25 Exceptional Blog Designs

Most of us visit several different blogs every day. While the greatest factor in a blog being successful and useful is the content, having a memorable and attractive design can certainly help.  With so many blogs using the same or similar themes, a unique design can have a positive impact on first time visitors and can improve the visitor’s experience on the blog.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 blogs with beautiful designs. Hopefully these examples will prove to be useful for your own design inspiration.

Code School

Code School

Design Intellection

Design Intellection

Janko at Warp Speed

Janko at Warp Speed

Flight Brigade

Flight Brigade

Our Swiss Life

Our Swiss Life

Jonathan Lochhead

Jonathan Lochhead

Laura Burciaga

Laura Burciaga

Poco Mountain Girl

Poco Mountain Girl

Little Miss Heirlooms

Little Miss Heirlooms

Gourmade at Home

Gourmade at Home

Web Standards Sherpa

Web Standards Sherpa

Build Internet

Build Internet

Inchoo

Inchoo

Web Design Fan

Web Design Fan

Web Designer Wall

Web Designer Wall

Kendra Schaefer

Kendra Schaefer

Chitwood & Hobbs

Chitwood & Hobbs

Another Face in the Crowd

Another Face in the Crowd

Girl with a Camera

Girl with a Camera

Bilder von Freunden

Bilder von Freunden

Dave Gamache

Dave Gamache

Iemai

Iemai

Joey Lomanto

Joey Lomanto

Raven Blog

Raven Blog

The Bright

The Bright

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  • Gerri, June 21, 2011

    Thanks for posting these blog designs. I like what Inchoo has going on.

  • Tristar Web Design, June 21, 2011

    It’s great to see some lovely blog posts being mentioned here. My favourite is flight Brigade, I love the colours and the sketchy style used on the hot air balloons, the sunset style textured gradient really pulls the design off the page. I also really like the ‘current workload’ circle on design intellection. The burciaga blog is beautifully designed, I love the way the black box runs over the image and the title.

  • aledesign.it, June 21, 2011

    Very nice post…so wonderful examples…I want a blog now! maybe is the time to study one!

  • Jim Davis, June 21, 2011

    It is disappointing to see so many great looking sites that do not use responsive design methods. Fixed width designs are a thing of the past.

  • MaidenheadKate88, June 21, 2011

    These are cool, in a day and age where there are so many templates available, custom is good. I like the ‘Our Swiss Life’ design best. Very nice collection!

  • Musa, June 22, 2011

    Wow Cool Collection of wolderful Blog designs. Thank you very much for such wonderful sharing. i really like all these but i love Janko at Warp Speed one. It is truly awesome.

  • Richard Hill, June 22, 2011

    Love the Chitwood and Hobbs design and a read of joeylomanto means I’ll be reading more of what he says – nice design too of course :)

  • komikoyunlar, June 23, 2011

    thanks The best collection for me is the Baroque patterns..so wonderful set.

  • Steve Morgan, June 24, 2011

    Really useful post…….Thanks for sharing…..

  • pierre, June 27, 2011

    @Jim Davis I couldn’t disagree more. I dont think responsive design is going to catch on…

    For one, most fluid width designs look like crap. For two, The only reason you see all of this hype regarding responsive design is because of smartphones.

    Quite frankly, I don’t have a smartphone so I don’t care. If a client wants their site to be smartphone friendly, that is something I am going to bill extra for.

    And even then I’m not going to do it with a fluid width design for the entire site, I will design my own smartphone template and use a js to detect and switch if needed.

  • Lauren, July 3, 2011

    Very inspiring as always. Thank you.

  • Moritz, July 4, 2011

    Cool list. Thanks for posting. Admire the colors and design of “Gourmade at Home” and “Web Standards Sherpa”.

    @Jim Davis: I don’t agree with your general condemnation of fixed width layouts. Their huge advantages: fine-grained layout of elements, avoiding of endless lines of text the viewer’s eyes can’t follow. And you’re always free to provide fixed width stylesheets for different output devices or screen resolutions.

    Cheers, Moritz

  • Emi, July 5, 2011

    Thank you for featuring my blog! :)

  • Julian Pustkuchen, July 5, 2011

    Hi, great list! This really made my day!

    I’d like to mention a great blog design I found some days ago. It’s German, but I think design isn’t a question of language:

    http://blog.frobieter.de

    Hope you like it!

  • kate, July 28, 2011

    marvellous !!!!!!!! actually the beauty lies in the concept of each theme tht is designed with the matching colors nd designs.

  • Pietsen, January 4, 2012

    Really nice ideas. Thank You for this great examples.

  • Stacy Summers, October 9, 2012

    Awesome Blog designs! Your post is full of design inspiration! Thanks a lot for sharing :)