10 Blog Designs with Innovative Layouts

By / Mar 6, 2009 / Inspiration
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It seems that the majority of blogs all follow a standard layout: a long list of posts on the left and a sidebar on the right containing such things as recent comments, popular posts, etc. For this reason, when designing a blog, it is so important to do something innovative with the layout to help it stand out from the crowd.

Here are are 10 well designed blogs that all possess smart and innovative layouts. These should help inspire you to be different.

SpaceCollective

SpaceCollective

NEWTOYORK

NEWTOYORK

ANidea

ANidea

Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria

GOOD

GOOD

Alpha Multimedia Solutions

Alpha Multimedia Solutions

Alex Buga

Alex Buga

UX Magazine

UX Magazine

Information Architects

Information Architects

Wilson Miner

Wilson Miner

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.

33 Comments

  1. ozmatix
    March 6, 2009

    Good post, making me think….should i change my layout.

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  2. photofolio
    March 6, 2009

    Very inspiring. Interesting though how many of those ‘innovative’ layouts look like the good old days of printed content.
    On a sidenote: information overload is a problem nowadays, seeing these thumbs information overload in even one single webpage is also a growing pain.

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  3. Sin
    March 6, 2009

    really love some of these ANidea deff made my eyes happy this morning :)

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  4. Timothy
    March 6, 2009

    Nice list!

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  5. Bill
    March 6, 2009

    Great List! Thank you for helping me to think outside the box!

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  6. Ryan
    March 6, 2009

    ANIdea is clever, but is probably a modification of a commercial theme available from WP Zoom (check a live demo here)

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  7. Daus
    March 6, 2009

    Wow. Innovative, indeed. JSM is everywhere, by the way :)

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  8. Greg Greiner
    March 6, 2009

    I think if you are a designer then you will be influenced by layout. Otherwise, it’s only content that matters.

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  9. Astralis
    March 6, 2009

    Most of these sites look awesome as thumbnails, but once I visit them, they don’t look so great. Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?

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  10. Annemieke
    March 7, 2009

    Well, within the standard layout I like what you did here, on this blog, with the recent posts and comments. Great abstract form for the recent comments and I just love the pictures next to the recent posts.

    What I like about it, is that it is within the standard layout but done in a different and very tasteful way.

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  11. Artboredom
    March 7, 2009

    I just threw out all my comps for my site redesign. No more same-same multi-column gibberish. Forget even thinking outside the box. Design like there never was a box!

    Great post. Already Tweeted.

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  12. Matt
    March 7, 2009

    Innovative..

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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  13. Henry
    March 7, 2009

    @Matt – I think it means to introduce something new or make changes in anything established, and so does dictionary.com. What do you think it means?

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  14. Henry
    March 7, 2009

    @Annemieke – Thanks! I’m glad you like the design :)

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  15. Artboredom
    March 8, 2009

    I was so into hammering my own site that I realized my blanket statement could’ve been misinterpreted as a knock against any and all sites using multi-column layouts. More importantly it could look like I was knocking your site. This is exactly why teachers would never call on me in school…

    I really love what you’ve done here. The layout is fresh, colors are original, and I’m completely digging the comment column. :) I’m going back to my side of the internets.

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  16. Henry
    March 8, 2009

    @Artboredom – I never thought for a second you were knocking this site. I’m glad you like the design. I think it shows that you can still be creative and different within a multi-column layout.

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  17. Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog
    March 9, 2009

    I definitely love jason santa marias site – its different with each blog post he writes! Its interesting – we cram our blog content into a consistent layout – when the layout should be flexible to change when our content does. I think this is something we have been missing out on in web design.

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  18. Ankit
    March 9, 2009

    Hey Guys,

    You cant miss http://www.treehugger.com

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  19. Nokadota
    March 10, 2009

    I saw Alex Buga’s site last month and was greatly inspired to make my portfolio the way it is now. Nice selection.

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  20. Anthony C.
    March 13, 2009

    @Matt – I think he is using the term “innovative” properly.

    Innovative – Introduction of a new idea into the marketplace in the form of a new product or service, or an improvement in organization or process

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  21. devno
    March 16, 2009

    Some of them are really beautiful.
    My favourite is ANidea.

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  22. Personalized Kids Wall Art
    March 17, 2009

    Most of these are nice and clean. The only problem to overcome with non-standard type layouts is making sure people/search engines can still navigate the site efficiently while keeping the design integrity.

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  23. Javad
    March 18, 2009

    Thank you man.
    Stambled your article.
    Good Luck!

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  24. Sherilyn
    March 18, 2009

    @GG one would think so, but disagree. Whether the layout is ‘pretty’ or not may not matter nearly as much as content, but the layout being USER FRIENDLY certainly is. Nothing makes me click ‘close’ faster than a website with a confusing layout, or just too ‘busy’ looking.

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  25. RaiulBaztepo
    March 28, 2009

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  26. Layouts
    April 17, 2009

    Great and useful site. Congratulations!!!

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  27. Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing
    September 8, 2009

    You know you are right. Most of the blogs do follow a standard layout, which at times look very boring. I particularly like the newspaper style of Jason Santa Maria. Alex Buga is also nice. Really innovative.

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  28. J.C Harmon
    October 12, 2009

    These are really mediocre, looks like just a space filling post to me…

    Come on guys, you can do better

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  29. Jay McIntyre
    October 20, 2009

    Great post very inspiring! Time to do a little reworking for me.

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  30. Anything Graphic
    January 26, 2010

    Nice list! Very inspiring. One question… How do websites make it on this list? Do they e-mail you their website or do you search around and stay on top of these designs?

    Thanks!

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  31. Bones
    January 26, 2010

    There’s some really inspiring stuff there. Thanks for bringing it to us.

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  32. shoaib hussain
    February 11, 2010

    this is just awesome ,had to bookmrak this page.
    thnnx a lot

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  33. Shalini
    December 3, 2011

    Thanks for Sharing!!

    Really very Inspiring and Innovative Layouts.

    Reply

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