20 Inspiring Examples of Creative, Personal Blog Web Designs

As clearly and concisely defined by Wikipedia, a blog is ‘a personal journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”)…’. But when you do read back that definition you soon realize how far we have drifted away from it, especially over the last couple of years and particularly within the design community. Once-upon-a-time a blog was a place where you could express your opinions, your thoughts, and your ideas. Nothing more, nothing less. Just your personal writing.

Nowadays though, a blog is viewed as many things (a marketing tool, a means for businesses to communicate with customers, a portfolio, an eCommerce solution, and on, and on…) and very rarely do you come across a new blog that fits into the definition I highlighted above. Yes, I know that the web is continually evolving, and that trends do come and go. But when I was researching this post, I found myself yearning for a bygone era when discovering a new personal blog, especially within the design community, could often be exciting and educational.

Anyway, back to this post, the good news is that I did manage find 20 blogs, mainly from the design community, that not only do they meet the criteria set out by the Wikipedia definition above, but that are also beautifully and originally designed as well. Just as ‘blogs’ should be.

Here they are:

Visual Idiot

Visual Idiot

Rivers & Robots

Rivers & Robots

Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay Stocks

Trent Walton

Trent Walton

Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips

Dave Gamache

Dave Gamache

Karl Fernandes

Karl Fernandes

Stuart Frisby

Stuart Frisby

Sacha Greif

Sacha Greif

Jean-Philippe Gams

Jean-Philippe Gams

Janna Hagan (A Student's Guide to Web Design)

 Janna Hagan (A Student's Guide to Web Design)

Hardly Code Blog

Hardly Code Blog

Jason VanLue

Jason VanLue

Jason Stone

Jason Stone

The Mavenist

The Mavenist

Tim Van Damme

Tim Van Damme

Thomas Aull

Thomas Aull

Russ Maschmeyer

Russ Maschmeyer

Girl With A Camera – Ashley Baxter

Girl With A Camera - Ashley Baxter

Massimo Dutti

Massimo Dutti

Osvaldas Valutis

Osvaldas Valutis

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

Comments

  • Thanks

  • Tristan

    Elliot J Stocks changed his design again before this was even posted lol
    Can’t keep up with his redesigns :)

  • Thanks for featuring my blog!

  • hehe, looks like you forgot one, gonzoblog.nl ;-P

    Nice post Paul, thanks for sharing this inspiration!

  • Nice post

  • thanks for sharing this post..

  • Nice der Herr Aull! :)

  • I had a glance over some of the blogs and they are amazing. I am stocking them as reading material for next two weeks. Thanks a lot, I appreciate the time and effort you have put in to collect them. 

  • Janna Hagan

    Thanks for featuring my site :)

  • Many thanks for the feature!

  • Yay Karl!

  • +1! Go Karl! xD

  • Thanks for featuring Rivers & Robots!

  • I liked all in the list, impressive designs and creative at the same time.

  • John Atkins

    The blog web designs are very impressive. I liked all but “massimodutti” is awesome.

  • many of the designs are awesome.

  • Great examples! This has definitely inspired me to revamp my own blog!