JavaScript Calendars

Show Time: 30 jQuery Calendar Date Picker Plugins

 Posted in Freebies 564 days ago • Written by:  Valters Bergspics

Today we will be featuring calendar date pickers to let you output planners, calendars even more easier, most of these date pickers are built on jQuery and jQuery UI (User Interface).

I would consider these date pickers as frameworks with great functionality, but most of them require modifying and some styling, but I think it’s really acceptable since each project needs it’s own design and you should change style of calendar plugin too. These plugins will help you and your visitors keep track what’s happening in specific project and help to organize time!


Show Time: 30 jQuery Calendar Date Picker Plugins

1. Create astonishing iCal-like calendars with jQuery

This is tutorial how to make kind a like iPhone calendar application.

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1.1. Timeline calendar

Timeline is simple JavaScript driven calendar, which is written on top of jQuery JavaScript framework. Timeline is a horizontal representation of days in month. It can be used to display unlimited number of events with their descriptions.

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2.1. MagiCalender


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2. BlueShoes JS DatePicker Component

The DatePicker lets users easily select valid dates from a dropdown calendar. No need to worry about date formats, by picking dates it’s always correct.

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3. Calendar – A Javascript class for Mootools

Calendar is a Javascript class that adds accessible and unobtrusive date-pickers to your form elements. This class is a compilation of many date-pickers I have implemented over the years and has been completely re-written for Mootools. I have tried to include all the features that have been most useful while streamlining the class itself to keep it as small as possible. Use the links below to see what features are available in Calendar and how it might enhance the accessibility, usability and validation of form elements on your website.

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4. jQuery Calendar Widget Plugin

jQuery Calendar Widget Plugin is a simple jQuery Calendar Widget Plugin with a month view. You can specify which month you would like to display or have it display the current month. With just 100 lines of Javascript code, this plugin is light-weight and perfect for its purpose.

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5. JavaScript Calendar Component

Calendar Component that is very customizable and extendable.


  • Create any numbers of months per calendar.
  • Set the weekend, days off, holidays (dates off), start day of the week.
  • Start and end date.
  • Multi selection with limits or without.
  • Skinnable (using CSS).
  • Can have any number of calendars in any page.
  • Optimized for best performance.

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6. Simple Calendar Widget

This flexible, simple pop-up calendar is written to work across browsers. It’s fully commented and customisable for language, colours and date format. The pop-up displays a month at a time from a specified range of years.

The optional input date determines the initial month displayed. The year can be in two or four digits while the month can be digits or a month name abbreviation that can easily be set up for any language. Any date or day of the week can be disabled (and re-enabled) using JavaScript on the calling page.

This is ideal for combination with server-side technologies to produce a professional application.

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7. DatePicker

Date Picker component with a lot of options and easy to fit in your web application.


  • Flat mode – as element in page
  • Multiple calendars in the component
  • Allows single, multiple or range selection
  • Mark dates as special, weekends, special days
  • Easy to customize the look by changing CSS
  • Localiation for months’ and days’ names
  • Custom day to start the week
  • Fits into the viewport

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8. Calendar System

Calendar System – the basic calendar.

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9. Tigra JavaScript Calendar

Tigra Calendar is a free cross-browser JavaScript Calendar control, it improves the user experience by enabling a drop-down calendar for date fields in HTML forms.

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10. Plans

One installation of plans can support many calendars. Calendars can share information with each other. Each calendar is managed independently (unique password, custom options, custom look & feel).

Multiple calendars running on the same installation of plans can be “embedded” in completely different websites. Plans uses a powerful and flexible recurring event model.

Plans supports multiple languages. Weeks can start on days other than Sunday. Plans supports arbitrary date formats (mm/dd/yy, dd/mm/yy, etc.) Plans can store data in flat files or an SQL database.

11. jQuery UI Datepicker

The jQuery UI Datepicker is a highly configurable plugin that adds datepicker functionality to your pages. You can customize the date format and language, restrict the selectable date ranges and add in buttons and other navigation options easily.

By default, the datepicker calendar opens in a small overlay onFocus and closes automatically onBlur or when a date is selected. For an inline calendar, simply attach the datepicker to a div or span.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to drive the datepicker:

  • page up/down – previous/next month
  • ctrl+page up/down – previous/next year
  • ctrl+home – current month or open when closed
  • ctrl+left/right – previous/next day
  • ctrl+up/down – previous/next week
  • enter – accept the selected date
  • ctrl+end – close and erase the date
  • escape – close the datepicker without selection

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12. The sliding date-picker

This element enables you to pick dates with a simple slider bar. By dragging the bar over the time-line, the dates change instantly. Besides this, when the user decides to manually change the dates, the bar is automatically adjusted to the corresponding dates.

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13. FullCalendar

FullCalendar is a jQuery plugin that provides a full-sized, drag & drop calendar like the one below. It uses AJAX to fetch events on-the-fly for each month and is easily configured to use your own feed format (an extension is provided for Google Calendar).

It is visually customizable and exposes hooks for user-triggered events (like clicking or dragging an event).

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14. Unobtrusive Date-Picker Widget

  • Fully keyboard accessible
  • Multiple date formats and date dividers supported
  • Unobtrusive and nameSpace friendly
  • Fully skinnable with CSS
  • Both upper and lower date limits can be set
  • Certain days of the week can be disabled
  • Certain, dates can be disabled/enabled (and wildcards used to stipulate the dates in question)
  • Includes “smart” localisation (16 languages currently available)
  • Bespoke days of the week can be highlighted
  • Works with single text inputs, split text inputs or select lists
  • It’s free to use, even commercially (Released under a CC share-alike license)

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15. Simple jQuery date-picker plugin


  • works on one or more text input elements (<input type="text" ... />)
  • highlights a preset date (first looking for a value in the input, then a passed option / default, then just selects today)
  • closes when either a date is picked, the “today” button is hit, or the “close” button is hit
  • allows fast navigation using a <select> field for months and years
  • advances and reverses months with a hit of the « or » buttons
  • automatically hides the « or » buttons when either the start or end of the date range is reached
  • and much more…

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16. jQuery CalendarPicker

This component is a light-weight calendar/date-picker.


  • supports internationalization (supports do not necessary means it is implemented:-) )
  • supports changing current date
  • supports mouse wheel scrolling
  • supporting (deferred) callback on date selection
  • supports variable number of years, months and days
  • supports next/prev arrows

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17. Timeframe

Timeframe is open source, tested, and available for forking, pushing, and pulling at Github. It can select dates “from – to”.

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18. Date / Time Picker

Date / Time Picker is a easy date picker control. To open the calendar, click the icon at the right side of the input box.

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19. YUI Library: Calendar Control

This is another example of easy date picker. Calendar has three required dependencies: the YAHOO Global object, the Event Utility, and the DOM Collection.

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19.1. PHP Event Calendar

PHP Event Calendar is a MySQL Database driven script that displays events on your website quickly and easily through a traditional calendar UI. It can be integrated into any existing PHP page within minutes using a simple file include.

It features a simple yet advanced Administration Panel with secure login sessions, from within this you have full control over your calendar events and gives the ability to Add Events, Search & Edit Events, Delete Events from your calendar and so forth.

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20. Date Range Picker using jQuery UI 1.7 and jQuery UI CSS Framework

This plugin wraps the jQuery UI datepicker into an interactive component specifically designed for choosing date ranges. It is an update from a former version.

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21. The New Coolest DHTML Calendar

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22. jMonthCalendar

jMonthCalendar is a full month calendar that supports events. You simply initialize the calendar with options and an events array and it can handle the rest. The plugin does have extension points that allow the developer to interact with the calendar when the display is about to change months, after the display has changed months and when the event bubbles are clicked on. jMonthCalendar now supports hover extension points, hover over an event and trigger an event like an alert(); By default the events would each have a URL supplied that would link to a details page.

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23. VCalendar

VCalendar (Virtual Web Calendar) is an open source Web calendar application for posting and maintaining events and schedules online, in calendar format. This is an excellent and free solution for use by online Web communities and any commercial and non-commercial organizations. Unlike any other online calendars, VCalendar comes with source code in multiple programming languages: PHP, ASP and ASP.NET (C#); with potential for adding more technologies in the future.

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24. PHP Calendar

All day and month names are automatically generated specific to your locale. Allows you to choose what day your weeks start on.

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25. Multiday Calendar Datepicker JQuery Plugin

Multiday Calendar Datepicker JQuery Plugin is a nicely animated calendar datepicker for multi-day selection with multi-month display. Allows for a sequence of months to reside side by side and for the user to select a number of consecutive days. This is great for lodging reservation systems, ticket purchasing systems, etc.

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26. Easy PHP Calendar

The Easy PHP Calendar is a powerful PHP calendar script that is easily integrated into web sites and is simple to customize. This attractive, full-featured calendar is suitable for display on a calendar of events page, home page, or any other page that needs a calendar.

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27. jQuery Date Input

Date Input is a no frills date picker plugin for jQuery. It is lightweight, fast and pretty by default.

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28. jQuery DatePicker

jQuery DatePicker is an clean, unobtrusive plugin for jQuery which allows you to easily add date inputing functionality to your web forms and pages. Designed from the ground up to be flexible and extensible, the date picker can be used in unlimited ways to allow you to add calendar widgets to your pages.

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29. dynDateTime

This jQuery plugin makes it easy to add date and time selection to textfield inputs. This supports date and time, and renders the value to a single field in a configurable format.

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30. Week Calendar

The jquery-week-calendar plugin provides a simple and flexible way of including a weekly calendar in your application. It is built on top of jquery and jquery ui and is inspired by other online weekly calendars such as google calendar.

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I published this collection back in 2007, albeit with a few minor updates here and there. Today I shared a new post showing the design blogs on my subscription list.

That’s a more up-to-date selection.

It’s not easy finding talented graphic designers, but it’s fair to say the best have a healthy online presence. So to make things easier, here are my top 50 graphic design blogs. I’ve categorised them byGoogle PageRank (PR) — Google’s way of determining the authority of a website, but don’t read toomuch into the PR, as all contain useful articles, with some blogs having an authority all on their own.

PR 7 blogs

Design Observer

Design Observer: writings about design & culture

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine – a weblog dedicated to web-developers and designers


Core77 / design magazine + resource /

PR 6 blogs

Authentic Boredom

Authentic Boredom – by graphic designer, Cameron Moll

Coudal Partners

Coudal Partners: a forum for creativity and experimentation

Creative Review Blog

CR Blog – News and views on visual communications from the writers of Creative Review


Dexigner – popular design portal featuring the latest design news

Hicks Design

Hicksdesign – Journal of a small creative agency based in Witney, Oxfordshire, UK, authored by Jon Hicks

I Love Typography

I Love Typography, devoted to fonts, typefaces and all things typographical.

Mark Boulton

Mark Boulton: Design Thinking. Web Delivery. By a designer based in Cardiff, UK.


Quipsologies – Corralling the most relevant and creative on- and off-line bits that pertain to the design community.

Russell Davies

Russell Davies – incredibly diverse UK-based blog on topics associated with design

Speak Up

Speak Up > Design Dialog


Subtraction 7.0 –’s Design Director, Khoi Vinh, blogs about design and other relevant info.


swissmiss – tina roth eisenberg | swiss designer gone nyc


Typographica. A Journal of Typography.

Veer The Skinny

Veer: The Skinny – provides visual elements for use in professional creative work

Veerle's Blog

Veerle’s blog 2.0 – Webdesign – XHTML CSS | Graphic Design

you the designer

You the Designer – Graphic Design Blog

PR 5 blogs

Logo Design Love

Logo Design Love: a website dedicated to all things logo.

Ace Jet 170

Ace Jet 170 – Found type, print and stuff


AisleOne – Design, typography and everything else.


Anamorphosis. learn design create

Be A Design Group

Be A Design Group – a blog for graphic designers, created in March of 2004 by Adrian Hanft and Bennett Holzworth.

Chris Glass

Chris Glass, The Last 10 Days. A creative fella’s journal from Ohio.

Creative Curio

Creative Curio – Learn, discuss and explore the realm of graphic design.

Design Notes

Design Notes published by Michael Surtees who tries to see life filtered through design as opposed to placing design on a pedestal

Designers Who Blog

Designers who Blog – features blogs discussing graphic design, web design, illustration, marketing, photography, branding, writing and advertising

Design Adaptations

Design Adaptations | Charity Ondriezek

Design is Kinky

Design is Kinky – a proudly Australian blog on design

Design Sojourn

Design Sojourn | Strategic Industrial Design Blog

Design Mag — Articles and Resources for Web Designers

Design View

Design View: Articles, Essays and Opinions by Andy Rutledge

Fuel Your Creativity

Fuel Your Creativity – Find your spark

Grain Edit

Grain Edit – covers contemporary graphic design / illustration, as well as design from the from the golden era of advertising (1950s–1970s).

Graphic Define

Graphic Define Magazine – focuses on the business of running a graphic, interactive, or web design studio.


ideasonideas, a blog that invites dialogue on issues relevant to communication designers and brand strategists

Inspiration Bit

Inspiration Bit – Get inspired and learn from the latest technology, art and design buzz on the Web.


ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen


Jasongraphix :: A journal of art, thoughts, and projects by Jason Beaird

Noisy Decent Graphics

Noisy Decent Graphics by Ben Terrett, a Graphic Designer in London

positive space

Positive Space :: The Graphic Design Blog

Spoon Graphics

Spoon Graphics – the personal project of Chris Spooner, a UK based Graphic / Web Designer.

Swiss Legacy

Swiss Legacy – Graphic design and typography

The Dieline

The Dieline – packaging design blog

The Serif

The Serif – Your daily dose of design inspiration

things to look at

things to look at – plenty of images, and oddly, things to look at

Type for you.

Type for you. A blog on typography, by Pedro Serrão, a graphic designer from Porto, Portugal.


TypeNeu dedicated to typography, fonts, lettering and typefaces

PR 4 blogs


AdGoodness – advertising and design blog from Frederik Samuel

Numbers 51 and upwards

Andy Budd

Andy Budd :: Blogography – based in Brighton, England


Computerlove – Connecting Creative Talents

David the Designer

David the Designer – don’t underestimate the knowledge this man has acquired (and don’t call him Dave)

Elliot Swan

Elliot Swan survived three days without the internet


FormFiftyFive – Design Inspiration – the pet project of designers Glenn Garriock and Jack Daly


graphicPUSH – “a sporadically but faithfully updated design blog”

Graphic Design Blog

Graphic Design Blog – graphic design, freelancing, illustration, advertising, web design

Laughing Lion Design

Laughing Lion Design : Graphic Design & Illustration Ireland

Lealea Design

Lealea Design: Blogblog: Design inspiration and introspection

Luz Cannon

Luz Cannon: The Work of David Brooks : Designer, Photographer and Audio Producer


NOTCOT.ORG – for your ideas + aesthetics + amusement.

Randa Clay Design

Randa Clay Design – Design, Marketing, Blogging, Branding and all things Creative

September Industry

SeptemberIndustry | a showcase of the best in international graphic design


SonSpring | Journal by Nathan Smith

Swiss Cheese and Bullets

Swiss Cheese and Bullets by Daniel Gray

We Made This

We Made This (It’s Our Blog)

Your Brain on Design

Your Brain on Design: A Graphic Design Blog | Leslie Tane Design

PR 3 blogs

gradient dropshadow curve

gradient dropshadow curve – by Henry Tapia

Just Creative Design

Just Creative Design – by Jacob Cass

Truly Ace

Truly Ace – Graphic Design Blog

Tutorial Blog

Tutorial Blog – Design Articles and Tutorials


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Because of its undisputed, logically intimate connection with web design, it comes as no surprise that graphic design is one of the most prominent and thriving methods of artistic expression on the internet. However, the graphic arts encompass far more than just the slick digital designs familiar to mainstream audiences. With a history stretching as far back as the art itself, graphic design involves not only the familiar fonts, clip art, and advertising, but illustration, character designs, layouts, packaging, and numerous other elements as well. The most visible, intelligent, and creative graphic design blogs available represent a small survey of what this versatile visual art has to offer.

1. Toxel

       : For a glimpse into the far-reaching influence of design as a whole, Toxel offers an eclectic selection of articles and styles pertaining not only to digital art, but fashion, landscaping, cosmetology, sculpture, and a myriad of other functional, creative, and aesthetic works. In spite of this colorful and inspirational mix, the focus lay more on design as it interacts with technology than anything else.

2. Just Creative Design : Run by Australian wunderkind Jacob Cass, this blog serves as more than just an impressive personal portfolio featuring extremely clean designs. His passion for the medium shines through in his articles and observations on the industry, proffering expert advice on everything from fonts to finding inspiration.

3. Logo Designer Blog : Another Cass venture, this time focusing exclusively on logotypes and their designs. With an eye for branding, articles dissect what sorts of motivations and attitudes go behind creating a logo and how it relates to advertising and marketing.

4. Veerle’s blog :This blog is a little light on the portfolio, but heavy on Photoshop, Illustrator, and XHTML/CSS articles and tutorials. What art the author does post, however, provides an interesting peek into the creative process. One of the more interesting features is a widget updated with available graphic and web design jobs from around the world.

5. Bittbox:For professionals and amateurs alike, Bittbox generously provides invaluable freebies and tutorials. Free brushes, free textures, free icons, free vectors, free fonts – anything a graphic designer may need to give his or her projects a boost can be found here.

6. You The Designer:More tutorials and freebies – including some indispensable Photoshop brushes – are available here. One of the more attractive elements of this site, however, involves its networking opportunities. You the Designer hosts a forum and a search engine filled to bursting with graphic design and related jobs.

7. Design You Trust:Updated daily, this online magazine discusses design in all its forms, from the digital to the traditional and everywhere in between. Blog entries focus mainly on trends and issues in the graphic design and artistic communities.

8. Psdtuts+:Excellent tutorials and a wiki on how to get the most out of Photoshop stand as this blog’s main draw, but the free textures and icons also offer a valuable service for graphic designers as well.

9. Swiss Legacy:Typography, web design, and trends collide in one clean, cutting-edge package. Shows and studios from around the world also receive frequent mentions, tracing trends and innovations right as they unfold.

10. Ads of the World:One of the most intriguing aspects of art involves how it both shapes and reflects the society that spawned it. This blog, showcasing advertisements from every nation the contributors can find, acts as both a study in art history and a sociological treatise on what different societies deem appropriate, aesthetic, and effective.

 Early graphic design at the Caves of LascauxEarly graphic design at the Caves of Lascaux

Source: Wikipedia

11. Logo Design Love:Anything any graphic designer ever needed or wanted to know about logotypes can be found right here. Featuring tutorials as well as analysis of iconic logos and a smattering of news, this blog stands as one of the quintessential resources on a very common graphic design element.

12. Logo of the Day:A new logo gets posted each day for other professionals to rate and offer insight and critique. Though the majority of content stems from the level of activity on each logo, this blog provides a great insight into how graphic designers interact with and advise one another.

13. Designers Who Blog:Marketers, graphic designers, writers, and photographers converge to discuss how their respective careers overlap and intersect with one another. The focus here is on communication and the exchange of ideas and opinions regarding how to further the industry.

14. Stuff and Nonsense:Andy Clarke, who runs a graphic design firm in North Wales, traces the progress of current graphic and web design projects. In the past, this studio has worked with such prominent clients as Disney Store UK, Liverpool University, Save the Children UK, and WWF UK.

15. Creativebits :The blog may focus on interviews, news, and ruminations on graphic design and its rich history, but the critique portion of the site offers some of the most provocative and informative perspectives on the creative process.

16. design muse:An excellent site commenting on recent design and packaging trends as well as news and events on related events both virtual and physical. Everything is relayed in clear, precise language that even those outside the industry can fully grasp.

17. Lunch Bag Art:Every day, an artist father draws figures from pop culture and literature on lunch bags for his children. It is a simple, sweet idea that also underscores how graphic design and illustration exists beyond the boundaries of a hard drive.

18. David Airey:More than just a blog, Airey also showcases his portfolio, crammed with gorgeous ads and branding for clients around the globe. He highlights his creative process through photos and sketches of project progress and also offers advice on books and other resources for contemporary and aspiring professionals.

19. Evolution of Intelligent Design : This well-written, intelligent, and informed blog that ruminates on graphic design’s role in shaping and influencing society and business, offering yet another intriguing perspective on how art never blossoms in a vacuum.

20. Graphic Design Blog & Web Design Blog :Beginning as a collaborative project between participants in a graphic design forum, this blog has expanded into a broad but highly informative resource on Flash, photography, typography, illustration, CSS, HTML, and the visual arts and how they all tie into design as a whole.

kellsFolio 27v from the Book of Kells. Medieval graphic design

Source: Wikipedia

21. Noisy Decent Graphics :Simple and unpretentious, this blog delivers both a peek into one designer’s creative trains of thought as well as his observations on the industry.

22. daily, offers highly refreshing and inspiring motivation for graphic designers and other artists to nurture creativity in any and every possible capacity.

23. Posters have remained one of the most visible and obvious applications of graphic design, and this blog looks at those featuring movies past and present, foreign and domestic, and how they come together to tell and sell a story.

24. graphito:The art and thoughts of graphic designer and art director Daniel Bretzmann flow together on this blog, which blends his portfolio with useful and interesting blips on relevant articles across the internet.

25. Elliott Jay Stocks:Creative Renaissance man Stocks has provided graphic design work for numerous bands – including The Beatles, Pet Shop Boys, Sigur Rós, The Chemical Brothers, and Massive Attacks – and publications throughout his enviable career. He chats excitedly in his blog about art, technology, and writing, drawing from his extensive professional experience to offer valuable insight.

26. Jason Santa Maria:Both blog and portfolio, this site discusses many of Santa Maria’s redesign and identity projects as well as his thoughts on the graphic design industry. The “Oddities” and “Daily Photo” sections comprise the most interesting content.

27. live from bklyn: Packaging and graphic design events characterize this blog by Brooklyn-based designer Dailey Crafton. The design shop especially features some visually striking pieces.

28. Graphicology: Two graphic design teachers generate the content for Graphicology, which delves deeply into stories, issues, and trends pertaining to the industry. Typography, logos, illustration, and other projects all receive highly in-depth and informative analysis.

29. We Made This:An award-winning graphic design and photography studio in London offers up its portfolio with a side helping of insightful, intelligent commentary on projects by other artists and firms.

30. Ecolet:A variety of papers and other specific supplies are all necessary for a successful graphic design career, and Ecolet features products and artists all striving towards environmental sustainability. It looks into how design and advertising work can be applied to work towards promoting a healthier planet.

moulinrougeArt nouveau poster from 1890

Source: Wikipedia

31. Design Inspiration:Illustrator and designer Jeff Andrews has dedicated the past four years of Design Inspiration to interviewing and featuring the art of his contemporaries. It grants some well-earned exposure to many hard-working and exceptionally talented individuals.

32. Gallery of the Absurd: This deservedly popular blog does such an excellent and provocative job skewering the inexplicable celebrity worship aspect of society and roasting it over ragingly hot coals that many forget the extremely masterful artwork that goes along with it.

33. Green Printer Blog: Due to their association with printing, many graphic designers are concerned with ways their profession can adhere more to green principles. This blog promotes environmental sustainability by focusing on economical and effortless ways to consider the planet without compromising professional needs.

34. ISO50:With an emphasis on music and fashion as much as design, this collaborative effort brings trendy art, clothing, and sound to the forefront of readers’ awareness.

35. CRIT:Graduate students at the School of Visual Arts in New York discuss their projects as well as offering critique of other artists as a means of applying lessons to real-life situations. Their ultimate goal involves engaging other professionals and students worldwide in intelligent discussions of graphic design.

36. Graphic Design Bar:This blog’s aim is admirable in its simplicity – all it hopes to accomplish is to offer news and articles it finds around the web and share it with fellow graphic designers. And it does a fine job providing exposure to interesting and visually striking pieces.

37. Exhibit Files:For those working in the museum and gallery industry, this blog compiles information and discussions of personal experiences on hundreds of exhibits on hundreds of topics. Though run by the Association of Science-Technology Centers, many of the shows involve the application of art and design for the advancement of science. It is an oft-overlooked aspect of design work that deserves far more attention than it generally receives.

38. John Nack on Adobe:A graphic artist without Photoshop and Illustrator is rarer than a Tasmanian tiger sighting. Principal Product Manager for Adobe John Nack digs deeply into his product and offers tips and tricks on its nuances and applications.

39. The Story of Stuff :Another environmentalism blog offering discussions on how graphic designers can alter their businesses practices in easy, safe, and affordable ways that help keep the planet just a little bit healthier.

40. Outlaw Design Blog: Podcasts, freebies, and videos accompany this blog run by freelance creative consultant Danny Outlaw. Tutorials, product reviews, industry advice, and tips on how to market artistic talent for extra money comprise the majority of the content.

propagandaAmerican WWII propaganda

Source: Wikipedia

41. The Nonist:Though the author has since moved on to other projects, the articles remain some of the most intelligent and interesting reflections on art available. Writings delve into very obscure artistic places, shining a light on beauty that may otherwise go entirely overlooked or – at worst – unseen.

42. Logolog:A simple premise with a simple execution and loads of payoff, the Logolog shows off logos of interest along with a small explanation of why they work.

43. A Collage a Day:Another blog with daily updates on the artist’s output, this one features a new collage for sale every day. Colorful, gorgeous, and featuring intriguing juxtapositions of elements, these collages serve as yet another reminder that not all graphic design is created with a computer.

44. Sushi & Robots:The reflective art and design of Jina Bolton sits next to her highly accessible and thoroughly entertaining interviews, thoughts, inspirations, and favorite creative finds.

45. Art+Story:Chock full of character designs and other illustrations, this blog by a Los Angeles author and artist reflects on technology, the creative process, and how a project comes together over time.

46. Sugar Frosted Goodness!:A collective brimming with creativity and talent, the artists share their eclectic illustrations for both critique as well as sharing their passion for various media. It makes for a wonderful celebration of the myriad limitless forms that design can take.

47. The Logo Factory:The Logo Factory churns out branding and identity for a very wide client base, and their blog offers news from the industry and the occasional bit of advice for those seeking a career in graphic design or illustration.

48. Character Design :Character designers from the animation, comic, movie, and illustration industries weigh in on the similarities and differences of their careers with galleries, interviews, and commentary on practices, shifts, and trends. It is an amazing resource not only for other professionals, but students considering entrance into one of the aforementioned industries as well.

49. Snook:Web development and design is the main focus here, with everything from fonts, coding, and licensing issues to relevant book and product reviews available. Webmaster Jonathan Snook pokes, prods, and explores the technical and creative aspects of website design with readers along for the ride.

50. SeptemberIndustry:An intelligent online journal on all aspects of design – including architecture – tracking the projects and ideas of the best artists working in related industries today.

unicefUnicef ad on the side of a train

Source: Wikipedia

Graphic design spans more than just digital art and illustration. It is a richly textured and highly nuanced form of visual communication that encompasses technologies both ancient and contemporary. These blogs celebrate the many facets of this wonderful and creative outlet, challenging perceptions and offering insight as to how concepts and innovation come together to result in amazing works of art.

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45 Excellent Blog Designs


Designing a blog is easy. Whatever engine you are using and whatever style you prefer, you’ll always find a number of templates you can apply to your weblog in seconds. No styling is necessary, no playing with colors is needed and no mind jogging about content presentation is required. However, not every weblog should look like a typical blog. After all, not every blogger wants his or her site to look exactly like hundreds of other ones. In fact, there is a small bunch of creative, outstanding and individually designed from scratch blogs.

In this post we didn’t try to showcase some eye-candy (although sometimes eye-candy is indeed offered); the designs listed below were selected for their attention to small details. Pretty and colourful header-graphics doesn’t make a good blog. The blog needs a solid visual structure, a profound hierarchy of site elements; it also has to be able to build some kind of a bridge between the content and its presentation. To do this, you need to think about precision, minimalism and sound use of illustration. These criteria were the ones we’ve used to select the designs listed below. All these aspects make the designs we’ve selected look… well, not always beautiful, but outstanding, almost excellent in their own kind. Mostly it’s the idea the designers used to make the weblog as usable as possible – not the implementation of this idea – which we’ve been after.

Below you’ll find 45 excellent blog designs which impress with creative approaches and attention to details; hopefully you’ll find new ideas you can develop further in your own designs.

Notice that the screenshots we’ve provided may give you a wrong impression about the whole design of the sites; in doubt you should take a closer look at headers, footers, comment-areas, site structure and further site elements. Please also notice that you can click on screenshots to get to the sites from which the screenshots have been taken.

We’ve missed something? Definitely! Let us know in the comments!

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Weblogs powered by Django

Ryan Berg (Django)


Derek Featherstone (Django)


Jeff Croft (Django)


Andy Hume (Django)


Weblogs powered by ExpressionEngine

Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain (Expression Engine)
Whitespace in use. The categories and popular entries are listed at the top of the page, not in the sidebar as they usually are.


Veerle Pieters

An almost “classic”, well-known design, but still incredibly beautiful. Veerle makes use of a dark layout with quite colourful scheme. The result is impressive – and the position of site elements extremely well thought-out.


Emanuel Blagonic (Expression Engine WordPress)


Weblogs powered by MovableType

Kevin Kornell (Movable Type)
A typical weblog doesn’t look like an illustrated magazine. Kevin Kornell’s blog does. This one makes use of an “oldie”-style.


Cameron Moll


Dave Shea (Movable Type)


Dan Cederholm (Movable Type)


Weblogs powered by Textpattern (Textpattern)
A minimalistic approach with clean web-typography.


Hicksdesign (Textpattern)


Geniant (Textpattern)


Blogs powered by WordPress

Circle Six (WordPress)


Pedro Lamin (WordPress)
Fresh and clean design, lacking almost everything – there is even no navigation in blog categories.


Design Disease (WordPress)


Surfgarden (WordPress)


Dan Rubin (WordPress)


NorthxEast (WordPress)


Larissa Meek (WordPress)


Matt (WordPress)
A Business-Design. Look at the information sections on the left side of the layout.


Agenturblog (WordPress)


Ben Gillbanks (WordPress)


Rik Catlow (WordPress)


FreelanceSwitch (WordPress)


John Boardley (WordPress)


Shaun Inman (WordPress custom PHP-Framework. Thanks, Shaun)

Screenshot (WordPress)


Screenz (WordPress)


Screencasting (WordPress)


Blog.Critical (WordPress)


Wan Zafran (WordPress)


Viki (WordPress)
Extensive use of visual elements prevails; it might be a nice idea, but the content should prevail.


Nick La (WordPress)
Playful design with dozens of swirls, curves and artistic elements.


Laura Alter (WordPress)


Markus Zeeh (WordPress)
Playful flower-images and ornaments seem to be trends.


Sidney Collins (WordPress)


Roman Leinwather (WordPress)


Bottled Sky (WordPress)
Probably not the most gorgeous layout ever made, but well-structured. The use of colors communicates the idea of the site.


Johanna Hallin (WordPress)



Cabana (WordPress)
Sometimes it is an interesting approach to use a “thin” layout, although it should rather be an exception.


Reflections (WordPress)



Further Weblogs

Abduzeedo (Drupal)
Stylish, readable and clean. The site doesn’t look like blog at all – at least at the first glance.


Jonathan Snook (CakePHP)


Painting Photographs – from youdesigner blog – amazing

Light painting (also called light graffiti or light drawing) is a photography technique that requires a great amount of discipline, creativity and precision. It can be achieved by using a slow shutter speed setting in a dark place. By utilizing either a moving light source or a moving camera, the lens captures an illusion of glowing paint. Some photographers add subjects that would be illuminated along with the play of lights. Similar to actual paintings, the background plays a huge role in the set.

There are millions of light painting photographs. These are just 36 of the best.



Photographer: LED Eddie
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Photographer: LED Eddie
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They Can’t All Be Zingers

Photographer: Tackyshack
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Light Drawings

Photographer: Eric Staller
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Window Dressing

Photographer: Eric Staller
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Happy Street

Photographer: Eric Staller
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Painted Light Portrait

Photographer: Robert Knapp
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LAPP 2007

Photographer: Lapp-Pro
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LAPP 2007

Photographer: Lapp-Pro
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LAPP 2008

Photographer: Lapp-Pro
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LAPP 2009

Photographer: Lapp-Pro
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Photographer: Janne Parviainen
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Photographer: Dennis Calvert
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Red vs. Blue

Photographer: Dennis Calvert
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Photographer: Dennis Calvert
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Light Painting

Photographer: Donatello Trisolino
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Light Painting

Photographer: Stuart Freeman (Hype Photography Ltd.)
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Light Painting

Photographer: MG/BS4
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Light Painting

Photographer: Samuel Gachet
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For The Love of Light Painting

Photographer: Christine Lam
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Light Painting 2 – Dome

Photographer: Mohammed Al-jawi
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11-11-11 Light Painted

Photographer: Kevin Lajoie
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Light Dresses

Photographer: Maria Elisa Duque
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The Time Turner

Photographer: Ed McGowan
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Ludicrous Tree

Photographer: Dan DeChiaro
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Where Rainbows Play 2

Photographer: David Gilliver
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A Round The Christmas Tree

Photographer: Duane Schoon
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Photographer: Wes Whaley
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Light Painting – Bike

Photographer: Sampo
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Light Painting

Photographer: Florian Kehrer
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Light Painting The Guitar

Photographer: Syakster
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Dark Water

Photographer: Brian Matthew Hart
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Absurdist Portrait of Dena with Umbrella and Bike

Photographer: Brian Matthew Hart
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Dragonflies 4

Photographer: Jason D. Page
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Midnight Bliss

Photographer: Jason D. Page
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Absolut Glimmer

Photographer: Jimmy X
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