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16 Best Web Design Galleries for Inspiration

Web design galleries offer designers and developers creative inspiration on their own designs. By aggregating the top web designs on the web, a gallery serves as a prime spot for getting those creative juices flowing.

In this article you’ll find 16 of the best and most popular web design galleries ranked in order by the number of votes they garnered on a poll that was published earlier this month. On instances where there was a tie, the site with the higher Alexa rank received a higher ranking.

16. Web Creme

Web Creme

Nearing almost 4 years of operation, Web Creme is one of the more matured website showcases on the web. The websites are displayed with large thumbnails so you don’t have to be 2 inches away from the monitor to see them. The Web Creme archives can be filtered by using color themes of sites.

15. FAVEUP

FAVEUP

FAVEUP is a design inspiration gallery that has a CSS Websites, Flash Websites, Business Cards, and Logo section. It’s an excellent one-stop shop for your design inspiration cravings.

14. CSSREMIX

CSSREMIX

Created and administered by New-media designer John Mills, CSSREMIX is a thumbnail-style web design gallery featuring some of the best designs on the web. Subscribe to the RSS feed so that you can get notification whenever a design is featured on CSSREMIX.

13. Design Shack

Design Shack

Design Shack currently features over 1,800 websites in their CSS Gallery. If you think that’s too much, don’t fret, you can filter the gallery by color, by the layout type, or by category (such as Corporate or Music).

12. CSSelite.com

CSSelite.com

CSSelite.com features high-quality web designs that users can vote and comment on. Check out the Best of the Best category to see the top picks on CSSelite.com. You may also want to subscribe to the CSSelite.com RSS feed to get notified of new designs.

11. The FWA

The FWA

The FWA, which stands for Favourite Website Awards, is a Flash gallery that awards one site daily for the best Flash website. It’s a coveted award by many Flash designers – and the winners typically display the FWA badge on their winning site as a mark of prestige.

10. Pattern Tap

Pattern Tap

Pattern Tap is an excellent gallery for getting interface design pattern inspiration. At Pattern Tap, you’ll find collections of common site interface components like breadcrumbs and inspirational web forms.

9. Make Better Websites

Make Better Websites

Make Better Websites has an excellent philosophy: " We want to advocate a world without visual violation of shitty advertising.". You’ll see a clean gallery interface devoid of advertising.

8. Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine, the premier online publication for designers and artists, has an excellent Showcase section that presents high-quality and captivating design collections. At Smashing Magazine, you’ll find great collections of tabbed navigation showcase to more niche collections such as the sports website showcase.

7. cssheaven.com

cssheaven.com

cssheaven.com is a thumbnail-style gallery. They tag and categorize entries so that you can easily find designs based on keywords or categories.

6. CSSline

CSSline

CSSline is a great site for those who just want to see the designs – the site’s own design is minimalist in fashion so that you’re focused solely on designs being featured. They tag entries by keywords and color.

5. CSS Mania

CSS Mania

CSS Mania features hundreds of web designs a month organized into many categories for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. They also have an API for developers wanting to interface with CSS Mania content.

4. DesignBombs

DesignBombs

The only description needed for DesignBombs is quoting the site’s tagline: Droppin Bombs All F**k’n day.

3. The Best Designs

The Best Designs

The Best Designs features only top-quality designs which are categorized into many helpful keywords for easier navigation and searching of sites.

2. Best Web Gallery

The Best Designs

Best Web Gallery focuses on quality rather than quantity: though you may not find hundreds of updates a month, whenever there are updates, they are of the highest quality designs.

1. siteInspire

siteInspire

At the number one spot for the best design gallery as voted by readers: siteInspire. siteInspire currently houses close to 500 high-quality designs which you can sort in a variety of ways. siteInspire also categorizes each entry meticulously so that it’s easier to find site designs on a particular topic.

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This was published on Apr 21, 2009

122 Comments

om ipit Apr 21 2009

smashing magazine is the real web design gallery…
(just my opinion) :-)

Thanks for this! nice list of useful websites I will visit from now on…

#9 “Make Better Websites…You’ll see a clean gallery interface devoid of advertising.” — the screen shot clearly has ads on it. Just saying…

Danh ba web 2.0 Apr 21 2009

Awesome collection. I like Best Web Gallery and Web Creme
Keep up !

Matthew Smith Apr 21 2009

Glad to see you think Pattern Tap ranks highly on the inspiration pool for web design :)

martino chiaviello Apr 21 2009

Great collection. I have found these and more at http://designfeeder.com/. Loads a bit slow, but worth the wait.

misterfaster Apr 21 2009

just too much! :D but nice, thx!

Great collection. CSS Remix absolutely my favorite.

Callum Chapman Apr 22 2009

never knew there were so many!

Thx 4 sharing. Nice overview!

Nice collection, I missed my favourite though:
http://www.designmeltdown.com
Especially the option to load an entire set to a frameset is very handy ;)

Pradeep CD Apr 22 2009

cssmania, bwg, fwa are my favs…

Daniel H Apr 22 2009

Thank you to everyone who voted for siteInspire! Very happy with the result.

I personally think Designshack is one of the best out there but I do love Pattern Tap for finding specific designs for certain parts of sites rather than entire sites.

David Appleyard Apr 22 2009

Thanks for featuring Design Shack!

Creamy CSS Apr 22 2009

I think Creamy CSS is a good addition to your list ;)

Web Creme is my first pick for inspiration . But Smashing Magazine is the best “list other sites” and cool stuff site.

Nice post. Smashing Magazine is my absolute fav.
I don’t like gallies where thumbnail show just a part of the screenshot. It’s not really handy, because you have to click on every link to get a full picture.

Marty Desilets Apr 22 2009

http://designsnack.com should be on this list! Their sort and ratings mechanisms are amazing

You completely left out one of the major ones, Design Snack (http://designsnack.com), my personal favorite. Add it to the list and the poll, let’s make it 17 :)

Aaron Irizarry Apr 22 2009

Nice list, I would also add http://www.onecss.com to that list, but I am a bit biased :)

Television Spy Apr 22 2009

Great list not so sure about smashing magazine, it’s not really web design gallery

i also like and can recommend http://cssbag.com

PelFusion Apr 22 2009

i really liked ‘The Best Designs’
and ‘Television Spy’ is right smashing magazine is not a web design gallery though its a nice blog

James Mann Apr 23 2009

Great examples of work. Really minimal and fresh. Seems to be the way these days that web sites are becoming more and more simplistic, which is great when i comes to building them, less things on the CSS to go wrong.
Think i still prefer building in Flash.

Excellent list, some I haven’t seen.

Pattern tap wins in my opinion:)

I’m not a fan of Smashing Magazine, I see they copy a lot of articles and post them as their own quite a lot

Jacob Gube Apr 23 2009

@Television Spy and @PelFusion: Yes, Smashing Magazine is not just a design gallery, though they do have a Showcase section which features round-ups of designs based on a specific theme. That section has been a great inspiration and I like it that way because I get to see a set of designs all in one page. I think that’s very handy. If I wanted to see a showcase of navigation bars for inspiration, or a showcase of sports websites – each in one page, Smashing Magazine’s Showcase section is the first place I go to.

And I think many people agree with me – SM got a decent amount of votes!

anistock Apr 23 2009

I always look to Design Shack and Smashing Mag for ideas/insights

Kate Mag Apr 23 2009

The CSS Gallery List is the complete directory for Web Design Inspiration. Check them out

Very good list of designs. Great!

You forgot http://acualicio.us/rainbowned/. I think, but great article guys.

Johnluffa Apr 23 2009

Great collection of sites – thanks for putting this together.

Brian Hoff Apr 25 2009

Definitely some beauties here. Also check out http://www.cssglance.com – more great inspiration.

Sriteja Apr 26 2009

Thank U.,
Your giving very lot of information and very very useful your site.

cheguevaramtebts May 14 2009

i would like to mention this web site :http//www.cssillustrated.com
more great inspiration.

prasadsambari Jun 09 2009

Its really cool,
Great collection,its very usefull for learners

Ravikumar V. Jun 12 2009

I love these designs….. thank you. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just “launched an new way of inspiration finding” :) It is a web gallery, but there are not only websites, but separate categories for headers, footers and navigations too, browsing by colors, random designs at the end of each post, etc.
It can be found at http://firsthandweb.com
If you have any opinion, what can I do for enhancing the gallery to serve better the creativity seeking community, just write a comment or contact me through the contact page.

gaus surahman Jun 13 2009

Plus 1 for siteinspire and I love designshack too.

pre ypi Jun 19 2009

This is really beautiful. Inspiration by the design literally!

Maharaji Quotes Jun 19 2009

All of them bookmarked for good :)
have enough to keep me busy for the next couple of weeks.

andimazlan Jun 27 2009

I’m a new newcomer in blogging world. Thanks, this post really give me an inspiration to tweak and re-design my free wordpress theme.

Adeel Raza Aug 07 2009

My personal favourite: http://inspiremix.com

pennfolio Aug 08 2009

Great collections, I’m a fan of Smashing Magazine, CSS Mania, Web Creme and The Best Designs. I also used to visit The FWA.

Thanks for the list!

Usually I just go between http://www.cssmadness.com and http://www.cssmania.com

Both are very up-to-date CSS gallery.

Ashley Adams Aug 28 2009

Hey!! These are some nice web design galleries…….but my vote goes out to Smashing Magazine. I’ve always found their articles very useful. I’ve also checked out “The Best Designs” and it’s interesting too.

Waheed Akhtar Sep 23 2009

SmashingMagazine rocks!

SmashingMagazine is best one for the designers

Chris Nutbeen Oct 27 2009

Some great sites here, I also like http://procss.com, always has top class websites on.

I would like to mention http://eyeshout.net for a inspiration gallery that you can search by color.

Dharmesh Patel Nov 25 2009

very good constant for web designer

Bryan G. C. Dec 14 2009

I like Behance too.

Bob Ruffolo Dec 14 2009

Very Impressive!

will check the background, I think my site might need that. Thanks for the list

Matteo Balocco Dec 28 2009

Hi! Really nice and useful post. I think I’ll use some of those links to get inspiration for some new designs.

nice collection, css remix is good

Web dizajn Jan 11 2010

Very nice!!! :)

real web design gallery!!!!!!

Great list, Thank you! Go Smashing Magazine, even though I think its overdue for a redesign.

Karen Mae Farro Jan 21 2010

Great list of design galleries. I always visit Smashing Magazine. They really have great collections!

Webever Jan 30 2010

It’s really nice list of useful websites. Thx.

awesome designs!!!! wow…

chutima Apr 11 2010

These are a great list of web design galleries. :)

May I suggest http://creativehotlinks.com/

Web dizajn Apr 15 2010

Web design galleries are the best inspiration resource for me as a web designer. This compilation of web design galleries in this post is amazing, thanks for sharing this resource.

ChocoLoco Apr 24 2010

http://supersit.es is pretty good too, they also focus on quality

neosheet Apr 27 2010

great list! csselite & web creme is my favorite. but siteInspire is the best

great list, but if you need more, you can find other css galleries here : http://www.cssgallerysubmission.com/css-gallery-list/
there’s also a free css gallery submission tool there

Danang Sukma May 01 2010

That Cools…
I like this one = Pattern Tap, very inspiring. I took one of that gallery for inspiring my new web design. thank for your job!

Ellie Rathbone May 02 2010

Thanks for this! I’ve been looking for some inspiration for a while and this is great. just what I’ve been waiting for. Thanks again, Ellie.

Sbx Web Designer May 12 2010

awesome list….i liked “Web Creme”, “Design Shack”, “Make Better Websites”…. good job… thanks

Steve

Dave Walker Jun 03 2010

This is the list i’ve been waiting for!!!! I love Web Creme and Best Web they are brilliant for website inspiration, but I’ve been visiting The Import – http://www.theimport.co.uk a lot lately – not just web designs but a good feed of illustrators portfolios, interviews, inspirations and the likes – absolutely brilliant.

Pixery is good too

I guess I should have linked it (http://www.thepixery.com)

bravian Jun 17 2010

really help us..amuzing!

Chilukuri Bhaskar Jun 21 2010

smashing magazine is realy help us

Hi all,

will also suggest my current redesigned qnt gallery for a visit.
Take a look at http://www.quandtnet.de

Kind regards,
Sven

liga webdesign Jul 07 2010

Design Shack is now for sale unfortunately

Stefan Stanica Jul 15 2010

Really useful css gallery list. Thank you a lot. Hope our website http://www.psd2htmlfast.com will get approved.

CSS Gallery Jul 21 2010

Very good inspiration list! We hope you will consider http://CSSGallery.com on your next update of these resources. If we can answer any questions please let us know.
Cheers!
Staff of CSSGallery.com

Graphiste Aug 19 2010

Nice web design collection here, you should make a new article about the new ones and in adding more :) Thanks

Auds Velasco Aug 25 2010

Submitting some of my design in some sites listed above.. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Muhammed Riyas Aug 26 2010

nice one..

Great collection of website galleries, Thanks!

Add to the list 10 degrees – http://www.10degs.com

CSS Gallery Pro Sep 21 2010

Hello,
Great list and great job.
Please also consider http://www.cssgallerypro.com
Thanks

Deepesh Sep 26 2010

Nice Listing.
Besides FWA, there are others flash gallery also which worth to check – http://fffflashed.com and http://koflash.com.

Thanks for the listings.

Giorgio Molinaro Oct 01 2010

Awesome collection :D i just want to suggest http://980px.com

Kendall Oct 13 2010

Also worth checking out: http://www.arscssgallery.com

And for all you CSS3 junkies: http://www.arscss3gallery.com

Cool stuff what is worth checking out easy-design.org. Flash and css gallery!

Apie Studio Jan 17 2011

This is amazing, i love this, nice one.

great sites, loving this

Filipe Valente Jan 25 2011

I think this is the best http://www.thecssawards.com/

My current favorite is http://cssrockstar.com/

Excellent list. thank you for sharing. Another really good site is mobileInDesign.com, http://www.mobileInDesign.com

Just saw new excellent gallery http://css-trends.com with good quality websites showcased.. Very good for web design inspiration.

We also run an ad-free gallery of some of the best websites. Pretty cool tool as you can submit multiple pages for the website and always come back to them in case a website has been redesigned. Website is called Refresh STYLE and can be found here: http://www.refreshstyle.net

Cheers!

J. Hendrix Mar 16 2011

Awesome roundup! Good for hours of inspiration :)

and styleboost ?????

http://styleboost.com/

Awesome collection. Thank you for this post!
May I also suggest a simple yet convenient web gallery:
http://asaiment.com

Cheers!

Great list. Thanks a lot. Very helpful.

Cool list. If anyone is looking for more nice sites good sources for inspiration. I would suggest:

http://www.bestwebdesignaward.com
http://www.designlicks.com/
http://www.dopeawards.com/

http://www.designget.com is my favorite as well

zsameer May 03 2011

cool designs. looking so awesome and great inspiration.

NurhadiJogja Jun 09 2011

cool,, thanks..
;)

Web Vietnam Jul 08 2011

Thanks for sharing. Great collection.

dariush Jul 24 2011

Thanks a lot.

endsoftdesign Aug 04 2011

This is really very beautiful. Inspiration by the designs literally!

Excellent list of galleries I was already using few of it. however it is good to know more. One more great css showcase http://www.csstrophy.com.

Smashing Magazine is the best for sure, but this one is also nice: http://sexycssweb.com/

Back2DLab Creative Sep 06 2011

Thank you for the compilation. Looking forward to an updated 2011 list.

thanks for the great resources!
another one I did not see in the article or comments, that I’ve found is really helpful (and exhaustive!) is http://webdesignledger.com

Keep working, great post! Just what I had to know.
Have great Inspiration stuff

Shameer Oct 11 2011

A unique web design gallery categorized for different ui elements like logo, navigations, 404 pages, header, footer etc..

Check the site http://uicart.com it will load very very fast than any other similar web gallery website

gremlin Nov 18 2011

wonderful post.. thanks

Larry Pitts Nov 19 2011

I’m bookmarking this one, definitely coming back to it next time I redesign or create a new website. Great stuff!

Very Nice !!

Cool list of gallaries also worth looking at http://www.webdesignergallery.net

This is also a very good web page nice and attractive its very simple and very good looking webpage

Hi, most of those websites are dead or never updated..

Maybe you’ll like my own gallery : http://www.webdesign-inspiration.com

Cheers

Great list thanks to and google too :)

Ajay Rana May 30 2013

There is nothing better than smashing magazine. I have been reading it for last 3 years and I got something that I could have never been achieved from any other.

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