25 Magazine-Style Layouts for Your Design Inspiration

Magazine and news-style designs have become increasingly popular. Content management systems like WordPress have a wide selection of themes for this type of site, making it easy for the average website owner or blogger to achieve a look that is similar to a news site. In this post we will feature 25 sites that provide inspiration for magazine-style layouts.

bmi Voyager

bmi Voyager

Pitchfork

Pitchfork

Ulster Grocer

Ulster Grocer

Chow

Chow

True/Slant

True/Slant

Pousta

Pousta

This is Fake DIY

This is Fake DIY

Creative Review

Creative Review

Collide Magazine

Collide Magazine

Sower of Seeds

Sower of Seeds

Foodtease

Foodtease

R.U.4 Children

R.U.4 Children

The Nest

The Nest

Typographica

Typographica

Ecoki

Ecoki

Jacksonville Landing

Jacksonville Landing

MICA

MICA

LiveSpot

LiveSpot

Salient

Salient

VIBE FM

Vibe FM

Dwell

Dwell

Livestrong

Livestrong

Horizon Magazine

Horizon Magazine

UGSMAG

USMAG

4Wall

4Wall

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  • Dzinepress, August 4, 2009

    your listing is awesome and very nice effort thanks.

  • Ms.HealthyPeach, August 4, 2009

    Woww… very unique designs thanks for sharing!

  • Miroslav Nikolov, August 4, 2009

    Very nice. You can take a lot of ideas from here.

  • Webstandard-Team, August 4, 2009

    Awesome collection, my facvorites are “The Nest”, “LiveSpot” and “UGSMAG”

  • Daniel, August 4, 2009

    Some really nice sites I haven’t seen before. Some more over at siteInspire…

    Magazines:
    http://siteinspire.net/showcase/category/type/magazine

    And ‘editorial’ style:
    http://siteinspire.net/showcase/category/style/editorial

    Cheers!

  • The Brisbane Line, August 4, 2009

    some nice examples, but this is web. magazine style site designs are all well and good but these sites aren’t designed for the web, lots of scrolling and generic layout.

  • Taufiq Hasan, August 4, 2009

    Great list!! Thank you..

  • aledesign.it, August 4, 2009

    Fantastic post! some works are really nice! my favorites are
    Jacksonville Landing, UGSMAG, Ecoki..

  • Kieran Daly, August 4, 2009

    All very interesting but do you know how these sites are currently created. Are they already using some form of CMS. It is a lot of work to end up with a similar model for WordPress (achievable but tons of work).

    Great article though and good for design ideas.

  • leon, August 5, 2009

    awesome list!

  • Nardyello, August 5, 2009

    One thing you can notice is that the Main Feature of every site is located at the top left of most designs. They usually don’t occupy the entire row depending on how big the feature is or the amount of information wanted to be presented as part of the main feature.

    So it’s no surprise to anyone that a picture at that spot will ALWAYS catch your visitor’s attention. New ideas popping up anyone? =]

    Great designs, thank you for sharing! :D

  • UK Webmaster Forum, August 5, 2009

    Great collections man.. thanks for the list

  • Thomas, August 6, 2009

    Really Nice inspiration, Thanks

  • New Moon Movie Twilight, August 6, 2009

    Very cool! Love the selection. I like Ecoki & pitchfork

  • Cathy B, August 7, 2009

    are any of these templates for free? if we like one of the templates we see here, how would we find it to redo it for our own sites? I am fairly new so forgive me if that’s too novice of a question for some.

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 7, 2009

    Cathy B,
    If you’re using WordPress there are a lot of free and premium theme for magazine or news styled sites. If you do a Google search for WordPress news themes you should find many.

  • Eric Shafer, August 10, 2009

    Really nice list guys, can never have too much inspiration in web design.

    Featured here: http://www.presidiacreative.com/best-of-the-web-31/

  • Sarah, August 22, 2009

    Hey guys, love all the sites!

    We just launched a site that is custom designed in the magazine theme.

    http://theswishlife.com

    Liam from WeFunction.com did the layout.

  • web design chennai, August 27, 2009

    The designs are looking very nice and impressive

  • Masud Rana, September 1, 2009

    great collections.

  • Kwame, September 2, 2009

    This is actually a very well chosen list !

  • Andrew M, September 17, 2009

    Magazine-style layouts? It sounds like these sites chose a magazine-style layout when in fact they are online magazines and news sites. “25 print inspired layouts” would be more fitting. A strong collection of examples none the less although I’ve never seen a WordPress theme that comes close to any example above.

    • Vandelay Website Design, September 17, 2009

      Andrew,
      “Magazine style” is a commonly used term for this style of design.

  • mulaz, September 17, 2009

    Nice… from a bit further away from the monitor, it really looks alot like a magazine.

  • Jepser, September 17, 2009

    Good showcase, one more.. it’s beautiful (for me it is) http://www.smartshanghai.com/

  • Armig Esfahani, October 7, 2009

    Thank you this helped me a lot today :)

  • Richard, October 15, 2009

    Great listing. The 4wall site is superb, suggest you head over their if looking for some contemporary art. http://www.4wall.co.uk

  • sinema izle, December 7, 2009

    in my blog, i have posted some jquery image gallery types. one of them is an image gallery made with jQuery Gestures. maybe you want to add it to your collection

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    Thanks for sharing this! Nice collection, good inspiration.

  • David Willmott, July 21, 2010

    Great inspiration ideas thanks for you hard work.

  • Michael Collins, July 30, 2010

    I really like Typographica and RU4 children. These Magazine designs definitely inspire.

  • Zwelithini Dladlama, August 11, 2010

    This is super, thanks for the creativity and ideas you gave. Gosh! u’re good.

  • Website Design Perth, September 29, 2010

    VIBE FM, Food Tease are my favorite. Great Collection though

  • Web Template Allentown, October 26, 2010

    Excellent collection…very much professional

  • website design florida, October 27, 2010

    this is a good place to get creative ideas. Thanks.

  • Web Design Hull, December 15, 2010

    Nice collection, some great inspiration here.

  • Ed Clarke, February 22, 2011

    Great work.. I love anything that inspires. The word inspire comes from 2 words (in spirit) because whenever you are in the most creative moment you are in spirit. I would love some more great wordpress templates designed.

  • Mark Traversoni, March 26, 2011

    Great collection of layouts. Lots of ideas.

  • Web Developer, April 10, 2011

    Great designs. CMS makes magazine designs a complete breeze these days.

  • Antoine, July 23, 2012

    All these layouts are cramped, busy, crammed full… not so awesome at all. Can anybody do a magazine layout that doesn’t look like the national enquirer? Anybody have a sense of style?

  • Kevin Jennings, May 6, 2013

    Defintely don’t agree with the last negative comment above. I love the clean lines and simple backgrounds of many of these these designs – among other things makes the text easily readable – terrific!

  • Club, July 29, 2013

    How many of this templates are in Html 5 ? My favorites are radio Vibe Fm and BMI Voyager. Thanks for sharing this!