40 Inspiring Blog Designs

Creating an attractive and unique blog design can often be a challenge because so many of them tend to look the same. To help spark you imagination, here is a look at 40 well-designed blogs, in a wide variety of different styles. These sample blogs have been selected from our blog design gallery, Blog Design Heroes. So if you like being inspired, be sure to follow Blog Design Heroes.

By Marina

By Marina

Creative Tempest

Creative Tempest

QN5 Music

QN5 Music

Getting Crazy on the Waltzers

Getting Crazy on the Waltzers

Ecoki

Ecocki

Carbon Sugar

Carbon Sugar

Laura Marchbanks

Laura Marchbanks

stopdesign

stopdesign

Objectified

Objectified

Indie Startups

Indie Startups

Outlaw Design Blog

Outlaw Design Blog

LbSquat

LbSquat

Blogfullbliss

Blogfullbliss

T.J. Mapes

T.J. Mapes

Popwhore

Popwhore

Line25

Line25

Ma.tt

Ma.tt

Colorburned

Colorburned

Well Medicated

Well Medicated

Devot:ee

Devot:ee

Pop Culture Tees

Pop Culture Tees

tehCpeng.net

tehCpeng

Freelenz

Freelenz

Unblogged

Unblogged

I Heart Luxe

I Heart Luxe

Ayaka Ito

Ayaka Ito

Rockers Delight

Rockers Delight

UX Booth

UX Booth

Owltastic

Owltastic

Factor168

Factor168

Blog Me Tender

Blog Me Tender

Little BIG Planetoid

Little BIG Planetoid

SketchBlog

SketchBlog

Natalie Jost

Natalie Jost

Le Blog de Gruny

Le Blog de Gruny

blenDesign

blenDesign

X3 Studios

X3 Studios

Istok Pavlovic

Istok Pavlovic

Keven Lupien

Keven Lupien

Webstaze

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  • John Campbell, July 13, 2009

    Absolutely perfect round up. I definitely will be bookmarking this one for future reference.

    - J

  • Maikel Neris, July 13, 2009

    Absolutely perfect round up. I definitely will be bookmarking this one for future reference [2]

  • sonichtml, July 14, 2009

    Nice post,thank you for shared..

  • Colorburned, July 14, 2009

    Thanks for the mention!

  • GigantiCo, July 14, 2009

    Hey, why no GigantiCo, have you no taste?

    :-)

  • Marcell, July 14, 2009

    What a list. The designs are crazy

  • Daniel, July 14, 2009

    More blog designs over at siteInspire…

    http://siteinspire.net/showcase/category/type/blog

  • Karol Zielinski, July 14, 2009

    Most of these websites are really good. Each of them have some nice elements… but unfortunately most of them are similar to each other. That’s the worst thing in it – it’s really difficult to design unique blog.

    the best ones: ecoki, blogfullbliss, ma.tt, freelenz

    almost best ones: Getting Crazy on the Waltzers (good header, an author should spend some time in learning html), outlaw design blog (good idea, nice work… but there is too much of everything), popwhore (good idea, nice header, terrible footer), ayaka ito (good idea, nice header, terrible background)

  • I do agree with you that designing blogs is often challenging. Traditionally designers have neglected blog footers, where they keep the obligatory copyright line. Don’t you think that you can actually capture and maintain the interest of your visitors with creative footers? Anyways, thanks for the collection.

  • Vandelay Design, July 14, 2009

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I’m glad the showcase is appreciated.

  • Marina, July 14, 2009

    Thanks for the mention! [2]

  • brian, July 14, 2009

    nice overview, I’m stuggling with design of my blog, this is helpful mainly looking at the design of headers

  • Paul Ehrenreich, July 14, 2009

    I see stuff like this and wish that I had a faction of the skills and talent that goes into making them.

  • Eric Tobis, July 14, 2009

    I agree with Karol, they a lot of things in common, but hey then again you can’t really create a new kind of blog because it would be rejected. You have keep the structure!

    I like Popwhore :-)) I like the name and the design is interesting. You haven’t includede Spoon Graphics (http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/) or Creative Luggage (http://www.creativeluggage.com) here. I think they are also very creative.

    Even From the Couch.

    Anyway, nice collection! Very good Vandelay, you always have nice and inspiring articles :-) Keep up the good work

  • Vandelay Design, July 14, 2009

    Hi Eric,
    Blog.SpoonGraphics wasn’t included because the design has been around for a while and I figured all of my readers have already seen it. I tried to find blog designs that may not be as well known, but Blog.SpoonGraphics is certainly worthy – and I believe it has been featured at http://blogdesignheroes.com

  • Danillo, July 14, 2009

    The first is brazilian… o/
    Amazing list.. =)

  • e11world, July 14, 2009

    There are some really creative works here. WOW! I really hate not having enough time to design something as amazing as these.

  • Chris Robinson, July 14, 2009

    Nice roundup, dig the Ecoki site

  • very nice blog designs, thanks for the list..

  • Johnson Koh, July 15, 2009

    This is a beautiful list :)

  • Luis Lopez, July 15, 2009

    This kind of site are great source of inspiration
    Thanks for the list

  • aledesign.it, July 15, 2009

    Getting Crazy on the Waltzers, ma.tt, Webstaze and other..are my preferite!! Really a good post!

  • chris rhee, July 15, 2009

    Thanks for listing http://QN5.com (I did the design & development for the site.) Glad to see people dig it! And it looks like we’re in good company: I’m a big fan of some of the other sites you listed, too.

  • web design gold coast, July 15, 2009

    Very inspiring designs and a great help thanks.

  • Julie Lender, July 16, 2009

    A wonderful list of blog designs! I especially liked the one by Marina. Way to go!

  • David Platt, July 16, 2009

    Nice blog sites. The trouble is, they all look alike. The CMS structure makes all these blogs look similar no matter what the designer does. The whole web is starting to look like a Word Press template.

    Yes, having a blog site is sooooooo much more functional than other types of sites but the tradeoff is that they all look alike.

    As bad as a Flash site is in terms of functionality, at least when you land on a good one it is something different.

    I was considering a blog site for myself but I’m beginning to feel that these CMS systems are not flexible enough to accommodate original layout/navigation

    I was hoping that a more design-considerate CMS might pop up or that Flash might come up with a way to be more usable/functional.

    Can anyone see what the next shift will be? I don’t want to be like everyone else.

    -dp

  • Dmitry, July 16, 2009

    Thanks for great post, nice blog designs.

  • Eric Tobis, July 16, 2009

    Yeah, that’s good, but I haven’s seen Creative Luggage or From the couch. I think these guys are really good, and they should be included in this list. What about them?

    Anyway, the rest of designs are really, really great!

  • whisky, July 17, 2009

    Thanks, all themes are very nice :)

  • Dallas G, July 17, 2009

    these are great designs, being a web developer, cms and media delivery systems, which cms’s do people use, wordpress or custom? this i find the most interesting as i have just got into design, and always find that most cms’s out the box cant always work well with the design

  • Vandelay Design, July 17, 2009

    Dallas,
    WordPress is by far the most popular option among the blogs featured here. If you visit http://blogdesignheroes.com you will see a different category for each CMS (see the sidebar).

  • Dallas G, July 17, 2009

    thanks for the link

  • Alis, July 17, 2009

    Great selection, thank you for sharing!

  • Liz, July 17, 2009

    there is some great designs here. I must say, i was thrilled to see Laura Marchbanks photo blog here, since I designed it! :) thanks for choosing it!

  • CSS Webdesigner, July 17, 2009

    it was a very useful for my works! :) Thank you!

  • Jaspal Singh, July 18, 2009

    Excellent showcase, Thanks for sharing.

  • Leon Dudovich, July 19, 2009

    What if we got same CMS? And we want to create a websites for business buy services like http://www.site2you.com
    How to pick up unique webdesign if all website builders given already done designs?

  • Christine, July 19, 2009

    wow Great designes, love them all, Thx a lot

  • Philipp, July 20, 2009

    Nice work! Some cool inspirations are there!

  • london web designers, July 20, 2009

    Great inspiration… Great designs.

  • Inchirieriauto, July 21, 2009

    Just gorgeous, i use them on my blogs, have a nice day!

  • web designs, July 24, 2009

    I love this stuff. Im still yet to push my ill skills to the web. We’ll see!

  • Web Design UK, July 24, 2009

    Excellant collection….. their are some talented designers around these days with the web changing new design skills are being brought out… Keep up the good work.

  • web design company, July 27, 2009

    Great list here, I’m trying to come up with some ideas for a music blog. The list you’ve featured here will definitely help me brainstorm.

  • Adrian, July 28, 2009

    Thank you for adding my blog, cheers!

  • Elton Liu, July 30, 2009

    Some of the illustrations on these blogs are amazing, where do they get their ideas from. There are some very talented designers out there. Thank for sharing this on you site.

  • Stef, August 8, 2009

    Thanks for choosing me !

    Aniway, nice selection :)

  • James W, August 10, 2009

    As I am looking in to creating my first blog, these will provide some great inspiration, thanks for sharing.

  • XBox Live, August 14, 2009

    Thanks for the list. A lot of amazing blogs that have great content. Matt Mullenweg’s is very nice at ma.tt

  • flash components, September 8, 2009

    cool showcase list. btw it’s a good idea of creating a flash blog list. they are more attractive and dynamic.

  • Caroline - Des poules et des pois, September 29, 2009

    nice works ! very inspiring !

  • diseño web, November 10, 2009

    Is gratuitous these templates?

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    Wonderful! Very useful template! Thanks!

  • Mr. herretøj, January 8, 2010

    Wooow, there are some coool ones among here…. I really like the Matt – good job dude ;-)

  • Luis, March 12, 2010

    theres a lot of talent out there… bunch of killers that dont get the merit they deserve

  • Mark, March 18, 2010

    sweet. thanks for taking the time to put this together. great inspiration!

  • admin@technofreaky, June 15, 2010

    Really great sites and awesome designs. We can take some inspiration from them and implement accordingly.

  • Chandu, February 3, 2012

    A wonderful list of blog designs! thanks for Sharing