Design Trend Showcase: 30 Horizontal Websites

Horizontal websites have been increasing in popularity over the past year or two. Although the approach isn’t a good fit for every project, a horizontal layout can provide designers with an opportunity to showcase some creativity and to break out of the box. As you may notice from the sites showcased here, portfolio sites of designers and photographers are probably the most likely type of site to use a horizontal layout right now. Here is a look at 30 sites for your own inspiration.

Aubrey Edwards

Aubrey Edwards

We Shoot Bottles

We Shoot Bottles

IndoFolio

IndoFolio

Sarah Rhoads

Sarah Rhoads

Ryan Cox USA

Ryan Cox USA

Farmhouse Fare

Farmhouse Fare

f$ dsign

f$ dsign

Hvass & Hannibal

Hvass & Hannibal

LoveBento

LoveBento

Swear Words

Swear Words

Make Pretend

Make Pretend

Stephane Tartelin

Stephane Tartelin

Eric Johansson

Eric Johansson

Beatriz Carosini

Beatriz Carosini

Egofoto

Egofoto

Josh Tilton

Josh Tilton

Toothjuice

Toothjuice

Artcore Illustrations

Artcore Illustrations

Maureen Fischinger

Maureen Fischinger

One Fine Day

One Fine Day

Tom Hoops Photography

Tom Hoops Photography

Crtl + N

Crtl + N

Carrot Creative

Carrot Creative

Jason Love

Jason Love

Graphic Therapy

Graphic Therapy

Front End Design Conference

Front End Design Conference

Oskar Kron

Oskar Kron

Faub

Faub

Daniel Stenberg

Daniel Stenberg

Hasrimy

Hasrimy

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  • vasares design blog, February 15, 2010

    how amazing is this article!!! love it:) thank you so much!!

  • African Digital Art, February 16, 2010

    It seems that most horizontal websites are used mainly in portfolio sites. Are there any other sites that utilize the horizontal navigation? I would think that more news and magazine blogs would be interested in horizontal websites. Another question.. would horizontal navigation be used differently in cultures that read from right to left?

  • Michael Locke, February 16, 2010

    Some of these are amazing. Very inspiring. Gave me some thoughts.

  • Smashing Buzz, February 16, 2010

    inspiring article for new design ideas. thanks

  • pasxal, February 16, 2010

    hmm…Seem to be following this trend without knowing.

    But nice collection!

  • New York Web Designer, February 16, 2010

    I totally love it. Am inspired. According to me this is the Trend…

  • aledesign.it, February 16, 2010

    Some examples are really nice. Nice collection..add to my twitter! Is so incredible list! Thank you so much!

  • Roseann, February 17, 2010

    Wow, great designs!!

  • Smashing In, February 17, 2010

    Swearrr I enjoy all your example. … that’s all

  • Garry, February 17, 2010

    nice list of design. thanks for idea

  • Mark, February 18, 2010

    I’m not a big fan of the navigation on most of these, but they all have top notch designs. Im a huge fan of any site that uses this style of template design.

  • Vince, February 20, 2010

    Thanks for the list. I can’t wait to design my first horizontal webdesign.

  • Apeeples, February 21, 2010

    Great roundup!

  • DT, February 23, 2010

    l like this and so different post. well done

  • Marketing Automation Software, February 27, 2010

    I wonder how this is accepted in a user experience setting. In most cases people feel that scrolling is a bad thing. Especially horizontal scrolling. Vertical scrolling is made easier by mouse wheels. While an interesting design, I always worry about breaking the mold by changing expected user experience elements.

    • Vandelay Website Design, February 27, 2010

      That’s why it’s more common on portfolio sites, because they generally can take more liberties. For a corporate website it would be much more of a usability issue, in my opinion.

  • Alex Flueras, March 4, 2010

    New horizontal sites! Always nice to see them. Thanks for sharing.

  • norm, March 16, 2010

    one of my favourite things on the internet never gets any recognition!
    also a beautifully designed horizontal page http://nirvanathebandtheshow.com

  • rob torres, February 4, 2011

    Some really strong showings here, we did a cool one for one of our partners too: http://changeartist.in/