Beautiful and Creative Examples of Vibrant Web Designs

Jan 17 2009 by Jacob Gube | 49 Comments

Colors – it sets the tone (no pun intended) and message of a website. Designers often spend hours, even days, researching and coming up with a harmonious and usable color scheme.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 brilliant (alright – pun intended) web designs with vivid and colorful themes that evoke feelings of vivacity and dynamism – to inspire your color palette.


Colourpixel - screen shot.

Matt Dempsey

Matt Dempsey - screen shot.

Fall for Tennessee

Fall for Tennessee - screen shot.


FontShop - screen shot.


DrupalCon - screen shot.

Sourcebits TangledDecals

Sourcebits TangledDecals - screen shot.

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg - screen shot.


CakePHP - screen shot.

The English Riviera Comedy Film Festival

The English Riviera Comedy Film Festival - screen shot.

VCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions

VCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions - screen shot.

Miki Mottes

Miki Mottes - screen shot.


ZenSender - screen shot.


Boompa - screen shot. - screen shot.

Portfolio of Adit Shukla

Portfolio of Adit Shukla - screen shot.

Maria Filó

Maria Filó - screen shot.


Cheesetique - screen shot.


DivVoted - screen shot. - screen shot.

Design Disease

Design Disease - screen shot. - screen shot.


Macalicious - screen shot.

Radu Ceucă

Radu Ceucă - screen shot.


cocorino - screen shot. - screen shot.

Soundsplash 08 Eco Reggae Festival

Soundsplash 08 Eco Reggae Festival - screen shot.


Silverback - screen shot.


Sitesquared - screen shot.

Dulles Dodgeball

Dulles Dodgeball - screen shot.

Emeril’s Holiday to Go

Emeril's Holiday to Go - screen shot.

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Alexandre J.

January 17th, 2009

Sick post!, for more inspiration chek out our section @

Raymond Selda

January 17th, 2009

Very nice collection. I’m still learning on coming up with harmonious color schemes. I learned a lot from Jason Beaird’s web design book. Thank you for this post.

Jacob Gube

January 18th, 2009

@Raymond Selda: Yeah, developing a color scheme is as much an art as it is a science. Is the book called “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design“?


January 18th, 2009

You have to remember that some of these that are the most visually appealing take away from the actual website’s content. The content of any page should be the focus.

It is true that you need to capture the attention of a visitor. There is a saying that if you don’t gain a visitor’s attention in the first five seconds you will loose them. If you use Google Analytics or a similar analytics service check your site’s average bounce rate to see how long you have to grab a visitor’s attention.

So, in all, a site should be flashy and eye-candy-ish enough to initially grab a visitor’s attention, but not to the point in which it will take away from the actual content.

Chris W.

January 18th, 2009

Good list Jacob. What do I have to do to get you to do a list that includes Red Interactive? I love that site.


January 18th, 2009

Pretty cool designs and some serious references – Another fine source of inspiration for many webdesigners >


January 18th, 2009

Some really vibrant, and interesting designs in there. I particularly like the way that Adit Shukla river flows into the right sidebar.

I think that sometimes a background can overpower the content, like does until you dim it, but these always engage the visitor of the site, and it makes for an enjoyable experience. I can see why many web design companies try this method.


January 18th, 2009

I like this collection :)


January 18th, 2009 is pretty good one. The blue and black shades meld quite well. Nice collection.

Zach Dunn

January 18th, 2009

Great list! I hadn’t seen Dulle’s Dodgeball before, but I absolutely love it.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design is a fantastic book. It changed the way I thought about web design. Color schemes? Not easy.


January 18th, 2009

I have to say that there’s both good vibrant and bad vibrant on here. TangledDecals sure is pretty, but it’s the opposite of functional. It breaks so many usability rules my head hurts. The text on Maria Filo’s site is impossible to read (and not because it’s in Portugese). Platin uses the dreaded metaphorical navigation. I’d steer clear of calling these designs brilliant, because they’re more about look and less about content.

Silverback, however, is both great looking and easy to understand. CakePHP uses vibrant colors instead of busy images. Adit Shikla relegates his beautiful imagery to the background. These folks realize we’re not making art, we’re styling information.

jennifer Bhala Hansen

January 18th, 2009

I am a learner and have only created one from a template. These one’s are much better than mine but they probably didn’t use a template.


January 18th, 2009

nice collection, this is going straight to my inspiration folder


January 18th, 2009

Nice post. I like the to have the list and images :)

Michael Brito

January 18th, 2009

Thank you for publishing those great designs. I’m in the middle of trying to figure out how I want our company webpage to look like, and you have provided me with some great inspiration.

thank you, very much

Mike Brito
TripEntronic Studios.


January 18th, 2009

wow big list & cool collection, must check and update my lists too … thanks for sharing and keep it up ;D

Not a Niche

January 18th, 2009

Glad to see I’m not the only one who has such vibrant colors on his website, love the compelation!


January 18th, 2009

Nice collection of creative design! thanks for sharing..


January 18th, 2009

How many times can you possibly feature Matt M.’s blog? I get it the design is really good be it has been regurgitated one too many times.

Dainis Graveris

January 19th, 2009

Pretty unique designs with really interesting color schemes and solutions how to put them together, interesting article :)

Thanks :)


January 19th, 2009

Thanks a lot Jacob, for featuring colourpixel:)

Tom James

January 19th, 2009

An inspiring list of designs!
Great to see a Drupal site in there too!
Drupal Social Network –


January 19th, 2009

Very nice collection. Thanks!!!


January 19th, 2009

Wonderful design collection, those colours are very inspiring.


January 19th, 2009

Really cool designs ….Good Job :)


January 19th, 2009

Eye-catching collection, love the brave use of colours, thanks for posting.


January 19th, 2009

Very nice collection. I’m still learning on coming up with harmonious color schemes. Thanks for sharing..


January 19th, 2009

I’ve found Kuler to be indispensable on this front.

Jacob Gube

January 19th, 2009

@Nag: I must say, you’re very brave in using that color scheme – you took a risk and I think in this case it paid off. Well done!

Jacob Gube

January 19th, 2009

@paul: It’s the last time, I promise!


January 19th, 2009

Cool! Thanks for posting these websites!

Cool Creatives

January 20th, 2009

hats up to designers, developers and the mind behind the designs.


January 20th, 2009

this isn’t very inspiring for the coder/developer that doesn’t have a graphic designer in employ.

how about eye-catching sites for the artistically-challenged?


January 20th, 2009

Eye-catching collection, love the brave use of colours, thanks for posting.

Scott Petrovic

January 20th, 2009

There are some nice looking designs here.I also agree with Timothy’s post. Some of the designs are pretty cluttered and hard to tell what you are suppose to do.TangledDecals and stand out in my mind right now. Very vibrant color palettes though, they all have evoke a lot of energy and dynamism.


January 20th, 2009

Wow, Really cool designs. Look my Site. Thanks

Paulo Pereira

January 20th, 2009

Check this one also:

The design is from a 16 year old kid.

jemile @ st.albans web design seo

January 25th, 2009

wicked, love the monkey one escpecially, Jacob nice post bud….ps i dugg it also ..all the best J

Pradeep CD

January 27th, 2009

Good post!!

Colorful collection.

Lost Guy

January 30th, 2009

I really liked the Miki Mottes site. it is kinda weird but i like looking at it.


February 2nd, 2009

I love your selection dear :D
Thanks for the ton of inspirational links xD


February 4th, 2009

Poppy colors, usability of some is questionable, but love the aesthetic!

Jenny Pilley

March 11th, 2009

They are certainly eye catching. But it goes to show that subtle colours don’t have to be used to look professional. these vibrant colours really make an impression and i think done well can really make a website stand out from others in the same field.


March 18th, 2009

very nice sites

timekeeping software

May 20th, 2009

Seriously… did this guy just now learn what a pun was? These types of bloggers are just retarded.


July 23rd, 2009

They look pretty, but they are really low on usability and actual content, which is what really matters.


September 6th, 2009

nice designs.

xrumer blast

August 13th, 2010

Am I the only one who dislikes websites like that? I like to follow the KISS rule. Keep it simple stupid!

davide scalzo

February 2nd, 2011

Excellent inspiration, thanks a lot

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