June 2, 2020

30 Examples of Big Backgrounds in Web Design

A trend in web design that has been popular for a while, and still seems to be gaining momentum, is the use of big background images. It’s an easy and effective way to add lots of interest to a design and set the overall tone with one photo or illustration. However, doing this is a bold move and you run the risk of creating a web site that has too much going on. So it’s important to find a balance between the background and other elements of the design. To give you some inspiration, here are 30 examples of web sites that use this technique effectively.

Stephan Siegrist

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Noah Stokes – Es Bueno

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

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Yes I am Precious

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Because Studio

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Sur La Piste – Carlos

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Immersive Garden

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Sayonara

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Mavic

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Derek Welsh

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Airwalk

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Piero Martinello

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Studio Tilt

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Giles Revell

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BVD

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Chicago L-Shirts

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SabotagePKG

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Mike Stocker Photography

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Coal Headwear

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Twelve Restaurant

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Go To China

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Festival Mundo

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Paul Smith

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Merus

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Medis Bar

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The Squad

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Summer Love

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Free Agent Depot

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160over90

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Turkish Cosmetics

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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

25 Comments

  1. Kimchi Reply

    The website examples are amazing. Thanks for the share. I think the biggest problem with such websites are in the SEO perspective because a lot of the examples above are flash websites that are very hard for search engines to crawl. If as a developer you are aware of this, and you manage to create a website that looks great and is search engine friendly – then you are destined for great fortunes with your project.

  2. Vincent Bons Reply

    Perhaps you should have waited a little longer for ‘Free Agent Depot’ to be loaded when you took the screenshot… Its not really complete now. Besides that: a nice example list.

  3. Gareth Reply

    Great article, though the free agent depot sample shot hasn’t fully loaded 😉

    It’s every developers worst nightmare to come across a design that has a large background, it makes optimisation really hard work, but the examples you have posted seem to cope really well and they work really well.

    Awesome 🙂

  4. Scott Reply

    Mavic and Because Studio both look really striking. Fave has to be the first one, just for using the tight rope in the mountains picture. Great collection.

  5. Angelee Reply

    For sure there are hundreds of designs out there with huge background, but thanks for sharing this collection. I’ve seen one from carsonified before but I can’t remember the link. It was really an awesome design and it should have been one of the sites mentioned above. Thumbs up for Studio Tilt!

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