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50 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

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The most recent collection of creative blog designs1 was featured here on Smashing Magazine back in July. Only three months have passed and we’ve got a new dose of inspiration for you. Beautiful and sophisticated designs are constantly appearing on the Web; creative activity is in non-stop mode, despite global economic shocks and unfortunate events; and this is surely a positive sign.

Today, we showcase 50 fresh, beautiful, inventive and, hopefully, inspiring blog designs. The variety of styles represented in this collection is considerable, so everyone will be able to find a tasty piece of inspiration for their own creative aspirations. Notice that every screenshot is clickable and leads to the website itself.

Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs Link

Jason Gray Music2
Jason Gray’s blog was initially WordPress-based, but it now has a beautiful and original Flash appearance that we just couldn’t pass up.

jason-gray3

The Pixel Blog4
This exquisite blog belongs to a Web design and marketing company called The Pixel. Amazing graphics in the header and footer, along with a giant tree (the branches of which separate the posts), make this design pure eye-candy.

pixel-blog5

Sushi & Robots6
Sushi & Robots is the journal and portfolio of Jina Bolton, a San Francisco-based designer, developer and author. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, this website is definitely a master class.

sushi7

WorkAwesome8
The neat desktop-themed design of WorkAwesome’s blog is definitely worth your attention.

workawesome9

One by Four

onebyfour

Jason Santa Maria10

Screenshot11

Dustin Curtis

Screenshot

Jack Cheng

Screenshot

New to York12

Screenshot13

31three14

Screenshot15

Abduzeedo16
Abduzeedo, which is bookmarked by every Web design fan, was recently redesigned. The highlights are considerably enhanced usability and unique post teasers.

abduzeedo17

iA18

iA19

Darren Hoyt

Screenshot

Point & Anchor
It’s all about the lines here. Point & Anchor’s blog design is quite engaging.

point-&-anchor

Trent Walton20
Neatly combining a few uncomplicated code hooks, the founder of Paravel Web design agency, Trent Walton, has created an original, attractive blog. The presentation of each individual post and the overall layout of the blog are remarkable indeed.

TW21

Tumble22

tumble23

Fudge24
The website of digital studio Fudge is currently under construction. Still, the way it has designed its latest news log is worth mentioning here. Photoshop interface imitating design is a neat idea. Plus, the navigation is a treat for the eye.

fudge25

UX Booth26

uxbooth27

daus.trala.la

daustralala

Design Intellection28
This simple yet admirable blog design is achieved using HTML 5 markup. The dotted typography for post numbers is a nice touch.

design-intellection29

Biggest Apple30
The pure style of Biggest Apple’s website features a gorgeous sketch in the header and some pretty icons all around.

the-biggest-apple31

árbol textual

arbol

Helium Workx32

Screenshot33

Argee34

Screenshot35

Stripturnhout.be36

Screenshot37

Mark Boulton38

boulton39

This is a working library40

working-library41

LaMalla.cl (Chile)42
This amazing blog belongs to a small community of creative people, a space to share links to inspirational info from all over the globe. A grayscale geometrical background and cool jQuery effects make our exploration of this website a really enjoyable experience.

lamalla43

Contrast
A clean style, nifty typography and hover effects make for a great blog design. Excellent work by Contrast, a Web apps development crew from Ireland.

contrast

Demain J’arrête (France)44
This classy comic strip is available in French only, but the blog’s design won’t leave you cold.

demain-jarette45

Fran Fernández46
The blog of Spanish singer Fran Fernández features an expressive and slightly careless-looking graphic design, which reflects the passion of the musician best.

fran-fernandez47

Stéréosuper (France)48
Stéréosuper is a successful duo of creative folks working in the field of multimedia. Boris and Jean-Francois are keen on karate: perhaps this explains the imaginative fighting characters in their design. The dark color scheme and hatched elements are quite appealing, too.

stereo-super49

Music City Unsigned50
This cute blog belongs to the Nashville community of emerging artists. Although it is Flash-based, you won’t have any problems with accessibility or navigation here.

music-city51

Tal & Acacia
Unpretentious beauty: this is how we would describe this design. Pastel-themed graphics give it a special flavor.

tal&acacia

Denis Chandler’s Blog (Another Blog About Stuff)
The style of this blog is fairly conventional, but look at the header! This bit of spice elevates the otherwise formal design, bringing in some splash.

hello

Mulletized52
This blog of Cape Town Web designer Brendon Grobler features an offbeat layout and great use of typography. This is what Brendon says about his blog redesign: “I tried to create something less “bloggy” and more graphic, focusing strongly on typography (which is one of my great design loves) and imagery.” The result is impressive, wouldn’t you agree?

mulletized53

M1K3 54
This blog (belonging to UI designer and developer Michael Dick) is an example of an excellent dark design.

mk355

Mark Forrester56
This awesome blog-styled website is a creative outlet for Mark Forrester, a “half-baked” (his words) English/South African freelance designer and entrepreneur. The journal is easy and pleasant to navigate, and the cartoon illustrations in the header and footer are incredible. (They were designed by Cape Town-based illustrator and cartoonist Alex Latimer57).

forrester58

Jord & Chan59
This nice duo-themed layout presents two strips of content on the same page, a very original idea. The smooth background texture adds more charm to the design.

jord&chan60

Cog’Nition
This blog has a lovely surprise: you can change the design’s theme, choosing from two amusing cartoon-style backgrounds.

cognition

JonahL61
Jonah Levine’s blog follows simplicity and a pure style. An attractive dark design, and a good use of lines.

JonahL62

Marcel Müller blog
Marcel Müller’s blog has a stylish, corporate look. Another good example of precise, minimalist design.

muller

TrippingWords63
This really is something striking. Everything here, from the header to the footer, is extraordinary and hyper-creative.

tripping-words64

The Swish Life Magazine65

swish-life66

mesonprojekt67

meson-projekt68

DesignCritique69

design-critique70

Manuel Romero71

manuel72

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/22/50-new-beautiful-blog-designs
  2. 2 http://www.jasongraymusic.com/
  3. 3 http://www.jasongraymusic.com/
  4. 4 http://blog.thepixel.com/
  5. 5 http://blog.thepixel.com/
  6. 6 http://sushiandrobots.com/
  7. 7 http://sushiandrobots.com/
  8. 8 http://workawesome.com/
  9. 9 http://workawesome.com/
  10. 10 http://jasonsantamaria.com/articles/mathematics-of-the-tootsie-pop/
  11. 11 http://jasonsantamaria.com/articles/mathematics-of-the-tootsie-pop/
  12. 12 http://www.newtoyork.com/
  13. 13 http://www.newtoyork.com/
  14. 14 http://www.31three.com/
  15. 15 http://www.31three.com/
  16. 16 http://abduzeedo.com/
  17. 17 http://abduzeedo.com/
  18. 18 http://informationarchitects.jp/
  19. 19 http://informationarchitects.jp/
  20. 20 http://trentwalton.com/
  21. 21 http://trentwalton.com/
  22. 22 http://tumble.mightydream.com/
  23. 23 http://tumble.mightydream.com/
  24. 24 http://madebyfudge.com/
  25. 25 http://madebyfudge.com/
  26. 26 http://www.uxbooth.com/
  27. 27 http://www.uxbooth.com/
  28. 28 http://designintellection.com/blog/
  29. 29 http://designintellection.com/blog/
  30. 30 http://www.biggestapple.net/
  31. 31 http://www.biggestapple.net/
  32. 32 http://heliumworkx.com/
  33. 33 http://heliumworkx.com/
  34. 34 http://www.argee.org/
  35. 35 http://www.argee.org/
  36. 36 http://www.stripturnhout.be/
  37. 37 http://www.stripturnhout.be/
  38. 38 http://www.markboulton.co.uk/
  39. 39 http://www.markboulton.co.uk/
  40. 40 http://aworkinglibrary.com/
  41. 41 http://aworkinglibrary.com/
  42. 42 http://www.lamalla.cl/
  43. 43 http://www.lamalla.cl/
  44. 44 http://demainjarrete.stpo.fr/
  45. 45 http://demainjarrete.stpo.fr/
  46. 46 http://franfernandez.com
  47. 47 http://franfernandez.com
  48. 48 http://www.stereosuper.fr/blog/
  49. 49 http://www.stereosuper.fr/blog/
  50. 50 http://www.musiccityunsigned.com/blog
  51. 51 http://www.musiccityunsigned.com/blog
  52. 52 http://www.mulletized.com/
  53. 53 http://www.mulletized.com/
  54. 54 http://m1k3.net/
  55. 55 http://m1k3.net/
  56. 56 http://www.markforrester.co.za/
  57. 57 http://www.alexlatimer.co.za/
  58. 58 http://www.markforrester.co.za/
  59. 59 http://www.jordandchan.com/
  60. 60 http://www.jordandchan.com/
  61. 61 http://www.jonahl.com/blog/
  62. 62 http://www.jonahl.com/blog/
  63. 63 http://www.trippingwords.com/
  64. 64 http://www.trippingwords.com/
  65. 65 http://theswishlife.com/
  66. 66 http://theswishlife.com/
  67. 67 http://mesonprojekt.com/blog
  68. 68 http://mesonprojekt.com/blog
  69. 69 http://wecritiquedesigns.com/
  70. 70 http://wecritiquedesigns.com/
  71. 71 http://www.theycallmemarty.com/
  72. 72 http://www.theycallmemarty.com/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/20/corporate-blog-design-trends-and-examples/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/22/50-new-beautiful-blog-designs/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/28/showcase-of-elegant-and-original-blog-designs/
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Julia May is a freelance copywriter and digital marketing consultant who's been helping great teams (TemplateMonster, MotoCMS, Onyx) implement great ideas since 2009.

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  1. 1

    Whoa. Some real great inspiration there! Hoping to come up with a great design for my blog as well :)

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  2. 2

    Amazing where we are today in web-design! I just had one of my first web site design books in my hands today – David Siegel’s “Creating Killer Websites” from 1998. It’s really impressive what happened in the meantime if you compare the killer sites from then to what we se here and every day online. Great collection.

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  3. 3

    One day I’ll make it on to one of these lists… :)

    Some very nice designs on that list. Its good to see how some of these have matured from your post on blog designs from ages ago. And just bookmarked a few I’ve never seen before.

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  4. 4

    wow. creative indeed!

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  5. 5

    Sweet, thanks for the collection :)

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  6. 6

    Woah! Some really awesome blog designs here. I just started my blog recently as well, but these designs are stunning!

    Tumble and the Pixel Blog are my favorites.

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  7. 7

    I am personally tired of desktop themed design. There was a blog posting recently about some of the worst trends of web design and that was one of them. I have to agree with them.

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  8. 8

    nice selection. a few tremendous designs and like Dan said before “One day I’ll make it on to one of these lists… :)”

    Greetz!

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  9. 9

    Great collection, a good way to start a creative day!

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  10. 10

    Thanks for this great inspiration piece. Quite a wide variety of designs and choices the designers used. Personally, I prefer some of the cleaner, “white” designs like those of “The Swish Life” and “Design Intellection.” However, the others are still great designs.

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  11. 11

    Maybe one day I will be there too… :D great collection! Thanks!

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  12. 12

    Thanks for featuring us, and for the kind words.

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  13. 13

    Awesome inspirations. I love the windmill. The variety of blog concept was inspiring!

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  14. 14

    Amazing blogs. Jason Santa Maria’s blog is really one of a kind.

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  15. 15

    Some fantastic looking blogs there. I hope to see mine there one day :-) – when it’s finished maybe!!!

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  16. 16

    I love the cartoon strip-like Demain J’arrête (France) blog design. I think it’s a brilliant idea :)
    Nice round up btw!

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  17. 17

    Great list ;-)

    My favourite was Mark Boulton’s super simple design.

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  18. 18

    Inspirational. Really nice collection … now i know just how good MY blog has to be to make it on the list .. i better get to work :)

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  19. 19

    Hi,

    Firstly I would like to say a big thanks for being listed on your top 50 Blog Designs.

    We spent a long time developing the look for our new site and was really interesting as the artwork we used was intended for a 3D Flash site which we will be launching in the coming months. We were so impressed by what our artist did that we wanted to use it and thus the blog was born to show traditional sketch artwork.

    Thanks once again!!!

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  20. 20

    Superb collection, thanks!

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  21. 21

    i wonder when is the day that i’ll make it in this list.. hahaha
    anyway, ctrl-d > enter. better to bookmark than never. XD

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  22. 22

    Thanks for featuring UX Booth! My favorites are easily: http://demainjarrete.stpo.fr/ and http://www.newtoyork.com/

    -Andrew

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  23. 23

    Great post, some of these are truly inspiring. Thx

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  24. 24

    I liked the design of `The Pixel Blog`, I wonder how do these designer get such a beautiful and creative designs ? Any ideas ?

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  25. 25

    Awesome blog designs.Great collection.

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  26. 26

    grt post…i love smashing magazine…i gettin updated by U guys…

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  27. 27

    A few of them are very bad. Can’t understand what they are searching in a “beautiful blog design” Post…

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  28. 28

    all creative designs for better inspirations, i really like and getting ideas as well. thanks

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  29. 29

    Really great collection of designs…very much inspirative….

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  30. 30

    Why I am not so creative? ** Thanks for that!

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