50 Beautiful & Unique Twitter Profile Designs

Sep 24 2009 by John Urban | 83 Comments

As Twitter becomes the latest online craze, we look at some impressive Twitter profile designs that stand out from the micro-blogging site’s millions of users.

1. @pairadocsdesign

@pairadocsdesign

A variety of styles including the Polaroid and the name badge means that there is a design style you are inevitably going to like on this page.

2. @shirtpizza

@shirtpizza

The cartoon theme of this Twitter profile has appeal and really stands out from the crowd, while the choice of avatar picture reveals the logo and a nice complement to the user’s name.

3. @BWphoto

@BWphoto

A very colorful Twitter background (despite its name), with a comic book effect.

4. @ramesstudios

@ramesstudios

Clever how the photographed person in this page is looking towards the Twitter main content area, isn’t it?

5. @Pudny

@Pudny

This is a really interesting Twitter page where a picture of him has actually been placed into a screen-dumped picture of Adobe Photoshop, clever!

6. @anousone

@anousone

The rustic design really allows the location of this user to hit home, as well as providing a lovely advertisement for the Grand Canyon.

7. @kimdeanart

@kimdeanart

 Contact details, a brief description, a testimonial and then full artwork to demonstrate the artist’s skills on this Twitter page.

8. @duboutdesyeux

@duboutdesyeux

The Twitter page may be in French, but the picture of the woman in the background speaks for itself.

9. @sitepointdotcom

@sitepointdotcom

This Twitter profile by SitePoint has it made with a tempting peek at the homepage of the actual site whilst giving some very small clues as to what the purpose of the actual Twitter account is for.

10. @mj12982

@mj12982

An excellent background where doodles are prominent and the contact details are sketched sideways, making for a unique and memorable design.

11. @SutterGroup

@SutterGroup

Very nice use of the periodic table in their design as they try to relate it back to what they do.

12. @dpencilpusher

@dpencilpusher

Nothing punctuates a pencil pusher’s point than a background that is surrounded by pencil doodles (in my opinion).

13. @scottclark

@scottclark

Very reminiscent of a notice board, this motif gives the indication that the user is a wanted man.

14. @chrisspooner

@chrisspooner

This design is an excellent example of a bird’s eye view of a desk.

15. @canvascubed

canvascubed

A subtle bit of canvas to complement what the Twitter page is all about.

16. @travisbme

@travisbme

It may be loud, but the natural motif seen here is an excellent complement to the color of the text seen in the central box.

17. @divvoted

@divvoted

A nice bit of illustration never hurts, right?

18. @stevenpitts

@stevenpitts

Photoshop can do wonders to bring together an eccentric design that is more than likely to get the user’s attention.

19. @ithinkmedia

@ithinkmedia

Setting the decorum as well as informing the user of all of the information they would need to decide whether or not their services could be of use.

20. @weheart

@weheart

A nice cartoon can achieve a variety of atmospheres, even somber ones. This Twitter page has a brilliant use of color, which really sets the tone.

21. @starswelove

@starswelove

A mix of cartoon, words and real life makes this Twitter page a must see, even if you are not too keen on the context of the Twitter page itself.

 

22. @elitistsnob

elitistsnob

Sometimes simple can make more of an impact than a design that is in your face. Here, you can rest assured that simple is the case, with a nice logo at the top in the contrasting darkness.

23. @djambazov

@djambazov

With a stack of books and a discreet picture to boot, this user’s Twitter name might be a nightmare to type, but it is worth it.

24. @desizntech

@desizntech

A very nice bright and colorful background with complementing colored hyperlinks.

25. @niedson

@niedson

High-impact and bright colors, and a nice sidebar content area is what makes this profile page stand out from the crowd.

26. @webb_art

@webb_art

A great demonstration of how a sidebar content can explain what the company does. The logos towards the right are an exemplary and genius way of showing what some of the tweets talk about.

27. @TheEllipseCow

@TheEllipseCow

A nice background and good use of the left-hand space for contact information makes this a beautiful and well-designed Twitter profile page.

28. @G_Obieta

@G_Obieta

A weird style to explain, but when you look at it more closely, you will know what’s going on.

29. @juanmanuelm

@juanmanuelm

Juan Manuel’s background illustration makes for a remarkable Twitter profile.

30. @Go_Media

10. @Go_Media

Not only does it have the logo and a nice bit of color, but a bit of a dark side to counterbalance it.

31. @design_junkies

@design_junkies

Nice use of color and words in this page to make it stand out from the crowd and capture the imagination of followers.

32. @mimobot

@mimobot

The white faded concept really does work with this Twitter page, something that other pages might struggle to pull off correctly.

33. @DesignerDepot

@DesignerDepot

If you like a busy (but high-impact) design, this could be the type of background that you would consider using in your own Twitter profile.

34. @clovermeadow

@clovermeadow

A nicely designed explanation of the alias of Clover Meadow, as well as random additions like a quote and a splash of paint really give this page a lot of character.

35. @katchapman

@katchapman

A beautifully designed page that should fit you right in at home.

36. @StudentUniverse

@StudentUniverse

Another case of the main Twitter content area overlapping key text in the design when your monitor is small scale, but the silhouetted skyline really is quite clever on this page.

37. @tonychester

@tonychester

A unique and grunge-themed profile page that results in a simplistic and memorable design.

38. @happytoaster

@happytoaster

Repetition can be very effective in a mind-numbing way. A way to make it even more interesting is by adding a few designs out of place from the others. The difference brings the user in and draws attention to the site.

39. @jeanneleez

@jeanneleez

A very nice mix of different artistic styles, including the art from the influential pop art era. With a discreet name mention, this Twitter profile page is very aesthetically pleasing.

40. @geeklaur

@geeklaur

A mix of tessellating design and an elusive figure is guaranteed to ensure that you are intrigued beyond words.

41. @JacobIreland

@JacobIreland

An interesting take for this graphic designer’s web page. Not only has he designed himself a good-looking background, but he has incorporated his name into it, too!

42. @noluckneeded

@noluckneeded

No luck is certainly needed with this page that has a variety of dice and cards on it to keep you interested. Even nicer are the cards that are placed as an overlay into the blue background.

43. @gennefer

@gennefer

Gennefer proves that if you want to make a point very nicely with a Twitter background, using a variety of texts will not disappoint.

44. @everywheretrip

@everywheretrip

This guy has a variety of different design influences to punctuate his point that he is lucky enough to travel the world and visit a variety of places.

45. @hemeon

@hemeon

Sketchy effects really do work well with this site.

46. @dimsis

@dimsis

Is it computerized, is it animated, is it a cartoon? There is an absolute mix of odd art styles and media types on this Twitter background that will intrigue you for a nice period of time.

47. @rizalrenaldi

@rizalrenaldi

A variety of color with a welcoming message and the strips are very pleasing to the eye, too. What more could you possibly want?

48. @snipeyhead

@snipeyhead

This Twitter profile looks like a retro throwback with dog tags, Polaroid pictures, and a mix tape.

49. @napwarden

@napwarden

The silhouetted skyline and the superhero comic book effect really doesn’t disappoint. The URLs that they want followers to pay attention to are even in an Adventurer font!

50. @imaaronmoody

@imaaronmoody

And last but not least, the 50th Twitter page comes from a fellow graphic designer that uses a variety of things to express his mood. In addition, he used the background design for the opportunity to plug his website at the top left hand corner.

What do you think?

What do you think about these designs? How important is a good Twitter background (Jacob’s Twitter profile goes the opposite way where he’s stripped down the design to the bare minimum). Let us know in the comments.

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John Urban is a sophmore at UCLA and currently majoring in computer science. He is a writer for an online magazine StyleCeo, which deals with fashion. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, being with his girl, or just doing some freelance work. If you like his work on here and you’d like for him to work as a freelancer for you, you can contact him on Twitter.

83 Comments

Sneh Roy

September 24th, 2009

Thanks for this wonderful roundup John! and for including my @starswelove twitter bg :)

Blog Header Guy

September 24th, 2009

Some of those were pretty cool. I really liked dawghouse design. I also like one not on your list, http://twitter.com/fortuneseeker

Gene

September 24th, 2009

I can’t belive I didn’t make the cut. :(
http://twitter.com/NYWellnessGuide

kon3raz

September 24th, 2009

@kon3raz…my twitter!!!

John Wayne

September 24th, 2009

I think twitter backgrounds can be very important. They can say a lot about you very quickly to someone who maybe doesn’t know anything about you. If a site is boring, won’t most users just leave? Same can be said about a twitter profile.

I’m hoping mine could be considered as good as some in this list: http://twitter.com/johnwaynehill

Compute Live

September 24th, 2009

Theses are great… I liked Pudny..its somewhat different…

Here is mine.. : http://twitter.com/computelive

Hobbsy

September 25th, 2009

Nice post John.

My problem is though, I am browsing using a 24″ Dell monitor (1920×1200) and most of these Twitter profiles don’t look as intended on my screen.

It’s a shame Twitter doesn’t let you center the background image or have more control

Mariusz

September 25th, 2009

Nice list! Looking at it, you might like mine too:
http://twitter.com/dotmariusz

om ipit

September 25th, 2009

great examples, nice really..
thanks for share..
maybe i want modify my tweet

starr

September 25th, 2009

These backgrounds are great. Inspired :)

Raynor

September 25th, 2009

This is awesome. Beautiful collection of works. :)

Jamie

September 25th, 2009

Thanks for this, great list! My twitter has a custom background but it looks dodgy on high resolutions (1440 upwards)… What size should I set my blank canvas to if I want make my designs to go both sides of the main Twitter column?

Thank you

Andrew Zhang

September 25th, 2009

The background image play a key part in the looking, as you can see, the main twitter page is very narrow and left about 200 pixes on both sides if you maximum brower, a lot of blogger put logo or contracts info on that part, very smart. If you care more about colors, there’s a site can be helpful, utwitbook.com , it can find twitterers by colors they use, like black sidebar, or red background.

Andrew

September 25th, 2009

Remember in the 90s? Desktop wallpaper background design was really in. The whole twitter background design reminds me of that!! I guess the tricky part of twitter wallpaper background design is to design something with the focus on the side column since those are the space that people can really see. I just recent did my too! Just to incorporate the image into my business: http://bit.ly/cUu92

Eric_Allison

September 25th, 2009

Large monitors/resolutions shouldn’t be a hindrance to a good designer. I think the best example of this (from the above) is the @ramesstudios. (Leaning against the wall) That’s a great design that will look good regardless of resolution. Gotta work with the tools and limitations provided by Twitter. :)

Jim Wright

September 25th, 2009

There are some great designs there. It is important to have a great design to keep people coming back.

http://www.tweetittoronto.com

Jim Wright

September 25th, 2009

There are some great designs there. It is important to have a great design to keep people coming back

sorry that link should have been
http://www.twitter.com/tweetittoronto

wishNYa

September 25th, 2009

BrilliAnt(s) ;)
But my favourite tweet is still
http://twitter.com/yankodesign

Bethany

September 25th, 2009

My thoughts echo what Hobbsy said – cool as they are, they all seem to be designed using widescreen monitors, and on a standard monitor, a lot of the design is either cut off on the right end, or smooshed behind the message panes on the left end. I think that’s particularly problematic for the companies that try to list their info in the backgrounds.

But the article has inspired me to start messing around with my Twitter page and see what I come up with.

cheth

September 25th, 2009

Nice list, well did you miss out mayhemstudios , andysowards, and me? ;) http://twitter.com/cheth

CaroleJesse

September 25th, 2009

hey, ya missed me Dude! There are several subtle nuances to my background that re-enforce my message, including font styles. Pretty proud of it, for a non-artsy type. :)

Gerardo Obieta

September 25th, 2009

Inspiring compilation with awesome examples. Thanks for the inclusion.

jmoney

September 25th, 2009

Nice collection and samples.

I recently update mine as well.
twitter.com/joelmoney

@joelmoney

Ryan Coughlin

September 25th, 2009

Great resource for profile designs. Those have been huge over the years. Some great inspiration in that list.

Excellent picks.

Riina

September 25th, 2009

Great post about beautiful designs.

Hoang

September 25th, 2009

Wow great list! But where is mine? http://twitter.com/hoanghuynh

Christie

September 25th, 2009

Hey!! Nice collection! Here’s one I found as well.. You might like it..

http://bit.ly/SMIHB

Dimitris Siskopoulos

September 25th, 2009

I’m glad you liked my strange background and thanks for mention it. @dimsis

Joerg Oyen

September 25th, 2009

thx for the insperation – have reduced it to a stamp

Aaron Moody

September 25th, 2009

Wow, thanks for posting my design along side some of these great twitter pages :D Love the Go Media one.

-Aaron

Richelle

September 25th, 2009

Wow some of these are totally amazing…. adds a complete diff flavour!

Carson

September 25th, 2009

Great inspiration! Can’t wait to make a new one to compliment my new portfolio (in the works).

Cheers

eb

September 25th, 2009

What a jerk. You have to make a request to follow him on Tweeter. This is a distrubing trend on social media. A new form of elitist is arising online. There are multiple secret clubs forming.

Julia

September 25th, 2009

Lovely to see, I like to change my background frequently, so backgrounds are important to me XX

Joerg Oyen

September 25th, 2009

thx for the insperartion – have reduced my twitter background as stamp

Niilo Tippler

September 25th, 2009

Wow – there’s some gorgeous designs there. Nice collection – thanks for sharing!
http://twitter.com/upsidedowndog

Nicole Foster

September 25th, 2009

Amazing backgrounds!

Finally, I recognize a few in the post. I’m glad Aaron Moody was on the list. He is an amazing designer, and I had the pleasure of working with him before. If you’re not going to hire me, then hire him.

5k Geek

September 25th, 2009

Great stuff. i like @sitepointdotcom

Jan Cavan

September 26th, 2009

Thanks for including me here! :)

angelique

September 26th, 2009

these are some really nice layouts!

c

September 26th, 2009

this one looks nice too.
great site about denim jeans.
thanks

http://twitter.com/jeanculture

MrMadman

September 26th, 2009

Interesting, inspiring. I’m pretty sure the captions for #13 and #14 are reversed.

Jacob Gube

September 26th, 2009

@Hobbsy and @Bethany I feel you, I’m looking at these at widescreens too, and there’s one that’s specifically designed for standard monitors whose alignment is off when you display it in a widescreen.

I think that it’s not the tweeter’s fault, but rather the shortcomings of Twitter’s customization options, so we shouldn’t discredit their work for that.

Mariusz

September 26th, 2009

John, check my background, too :)

http://www.twitter.com/bonoseo

Jay Cook

September 26th, 2009

One you missed for sure: http://twitter.com/MarNovO
It’s astonishing!! Great use of colors, textures… it should be in you next list, I guess!

Regardless of that, well-done! Thanks for this amazing list.

Michiel Nagtegaal

September 27th, 2009

Wow! Great list and different from other lists I’ve seen. Nice to see how a background inspires people to be creative!

Hope mine will be in such a list soon:

http://twitter.com/designia

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Sid Burgess

September 28th, 2009

Great list… wow, I thought mine was nice. :) Lol, I feel kinda bad linking to my profile here. Seems like it is a little TOO narcissistic. Oh well, it’s Monday. :)

Would love to hear you all’s thoughts.

http://twitter.com/sidburgess

Chris Olbekson

September 28th, 2009

Good post! I am constantly changing my Twitter Background here is the latest http://twitter.com/chris_olbekson

Dirk

September 29th, 2009

There are some great designs there. Some great inspiration in that list.

The twitter backgrounds are very important. You never get a second Chance to make a first Impression.

Tosk59

October 1st, 2009

If you’ve Cntrl +’d a couple of times in Firefox then a lot gets cut off. I try to look at all the nice sites while looking at a single tweet, rather than the person’s timeline, then you see it all…

http://twitter.com/Tosk59

Tosk59

October 1st, 2009

Sorry for the two comments, but to demonstrate, the link in the previous was to the time line, while this link is to a single tweet:

http://twitter.com/Tosk59/status/4526489689

Garret Ohm

October 1st, 2009

Awesome, The Sutter Group’s Twitter profile made the list! Thanks for the shout!

Harsha M V

October 5th, 2009

Amazing designs :D am going into photoshop now :D

Rina Miele

October 7th, 2009

Aww, I’m sad i didn’t make the cut either!

http://twitter.com/honeydesign

@honeydesign

mike

October 22nd, 2009

I guess we should not be Surprised that we did not make the list, we haven’t had our twitter account for long.

Pudny

October 28th, 2009

Hahah it’s me ;) @#5. thanks Six Revisions… I’d class the design under simple but irritatingly effective

Claudia

January 28th, 2010

I feel there’s creativity all around but on those websites featuring twitter profiles I always see the same backgrounds..
And lots of people here up have written down their pages, so do I =)

http://twitter.com/liquidskydesign
http://twitter.com/kv0
http://twitter.com/salingoceanis

Justin

February 2nd, 2010

Some great designs on your list – and not just the usual ones…
For a good year or so mine was very minimalistic – finally decided to add some detail with http://twitter.com/JustinReid

Carl Foster

February 5th, 2010

Great collection. You can have a look to this one too: http://www.twitter.com/maxliebscher

Lara

February 6th, 2010

Gorgeous! Check out this one as well http://www.twitter.com/hollywood_tweet

Bren

February 10th, 2010

Great collection of designs! Been working on mine for several months too and I’m enjoying it.

Lee Fuller

March 17th, 2010

A very nice collection, some people have put in a lot of effort in to there twitter pages, thanks for sharing!

barbara

April 22nd, 2010

with these different examples of twitter backgrounds, we are well seing that they are reflecting the personality of each one. Some are attractive, others are making us run away ! You can also have a look on http://viuu.co.uk to find cool free twitter backgrounds…

Clara

July 12th, 2010

Reply @momourad – check your cut out job on the hands

Jemima

August 8th, 2010

Great designs! Makes me want to do something with my own, if I weren’t so lazy.

Jkaeon

February 8th, 2011

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prajeeth

March 10th, 2011

Thanks 4 sharing.

Magnus Attefall

April 2nd, 2011

Great designs – BUT they are just for bigger monitors. If you, like me, have a 10″ laptop the design is no good (where it´s texts).

Cari G

April 4th, 2011

This is Novebox design, very nice
http://twitter.com/#!/novebox

F.

June 6th, 2011

Tweetygotback.com has some excellent designs too, like ‘Unfurling Wonderland’.

Charlie Ann

July 27th, 2011

@Chaaarlieex follow me!

Alex

October 3rd, 2011

Shame you didn’t pick mine bro :) http://www.twitter.com/alexwain

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