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25 Dark Website Designs

posted by Matt Ward on Oct 13, 2009.

I really love dark website designs. In this post, I have collected 25 prime examples of this kind of design from around the internet, to help inspire your creativity. I hope you enjoy these!

As you can probably tell from this website (at least in it’s current state), I am a big fan of websites with a dark colour palette. That’s what this post is all about (if you thought it was about dark as in evil, sorry about that). Working through some of my favorite CSS and Website galleries, I have compiled this collection of 25 awesome website designs, which all incorporate darker colours to some degree.

Of course, all of the sites are very different from each other, but there are a few elements that you will find repeated in many of them. First, many of the sites incorporate interesting and unique lighting effects, in a wide variety of colours. These range from evanescent swirls, to broad glows, to actual lamps shinning beams of light. I think that the darker background of these sites really lend themselves to these kinds of lighting effects, which would be either lost or much less effective on lighter backdrops.

You may also notice that many of these sites make use of texture, and in many cases, grungy texture. Again, this is probably due to the dark colours, which really lend themselves well to being textured. It adds a lot of visual interest to the design. In some cases you will also see texture combined with light, to great effect!

Anyhow, I really hope you enjoy these, and that they get your creative juices flowing!

Cleo Annex Salon

Cleo Annex Salon

XP Codec Pack

XP Codec Pack

Sub Assembly Services

Sub Assembly Services

Arun Pattnaik Portfolio & Blog

Arun Pattnaik Portfolio & Blog

Miloš Zeković

Miloš Zeković

Robin James Yu

Robin James Yu

Kaiser Interactive Creative Studio

Kaiser Interactive Creative Studio

Two 24 Studios

Two 24 Studios

JWD Designs

JWD Designs

Duplo Motion Graphics

Duplo Motion Graphics

Spiced Jack No 94

Spiced Jack No 94

Matt Brett

Matt Brett

Twenty3Design

Twenty3Design

OKB Estudio Interactivo

OKB Estudio Interactivo

Sugar Rhyme

Sugar Rhyme

Design Newz

Design Newz

GreenLite

GreenLite

Dsignz Media

Dsignz Media

Artist & Designer Jeff Finley

Artist & Designer Jeff Finley

GoMedia

GoMedia

Visual Carnival

Visual Carnival

Mike Precious

Mike Precious

new(me)dia

new(me)dia

Ignite New Media

Ignite New Media

61 Pixels - Online Porfolio of Todd Adams

61 Pixels - Online Porfolio of Todd Adams

So there you have them – all 25 designs. You’ll notice that I refrained from adding my own site to this list, even though it’s dark and uses a similar lighting effect to some of these sites. I figure you’re already here right? Also, many of these sites belong to creative agencies and freelancers, which means that some of them could change at any moment (since many designers love to mix it up). All these these designs are current as of the date of posting, though!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed these! Which are your favorites? Are you as drawn to dark designs as I am? If so, what do you think the allure is? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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Matt Ward is a digital artist who lances freely under the moniker of Echo Enduring Media, and specializes in graphics design, illustration and writing. He is also the Creative Director for Highland Marketing, a creative direct marketing company based out of Waterloo, Ontario. You can follow Matt on Twitter

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Oct 14, 2009

justBcoz says:

Fantastic collection Matt! Thanks for the inspiration …

Oct 14, 2009

Ajay says:

Nice collection, Thx :)

Oct 14, 2009

Jeff says:

Thanks for the kudos Mr. Matt!

We don’t see too many dark website designs – people tend to think of them as dreary or scary. Of course, a dark design can have a dramatic and powerful impact when executed correctly.

- Jeff @ GreenLite Web

(Side note: just noticed that you’re reading The Innocent Mage, which I really liked. Hope you enjoy it!)

Oct 15, 2009

Mondo Print says:

Hah. I thought these were going to be “dark” as in “evil” at first, but these are awesome. Great collection. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 6, 2009

Jonathan Patterson says:

These are cool. I wish mine could be the 26th one! 8)

Nov 7, 2009

Isobel Jones says:

I found your blog on Google. I’ve bookmarked it and will watch out for your next blog post.

Nov 22, 2009

Lauren says:

I love a good dark website and perhaps like them over lighter sites in general if they are done nicely.

Dec 19, 2009

Bill isley says:

compelling article. Have a wonderful week!

Sep 25, 2010

dsignz media says:

Great List… Thanks for listing my site(dsignz media)

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