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.