10 Absolute Best Web Design Galleries

By / Sep 10, 2009 / Inspiration
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You’ve probably realized by now that the internet is overflowing with web design galleries. So I thought I would take some time to share with you my list of the 10 best Web Design Galleries out there. Feel free to let us know what your favorite galleries are.

1. Best Web Gallery

Web Design Gallery

I promise this one isn’t ranked #1 because of it’s name. I love the Best Web Gallery because it only showcases the best of the best css sites with the occasional very good flash site…just the way the internet should be. The posting schedule here is also very frequent and consistent.

2. The FWA

Web Design Gallery

If you are looking for over-the-top Flash web design inspiration, you need not look any further than The FWA.

3. The Best Designs

Web Design Gallery

The Best Designs is another terrific gallery that focuses on quality, frequent posts, and a good mixture of css and Flash.

4. CSS Remix

Web Design Gallery

Although I’ve been disappointed with the frequency of new sites added to CSS Remix lately, you can’t deny the quality of sites featured here. I also love it’s “get out of the way” design and user interface.

5. Pattern Tap

Web Design Gallery

Pattern Tap gets the #5 spot for being original. Instead of only showcasing complete site designs, it focuses on individual aspects of user interface design such as nav bars, footers, headers, etc.

6. Styleboost

Web Design Gallery

Styleboost was one of my favorite sites to visit back in the early 2000′s when Flash sites were all the rage. At some point it made the transition to a css gallery too, and has done a fine job of it. You can always find high quality design inspiration here.

7. CSS Elite

Web Design Gallery

CSS Elite is a great place to find css design inspiration and has good navigation for browsing.

8. Site Inspire

Web Design Gallery

I like Site Inspire because I can always find sites there that have not been featured on the other galleries.

9. CSS Mania

Web Design Gallery

CSS Mania adds a lot of new sites every day, which is good, but occasionally a “no so good” design will find it’s way into the gallery.

10. Web Creme

Web Design Gallery

Web Creme is a solid gallery with a consistent posting of quality css web designs.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

22 Comments

  1. Lee Milthorpe
    September 10, 2009

    Agree 100% with Best Web Gallery being at number 1. It’s been my favourite showcase for a long, long time and they never seem to slack off with the updates or quality!

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  2. Michael Wilson
    September 10, 2009

    Always great to add a few more website galleries to my arsenal!

    I’m not sure I agree with the order of that list but I was glad to see a few on there I haven’t visited before.

    Thanks very much

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  3. Eli
    September 10, 2009

    Was beginning to worry that Web Creme wouldn’t be on this list! I can safely say this is a good list ;)

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  4. Gennice
    September 10, 2009

    These are my main sources of inspiration when it comes to theme designs…

    I can’t live without them! :)

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  5. Lorne Pike
    September 10, 2009

    Some great galleries here. Personally though, I am always frustrated by galleries that only show the top corner or a slice of each site, making you click on each to see whether or not it warrants a closer look. I consistently spend more time on pages that make it easy to browse by showing us a full-page screenshot, and I suspect I’m not the only one.

    Thanks for another great post!

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  6. matthew smith
    September 10, 2009

    Wow. Glad you feel that Pattern Tap is standing with these great galleries. Hopefully we’re providing something unique to our industry as well – those specific design solutions and inspiration that we need for a particular element of web design. That’s what we set out to do anyway :)

    We are launching Pattern Tap 2.0 in the not too distant future. You can see evidence of it here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/squaredeye/sets/72157620449981561/

    I’d add: http://dropular.net, and http://ffffound.com to that list. Since its helpful to get our inspiration outside the web as well.

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  7. kevin
    September 10, 2009

    Hey guys, i’d add http://www.makebetterwebsites.com/
    Great stuff there too. Am also running a site that is regrouping lots of galleries: http://www.regrouped.net

    Cool post.

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  8. Daniel
    September 10, 2009

    Thank you for featuring siteInspire – means a lot.

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  9. Michelle
    September 10, 2009

    Another great one is Lovelypages – http://www.lovelypages.net .

    Nice clean design and great examples.

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  10. Henry
    September 10, 2009

    @matthew smith: That’s great! I can’t wait to see Pattern Tap 2.0.

    @Daniel: You’re welcome. siteInspire is a great source of inspiration.

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  11. Most Interesting Ideas
    September 10, 2009

    Great collection

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  12. Alex
    September 10, 2009

    I think you assume all your readers will have super fast connections (USA / northern EU) – sadly most of the world doesn’t. If a site, no matter how pretty, doesn’t load in 5 seconds you’ve lost the hit. Period. Remember that fast connections are the birthright for only about 20% of the world’s cyber population. – Nonetheless – with due patience, I love some of the sites features. Flash is out for 80% of the world tho – it just takes too long. (from Thailand with the fastest line I can get) ;>)

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  13. Ted
    September 10, 2009

    @Lorne: Agree 100% about the sites (and portfolios) that just show partial thumbnails.

    It’s one reason why Web Creme is my favorite.

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  14. erkasoft
    September 10, 2009

    nice list. thanks.

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  15. John M
    September 11, 2009

    I’d also add http://www.nicelydonecss.com which is a new but growing gallery by a friend.

    My personal faves from your list are Pattern Tap which is so hugely useful when you need a bit of inspiration for a particular part of a site rather than complete designs and also Site INspire.

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  16. web design chennai
    September 11, 2009

    Thanks for sharing list of beautiful sites here
    Great

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  17. webmasterdubai
    September 12, 2009

    nice collection of web designs.

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  18. Jonathan Bennett
    September 14, 2009

    Great links. I really like Pattern Tap.

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  19. Alfie Punnoose
    October 2, 2009

    Thanks a lot for compiling this list of sites. It is very useful for me to look for interesting web designs.

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  20. dotndot
    January 27, 2010

    Awesome collection.Great post.Thank you.

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  21. jyoti wadhwa
    February 24, 2012

    Best web design collection! Thanks for sharing

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  22. Andy
    February 26, 2014

    Great list but i personally feel that some of these sites are not updated regularly. Here is another great site which shows big screenshot with regular updates: http://www.minimalistgallery.com

    Reply

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