25 Examples of Dark and Inspiring Web Designs

By / May 16, 2011 / Inspiration
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Last week we showcased here 25 Fresh Examples of Minimalist Web Designs, where most of the examples were based on light colors and a few colorful elements. This week on the other hand, we decided to gather a list of dark web designs to show that dark colors, if well mixed and matched, can result in inspiring and beautiful websites.

Work – Portfolio WordPress Theme

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Mathieu Clauss

dark01

among the sleep

dark02

D.S. Higdon

dark03

Jan Ploch

dark04

PixFX

dark05

NOIR+

dark06

Scribble & Tweak

dark07

Bit Byte Bit

dark08

TEDxPortland

dark09

The Kennedys

dark10

Michael Freimuth

dark11

Surround

dark12

variousways

dark13

Kode Logic

dark15

Pierrick Calvez

dark16

Andreas Johansson

dark17

moresoda

dark18

DonQ

dark19

Peter Cain

dark20

appear

dark21

Riot

dark22

Ketch Studio

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visualise.ca

dark24

Margot Tissot

dark25

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Gisele Muller loves communication, technology, web, design, movies, gastronomy and creativity. Web writer, portuguese/english translator and co founder of @refilmagem & @mentaway Twitter: @gismullr

11 Comments

  1. Pragmatic Design
    May 16, 2011

    Nice collection, thank you, although I wouldn’t describe Ketch Studio’s website as “dark”.

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  2. PJM
    May 16, 2011

    Gisele

    Great selection. Keep up the good work. I look forward to future lists.

    Peter
    If here was once there; where is there now??

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  3. Hannah @ DentShifter
    May 16, 2011

    The Kennedys design is pretty awesome, I love the hand drawn elements. I agree with the above commenter, the Ketch Studio design is pretty vibrant actually!

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  4. Snoggle News
    May 16, 2011

    Ooooo these are fan-diddly-tastic! I truly appreciate the great galleries these always keep me checking out the blog.

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  5. David Higdon
    May 17, 2011

    Thanks for putting my site in the showcase. Much appreciated. Cheers.

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  6. Kim Phillips | Lucid Marketing
    May 17, 2011

    Dark backgrounds are cool-looking but usually hard to read if there is much copy at all.

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  7. John Burk
    May 17, 2011

    Gisele, nice collections of both light and dark site designs. I tend to prefer the bright, but see the need to go dark at times, too.

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  8. Tristar Web Design
    May 18, 2011

    My favourite articles are design inspiration ones and this one has really helped me out. I always struggle with darker designs. I tend to find when you put colour against black it can make a website look cheap, but all the above look really professional. I like visualise, which is also a great example of responsive web design. I like the colours used in riot and Peter Cains portfolio site, which I’ve come across before. It is definitely worth taking a peep at.

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  9. LONO
    May 18, 2011

    inspiring sites, i do love dark websites. Nice to see people keeping things simple too

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  10. Peter Cain
    May 20, 2011

    Cheers for putting me on the list :)

    Some really nice designs on there.

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  11. Moto CMS
    June 6, 2011

    A dark background works really great for portfolios; it makes the visitors focus on the website content.

    Reply

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