30 Beautifully Dark Websites – Part IV

Some of the most impressive web designs are those that use dark backgrounds effectively. While dark backgrounds can be difficult to work with and may not be ideal for every project, when they’re done well the results can be quite impressive. In this post we’ll continue a series of showcase posts that we started about two years ago.

Nue(me)dia

Nue(me)dia

Red Crown Studio

Red Crown Studio

Lucky Rabbit Films

Lucky Rabbit Films

Radiiate

Radiiate

Idea Foundry

Idea Foundry

Reinvigorate

Reinvigorate

Anderbose

Anderbose

In2media

In2media

Artifice Studios

Artifice Studios

To Write Love on Her Arms

To Write Love on Her Arms

Creative State

Creative State

Kinetic Kreations

Kinetic Kreations

Internet Dreams

Internet Dreams

Tap Tapas

Tap Tapas

Buzapp

Buzapp

Mana Music

Mana Music

Delicious CSS

Delicious CSS

Toni and Guy Opticians

Toni and Guy Opticians

Atebits

Atebits

Phusion Passenger

Phusion Passenger

MephoBox

MephoBox

No Sleep for Sheep

No Sleep for Sheep

Point&Anchor

Point&Anchor

Mighty Dream

Mighty Dream

Harry J. Husni

Harry J. Husni

Red Interactive Agency

Red Interactive Agency

Takeover Studio

Takeover Studio

h2desk

h2desk

Joint Medias

Joint Medias

Phunk’n Creative

Phunk'n Creative

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Published January 14th, 2010 by

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  • Pedro Magalhães, January 15, 2010

    Great post! I love dark websites 2 ;)

  • ne-web Design Newcastle, January 15, 2010

    Some really good sites there. I particularly like the Lucky Rabbit Films website, especially the logo they have.

  • aledesign.it, January 15, 2010

    Greatful…I search in this days a good collection for create a new site with dark colours. Thanks a lot!

  • Creative Mashup, January 15, 2010

    What do you think about that one: http://www.creativemashup.pl

    Is is worth it to change it to white design ?

  • rburch, January 15, 2010

    Nice list. My site has a dark theme, it was a bit darker but every time I revamp the theme I seem to get a a shade lighter overall.

  • Dravalley Support Community, January 15, 2010

    I love dark themes. Some of these are really beautiful. I might just use one of these for my site.

  • Elle, January 15, 2010

    Dark websites are nice. They provide a nice change from the pedestrian sites. Thanks for the post! This was fun to look at!

  • Eric Di Bari, January 16, 2010

    Your collections of websites are always the best. Can’t wait for part V.

  • wholesale usb, January 16, 2010

    I love dark themes,it’s very nice..

  • Stacy, January 16, 2010

    Lovely collection. I am very partial to dark themes myself. I really like Kinetic Kreations. His site is hot!

  • Chris, January 17, 2010

    A great collection in deed, but some people don’t like to read dark pages. But personally, I like them. Nice work there buddy.

    • Vandelay Website Design, January 17, 2010

      Chris,
      Yes, there are definitely some down sides to a dark background. I think generally they are not good for content-heavy sites.

  • Alfred Faltiska, January 19, 2010

    I would be very happy if you took a look at my site which happens to be black :)
    I won’t publish a link in the comment cause I am not looking to gain visits.
    I am really asking for your opinion, if you have 5 minutes.

    cheers,
    Alfred

  • Black Katz - rent in London, January 21, 2010

    I love the dark themes – look so stylised. Here’s a Formula 1 one http://www.lewishamilton.com/ and a property one http://www.futurelet.org/ as well as our own one at http://www.blackkatz.com.

    The images show up so well too.

  • CodeMyConcept, January 21, 2010

    It is nice to see how people are definitely getting away from boring whites and clear website designs. In my opinion, all the sites you have featured in the article have a much more glamorous look.

  • Michael, January 23, 2010

    FYI nue-media.com version2 has launched – so your screenshot is out of date :)

  • Webdesign, January 23, 2010

    Really great Collections……..

    Looking with more Ideas,

    Thanks

  • graffiti vector, January 23, 2010

    Nice collection of Dark themes, i like it…

  • WebDirectory, January 25, 2010

    Great collection ..awesome design one of I will capture

  • Jason, January 27, 2010

    What about this website from 11en1?
    http://www.11en1.nl

  • Web development Newcastle, October 7, 2010

    Beautifully designed themes – thanks for sharing!:)

  • Reynolds Web Design, June 20, 2011

    Problem I find with dark website is the difficulty of reading text. The example here are heavy image based and with lots of colour which works well, not sure I’d want a dark coloured website for a blog though, thanks for sharing.

    • Vandelay Website Design, June 21, 2011

      Reynolds,
      Yes, most people would agree with you. It works well for portfolio sites but not always so practical for text-heavy sites.

  • Wowrange, April 25, 2012

    Wow they are really cool. I liked In2media .. that’s awesome theme

  • Robert Bruce Anderson, March 31, 2013

    OK, so initially I thought that these designs will be too old, and then you surprised me with really great looking designs. I am Rob, I do local website designs in Johannesburg South Africa, and I have to content with two problems with dark website designs. Convincing clients to step out of their comfort zone, and then trying to work with images that are designed for “white”. And to admit the truth I struggle more with my designing skills. Still I have been inspired here. Thanks. Off to play with some dark designs :)