11 Most Popular Blog Design Styles (With Examples)

Even the most unique blog designs usually follow, at least in part, some sort of predefined or established style. And there are plenty of design styles to choose from if you’re looking for inspiration. Whatever your personal style, there are design patterns out there that can be adapted to suit your own aesthetic ideal and the needs of your site. And often working within a predefined pattern can enhance your creativity by helping you focus.

Below we’ve rounded up eleven common design patterns seen throughout blog designs on the web. But just because they’re commonly seen doesn’t mean they aren’t unique and filled with plenty of individuality and creativity. Figuring out how to make your own unique mark on a widely-recognized style can prove to be a creative challenge for nearly any designer. Read on for inspiration and ideas for your next design projects.

1. Hand Drawn: A Relaxed Yet Artistic Style

Hand drawn blogs are all over the place. Some of these designs are very doodle-esque, while others are more like fine art. They can lend a more relaxed feeling to a blog’s design, as well as a healthy dose of creativity. One of the best parts of this style is that it’s so customizable. The illustrations used can really reflect the style of the owners or writers.

More on hand drawn design:

Low Impact Girl

Mark Forrester

SketchBlog

U.S.E. 19 Clothing

Blog Me Tender

Douglas Menezes

Hugs for Monsters

A Crayon’s Life

Biggest Apple

Demain J’arrete

Cog’nition

Kris Colvin

2. Grunge: Not Just Dirty

Grunge style has been around on the web for a few years now, and it’s still going strong. A couple of big trends in grunge design include minimalist grunge, where the theme is very minimal with the exception of the grunge elements, and more refined grunge that isn’t as messy as early incarnations. Again, this is a style that has tons of room for creativity and individual expression.

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CSS Religion

Brooklyn Slate Company

Triplux

Ritchie Linao

The Blizzards

Impresario One

Kevin Lucius

Gone Fishing

Manuel Romero

BienBienBien

3. Minimalist: Where Less is Definitely More

Minimalist designs can be some of the hardest to pull off well, despite their simplicity. When less is more, every single element becomes vitally important. Some of the hallmarks of miminalist design are lots of white space (or negative space), simple typography and few images.

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Moon Themes

Lounge4

Dolce Touch

Surfstation

Huwshimi

Guillermo Esteves

Design Intellection

ShareSomeCandy

Devlounge

Verbalized

4. Grid and Magazine-Style: Bringing Order to Chaos

Grid and magazine-type themes have also been around for a few years now. They’re excellent when you have a very information-heavy site (like many blogs) and add a sense of order and structure to a design. But they also leave plenty of room for creativity, as is illustrated in some of the designs below.

Champagne Warehouse

Edition – We The People

Juice

The Golden Pineapple Blog

CreativeDepart

Cynosura

Kineda

Reform & Revolution

Jason Santa Maria

Sushi & Robots

DFCKR

Post

5. Collage: Unique, Personalized Mashups

Collage styles are as varied as the blogs they style. Basically, these are designs that take a number of elements (often photographs or realistic illustrations) and combine them to form a background that might resemble a bulletin board or messy desk. It’s a unique style that allows for a lot of individual expression through what’s included in the collage.

Web Designer Wall

Baia dos Golfinhos

Blup!

Tarek Shalaby

Hatch

By Land, Sea or Air

The Klog – Koodoz Design

WorkAwesome

Fran Fernandez

Mesonprojekt

Designlab

Narfstuff

6. Gallery: For the More Visually-Inclined

Gallery blogs aren’t limited to just displaying images. Many blogs that focus mostly on text are using gallery layouts for their home pages, as a way to fit more information in a smaller space and leave things looking uniform and organized. Of course, there are plenty of sites out there using gallery layouts for what they were originally intended: photos, illustrations, and design work.

Foliotastic

Phototastic

Shocas.com

CHRISMDAY

Fernando Leite

Hugh Peachey Photography

IINSIGHT

Nocturn

Hell Biscuit

Wide Angled

7. Beautiful Typography: More Than Just Pretty Lettering

Excellent typography can really set a blog apart from its competitors. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing, good typography also makes your blog easier to read.

Ocon Design

Rustin Jessen

EightHourDay

Elysium Burns

Iokon Media

Questionable Characters

The Personal Disquiet of Mark Boulton

The Art of Non-Conformity

Posh CSS

Der Gentleman

8. Awesome Textures and Patterns: Bringing Life to Otherwise Simple Designs

Unique combinations of textures and patterns can lead to a very creative and exceptionally beautiful theme. There are thousands of textures available out there, many free for personal or commercial use, so this style is largely accessible to all sorts of designers.

Barton Place Austin

Comfort Brothers

Mark Jardine

Think Design

Guns and Donuts

Brown Blog Films

TehCpeng.net

Henry Jones

Missy

David Hellmann

SimpleBits

9. Bold Artwork: More Formal Artistic Appeal

Bold illustrations and graphics can make a big impact on blog visitors. Bright colors, original illustrations, and vector artwork are hallmarks of these blogs.

Pirata London

Kallianos Diving Centre

Sushimonstr

The World of Silas Toball – Duirwaigh Studios

Tendencias do Design

WebScienceMan

Langgatan 3A

Blog What? Design

Badass Ideas

Brian Jeremy

10. Transparency: Adding Polish Without Weighing Things Down

Transparency can add an extra bit of polish to any blog design. When combined with a unique background, transparency creates a whole new level of elegance many blog designs lack. Some blogs use transparency throughout their designs, while others use it only in select locations to add a little extra flair.

Go Media Inc

Push The Brand

Darren Hoyt Dot Com

Mateus Neves

Level Opacity

LeBloe

Dezine Zync

Agenturblog

11. 3-D Designs: Simplified Trompe l’Oeil

The designs featured here use 3-D elements: folded paper, letterpress effects, and similar design elements. This is a newer trend in blog design (especially the letterpress effect) that has only started emerging in the past couple of years. It’s a beautiful style, and can be combined with a lot of other unique design elements (it’s often seen in collage and grunge designs, for example).

Matthew Achariam

Bitter-Coffee Studio

DAunion

Design Commission

Mike Matas Blog

Sanimani.com

Markup & Style Society

Cocoia Blog

31Three

Marcel Muller

Adii Rockstar

Is there any other interesting blog design trend you’ve spotted recently?

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Cameron is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 7 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She's also the author of Internet Famous: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Online Celebrity.

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