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25 Creative Website Footers

posted by Matt Ward on Nov 10, 2009.

Footers are become an increasingly important part of website design. In this post, I feature 25 different creative/and or beautiful website footers to help inspire you in your own designs.

I think everyone understands the importance of having an interesting and well designed header for their websites, whether that header is simple and minimalist, a glossy and gradient Web 2.0 inspired design, a busy but beautiful collage, or something else entirely. Indeed, in many ways, the header rules supreme.

Unfortunately, in all the glory of the great header design, it’s lowly sister – the footer – frequently gets forgotten. Often containing copyright blurbs, a secondary menu and perhaps a few other bits of meta-information, the neglected footer has often been given just enough attention and style to let it to fit in with the rest of the design.

In recent years, though, the footer has begun something of a rise to prominence. It has started to contain more information, such as blogrolls, Flickr feeds, bookmarks, portfolio images and a wide range of other goodies. In my own experience, I often find myself looking to a site’s footer in order to find useful information about a site and/or its authors or creator.

With this new interest in website footers, it is becoming increasingly important for site designers to pay closer attention to this part of their creations, especially on sites with graphically rich headers. If a header is loud and bold, it’s almost expected that the footer will be loud and bold too. They work together, almost like bookends for the design of a site.

With that in mind, today’s post features 25 websites with beautiful and/or creative footers. Take a look at these, and be inspired by the way in which other designers are doing wonderful things with their footers.

Senya Studios

Senya Studios

justBcoz

justBcoz

The Pixel Blog

The Pixel Blog

Yuru Blog

Yuru Blog

WebDesigner Depot

WebDesigner Depot

Web Designer Wall

Web Designer Wall

Think Design

Think Design

I Primi Dieci

I Primi Dieci

IP Web Design

IP Web Design

Mulletized

Mulletized

PV.M Garage

PV.M Garage

TUT Candy

TUT Candy

Mesonprojekt

Mesonprojekt

Mark Forrester

Mark Forrester

The Electronic Life

The Electronic Life

Duirwaigh Studios

Duirwaigh Studios

Brian Yerkes

Brian Yerkes

Komodo Media

Komodo Media

Pepper and Koffee

Pepper and Koffee

Kulturbanause

Kulturbanause

Dougles Menezes

Dougles Menezes

Ectomachine

Ectomachine

Toucouleur

Toucouleur

Story Pixel

Story Pixel

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

So there you have – 25 wonderful footer designs! Does this mean that, finally, after so many years, the hereto neglected footer has finally risen to equal prominence as the header? Not a chance. The header will, in my view, always rank as more important than the footer, because it’s the first thing to be seen. But, at least we can now see that the footer is no longer little more than an afterthought.

I hope you are inspired by these creative footers! Which ones are your favorites and why? Do you have any special insights about footers that you would like to share – such as how they could be designed or what kind of content you think they could contain? 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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Nov 10, 2009

Doug C. says:

Matt, thanks for the great collection of footer designs. Very inspirational stuff. No area of the layout is safe from us designers (he-he).

Nov 10, 2009

Matt Ward says:

You’re welcome Doug! And you are very right. No area is “safe” and nor should it be! In my view, the best designs are always those in which you can tell that the designer gave careful consideration to every single element!

Nov 10, 2009

VIP says:

Hi Matt, thanks for this great inspirational post. footers are coming in front nowdays and getting attention. very nice.. My website has few nice footer. may be you can consider here..
Thanks for the post again, keep more coming!!

Nov 10, 2009

Matt Ward says:

Thanks @VIP. Checked out your site. Great footer! I’ll keep it in mind if I do a follow up post (25 More Creative Website Footers?)

Nov 12, 2009

VIP says:

Hey Matt.. Thanks for your appreciation. i will be looking forward for your next post about footers.

Thanks

Nov 10, 2009

clippingimages says:

WoW :) Great collection Matt. Awesome designs of website footers. Really inspiring. A web designer must match footer with header design and also follow attractiveness. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Nov 11, 2009

Decent Weblog says:

Excellent collection.

Some of them were already seen but some are new for me :)

Nov 11, 2009

Designium says:

You got some new for my eyes here :D

Nov 11, 2009

Brendon says:

Thanks for the feature Matt. Nice collection. Also props on a really cool design blog.

Nov 11, 2009

Matt Ward says:

Thanks Brendon! And props to you for a really cool blog design! I hope people have visited your site to see the entire design!

Nov 11, 2009

Barbara Swafford says:

Hi Matt,

Like you I also like looking at the footers and see what else a blog author offers. Plus, instead of having the sidebars cluttered with less important stuff, a footer is a great place to house it.

That’s what I did on my blog and find it works extremely well.

Thank you for all of your hard work in compiling this fabulous list. (I have a soft spot for themes too, so this was right up my alley).

Nov 11, 2009

Mark says:

Very nice selections. Good for inspirations.. But I still think though, that Rob Palmer’s is still the best http://www.branded07.com/

Nov 12, 2009

Matt Ward says:

Hey Mark!
Thanks. I checked out Branded07, and it certainly does have an incredibly cool footer! I’ll have to file that away for a potential follow up post! Thanks

Nov 12, 2009

Mars says:

clever footer design, i love it, thanks for sharing

Nov 12, 2009

Design Ideas says:

Cool compilation of footer design

Nov 18, 2009

justBcoz says:

YAY! Thanks for featuring my site and for rounding up a fab collection :-)

Nov 18, 2009

Matt Ward says:

You’re welcome, as always, Sue!

Nov 20, 2009

Klau says:

Excellent ^ ^ http://www.dimensiondelcuy.com/ <- also a very nice design :)

*translated from Spanish*

Nov 22, 2009

Lauren says:

This is my first visit, and I am absolutely loving your site. So glad I came upon it. And my fav- Ectomachine, that’s one of the coolest web designs ever :)

Mar 16, 2010

Ralph Alexion says:

cool thanks for posting this

Jun 23, 2010

Horeca Groningen says:

WoW :) Great collection Matt. Awesome designs of website footers. Really inspiring. A web designer must match footer with header design and also follow attractiveness. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Jun 26, 2010

Clipping Path India says:

Good collection of footer.Really they are innovative design.I am going to use one of the footer for my site.Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Nov 23, 2010

Claudia says:

A nice listing but, sometimes, I feel the need to see some different sites as the ones found in the net are always the same =)

Dec 6, 2010

Marc Buurke says:

I agree, i too see too many similar sites, however I guess sometimes those things we find beautiful are shared across the board.

Dec 7, 2010

hesvinc says:

thanks

Feb 3, 2011

Création de sites Bruxelles says:

Footers are generally very rude. It’s good to see web designers working on this part of the website.

Feb 16, 2011

Deepetch says:

Amazing collection, Most designers just ignore the footer by just adding copyright, But this will grab their attention on choosing best footer for their website. Thanks for sharing

Feb 16, 2011

Clippingshop says:

Wonderful collection, thanks for sharing.

Feb 22, 2011

hayvancılık says:

the neglected footer has often been given just enough attention and style to let it to fit in with the rest of the design

Mar 17, 2011

devlet hastaneleri says:

Often containing copyright blurbs, a secondary menu and perhaps a few other bits of meta-information, the neglected footer has often been given just enough attention and style to let it to fit in with the rest of the design.

May 3, 2011

bad accessoires says:

I often find myself looking to a site’s footer in order to find useful information about a site and/or its authors or creator.

Jul 19, 2012

Education IT Support says:

This is such a useful site, I got an idea form to have a new blog that jives one of your themes here.Great work!

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