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50 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs

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.


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.


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.


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


One by Four


Jason Santa Maria10


Dustin Curtis


Jack Cheng


New to York12




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




Darren Hoyt


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


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.




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.


UX Booth26



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


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


árbol textual


Helium Workx32






Mark Boulton36


This is a working library38

working-library39 (Chile)40
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.


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.


Demain J’arrête (France)42
This classy comic strip is available in French only, but the blog’s design won’t leave you cold.


Fran Fernández44
The blog of Spanish singer Fran Fernández features an expressive and slightly careless-looking graphic design, which reflects the passion of the musician best.


Stéréosuper (France)46
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.


Music City Unsigned48
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.


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


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.


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?


M1K3 52
This blog (belonging to UI designer and developer Michael Dick) is an example of an excellent dark design.


Mark Forrester54
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 Latimer55).


Jord & Chan57
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.


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


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


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


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


The Swish Life Magazine61






Manuel Romero65



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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.

  1. 1

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

  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.

  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.

  4. 4

    wow. creative indeed!

  5. 5

    Sweet, thanks for the collection :)

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    Design Informer

    November 3, 2009 2:10 pm

    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.

  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.

  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… :)”


  9. 9

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

  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.

  11. 11

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

  12. 12

    Thanks for featuring us, and for the kind words.

  13. 13

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

  14. 14

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

  15. 15

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

  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!

  17. 17

    Great list ;-)

    My favourite was Mark Boulton’s super simple design.

  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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    Stephen Leyton

    November 3, 2009 5:56 pm


    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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    I wonder, when SM will consider as a creative blog. OR at least proivde the feedback on the same.

    BTW, nice post.


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