Last December, I posted a list of the best designs in 2007. Now, it is time for — Best of CSS Design 2008 (a new list of 50 websites hand-picked from Best Web Gallery). This year, more designers are using the large background technique and utilizing Javascript frameworks (such as jQuery and MooTools) to enchance the user experience. I also came across a few designs that mixed Flash with CSS; perhaps a new trend we should look for in 2009?

Let It Bleed

Big bold visual images make this website stand out from the crowd.

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Vermont Coffee Works

Good use of Flash mixed with CSS.

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Digital Mash

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Good

Good visual and content-focused design.

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Wilson Miner

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DrupalCon, DC

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Future of Web Apps - Miami 2009

An excellent mixture of big font and grungy effects.

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Housing Works

Nice use of large background on the homepage. Large background web design is very hot lately.

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Future of Web Design - NYC 2008

Another nice example of large background design.

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Tennessee - Fall

I have to admit, Tennessee's sites are one of the best series — Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter.

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Tennessee - Spring

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Tennessee - Summer

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Tennessee - Winter

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Five Runs

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Branded07

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Cappuccino

A very origanized site with great usability.

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LightCMS

LightCMS incorporated some pencil/sketchy effects, yet maintained its corporate feel.

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The First Twenty

Nicely designed one-page site.

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YouLove.Us

Great implementation of CSS and Javascript (jQuery).

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Luke Larsen

The aquarium themed portfolio of Luke Larsen demonstrates great use of jQuery's Scrollto plugin.

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Design Disease

Wavy and rounded shapes make this site look fun and interesting.

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Adaptd

Although the design style reminds me of ISO50 (Scott Hansen), but it is worth to mention.

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Jason Santa Maria

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Electricurrent

Notice how Electricurrent used the background image technique to display the portfolio images?

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Training by Collective Idea

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MacAllan Ridge

Good visual design, easy navigation — two thumbs up.

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Pikaboo

A cool design that combined CSS, Javascript, and Flash technology.

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Mochi Ads

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Fling Media

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eWedding

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Viget

Viget did a great job on branding their image by maintaining the consistency throughout their series of blogs — Inspire, Advance, Engage, and Extend.

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Viget - Inspire

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Viget - Advance

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Viget - Engage

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Viget - Extend

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August

An awesome design that used Flash scalable image as the background (resize your browser to see the scalable background).

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Car Freaks

This blog frequently change their homepage background photo to provide refreshing feel.

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Go To China

Here is a perfect example that uses high resolution photos for website's background. Notice the background image is scalable based on your browser size (done by Javascript CSS).

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Jesus Christ

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Billy Hughes

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Free People

FreePeople is my all time favorite design (love the collage style).

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Mouse to Minx

Retro and sexy.

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Dara's Garden

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Design Sponge

The scrapbook design style is a perfect match for the site's content.

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Ma.tt

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The Lippincott

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Hot Meteor

Love the hot retro font!

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Fortyseven Media

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The Old State

It is rare to find such a beautiful black and white theme.

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