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.

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
    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.

    Jessica

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

    Thanks for an inspiring list. Found http://colorgorize.com 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 cssbay.com :). and I didn’t know about Footer Fetish, interesting concept

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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.

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    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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  • EDDIE
    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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  • 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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  • 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 🙂

    Susan

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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.

    Chris

  • 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

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    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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