list of unique web design galleries and showcases

Updated: Unique Web Design Galleries

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.

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, (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,
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,
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,
Showcase of outstanding ecommerce websites. Categorized by shopping cart software. Great website to get ideas for shopping cart features and layouts.

Illustration Toolbox,
Showcase of illustrated websites. Also includes an illustration showcase, tutorials, freebies, articles and more resources.

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

Minimal Exhibit,
Minimalist type websites, lots of negative space and uber clean designs.

We Love WP,
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:


The Best Designs,

  • audopilit
    Posted at 16:28h, 10 March Reply

    LOL footer fetish 🙂

  • verminator470
    Posted at 21:26h, 10 March Reply

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

  • CDS
    Posted at 12:49h, 12 March Reply

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

  • FrappaKelli
    Posted at 14:40h, 12 March Reply

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

  • gojibo
    Posted at 15:01h, 16 March Reply

    coool i like the minimal one the best.

  • seo firma
    Posted at 10:09h, 23 March Reply

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

  • Mizake
    Posted at 17:35h, 31 March Reply

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

  • David@Professional Website Design
    Posted at 13:41h, 13 April Reply

    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.

  • Acai
    Posted at 14:53h, 19 April Reply

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

  • Web Design
    Posted at 17:31h, 09 May Reply

    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. 🙂

  • Ashley Martinez
    Posted at 23:19h, 13 May Reply

    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””;

  • Freelance website design
    Posted at 06:28h, 19 May Reply

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

  • Web Design and Development
    Posted at 13:46h, 19 May Reply

    I love footer fetish! Awesome!

  • Paul
    Posted at 08:01h, 02 June Reply

    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!

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  • CDS
    Posted at 13:52h, 12 June Reply

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


  • Per H. Jørgensen
    Posted at 02:52h, 09 July Reply

    Thanks for an inspiring list. Found especially useful 🙂

  • Greentent@ Web design
    Posted at 14:54h, 26 July Reply

    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!

  • Sean Rosensteel
    Posted at 07:41h, 29 July Reply

    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!

  • Emma Hill
    Posted at 08:13h, 02 August Reply

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

  • Xaby Web Design
    Posted at 22:19h, 31 August Reply

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

  • Thomas BEAL
    Posted at 00:54h, 02 September Reply

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

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    Posted at 01:01h, 02 September Reply

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  • Camila Perry
    Posted at 10:51h, 29 September Reply

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

  • philwebservices
    Posted at 15:58h, 13 October Reply

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

  • Petite Tops 
    Posted at 02:55h, 14 October Reply

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

  • Mike
    Posted at 02:31h, 18 October Reply

    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.

  • Metal Brake :
    Posted at 08:48h, 25 October Reply

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

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    Posted at 12:42h, 26 November Reply

    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

  • josh
    Posted at 18:59h, 12 December Reply

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

  • webb
    Posted at 07:51h, 17 December Reply

    it’s a wonderful collection.

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    Posted at 22:14h, 17 December Reply

    I can see that you just are an expert at your field! I’m launching a web web site soon, and your particulars will likely be pretty useful for me.. Thanks for all of your help and wishing you all of the success.

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    Posted at 05:30h, 11 January Reply

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

  • Stacy Renee
    Posted at 21:47h, 21 January Reply

    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

  • Çelik Kapı
    Posted at 03:18h, 05 February Reply

    good sharing thank you

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    Posted at 09:02h, 20 February Reply

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

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    Posted at 21:19h, 06 May Reply

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  • Susan @ Custom Slipcover
    Posted at 05:45h, 05 June Reply

    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 🙂


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    Posted at 07:39h, 13 June Reply

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  • Chris Garden
    Posted at 05:54h, 15 June Reply

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


  • Morgan Sterling
    Posted at 06:01h, 15 June Reply

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

  • andrew fields
    Posted at 04:10h, 26 June Reply

    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

  • Gene Mickser
    Posted at 10:29h, 06 July Reply

    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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  • Tom Johnson
    Posted at 00:22h, 12 July Reply

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

  • ranji
    Posted at 22:33h, 02 August Reply

    good collection…thanks for sharing it

  • Chlorella Fella
    Posted at 23:58h, 12 August Reply

    Excellent resource!

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

  • San Diego Design
    Posted at 23:27h, 02 September Reply

    These are pretty cool, thanks for the list.

  • Kristina
    Posted at 09:58h, 04 October Reply

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

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    Posted at 10:33h, 17 January Reply

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