10 Blog Designs with Innovative Layouts

By / Mar 6, 2009 / Inspiration

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.







Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria



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.

  • http://www.ozmatix.com ozmatix

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

  • http://www.photofolio.be photofolio

    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.

  • http://www.allmylovegifts.net Sin

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

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    Nice list!

  • http://funnytoptens.blogspot.com Bill

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

  • Ryan

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

  • http://daus.trala.la/ Daus

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

  • http://www.thegreenpen.com Greg Greiner

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

  • Astralis

    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?

  • http://www.camellive.com Annemieke

    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.

  • http://www.artboredom.com Artboredom

    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.

  • Matt


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

  • http://henryjones.us Henry

    @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?

  • http://henryjones.us Henry

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

  • http://www.artboredom.com Artboredom

    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.

  • http://henryjones.us Henry

    @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.

  • http://nikibrown.com/designoblog Niki Brown | The Design O’Blog

    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.

  • http://www.instamedia.org Ankit

    Hey Guys,

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

  • http://dsgn.pw-software.com Nokadota

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

  • http://ac86.net/ Anthony C.

    @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

  • http://www.devno.com devno

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

  • http://canvasgrafix.com Personalized Kids Wall Art

    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.

  • http://stayupdate.com Javad

    Thank you man.
    Stambled your article.
    Good Luck!

  • http://www.trainwithsherilyn.com Sherilyn

    @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.

  • RaiulBaztepo

    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

  • http://www.layouts-web-design.com Layouts

    Great and useful site. Congratulations!!!

  • http://www.psprint.com/stickers-labels Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    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.

  • J.C Harmon

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

    Come on guys, you can do better

  • http://www.jmphotographyonline.ca Jay McIntyre

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

  • http://www.anythinggraphic.net Anything Graphic

    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?


  • http://www.pragmaticdesign.co.uk Bones

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

  • http://what-what.net shoaib hussain

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

  • http://www.quarterpie.com/ Shalini

    Thanks for Sharing!!

    Really very Inspiring and Innovative Layouts.