Readers Pick: 16 Sites for Web Design Inspiration

Jun 8 2008 by Jacob Gube | 103 Comments

A while back I wrote "Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration", where I listed some of my favorite places to peruse when I’m looking for design inspiration. At the end, I posed the following question to the readers: "Where do you go for design inspiration?", and asked that you contribute suggestions. This is a list of places that readers have recommended. Some I haven’t heard of, and several I’ve added to my own favorites list.

Without further ado – I present 16 sites that you visit for design inspiration.

1. The Best Designs

http://www.thebestdesigns.com/Suggested by: chandan (Digg profile)

I’ve written about The Best Designs before, so I didn’t list it down this time around. For those unfamiliar with the site, The Best Designs is a wonderful spot to view high-quality XHTML and Flash designs. They tag each design with relevant keywords (i.e. – Bold, Colorful, CSS) so you can narrow down your search to the particular look you’re attracted in.

2. CSS Remix

CSS RemixSuggested by: chandan (Digg profile)

CSS Remix is (according to their tag line): "A Fresh Blend of the Best-Designed Web 2.0 Sites", though there are some non-Web 2.0 themed sites included as well. With over 14,000 RSS readers, CSS Remix is definitely a prime destination for designers looking to check out the work of other designers.

3. CSS Mania

CSS Mania - ScreenshotSuggested by: Pat of Atrick Design

CSS Mania is a regularly updated CSS-based web design gallery that includes many design genres. At present, it has over 10,000+ websites in its collection. Though the reader who suggested CSS Mania frequents this site, he warns (and I agree): "They aren’t as particular about the quality of the designs they present, but there are definitely some gems in there."

4. screenfluent

screenfluent - ScreenshotSuggested by: Damien

screenfluent is a site that features some very nice designs. What’s great about screenfluent is that it gives you a preview of the site by opening a modal window (more commonly known as a "lightbox"). There are over 7,000 featured designs so there’s not a lack of content to view.

5. Screenalicio.us

Screenalicio.us - ScreenshotSuggested by: Sachleen Sandhu of tehkubix blog

Screenalicio.us has over 9,800 designs for you to see. The users have the capability of rating each design based on a 5-star rating system and the ability to give feedback for each entry. You can sort the designs based on ratings and time submitted.

6. Open Source Web Design

Open Source Web Design - ScreenshotSuggested by: Sachleen Sandhu of tehkubix blog

Open Source Web Design is a community where users upload designs to share to the public. Downloading an OSWD design is free of charge. You can either browse their gallery of designs or download them to study.

7. One Page Love

One Page Love - ScreenshotSuggested by: adelle of Fuel Your Creativity

One Page Love is a niche web design showcase gallery that features beautiful, creative one page websites and applications. Some categories include products, portfolios, temp pages, and events.

8. FullSingle

FullSingle - ScreenshotSuggested by: adelle of Fuel Your Creativity

FullSingle is another site that displays single-page websites. The latest gallery entries are featured at the top of each page with a brief description of what the page is about.

9. One Page Folios

One Page Folios - ScreenshotSuggested by: adelle of Fuel Your Creativity

If the above two weren’t niched enough for you, here’s one with even greater specificity. It’s an aggregate of single page portfolio websites of designers and developers. There’s over 800 portfolios currently listed on One Page Folios, and each entry is reviewed before being published.

10. We Love WP

We Love WP - ScreenshotSuggested by: adelle of Fuel Your Creativity

We Love WP shares top-notch WordPress powered sites. They also showcase free themes that designers have modified into something unique.

11. CSS Divine

CSS Divine - ScreenshotSuggested by: Jess

CSS Divine is a CSS-based design aggregate website. You can do a color search by clicking on the color palette at the side bar, and it’ll narrow down the gallery to themes tagged by that particular color. There are plenty of categories including Art, Business, Clean, and Portfolio.

12. Design Snack

Design Snack - ScreenshotSuggested by: Justin Scheetz of Design Snack

Design Snack, according to their tagline, is "The designer’s showcase that you control". Design Snack features XHTML and Flash designs. You can customize the way the designs are displayed, vote on individual entries, and browse by color.

13. SF art & design portal

SF art & design portal - ScreenshotSuggested by: cindyf

SF art & design portal is the work of the Amsterdam-based web design agency, Strangefruit.nl webdesign. SF art & design portal features hand-picked, innovative, creative art and design sites. You can browse by category, style, color, and even country.

14. Design Shack

Design Shack - ScreenshotSuggested by: stefan alexandru of Stefan Alexandru

Design Shack is an exclusive repository of first-class CSS-based web designs. They look for designs that "stand out from the crowd". They also have a Tutorials section that features web design lessons.

15. CSSloaf

CSSloaf - ScreenshotSuggested by: CSS Loaf of CSSloaf

CSSloaf brings together designs from 35 other showcases so that you don’t have to go all over the place to see the latest designs. They feature large screenshots so that each design is visible; no need to strain your eyes on tiny thumbnails.

16. eduStyle

eduStyle - ScreenshotSuggested by: Luke Robinson (Twitter profile)

eduStyle is dedicated to the design of higher education websites for higher education professionals. It’s intended to showcase the best works of higher education designers to their peers.

Thank you for your contributions and suggestions, as well as giving me a few links to add to my collection. If your favorite sites aren’t on here, make sure to discuss it in the comments section and maybe we’ll have a follow up to this one.

103 Comments

stefan alexandru

June 9th, 2008

Good to see you included designshack in the list. It is one of my favorite css galleries.

Anthony Short

June 9th, 2008

Good collection. I didn’t even know about most of these :)

Simon North

June 9th, 2008

Great list, there are a few I haven’t seen before.

liam

June 9th, 2008

Nice picks, a lot of good sites and some I’ve never heard of, looking forward to exploring them though. Thanks.

Jenny

June 9th, 2008

great list.

David Leggett

June 9th, 2008

Screenfluent is new to me… and a very nice looking site itself. Thanks for the great list.

Chad

June 9th, 2008

I’ve been a fan of Web Creme.

Applehead

June 9th, 2008

What about http://www.webscreme.com ?

Adelle

June 9th, 2008

Hi Jacob! Thanks for including my suggestions!

Johnny Twotone

June 9th, 2008

Wow, I am impressed. Very good website designs there in a basic kind of way.

JT
http://www.Privacy-center.net

Scrivs

June 9th, 2008

Drawar’s Web Gallery is one of the new kids on the scene and offers a better community than the rest being shown although the ones listed are great sites.

http://drawar.com/gallery/

Ryan D.

June 9th, 2008

I still think http://www.inspirationfolder.com is the largest and best. ;-)

Bree

June 9th, 2008

oh man theys are interesting sites that i didnt know existed

Chris

June 9th, 2008

http://www.csszengarden.com/

Not the largest site but definitely a must when designing.

Kevin

June 9th, 2008

what about http://www.travelmuse.com
our philosophy. keep it simple. keep it clean. make it beautiful. make it work.

Unwired

June 9th, 2008

How about the csszengarden?

ashamody

June 10th, 2008

Great list..!I am really inspired.

Television Spy

June 10th, 2008

Some really good galleries to get inspired by, lets not forget css zen garden the mack daddy of them all.

mark

June 10th, 2008

I think http://www.inspirationfolder.com is good too. also use http://www.openwebdesign.org/ – its very similar to open source web design mentioned in the list.

dwightyork

June 10th, 2008

I have been trying to wear a designers hat for some time. This list will help me a lot. Thanks.

Brendan

June 10th, 2008

Interesting article about these Gallery Sites and their worth.

http://theweeklyhit.com/?p=3

Brendan

June 10th, 2008

Interesting article about these Gallery Sites and their worth.

John

June 10th, 2008

What about http://cssimport.com? I find it puts the good sites in and not the not so good ones, which still appear in CSSMania and such like. Quality over quantity.

DM

June 10th, 2008

Re #6 – OSWD hasn’t been updated in over a year but there’s a thriving community and some lovely designs over at Open Designs.org (http://www.opendesigns.org/)

Peter

June 10th, 2008

This site is also cool: http://www.cssbloom.com/

ste

June 10th, 2008

I think http://www.thefwa.com is also great, but these days it’s mostly awarding to sites who contain video content.

Justin Scheetz

June 10th, 2008

Thanks for posting Design Snack as one of your top 16, I really appreciate it.

And now you’ve been Dugg!

CSS Revue

June 10th, 2008

Thanks for a nice list.
I run a local CSS gallery with excellent czech designs – http://www.cssrevue.cz

Jacob Gube

June 10th, 2008

Hey everyone. First, I’d like to say these are some wonderful suggestions.

I’d also like to say that this article was contributed by readers on an article entitled: “Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration” which does include FAVUP, BestWebGallery, and of course The FWA.

@Kevin Quillen: Design Meltdown is great, it’s even on my FF bookmarks toolbar. Thanks for the reminder and I’m glad to see you back.

@Adelle: No, thank you. Keep up the excellent work on Fuel Your Creativity.

Keep the suggestions coming!

Eric

June 10th, 2008

Excellent. Some in here I have never heard of until now!

Geoff

June 10th, 2008

What about what about what about!?

We all know that any article like this cannot possibly list all of the cool sites. Yet every time there’s a long list of people going on and on listing their favorite. Use your own blogs!

Geoff

June 10th, 2008

What about http://welovetxp.com/ ?

Couldn’t resist…

Jess

June 10th, 2008

Thanks so much for including our gallery in your list!

Jess

June 10th, 2008

Thank you so much for including our gallery in your list!

Josh

June 10th, 2008

Best Web Gallery (www.bestwebgallery.com) is a nice gallery as well.

Jacob Gube

June 10th, 2008

@Geoff: Definitely impossible to include everyone’s favorites, but I do encourage you to leave yours (even if it’s been posted already), just so we can all see your favorites. And yeah, you couldn’t resist, could you? Share away! :)

mario

June 10th, 2008

OSWD.org and OWD have long been superseded by http://www.opendesigns.org/ – Wikipedia has an article about the forks, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_Design_Community

zhangyang

June 10th, 2008

perfect,it’s helpful.thanks

stelt

June 11th, 2008

Nice, but where’s the SVG ?

Ryan

June 11th, 2008

This is a great list! I added quite a few to my bookmarks!

daren

June 11th, 2008

nice list, but i think you missed http://www.webcreme.com

CSS Loaf

June 11th, 2008

Thanks so much for adding CSS Loaf!

istioselida

June 14th, 2008

nice list!! great work

kade

June 15th, 2008

i believe everyone should use this site as a reference

http://www.commarts.com/interactive/

it’s a link off of commarts

then also if your looking for a new unique company logo design , check this site out http://www.graphic3.net, they did a great job with conveying the message i wanted my logo to present to people

web design company

June 17th, 2008

Readers†Pick: 16 Sites for Web Design Inspiration

Raul

June 18th, 2008

http://www.webnewly.com – XHTML/CSS – WEB 2.0
inspirational galllery

pimc

June 25th, 2008

You forget zengarden

Toni

June 27th, 2008

Vector artwork gallery. Inspiration for digital illustrators
http://vector-art.blogspot.com/search/label/Gallery

Jigar

June 27th, 2008

Nice man u r amazing…. I like it very well

pepen

July 2nd, 2008

thank you, very helpful. and i agree with Chris, http://www.csszengarden.com have some nice CSS web design.

Top CSS Galleries

July 3rd, 2008

This has to be the most complete list of all CSS Galleries at topcss.stumbleupon.com

Farid Abdulhadi

July 10th, 2008

Nice list. A couple of sites I yet didn’t know about.
Thanks.

renzo

July 14th, 2008

very nice designs. good voor new inspiration!

aSKer

July 21st, 2008

I might add http://css.wearethebuzz.com which is actually the most frequently updated CSS gallery over the internet! A new webdesign is added every 4 hours. With this site you have no excuse for loss-of-inspiration ;)

Jim

July 24th, 2008

Very interesting list indeed! Bookmarked it.

webz

August 2nd, 2008

i also want to add the Best Web Gallery. As they have great collection websites

http://bestwebgallery.com

Colin

August 16th, 2008

Great collection. Some really simple ones too… though for me its all about the gradients : )

outboard motors

August 20th, 2008

Very interesting collection. Great inspiration!

Thanks

Sam With Traffic Is King

September 17th, 2008

Those are some really good clean designs. Honestly my inspiration comes from just being out in the environment. I get a lot of design ideas that way.

Funner

September 19th, 2008

I think these are very good; cool list; it is missing FantastiCSS though : http://www.fantasticss.com/

vlad

September 25th, 2008

If you’re up for type-related stuff: Check out typearttype.com

Mike Riley

October 17th, 2008

Ah this is exactly what I’ve been looking for :) I spent so long googling for stuff like this, trying to find good examples of what to aspire to when designing, but this is a really concise resource.

Thanks.

James

November 2nd, 2008

StyleTheWeb.com – Categorized CSS Gallery and Website Design Inspiration.

Mani

December 2nd, 2008

thank you, very helpful. and i agree with Chris and others, http://www.csszengarden.com have some nice CSS web design.

palmiak

January 5th, 2009

Nice sites, but I prefer webcreme more. Also there is a nice polish site web.vivee.info – try it.

internet marketing

January 15th, 2009

Zen garden is a great website, and CSS mania has tons of new designs every week.

Ronnie

February 12th, 2009

Yeah! Nice! I can always use more inspiration. Thank you.

Oskar

February 12th, 2009

What about the new player, http://www.design-sector.se

Cr8tive

February 23rd, 2009

Great collection… i love css mania for there is an option to check websites… as per industries….

Jesse Vlasveld

March 2nd, 2009

A nice list right there (wow at the amount of diggs on this post). cssmania is probably one of the most updated, although the quality ain’t always of the highest standard.

I also run a website gallery, you can find it over at http://cssfanatic.com

Keep up the great work with six revisions!

Daniel H

March 13th, 2009

i don’t really like any design inspiration sites since they are so ‘Web 2.0′ oriented, with so many gradient fills that will be out-dated within the year.

…which is why I created my own site, just as a way of organising my own inspiration bookmarks. You might like it as an alternative:

http://siteinspire.net

Jonny T

March 27th, 2009

Great sites, always great to have a list to refer back to thanks keep them coming.

Jim Ram

April 9th, 2009

Like Daniel, I’ve recently started a site called Design Fridge, another CSS gallery. Its definatley worth a look if you’re in search of inspiration, and I also had a similar approach in mind when building it, It had to be clean and focused on usability.

Alyssa

May 27th, 2009

Love the list!

For landing page, form, sign-ups and lead gen type of design inspiration i recommend this:

http://www.iamalandingpagedesigner.com/

ashlee

June 10th, 2009

Love the list! I also love bludomain.com!

IlCreativo

June 14th, 2009

Great Collection, thanks a lot!

all

June 16th, 2009

My company i used to work for more often than not swipes the source code off the Apple website. Then we study it and use the code for our own.

maxdoro webdesign amersfoort

July 23rd, 2009

nice Collection, thanks a lot!

Israel

August 16th, 2009

What a great list!! Thank you so much to Jacob Gube for this post and to all people who contributed in the comments!

Daniel

August 16th, 2009

Design Snack is listed twice!

liz.

October 14th, 2009

@Daniel H: Thanks! I love siteinspire.net

For email marketing, there’s http://www.campaignmonitor.com/gallery/

peynir

December 1st, 2009

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Estetik

December 18th, 2009

This very nice templates … that share a thousand years lived

Johnny Hughes

March 27th, 2010

Great resource of inspiration, looking forward to explore some of them.

Css Gallery

May 1st, 2010

Great list. You just forgot : http://www.cssdsgn.com :)

godfreydesigns

August 2nd, 2010

great list, thanks!!! really great to have something like this out there on google. thanks for making this list once again.

Jass

August 5th, 2010

Great collections! Thanks!

Circu itt

September 24th, 2010

good stuff to share, thanks

Orlando Weber

May 3rd, 2011

Wow, this is a great selection of sites. Very inspirational, thanks for sharing!

CreativeSen.se

August 25th, 2011

These are some great resources, thanks for sharing. I think our new site CreativeSen.se would be a good addition to the list.

Popart Studio

November 11th, 2011

Great collection, i like Open Source Web Design very much. Very pleasant color scheme.

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