15 Blog Designs That Inspire Me
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
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.
CSS Addict is just dang purty. I also really like the way they use thumbnails on the home page, and their typography.
Emanuel Blagonic. i love the header on this site.
Erratic Wisdom is one of the most unique layouts I’ve seen. The archive at the bottom of the page is awesome.
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.
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.
Maniacal Rage has a great name, and a really simple, single-column layout. I like the sketched aesthetic, too.
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.
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.
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.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More