30 Dark and Inspiring Web Designs

By / Feb 7, 2011 / Inspiration

Almost a year ago we featured a showcase with 50 Inspiring Dark Web Designs and today we decided to gather a new list of dark websites to inspire you. It’s always nice to remember that a dark layout also has it’s beauty, specially when everybody is talking about clean white web designs. So check out some examples of inspiring dark websites and start thinking about giving dark colors a try.

Tom Pain

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Pierrick Calvez

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Fill Studio

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This Shell

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FreeAssociation

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Pixillion

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Launchlist

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Hungarian Wines

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Bread & Pepper

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Andrew McClintock

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Troyca

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Pointless Corp

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TocToc

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Cuban Council

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We are Fixel

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Haunted Cathouse

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East Village Eatery

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Tuscarora Tackle

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Night Owl Interactive

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Sarah Longnecker

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Jan Kovacs

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Pop the Box

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Suplicy Cafes

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Epic

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ch3mical

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Bluezoom

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simó

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malikafavre

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code23

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Mr. Booth

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Source:

The Best Designs
The CSS Awards

About the Author

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

  • http://www.adamknows.net Adam

    Very nice list, great inspiration!

  • http://smartuts.com adechriz

    really inspiring
    help me get some inspiration to my next project..

    thankyou..

  • http://www.sliderocket.com John Rode

    Agree! We’re a proponent and a practitioner. Blacks and dark gray can be an elegant way to stand apart from the crowd. And when you do use a bright color it’s like a ‘subtle pop’.

    – John

  • http://www.drivvedwebbyra.se Fredrik

    Fill Studios site as darn awesome!

  • http://www.bsiw.us Michael King

    These are nice and some are stunning, but I still find it hard going to use, as distinct from view, these dark background sites. The contrasts for text run from too hot to almost indistinct.

  • http://www.andrewconn.com Andrew Conn

    The Tom Pain slide out is pretty sweet.

    Also… shameless self promotion… I have a dark site too!

  • http://www.webdesign2day.com raybak

    thats a great showcase of dark website designs.

  • http://www.tristarwebdesign.co.uk/ Chandni Patel

    Love these examples of dark web page designs, especially the textures and shadows which are used to make the designs much more interesting.

    I think dark web designs are great if your going for a dramastic yet sleek approach, and agreeing with John using a touch of colour definitely gives that “subtle pop”.

  • http://www.derby-webdesign.co.uk Kevin

    A really great list. I really like the Pointless Corp design =)

  • http://www.amlingstudios.com Chris Amling

    A wonderful collection of light challenged designs. I really like the Pointless Corp website. Maybe its just their logo, something about a bear on a bicycle. Thanks for putting them up. ~ Chris

  • http://www.cube-23.com James

    This goes to show that dark websites look great when designed properly. I really like the background of the East Village Eatery, and its something that is easy to create. I will definitely use these as an inspiration towards dark websites.

  • http://www.phoenixstudios.co.uk/blog/ Greg

    Some great examples but im not sure if I would class all of them as dark web designs. Haunted cat house isn’t strictly speaking dark :)

  • http://iamautocomplete.com Angelee

    The Night Owl Interactive got my attention! Black goes nicely with other different colors in one page, as it makes the colored image, fonts, etc stand out.

  • http://www.sonnydesign.com asonny

    dark site design really rocks! i love the grungy effect done on tompain’s site.

  • http://www.jeffwagnerinteractive.com Jeff Wagner

    Sure do like me some dark website designs. Lots of great examples in this post; Night Owl, Launchlist and Free Association were my favorites. Nicely done everyone!

  • http://www.woodyallen.info bilgin

    tasteful list. gr8 thx