55 Niche Web Design Galleries for Your Inspiration
Designers are always looking somewhere for inspiration, and there are plenty of design galleries online that have been created for this purpose. Personally, many of my favorite galleries are niche-specific, which makes them stand out from the hundreds of other galleries and unique in some way.
Over a year ago Muhashar Iqbal published a list of niche galleries on the Most Inspired blog. I decided to put this list together because a number of great additions have been launched since that post was published.
In this post I’ve tried to focus on the niche galleries that are currently active (or at least point out those that are not being updated) so that they can be useful resources to you if the topic is of interest.
Our own gallery that showcases the best e-commerce designs.
Cart Craze is another e-commerce gallery that has a lot of sites in the archives.
Other E-Commerce Galleries:
Our own gallery of well-designed portfolio sites.
Foliostars was launched in 2008 and has over 200 featured sites.
Pixel Perfect Portfolios
An up-to-date gallery of the best Flash portfolios.
Mobile Awesomeness is the best place to find inspiration from exemplary mobile sites.
A gallery of mobile website designs.
One Page Love
An up-to-date gallery of one-page websites.
Other One-Page Galleries:
- One Page Folios – the site is not available at the moment.
Design by Grid
Design by Grid is a showcase of grid-based design. There are not a lot of sites added, but it is up-to-date.
No Resolution is a gallery of liquid layouts. Only a few sites are added each month.
Other Layout-Based Galleries:
- The Horizontal Way – hasn’t been updated in nearly two years, but still an interesting gallery.
Minimalist Website Galleries:
Our own gallery of the best websites with a minimalist design approach.
Minimalsites is an up-to-date gallery with a lot of minimal inspiration.
Typesites showcases sites with excellent typography. It is infrequently updated.
Our own typography-focused gallery. TypeInspire includes websites as well as other types of design.
Blog Design Galleries:
Blog Design Heroes
Our own gallery of the best blog designs, categorized by blogging platform.
Blog Design Lab
A blog design gallery with almost 200 sites being showcased.
CMSDesigns is a gallery of sites broken down by content management system. You can browse sites that are powered by WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Movable Type, Typo3, and Typolight.
CMS Showcase is a gallery that categorizes the posts according to CMS.
CMS Webshow categorizes the featured sites into 20 different content management systems.
Buzz CMS currently includes over 1,000 featured sites categorized by CMS.
We Love WP
We Love WP is consistently updated. It’s an excellent source of WordPress inspiration.
WPInspiration, run by the guys behind WPCandy, is another great source of WordPress Inspiration.
WPLuxe is a similar gallery that focuses on WordPress-based sites.
Another up-to-date WordPress gallery.
A relatively new gallery that focuses on WordPress.
Currently showcasing more than 300 sites powered by WordPress.
Other WordPress Galleries:
A large (over 3,000 sites) and current gallery of Drupal-powered sites.
A Drupal social network that includes a gallery of sites built on Drupal.
Other Drupal Galleries:
Best of Joomla! is a community site for Joomla! users, and it includes a gallery section.
Other Joomla Galleries:
MODx Club is only a few months old and doesn’t have a huge number of posts yet, but it is up-to-date.
Django Sites hasn’t been updated in a few months, but there are over 2,000 sites in the archives.
We Love Blogger
A gallery of blogs powered by Blogger (not up-to-date)
Other Blogger Galleries:
We Love Textpattern
An up-to-date gallery with a decent number of sites in the archives.
We Love TYPO3
Not a huge gallery, but there are currently over 100 TYPO3 sites on display.
Dot Net Nuke Gallery:
dnnGallery is about a year old and has more than 50 sites in the archives.
Showcasing websites with excellent use of jQuery.
Light on Dark
Light on Dark showcases dark colored websites.
CSS Nature features nature-inspired and environmentally-focused websites.
eduStyle is an excellent gallery that focuses on higher education websites.
Showcasing illustrated website designs.
Colorgorize lets you browse through the sites in it’s gallery by color.
CSS Princess showcases the work of female designers. It is infrequently updated.
Showcasing sites that are using HTML5.
LaunchSoon is both a product to help you create a launching soon page and a gallery that showcasing launching soon pages.