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list of unique web design galleries and showcases

There are quite a few inspirational galleries and award websites out there today. Most all of them are collections of what the moderator feels are worthy of listing in his/her gallery based on overall design. There are a few, however, that focus on specific elements of the website, such as its platform, color scheme, coding, style, etc. Below I’ve compiled a list of some of these element-centric galleries that I find especially useful when seeking very specific inspiration.

Colorgorize, http://colorgorize.com
Categorizes websites based on color scheme and provides a color chart for every website. Very useful to find ideas when selecting color schemes for projects. Users can search by adjusting a hue and saturation range, which I find especially neat.

Footer Fetish, http://footerfetish.com (now defunct)
Clever name and clever concept. This is a gallery of great footers. The footer is often overlooked in design, but it doesn’t have to be.

Type Inspire, http://typeinspire.com
Showcase of inspiring and unique typography in web design. Lots of awesome designs that invoke all sorts of ideas for text effects.

Blog Design Heroes, http://blogdesignheroes.com
Gallery of great blog designs. Categorized by platform, and includes Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress and even some of the newer and less commonly used platforms.

Cart Frenzy, http://cartfrenzy.com
Showcase of outstanding ecommerce websites. Categorized by shopping cart software. Great website to get ideas for shopping cart features and layouts.

Illustration Toolbox, http://illustrationtoolbox.com/category/websites
Showcase of illustrated websites. Also includes an illustration showcase, tutorials, freebies, articles and more resources.

Folio Focus, http://foliofocus.com
Gallery of portfolio websites. Mostly web designers. Good place to get some ideas for creating galleries and portfolio type websites.

Minimal Exhibit, http://minimalexhibit.com
Minimalist type websites, lots of negative space and uber clean designs.

We Love WP, http://welovewp.com
Collection of sites powered by WordPress. Not just blogs, but CMS sites as well.


For those looking for general galleries, we feel these are the best of the best:

AWWWARDShttp://www.awwwards.com

The Best Designs, http://thebestdesigns.com

55 Comments
  • audopilit

    LOL footer fetish 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • verminator470

    Thanks for posting. The colorgorize one is particularly useful for me. Adds some sort of thought and organization to color selection.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • CDS

    My favorite gallery is Colorgorize; It’s very useful 🙂

    March 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • FrappaKelli

    Thanks for that. These ones actually are useful in web design.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • gojibo

    coool i like the minimal one the best.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • seo firma

    this is what i am talking about great web design. specially footer fetish LOL.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Mizake

    I’m fanatic to Abduzedo dot com theme. So I try to adapt its style blogspot platform.

    March 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm Reply
  • David@Professional Website Design

    Web design is something that is easy to learn but tough to master. The principles itself are easy but when it comes to making a site that not only looks good but is also functional can present some difficulties to even the most advanced web designer.

    April 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Acai

    I like the layouts on Cart Frenzy. They are colorful and lively. I bet they get more sales that way!

    April 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Web Design

    I’m addicted to design galleries. I ran one myself a while back but had to give it up. There are some here I haven’t seen before so thank you for sharing. 🙂

    May 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • Ashley Martinez

    i host 5 of my blogs on Blogspot and it is really good for beginners. but if you want something with more features, nothing beats wordpress””;

    May 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm Reply
  • Freelance website design

    These are really nice. Good job. Thanks for it.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Web Design and Development

    I love footer fetish! Awesome!

    May 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm Reply
  • Paul

    Hi CDS, some great designs you’ve posted. I run a couple of Wordpress blogs and the biggest problem for me was a recent updgrade of WP screwed my custom theme. The original dev was no longer available and it cost me a lot of money to get someone in fast to fix this. It’s a lesson learned – get your dev to hand over the details of any customisations he’s done!

    June 2, 2010 at 8:01 am Reply
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    June 7, 2010 at 9:11 am Reply
  • CDS

    Hi Paul, I know exactly what you mean that happens quite often when upgrading wordpress. Hope you got it all worked out anyway.

    Jessica

    June 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Per H. Jørgensen

    Thanks for an inspiring list. Found http://colorgorize.com especially useful 🙂

    July 9, 2010 at 2:52 am Reply
  • Greentent@ Web design

    Thanks for sharing this information.Web design is not a work that can be learned through trainings. It is a craft that can be developed through practices. This is useful for beginners and to those who are already good on web design.
    Kudos to this site!

    July 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Sean Rosensteel

    LOVE the 2nd listing for Footer Fetish…these are becoming so popular, as a place to get “lost” in someone’s website. If you’re not using footers start today because they’re becoming more and more popular!

    July 29, 2010 at 7:41 am Reply
  • Emma Hill

    i am self-studying web design coz building websites is my passion~’*

    August 2, 2010 at 8:13 am Reply
  • Xaby Web Design

    Thanks for sharing. Gonna visit them soon. Creative block doctors 🙂

    August 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm Reply
  • Thomas BEAL

    Nice design, I just added you in cssbay.com :). and I didn’t know about Footer Fetish, interesting concept

    September 2, 2010 at 12:54 am Reply
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    Thanks for your article, Now there is more reason to comment than ever before!

    September 2, 2010 at 1:01 am Reply
  • Camila Perry

    web design is also a good hobby and a great job too. web design jobs pays very well’:`

    September 29, 2010 at 10:51 am Reply
  • philwebservices

    This is very informative. This is very useful in making web designs more effective and functional. Great galleries. Thank you for posting.

    October 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Petite Tops 

    i like to design webpages and also get paid by using my customized themes”,’

    October 14, 2010 at 2:55 am Reply
  • Mike

    I am loving both the name and noccept of Footer Fetish! That truly is a great site. I’d like to also compliment the look and design of this page. Really loving it. Thanks for the list of sites – they will come in very handy in the future.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:31 am Reply
  • Metal Brake :

    i love web design and i love to build webpages specially with flash animation”.:

    October 25, 2010 at 8:48 am Reply
  • EDDIE

    Thanks for the link! Alot people overlook the footer, and I think you should keep everything in mind when designing a web site, if anybody should need a link just leave a comment on my blog. Thanx

    November 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • josh

    Thanks for the links! I like the idea of putting these in categories.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm Reply
  • webb

    it’s a wonderful collection.

    December 17, 2010 at 7:51 am Reply
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    December 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Website Design

    Wow,great content and your blog design is just gorgeous.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:30 am Reply
  • Stacy Renee

    Very cool, I am just starting to learn about web design, so I am reading every article I can find, thank you very much for sharing yours.

    Stacy Renee

    January 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Çelik Kapı

    good sharing thank you

    February 5, 2011 at 3:18 am Reply
  • web design

    man…this is amazing collection…thanks for sharing this….

    February 20, 2011 at 9:02 am Reply
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    February 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm Reply
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    May 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm Reply
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    This is a nice site. Good fresh, informative articles and beautiful interface. I’ll be back soon, to thank the great article.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm Reply
  • Susan @ Custom Slipcover

    Nice collection. I like the way you’ve categorized them for easy reference. And you’ve surely overdelivered by collating such a rich set of links from across the Web. Thank you, as a web designer I really appreciate this effort 🙂

    Susan

    June 5, 2011 at 5:45 am Reply
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    June 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm Reply
  • Lavera Krnach

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    June 13, 2011 at 7:39 am Reply
  • Chris Garden

    Excellent collection, thanks for sharing this. Must have taken you quite a while to compile this list. Thank you.

    Chris

    June 15, 2011 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Morgan Sterling

    Loved ‘colorgorize’. Just what I needed to find matching swatches and palettes for a new project I’m working on. Cheers.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:01 am Reply
  • andrew fields

    Awesome collection, thank you for sharing this. I really have a great time reading and viewing it. I find it very interesting and informative. Keep it up

    June 26, 2011 at 4:10 am Reply
  • Gene Mickser

    Have you thought of offering these to platforms such as Wordpress, say, footerfetish? It’s free and you get a lot of exposure!
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    July 6, 2011 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Tom Johnson

    Nice collection. Very interesting & informative. Thanks for posting. The “Type Inspire” one is particularly useful for me.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:22 am Reply
  • ranji

    good collection…thanks for sharing it

    August 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm Reply
  • Chlorella Fella

    Excellent resource!

    I especially like Blog Design Heroes. Thanks for posting the links 🙂

    August 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm Reply
  • San Diego Design

    These are pretty cool, thanks for the list.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm Reply
  • Kristina

    Thanks for this great list! I’m always looking for inspiration, and this is just what I needed today.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Patrick Hayes

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    January 17, 2012 at 10:33 am Reply
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