15 Blog Designs That Inspire Me

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Ian Lurie Jun 3 2008

In internet marketing, you have to design something, eventually.
When I’m stuck I do what any good creative does: Steal. Here are 15 blogs from which I regularly steal get ideas.

A List Apart

A List Apart is an old favorite of mine. The design is one of the best examples of a 3-column layout and Divine Proportion.
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Copyblogger

CopyBlogger.com‘s got a lot going on but keeps the chaos under control. I look at it whenever I need to figure out how I’m going to handle information overload.
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CSS Addict

CSS Addict is just dang purty. I also really like the way they use thumbnails on the home page, and their typography.
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EmanuelBlagonic

Emanuel Blagonic. i love the header on this site.
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Erratic Wisdom

Erratic Wisdom is one of the most unique layouts I’ve seen. The archive at the bottom of the page is awesome.
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Free Software Magazine

Free Software Magazine” has a great, simple top bar and a terrific color palette. A little heavy on the ads, but it integrates a lot of interactivity into a clean layout.
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Jessica Claire

JessicaClaire.net is a photographer’s blog. I don’t usually like blogs with a huge header, or with Flash. This blog manages to put both together in a way that creates a nice look and some good information.
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Maniacal Rage

Maniacal Rage has a great name, and a really simple, single-column layout. I like the sketched aesthetic, too.
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North x East

NorthxEast has a unique way of listing posts on the home page that I really like. Clean fonts, nice typography. This blog pulls it all together from a design standpoint.
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Pearsonified

Pearsonified has puppies. I like puppies. This design is all about the little touches: The tabs, the oversized first letters, the comment images – it all comes together.
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Signal vs. Noise

When I need to remind myself simplest is best, Signal vs. Noise is the blog I look at. 37Signals takes simplification to new heights.
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tags : conversation marketing

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6 Comments

  1. Matt

    Great links Ian,
    I read 37signals, listapart, copyblogger, and css addict as well. Now I have some new ones to read. I like sitepoint blogs, and 456 berea street as well.

  2. I think this is an excellent list of beautiful blog designs.
    I guess it would have been kinda wrong to list CM in the list :P
    Please put out some more audio content…. PLZZ

  3. Thanks for the list and the notes about what you like on each site. I’m working on a new site and looking for inspiration. This is really helpful.

  4. What a great list. I’ve been looking for some cool new blogs to subscribe to via RSS so thank you! I especially love JessicaClaire.net. I’ve never seen Flash integrated so well in a blog.

  5. Some good links in here and some really inspiring work – think i’ll be bookmarking their sites and viewing them to convince myself that “it CAN be done – look they did it!”

  6. Definitely some good ones here. Nice list.

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