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
hand-drawn website design
Mark Forrester
hand-drawn website design
SketchBlog
hand-drawn website design
U.S.E. 19 Clothing
hand-drawn website design
Blog Me Tender
hand-drawn website design
Douglas Menezes
hand-drawn website design
Hugs for Monsters
hand-drawn website design
A Crayon’s Life
hand-drawn website design
Biggest Apple
hand-drawn website design
Demain J’arrete
hand-drawn website design
Cog’nition
hand-drawn website design
Kris Colvin
hand-drawn website design

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.

More: 100 Greatest Abstract and Grunge Fonts (Free)

CSS Religion`
grunge style website design
Brooklyn Slate Company`
grunge style website design
Triplux`
grunge style website design
Ritchie Linao`
grunge style website design
The Blizzards`
grunge style website design
Impresario One`
grunge style website design
Kevin Lucius`
grunge style website design
Gone Fishing`
grunge style website design
Manuel Romero`
grunge style website design
BienBienBien`
grunge style website design

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.

Read: 100+ Clean, Simple and Minimalist Website Designs

Moon Themes
minimalist website design
Lounge4
minimalist website design
Dolce Touch
minimalist website design
Surfstation
minimalist website design
Huwshimi
minimalist website design
Guillermo Esteves
minimalist website design
Design Intellection
minimalist website design
ShareSomeCandy
minimalist website design
Devlounge
minimalist website design
Verbalized
minimalist website design

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
grid magazine style websites
Edition – We The People
grid magazine style websites
Juice
grid magazine style websites
The Golden Pineapple Blog
grid magazine style websites
CreativeDepart
grid magazine style websites
Cynosura
grid magazine style websites
Kineda
grid magazine style websites
Reform & Revolution
grid magazine style websites
Jason Santa Maria
grid magazine style websites
Sushi & Robots
grid magazine style websites
DFCKR
grid magazine style websites
Post
grid magazine style websites

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
collage style website design
Baia dos Golfinhos
collage style website design
Blup!
collage style website design
Tarek Shalaby
collage style website design
Hatch
collage style website design
By Land, Sea or Air
collage style website design
The Klog – Koodoz Design
collage style website design
WorkAwesome
collage style website design
Fran Fernandez
collage style website design
Mesonprojekt
collage style website design
Designlab
collage style website design
Narfstuff
collage style website design

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
gallery style website design
Phototastic
gallery style website design
Shocas
gallery style website design
CHRISMDAY
gallery style website design
Fernando Leite
gallery style website design
Hugh Peachey Photography
gallery style website design
IINSIGHT
gallery style website design
Nocturn
gallery style website design
Hell Biscuit
gallery style website design
Wide Angled
gallery style website design

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
typography website design
Rustin Jessen
typography website design
EightHourDay
typography website design

Elysium Burns

typography website design
Iokon Media
typography website design
Questionable Characters
typography website design
The Personal Disquiet of Mark Boulton
typography website design
The Art of Non-Conformity
typography website design
Posh CSS
typography website design
Der Gentleman
typography website design

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
texture and pattern websites
Comfort Brothers
texture and pattern websites
Mark Jardine
texture and pattern websites
Think Design
texture and pattern websites
Guns and Donuts
texture and pattern websites
Brown Blog Films
texture and pattern websites
TehCpeng.net
texture and pattern websites
Henry Jones
texture and pattern websites
Missy
texture and pattern websites
David Hellmann
texture and pattern websites
SimpleBits
texture and pattern websites

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
bold artwork website design
Kallianos Diving Centre
bold artwork website design
Sushimonstr
bold artwork website design
The World of Silas Toball – Duirwaigh Studios
bold artwork website design
Tendencias do Design
bold artwork website design
WebScienceMan
bold artwork website design
Langgatan 3A
bold artwork website design
Blog What? Design
bold artwork website design
Badass Ideas
bold artwork website design
Brian Jeremy
bold artwork website design

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
transparency website design
Push The Brand
transparency website design
Darren Hoyt Dot Com
transparency website design
Mateus Neves
transparency website design
Level Opacity
transparency website design
LeBloe
transparency website design
Dezine Zync
transparency website design
Agenturblog
transparency website design

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
3d website design
Bitter-Coffee Studio
3d website design
DAunion
3d website design
Design Commission
3d website design
Mike Matas Blog
3d website design
Sanimani.com
3d website design
Markup & Style Society
3d website design
Cocoia Blog
3d website design
31Three
3d website design
Marcel Muller
3d website design
Adii Rockstar
3d website design

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