25 Beautifully Dark Websites – Part II

In the right situation, a dark website background can create a stunning look. As a follow up to the original collection from several months ago, here are another 25 dark websites for your design inspiration.

For more design inspiration, see:

Infinite Imagination

Infinite Imagination

Kyle Haskins

Kyle Haskins

WISER

WISER

Mike Walker Creative

Mike Walker Creative

Goodbytes

Goodbytes

1 Minus 1

1 Minus 1

Les Arts O Soleil

Les Arts O Soleil

Mario H. Coelho

Mario H. Coelho

Ecstatic Media

Ecstatic Media

Mike Precious

Mike Precious

James B

James B

Leigh Taylor

Leigh Taylor

Sidebar Creative

Sidebar Creative

Level9 Design

Level9 Design

Fernando Sergio

Fernando Sergio

Artworking

Artworking

Quo Consulting

Quo Consulting

Island Shots

Island Shots

New Concept

New Concept

Mediatemprano

Mediatemprano

Chris Burrows

Chris Burrows

Ashwebmedia

Ashwebmedia

The Things We Make

The Things We Make

Sessions

Sessions

Komodomedia

Komodomedia

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  • Matt, June 9, 2008

    I love these lists. They give me a fair amount of inspiration when it comes to design and layout. Keep ‘em coming.

  • Vandelay Design, June 9, 2008

    Thanks Matt,
    I’m glad they’re a source of inspiration for you.

  • Adam, June 9, 2008

    This is a great list of website designs. I myself prefer ligher designs (as you can tell by my website), but all of these sites look really good.

  • Vandelay Design, June 9, 2008

    Adam,
    I generally prefer lighter design myself, but I love dark designs that are done really well (for the right sites, it’s not a good fit for every website).

  • adelle, June 9, 2008

    these are some great choices – and the best part is – I have never seen any of them! Great job.

  • Vandelay Design, June 9, 2008

    Thanks Adelle. I tried to find some that haven’t been overexposed yet.

  • Wow, I haven’t seen a lot of these before! Does it take you long to find sites for collections like this? Ooo, and I like the way Mario C. presents his screenshots! Not seen that used before either.

  • Sacha, June 10, 2008

    Nice list ! The Goodbytes site (http://www.goodbytes.be/) reminds me a lot of this PSDTUTS tutorial: http://psdtuts.com/interface-tutorials/create-a-sleek-high-end-web-design-from-scratch/

    By the way, do you use a special tool for the screenshots, or do you grab all of them manually and resize them in photoshop ?

  • James Abney-Hastings, June 10, 2008

    This is a great list! Good work finding underexposed ones, there are some old favorites I’ve seen a few times but most are new to me. I agree that a dark look isn’t suitable for all sites but used in the right place and done well like these ones the results can be spectacular.

  • Fabio, June 10, 2008

    really nice! great list

  • WishMyLove, June 10, 2008

    I would like to thanks…
    Great list I like your blog!

    Cheers,
    Szabolcs

  • Ricardo, June 10, 2008

    Great list. I didn’t know some of them.

  • real estate, June 10, 2008

    Those are really cool dark web site and the template is nice, I did go some of the site and got many thing.

  • Tuomas, June 10, 2008

    One of the great additions would be http://www.i-marco.nl/weblog/
    by Marco van Hylckama Vlieg.

  • Fubiz, June 10, 2008

    Amazing selection!

  • Graham Strong, June 10, 2008

    I think what is great about dark websites is that they are so much harder to pull off. Most people prefer lighter colour schemes, I think. One good reason is that it is easier to read dark type on a white background than vice versa.

    But when a dark site is done right, the effects can be stunning as you have shown here.

    ~Graham

  • Bob, June 10, 2008

    I see PSDTuts has left its mark on a few of these……
    (Goodbytes and James B)

  • Eric, June 10, 2008

    I really like that first one – Infinite Imagination. All of these are pretty inspiring. In fact, time to get back to work instead of going around reading blogs! ;)

    - Eric

  • JD, June 10, 2008

    Wonderful collection!

  • Roshan Shah, June 10, 2008

    You may also add http://www.la2day.com in your list.

  • sir jorge, June 10, 2008

    those are really good, great even.

  • Jason, June 10, 2008

    I am working on one. Please give some feedback. I don’t know which direction I should take it. http://synergydesigns.synergydesigns.org Thanks, J

  • BURAK ÖNAL, June 11, 2008

    those are really good, great even.

  • Vehicle Shipping, June 11, 2008

    great collection of websites!

  • James B, June 11, 2008

    Wow, honoured to have made it into one of these collections, thanks very much!

    Although having looked through, 1minus1 is absolutely stunning. Can’t fault it, top marks from me to them! Nice collection of websites mate, again thanks very much

    James

  • Vandelay Design, June 11, 2008

    James,
    You’re welcome. Thanks for taking a moment to stop by and comment.

  • Tristan, June 12, 2008

    This is an great looking dark webpage also: http://www.der-vigilant.de

  • Jimeee, June 12, 2008

    Good list, thanks. Smashing Mag also have something similar.

    I’ll use this chance to give my own dark website a shameless plug:

    http://www.azeemalim.co.uk

  • web design company, June 12, 2008

    Nice website designs that are dark

  • Jeremy, June 12, 2008

    Great collection of sites, these are always inspirational to me as I tend to prefer a bit of a darker design. It is nice to see a few I haven’t run across in the CSS galleries yet.

  • Alojaweb, June 13, 2008

    nice collection, thanks for the contribution.

  • Leigh Taylor, June 13, 2008

    Wow thanks for putting me up there! Didn’t expect to get so much flattery for my temp portfolio!

    @LaurenMarie
    As i am writing this, mine has only been up just over 3 weeks so either Vandelay has a good eye or special scouting powers!!!

  • Vandelay Design, June 13, 2008

    Leigh,
    You’re welcome, and thanks for taking a moment to visit and comment. I’d like to think I have special scouting powers, but I’m just human.

  • London Escorts, June 14, 2008

    I am really surprised to see these dark websites. Most of the dark website’s main problem is some deep color don’t match with each other. But in these sites the did match.

  • facebook, June 14, 2008

    I think the webmasters hired some fine arts specialist for color combination. They are very choosy i guess. And also they are very good designer.

  • design nottingham, June 19, 2008

    White text on black backgrounds are always going to be harder on the eyes than the opposite but these sites work really well because they use almost white text which really seems to make a difference!

  • Xtence, June 19, 2008

    very nice list, i look forward to see more of this
    these are the hardest designs to make because of the white text, but it’s allways a challenge !!!!

  • GoodBytes, June 21, 2008

    Nice to see we are on the list too! I love the James B header ! All other designs are great as well.

  • Dark Design, June 23, 2008

    Check this one from my friend’s studio: http://www.happydesign.ru/portfolio/index.php?cat_id=1&page=5

  • Ricardo, July 21, 2008

    it is dark and beautiful :-)
    it’s my site.
    please say me a word about it.

  • nick, September 16, 2008

    two more for consideration…

    http://www.justmythoughts.com

    and

    http://www.nickhand.net

  • nick, September 16, 2008

    hmmm the http://www.justmythoughts.com link was wrong, here it is:

    http://www.justmythoughts.com

  • SJL Web Design, December 23, 2008

    Nice collection Vandelay Design! some really nice dark designs. If you get a chance we would be honored if you could take a look at our site, maybe you could consider adding it to part 3, if you ever get round to making it.

  • Website Design Roy, January 26, 2009

    Nice list of dark designs. Sometimes I think to myself why I didn’t think of that….doh!

  • creative web design, July 18, 2009

    It is a great collections of Great Designs mate

  • HGH, July 25, 2009

    great collection. thanks for sharing

  • Matty, August 19, 2009

    Wow, the Infinite Imagination website is so nice. Really like that one. Thank you for sharing the great visual list.

  • medyum, August 27, 2009

    Great collection of sites, these are always inspirational to me as I tend to prefer a bit of a darker design. It is nice to see a few I haven’t run across in the CSS galleries yet.

  • Web Entrepreneur, November 9, 2009

    Great post. I love dark websites (just like my humour)

  • Ankara Parke, December 24, 2009

    great collection of websites!

  • Mike, March 8, 2010

    Very nice collection of dark websites!
    Oh and you forgot this one http://www.gauntler.com :)

  • evan, July 28, 2010

    featured @ beautifulmac.com

  • web design hull, December 13, 2010

    Another great collection of dark websites, very inspiring…. I just need to find a suitable client to have a go at one now.

  • medyum, April 17, 2011

    Those are really cool dark web site and the template is nice, I did go some of the site and got many thing….

  • Marcus Green, September 29, 2011

    Great set of sites there. Old thread I know but found some great inspiration, just what I was after.

    Thanks for sharing :-)

  • New1000ad, July 26, 2013

    Some of the sites aren’t online anymore.