30 Creative Website Headers

One of the first things new visitors will notice upon arriving at your website is your header. Some sites are able to make an excellent first impression by featuring an artistic or creative header. This mini gallery post is a collection of some of the more inspiring headers out there.

For more design inspiration, see:

enRoute Student Film Festival

enRoute

Billy Hughes at War

Billy Hughes

L’effer Crea

L'effer Crea

Corvus Design Studio

Corvus

Merchand de Trucs

Merchand de Trucs

Pienternet

Pienternet

Luova

Luova

Springtime in Tennessee

Springtime in TN

Helmy Bern

Helmy Bern

Made in England

Made in England

I Am Todd

Todd Miller

Daniel J. Quinn

Daniel Quinn

WP Glamour

WP Glamour

Mike Poss

Mike Poss

Rory Story

Rory Story

ChedOnline.com

ChedOnline

Home Design Find

Home Design Find

Jesse Stephens

Jesse Stephens

Simple Art

Simple Art

Ciclismo Urbano

Ciclismo Urbano

GNV & Partners

GNV & Partners

Mark Forrester

Mark Forrester

NotreDame-Faches.fr

Notre Dame

PixelResort

Pixel Resort

eAnka

eAnka

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  • Josh 906, September 22, 2008

    Helmy Bern and Daniel Quinn headers are very nice. How do you find these? What’s the process behind searching for these sites and headers for your blog posts?

  • kailoon, September 23, 2008

    aiks, mine is not listed :(

    Anyway, good list :)

  • Ched, September 23, 2008

    You posted two of my sites! Thanks a bunch.

    Looks like I’m in good company on this list.

  • Time Tracker, September 23, 2008

    Nice roundup! I try to create a nice ‘showcase’ work for my header about every three weeks. I get some good feedback on some…nothing on others. It’s all a lucky guess, but also a nice inspiration and motivation to keep plugging away at winning crowd approval. Thanks for these…I’m already bookmarking some favorites, and will try to incorporate these designs into my next work.

  • Nathan Beck, September 23, 2008

    Wicked stuff. Bookmarked :)

  • Vandelay Design, September 23, 2008

    Josh,
    Most of them are found through design galleries.

  • ff-webdesigner, September 23, 2008

    Hi there!
    very inspiring…good to concentrate on the headers sometimes and to get new ideas about this topic..thanks!

  • Ole Martin Kristiansen, September 23, 2008

    Thanks for including my site :-)

  • Andrew Houle, September 23, 2008

    I really enjoyed checking these out. Thanks for the great round-up!

  • ParasiteBase, September 23, 2008

    That’s a great collection! I bookmarked this list, might get useful someday.

  • Brian, September 23, 2008

    It i always a hassle deciding which header I should use for my sites. I like to find places I can get ideas so thanks for your work on this site. I appreciate it.

  • Link, September 23, 2008

    I must say I am a fan of the arty type of headers compared to the obvious professional types. Great site…

  • webaboutmoney, September 24, 2008

    I have write them in my blog post, If you don’t like which i did, You can email me!

  • Dainis Graveris, September 24, 2008

    Awesome roundup – header in the website is great recognition sign. Thanks, man, great job again..

  • David S., September 24, 2008

    Header’s really define branding and grab visitors’ attention, much like the masthead and headline of a newspaper. These are some slick designs. I’m a fan of Luova. Most of your picks are web 2.0 and grundge look. Design is changing, however. There’s a notion that’s been flying around for the last few years that web 2.0 is dying. What is the design technique of the future?

  • eAnka, September 24, 2008

    Thanks for featuring my site! All of these headers are great, I like them much more than my own…

  • plumbing queens, September 25, 2008

    very inspiring…good to concentrate on the headers sometimes and to get new ideas about this topic..thanks!

  • Apex Article, September 25, 2008

    Headers have certainly come along way from taking a picture and just stretching it to fit. Oops am I the only one that did that. Great site will bookmark…

  • Spyware Gone, September 25, 2008

    How do you get the fresh ideas for these headers week in and week out. They are brilliant, truly.

  • wpK, September 25, 2008

    @plumbing queens – that site is currently down giving a 403 error.

  • minanube, September 25, 2008

    I don’t have header on my own blog, because i use simple design to save my server resource.

    but very inspired graphics

  • Sophie, September 25, 2008

    Thanks for including my website, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the website of my webmaster : http://www.soulvisual.com.
    Nice selections of website, really interesting : good job!

  • NaldzGraphics, September 26, 2008

    those are nice headers.i try to change my header.i wonder if others find it nice:)

  • Daniel, September 27, 2008

    A great collection, I love these eye-catchers! My favorite is Notre-Dame.

  • weberica, September 27, 2008

    very inspirational :)

  • offshore hosting, September 28, 2008

    It i always a hassle deciding which header I should use for my sites. I like to find places I can get ideas so thanks for your work on this site. I appreciate it.

  • ömer terakki, September 29, 2008

    that is so crazy works.I am delighted to see these pictures

  • Biagi, October 1, 2008

    For your inspiration,it’s my header…
    on http://www.iquid.fr

  • Bill Biwer, October 1, 2008

    Very unique headers, just right as to not be distracting from the content.

  • Fran y Romi, October 1, 2008

    30 beautifull header, really nice pics. Thanks for share!!!

  • Lee, October 2, 2008

    Great list of inspiration there. Well sourced

  • Tutorialvine.com, October 22, 2008

    Wow, brilliant list. Makes me feel bad about my crappy standard-wordpress theme header :-(

    Oh well, good inspiration for me to start customizing my theme! :)

  • Rory, October 29, 2008

    Thanks for the plug. Mine is Rory Story.

  • Vandelay Design, October 29, 2008

    You’re welcome Rory.

  • Dennis, January 6, 2009

    Thanks for the plug. Mine is Merchand de Trucs

  • brooke, February 2, 2009

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve got a blog place holding my domain now & am working on the new site. I love simplicity & color.

  • Miss Blossom, February 17, 2009

    Thanks for compiling this list. My header is a vintage inspired, feminine twist on the coffee cup on a desk.

  • IT Buzz, March 15, 2009

    Really creative design, it had given me a great idea to what type of header to make for my blogs thanks a lot for sharing such valuable information. Soon to see more from your side.

  • Golfer, March 29, 2009

    I especially like headers that use a lot of white as they blend in with most web sites. Great art.

  • Liam McCabe, April 1, 2009

    Some damn creative work!

  • Hieu.Pham, April 2, 2009

    Amazing collection of creative work here. Just love it. Thanks

  • Charly, April 3, 2009

    Thanks.
    In this list, we can add this one :http://www.mysacamain.com

  • Sacramento Web Design, April 4, 2009

    Awesome list! Great inspiration for our next project.

  • Gis, April 10, 2009

    Awesome selection :D Great soruces to get inspired :D

  • Web Designer blog, April 18, 2009

    very good creations. waiting for more creative headers

  • Basta!, April 20, 2009

    It looks to me you could use some inspiration yourself… this post was posted on smashingmagazine.com a few weeks ago.

  • Vandelay Design, April 20, 2009

    Basta,
    This post was published 8 months ago, so if something was posted at Smashing Magazine a few weeks ago it’s pretty irrelevant. Next time check the date before you make a stupid comment.

  • These designs are great. Thanks for sharing. Definitely a great collection of talent and distinct design styles

  • IT Buzz, May 6, 2009

    Its a great resource. i ‘ll surely use one of them, thanks for sharing.

  • These headers are great and has just inspired me to change my layout.

  • pixeldope, May 18, 2009

    great resource thanks for sharing

  • aloy, June 6, 2009

    Great collection. I love this 3D design in Acko.

  • arthrishi, June 19, 2009

    Thank u for shocasing such a fantastic works,

  • Leon Dudovich, July 9, 2009

    Really lovely collection.
    Can I use design like this when I create website with a services like this http://www.site2you.com/

  • Mandy | Print n Ink, July 16, 2009

    Those headers are really great, and what it does to a web site. I have see some really awful web sites out there where these people come up with there designs some of them are really horrible.

  • probir das, August 4, 2009

    A good collection . Very nice header collection.thanks for those collection.

  • Website Design Services, August 7, 2009

    nice set of banners! :)

  • Domain Appraisal, August 21, 2009

    your collection of banners not only nice but also very enthusiastic.

  • Elyot, August 22, 2009

    Nice collection. Not only 30 creatives, you can find lot.
    No boundaries for creatives.

  • flash components, August 26, 2009

    fantastic header design collection. merchand the best one.

  • magic power coffee, August 29, 2009

    really cool and inspirational designs… thanks for sharing !!

  • louisville web design, September 7, 2009

    All headers are cool!. The designers are creative and they have lot’s of idea that comes in there mind. It’s obvious in their design that they have a wide range of creativity. They are real artist.

  • Web Design Greece, September 22, 2009

    Cool! Cool! Cool! It made my day (or better night), I needed some inspiration. Thank you

  • Mac, October 1, 2009

    Cool collection. Thanks!!!

  • Courtland, October 16, 2009

    these are truly unique headers. Are they done with photoshop.

  • Chris, October 21, 2009

    Can you edit your own page graphics on wordpress even if you’re only using free account? And how basically is it done, if that’s the case?

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 21, 2009

      Chris,
      If you’re asking about header graphics, it depends on the theme. With most free themes you will not be able to change the header without editing code.

  • plumber melbourne, November 4, 2009

    Lovely headers. I Would like to integrate one of these in my website.

  • fatih, November 5, 2009

    Headers have certainly come along way from taking a picture and just stretching it to fit. Oops am I the only one that did that. Great site will bookmark…

  • robseo, November 5, 2009

    I think this is a very interesting resource for any website design .Nice header collection.

  • Ovi Dogar, November 10, 2009

    Awesome examples! Really great collection…

    By the way, keep posting!

    Ovi Dogar
    AbsoluteCovers.com

  • Best Price Moving, November 12, 2009

    NotreDame-Faches.fr and eAnka headers are exceptionally pleasant. How do you discover these? What’s the progression following searching for these sites plus headers used for your blog posts?

  • Blog Ideas, November 18, 2009

    Wow, these are amazing, I wish I had the skills to come up with headers like these, I wonder if there is such thing as header templates where you just put in the name of your site, there probably is somewhere out there but they’re probably cheesy and nowhere near as unique as these.

  • Nafa, November 23, 2009

    Awesome…
    Very nice headers :)

  • Web Design Bali, November 26, 2009

    I like Merchand de Trucs, makes me feel warm in there. :)

  • Misha, November 26, 2009

    Good ideas. Look with pleasure

  • Liminal Graphic Design, November 28, 2009

    Great collection of headers, now to look at the footers collection article you have!

    Great Work.

    Ryan

  • izle, December 7, 2009

    Wow, these are amazing, I wish I had the skills to come up with headers like these, I wonder if there is such thing as header templates where you just put in the name of your site, there probably is somewhere out there but they’re probably cheesy and nowhere near as unique as these.

  • Web design miami, December 8, 2009

    great stufff ! really creative and innovative

  • Tuna, December 12, 2009

    Headers have certainly come along way from taking a picture and just stretching it to fit. Oops am I the only one that did that. Great site will bookmark…

  • Deryn, December 16, 2009

    Very inspirational and unique header styles for websites. Keep up the good work with your gallery and inspire us more!

  • Zyklon, December 17, 2009

    Mark Forrester rules. Much liked. Thank you author!

  • ramaninder, December 18, 2009

    Hello,

    All the banners are awesome. Keep on adding new one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Diziler ve Spor, December 20, 2009

    Thank you so much.I love lots of Header on this post. İ love so much thnk you again.

  • Plywood india, December 22, 2009

    The designs are awesome and wonderful, excellent.

  • Cheap Web Designs, December 22, 2009

    hello,

    Nice graphics. You just gave me an idea to create another website using some samples listed above. I wont use the same one. But the idea was to create a nice header using photoshop

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    Its a great resource. i ‘ll surely use one of them, thanks for sharing.

  • Reptile Supplies, December 31, 2009

    I need to redesign my header after looking at these!

  • Chimera Studios web design, January 9, 2010

    Superb headers, really like these!

  • Eric Di Bari, January 13, 2010

    I don’t care for the headers that use too much illustration, but overall nice set.

  • webdesign london, January 14, 2010

    After seeing all these amazing website headers I am so inspired. Its so interesting how a header can set the whole tone and feel of a site. I think designers really need to pay attention to their headers. A good one can make a site.

  • dotndot, January 27, 2010

    Awesome collection.Great post.

  • Yuriy Zaremba, January 31, 2010

    I’m in love with the Merchand de Trucs design, It’s different without compromising usability.

  • Brain Waves Technology, February 5, 2010

    WebSite headers are one of the most important aspect of a site in my opinion anyways

    RE-Defying the traditional rectangle that looks like crap if one is viewing the site in a higher resolution then the header…

    When I was designing ours I asked my self what resolution would our visitor be using?

    For that reason I decided to make something that looks good in all starting at 1024 and blend into all others higher.

    As most headers are a rectangle this is what I came up with, drop me a line guys and tell me what you really think

  • Designzzz, February 20, 2010

    Nice Collection !!

  • Download Photoshop, February 27, 2010

    It is like header site WP Glamour and Mike Poss – has much to learn. Thanks for the link sites and beautiful headers!

  • Freelance Web designer, March 1, 2010

    Very creative header. help to me get good idea for my web design. thanks for sharing

  • Jonathon, March 9, 2010

    Those are really awesome designs. Could help in the future!

    Thank you!

    Kingsofweb.com

  • beauty and the Best, March 16, 2010

    Fantastic selection, very inspiring. I’m always really amazed and grateful when people do such fantastic research and share it with the rest of us. Thanks!

  • Website Design Bristol, March 16, 2010

    I really like these headers, so much variety and so much potential

  • Paarth, April 3, 2010

    Those are really inspiring, very creative designs.

  • Website Design Surrey, April 13, 2010

    Wow, some amazing headers right there! sweet!

  • inspirationfeed, May 2, 2010

    Awesome collection very inspiring!

  • Sbx Web Designer, May 28, 2010

    great designs…. nice headers especially Luova and Raggz… thanks for sharing…

    Steve

  • FreeSoft, June 25, 2010

    Since I have a blog on cursor WordPress, then for me it was a godsend to see the Website Header WP Glamour – she’s just gorgeous! Thank you very much!

  • accident claims, July 7, 2010

    Some real nice examples here. I am trying to find examples of simple 2 or three colour logos that I can use for inspiration for a design I am working on. Do you have any lists that may be helpful???

    Thanks

  • Kamera Sistemi, July 10, 2010

    Thank you for these amazing web site headers. I liked them.
    I will visit this page again.
    see you.

  • Ravi Juneja, July 16, 2010

    creative headers………………………………… nice list

  • Chat, July 24, 2010

    Thank you for these amazing web site headers. I liked them.
    I will visit this page again.
    see you

  • oldpostagestamps, July 24, 2010

    Love the way the guy in Merchand de Trucs is peeking over.

  • kadir avci, July 28, 2010

    wow, amazing headers. I love them. Thank you.

  • Lime Web Design, August 8, 2010

    Great list of creative headers. So much inspiration. Thanks

  • Darrick Prevett, August 8, 2010

    Often color placement and marketing schema can sometimes draw designers into a fog. Knowing we have thousands upon thousands of colors to choose from we are like pixel scientists searching for the magical cure.

  • dnyanesh, August 16, 2010

    superb collection thnx for share ur creative collection

  • Jeannie, August 21, 2010

    Great ideas here. You gave me inspiration to do something really creative. I need to brush up on my photoshop skills..

  • Jim Knobb, August 21, 2010

    I like to see headers that are out of the ordinary. It shows that a person has creativity and are thinking outside the box. Excellent collection of header ideas, btw. thanks.

  • Jermaine, August 25, 2010

    Thanks you for this list I’m creating few new websites and was looking for some header idea this really help

    Thanks

  • QIP Download, October 12, 2010

    Excellent headers for sites, are to that to learn and from what to choose! Most of all on beauty it was pleasant WP Glamour, really also realizations – Simple Art. Thanks for a selection!

  • SolY Mounir, October 29, 2010

    very nce headers it gives us alot of ideas

  • Chintan | Israel Travel, November 3, 2010

    Awesome headers! Thanks for sharing it. :)

    You have provided lots of idea for creating the stylish headers.

    Cheers!

    Chintan :)

  • John Amy, November 22, 2010

    Why have headers?

  • Web design hull, November 26, 2010

    Great collection, there are some awesome headers here which I’m sure will give me some inspiration… Thanks!

  • Hayley, January 1, 2011

    thats a great collection you know…
    it gave me a hole lot of insparation
    thanks!!!
    :-)

  • Tri Nguyen, January 21, 2011

    These headers are very inspirational. I found simple art header with their interactive desk very amazing. I would probably use these headers as part of a mood board in thinking of designs. Thanks for the great article.

  • gaunpro, March 30, 2011

    I would probably use these headers as part of a mood board in thinking of designs. Thanks for the great article.

  • Maupin, April 27, 2011

    Very inspiring. I particularly like the Merchand de Trucs. Very atmospheric.

  • Luke, May 2, 2011

    Excellent headers I must say. Very inspiring. Thank you very much. I will defiantly be back to visit this.

  • Anoop Menon, May 26, 2011

    I really enjoyed a lot reading this blog. Very nice headers you have shared with all of us.

  • Anoop Menon, May 28, 2011

    Thanks for giving us a lot of ideas. Very nice headers.

  • Gideon van Niekerk, May 30, 2011

    I love designing, but your headers are fantastic…

  • nevar, July 11, 2011

    These headers are very inspirational. I found simple art header with their interactive desk very amazing. I would probably use these headers as part of a mood board in thinking of designs. Thanks for the great article.

  • web design raleigh, July 30, 2011

    How refreshing! I was looking for some inspiration (I’m working on a really difficult project with a VERY difficult and demanding client). Beautiful designs here. I also liked your 25 impressive blog footers post as well. Thanks for refreshing my brain!

  • Web Creativity, July 31, 2011

    These headers are really nice, great inspiration- I tend to do my graphics with Inkscape and this post will give me some new ideas- thanks.

  • IgniteWebsites, August 8, 2011

    Thanks for the inspiration. I think websites headers are the most difficult element to perfect in web design. They are also the most important element on the page as that is what the eye is drawn to first.

  • Chris Quinn, September 6, 2011

    It would be nice to see a creative list of “Creative Ways of Displaying Phone Numbers”. I am at a blank here trying to find a good way to display my toll-free number :)

  • mindxstudio, February 8, 2012

    Very good collection of header design, I done some header design, those are good as well. check them here http://www.mindxstudio.com/header-design/

  • Rodney Ash, August 25, 2012

    Beautiful designs here. I also liked your 25 impressive blog footers post as well. Thanks for refreshing my brain!

  • Flavio, December 5, 2012

    I do criticize the definition of “creative” in the context at hand. In most cases there are illustrations, some are clever but most run of the mill.

    I would say that a is creative when some peculiar functions of the web-media are leveraged.

    • Steven Snell, December 5, 2012

      Hi Flavio,
      This post is more than 4 years old. At the time it was published sites with these types of headers were pretty unique. Today these types of graphics are a lot more common, so the creativity seems to be less than it was 4 years ago.

  • Opiek Pulau Tidung, June 6, 2013

    Great collection…. thank you

  • Samir, July 29, 2013

    Thanks for the awesome post! The collection is really inspiring and just in time for me.
    I’m looking for a perfect header for my website.

  • Shruti, September 4, 2013

    This was pretty good, i like ‘Simple and clean’ headers with an earthy feel to them, so my favourite was 2, 14 and just dot… i didn’t really find a header in 37 and i found the space header quite unattractive but the other examples were okay.. nice! :)

    Thanks,
    Shruti