15 Blog Designs That Inspire Me

Ian Lurie

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.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

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

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.

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.

Maniacal Rage

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

Ian Lurie is founder of Portent. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). Ian's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Ian is now an independent consultant and continues to work with the Portent team- training the agency group on all things digital. You can find him at www.ianlurie.com

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  1. 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 😛
    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!”

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