is best but they look like the person doesn’t even care

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  6. 6

    Sure, all of these blogs have beautiful designs, but some are very difficult to read and navigate through content. I’m sorry, but there needs to be a balance of design and usability.

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  7. 7

    That Skylab design should be removed, it is using graphics ripped off from Jeff Sarmiento’s blog http://www.jeffsarmiento.com/ (which has been featured here in the past)

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    Great !!

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  10. 11

    When it comes to blogs, I’m a fan of minimalistic and lots of white space. I agree that readability is always the #1 concern.

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  11. 12

    I guess this is all about look and style, not usability? I clicked on the “Markup & Style” blog and while it looks pretty, the navigation is poor. The logo/header doesn’t hyperlink to the site main page. The site name is embedded only as a background image, so someone who couldn’t see images wouldn’t even know what site they were on. Once you click on an entry title to view the full entry there’s no way to get back to the main view again without clicking the browser back button. The RSS sidebar link takes you to a 404 page. The archive link takes you to some page with a totally different design and postage stamp sized iframes. Also, the page doesn’t validate.

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  12. 13

    Very uninspiring list. Perhaps there is nothing new to uncover in blog design? These do nothing for me.

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  13. 14

    Hey, thanks! I’m honored to be in the same listing as these other sites, and many are new to me. Good stuff.

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  14. 15

    Smashing Editorial

    July 22, 2009 8:57 am

    Please notice that this showcase is a showcase of blogs with an original, unique design. It is supposed to be inspiring; you could develop some of the (visual) design ideas here for your next project which would also be excellent from the usability point of view.

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  15. 16

    OH! Thanks. I know, that my site is not very usable, but I just wanted to do stuff different.

    Thanks, that you like it :D

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    Can’t say i’m overly impressed. As I’m in the progress of redesigning a blog I hoped to see more inspirational things, new ideas. There is probably not so much new going on. I found most of the designs way too busy, visually unappealing and getting in the way of readability. Especially the last point I find pretty important in a blog.

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  17. 18

    Glad to be associated with this inspiring designs. Thanks for the link!

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  18. 19

    I recently built a website (with a blog front page) that was inspired by Rin & Wendy “dueling blogs”. I added some jQuery functionality, to make each blog side expand and contract. It actually turned out pretty cool. Here it is: UndergroundProducts.com.

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  19. 20

    Great list indeed – thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. 21

    these design make peaple dreaming!

    Thanks a lot man!

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  21. 22

    These are astounding. Countless great design ideas.

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    Can’t say I’m impressed. Most of the sites are boring, unoriginal and uninspiring. I don’t know why you though that some of this sites might be inspirational.
    I do find interesting the site from Boris Forconi.

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  23. 24

    Maximilian Georg Liebscher

    July 22, 2009 10:09 am

    I love you guys.

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  24. 25

    This is an awesome round up! what do you feel about twibies.com?

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  25. 26

    Douglas Menezes Rocks! Great designer!

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  26. 27

    Nice designs,

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  27. 28

    Thanks for the feature (Brown Blog Films). You guys rock! Never imagined that site would make it onto Smashing Mag but hey, I ain’t complaining ;)

    You’ve listed some really nice sites there. Ok, judging by some of the comments they’re not to everyones tastes. However, getting creative with blog designs under the confines of the now ubiquitous blog format, can be challenging to say the least so I commend everyone for their efforts. Also, a big-up to the unsung heroes of this post, the developers who make these sites work!

    Great post. Really got my creative juices flowing. Anyone for a blog? :)

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  28. 29

    It’s amazing. Full of inspiration this post.

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  29. 30

    There are some great designs in this list but I’ve got to say others look really poor …

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  30. 31

    Thanks so much for featuring my site. Good company to be in too! I definitely think that there are some good inspirational blog designs in there.

    By the way Smashing Mag: do you mind changing the spelling of my name? MacMaster to McMaster? Thanks!

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