Since 2007, every year I do a round up of best of CSS from Best Web Gallery (check out 07 and 08 collection). Well, it is the time of the year again — Best of CSS Design 2009. This year I’ve selected another 50 nicely designed web sites. Among the list, I notice a lot of them are minimalistic design with beautiful serif fonts. The grungy and sketchy styles are still strong. However, the large background is no longer as hot as in 2008, instead, texturized background is popular in 2009.
Sushi and Robots
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For a Beautiful Web
Book Cover Archive
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Red Nose Day
Work at Play
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And thanks for the list!
Good list, I wouldn’t call it CSS design. What’s the difference between CSS design and web design?
@Jordan Moore: He probably tries to avoid flash based sites being on the list…
Thanks for the great collection of sites! I vote for Simplebits! :)
great list very nice inspiration. Thanks
Great list! Even greater inspiration!
hmmm it seems most of them go to minimalistic direction
Great list, best selected list :)
It’s hard to be featured in bestwebgallery haha..
Thanks for these links, some of these designs are awesome! I really like the Paravel website!
Mostly good, but some those are just minimalistic for the sake of minimailism. Not because it actually works…
Wonderlist, I can’t said than this..
Great list! Very good selection!
Now this is the inspiration I’ve been looking for! I am a complete novice. I just decided to take classes to really learn how to create websites. Until now I’ve been using the limited resource that I have a available. It’s good to see some really dynamic websites for the inspiration to learn!
Elliot jay stokes and adii? Are you kidding me? Those are really ugly.
Nice list of CSS websites. They are the best. Thanks Nickla for sharing these.
thanks for sharing these.
I like it very much!
With out dazzling colors, most of theme looks not very atrractive;-).
Wow. Thank you for the mention. We’re actually in the middle of a “re-alignment” of sorts, but we’re so happy that the site has been so well received this year.
I’ve really enjoyed Fringe the show, and the website they have for some time, I am glad you included it!
Some of the other website don’t really fit my personal taste, but otherwise, I really enjoyed this list!
Thanks so much!
Pretty much all the sites that you can find in all other top galleries. *boring*
Gorgeous webdesign :) I love it. Interesting to see things I’ve already seen before, from a different eye.
Great list, even if we’ve already seen lot of ’em on many others showcases. High quality web design.
Great collection. Some of those designs aren’t that great..
Thanks for including us! We are honored to be included with such an awesome collection of sites.
Very good, i like it!
This provides a lot of inspiration. Thank you, Nick. Hopefully I can get over my creative block. *sigh*
Thank You! I like to see what other people are doing and compendiums like this are very useful. Best wishes for the New Year.
Love Archer typeface. Really a beauty.
Alright, so that actually is an awesome list. I’m not sure why my site isn’t on there though. ;) Probably because those are all better than mine. That would make sense.
Some really good stuff here though, thanks!
Absolutely fabulous listing!
I have started visiting them (almost all of them, already!) and feel awe-struck.
Such wonderful inspiration!
Thanks for this … my soul needed it. =)
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Impressive CSS powered websites.
I HATE MINIMAL WEBSITES.
Just my own opinion on the matter but I can’t see the attraction to them, there’s nothing to look at. I know people say it’s great to use white space but why make nearly the whole page white.
Minimal websites are the equivalent of minimal techno
In my own opinion of course, everyones entitled to thre own.
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Thank a lot for this collection.
These are great – thanks for putting them together!
Great round up – thank you for the collection
What an awesome list, nice to see Adii Rockstar there!
cool thank’s a lot
Great sites; thanks for sharing them with us!
Thank you very much for featuring Sushi & Robots on this list. There are some fantastic pieces here. :)
Some nice sites in there.. though it seems you are confusing great design and great css. Most are quite basic css styling.
It’s an honor to see the ol’ blog and paravel site on this list… many thanks!
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Great collection. My site also uses textured background. :)
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This is really good one. Enjoyed this!
Nice List, best referece
Great list and thanks for including Project 365. Also thanks to everyone for the kind words we have received :)
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Nice one, some I missed!
Could u please add some explanation as to why you selected these particular sites? It would turn this post into something way more informative and useful. That and I’m just curious :)
Loving the Trent Walton site. Altogether and awesome showcase of beautiful and inspirational sites.
Nice collection of CSS design websites. Your post is very well crafted with quality web design & stylishfonts. Awesome stuff.
Nice collection of CSS design websites. Your post is very well crafted with quality web design & stylish fonts. Awesome stuff.
Huh, that’s strange. My comment I posted yesterday was either removed or not approved. Sad to see I can’t voice my own opinion here.
Nice compiled list.
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Great sites there. A few of them use the 960 grid system which is fantastic!
Hey Nick, thanks so much for the inclusion, it means a lot… love your site!
Terrific list! Thanks!
Thank you for including me, Nick! I truly appreciate it.
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Thank for these great collections. These are really impressive CSS powered websites. Can you explain what is your criterion for selecting websites?
My site should have been included in that list! LOL Maybe one day. I love looking at these great sites; it shows me what I still have to learn and inspires me to become better.
Wallpapers.cc has a pretty clean css layout, I’d stick it in the list :)
They are all excellent designs – I really like how Fringe has been designed.
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Awesome. Thanks a lot, it looks like we have polish site this year. Congrats!
Brilliant list, all amazing looking sites. Love Trent Walton’s.
These are some inspiring CSS designs, i think i will incorporate some of these ideas into my own site, Thanks
Some nice-looking websites there! thnx for posting
Great list, I wonder what 2010 design trends will have instore.
Great list! Great dose of inspiration! Thank you for the list, Nick!
Thanks for the list, some really good choices there.
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Some very creative names in there too. Being served a petite bowl of sushi by a 12 foot tall mechanoid robot sounds inspiring in itself :D
Yup, stunning websites but I’ve seen better this year. Anyway it’s your recap ;)
This is some great stuff! I’m a huge fan of Web Designer Wall ever since this blog launched a few years ago, and I have to say the quality of posts on here hasn’t gone down in the slightest. Keep up the great work!
It’s great for inspiration us, thanks for share…
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Another top list, full of inspiration.
Great selections, minimal web designs are dominating now… but I think you guys missed on bobulate and fastidiousness.blogspot.com (<– I designed this one xD)
Great set of websites and inspiration from 2009 but which is the best… I think the White House website was the most overdue!
Thanks alot amazing collection :)
This is the first time I visit your site and I’m love it… So great.
Wow … a website that was so simple but has such great content. Good for you ….. I learned a lot from this website.
They are really great sites for design inspirations! Thanks.
You may consider adding this website to the collection
Nice collection, however each year they seem to all consist of design agencies and personal portfolios. I’d like to see some more commercial sites up here. As when looking for inspiration, obviously it is going to be for a commercial site rather than a personal or self promotion site when it’s your profession. Perhaps some with advertising zones in there would be nice. All the sites in the list don’t have any and it would be good to see what others do when faced with the task of where to place these spaces where the content is unpredictable.
So great list. So inspiring! Thanks for it.
I love the variety of sites you chose. Sometimes people underestimate the beauty of a simple well-designed site.
Good old CSS.
Does anybody remember using tables for layouts?
Perhaps we all do.
Then we discovered CSS and with it came… IE hacks!
I seem to have spent at least a couple of lifetimes trying to render a site in IE 6, hours and hours.
Good old CSS.
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I like the Squared Eye website :-)
Geeks dont you think we can add this one to the list as well …
Isn’t this well deserving :) i would have definitely added this to my list.
Great list. Some fantastic examples of very creative web design. Thanks for taking the time to put this collection together.
Great list. Congratulations! Peace.
dah, this list is like a peace of fresh air for my ideas ^_^
Thx a lot
I love the year end “best of” posts. This is a solid list.
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It is very nice collection CSS designing is best for the website nowadays website business is growing in market and CSS designing is very good for website it is very important.
Thanks for sharing.
Great work, you really collected excellent websites.
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I like them all except for briterevolution.com.
Excellent choices. It is great to see serif fonts used in some of the logos particularly the ‘Black Estate’ logo
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thanks for sharing…, it’s inspiring list….:)
really great list, thanks for sharing and heres to 2010
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I agree with most of your choices here, actually. The one I particularly like is Paravel where the header image changes each time you visit the site and according to what part of the site you are in – it’s a nice touch. All of them observe good css construction and sound xhtml.
Really Good Work. I liked Portfolio with single page
There’s some great looking sites on here! We’ve also just launched our Xmas Viral for 2009 and thought you might be interested… it’s all for a good cause, raising money for the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’. So please visit the link, feed James a pie and help support us this Christmas!
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Great Post, Very Inspiring. Thank yOu very much. maybe you can add my site too…
Thanks for the collection, very inspiring. Have a great 2010.
great compilation, thanks for sharing
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A lot of nice layouts here but there also seems to be a lot of ho-hum run of the mill layouts as well. They’re all great looking designs but I was surprised to see some of these sites in here. Several of the sites have nice aesthetics but the layouts are just a bit to “expected” to make a best of ’09 list in my opinion. Overall, a great list though. thanks for the time and effort to put this together.
Lovely collection. Best sense of humor prize at 72 AVE.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great 2010
Thank you for posting this! Wonderful roundup.
Whitehouse.gov takes the cake for design and it runs on Drupal. I never thought you could make a government website sharp, trendy and timeless at the same time. Someone (who?) really pulled it off with style.
this is an awesome list.
i am personally a big fan of minilalism and hence i loved all the sites u have mentioned here! It is a great source of inspiration too!
Great article! I love textured backgrounds!
Awesome post. Lots of great sites and examples of beautiful web design with various different styles. Thanks for sharing.
Great collection of CSS design……….. Happy New year
Once again an awesome selection of websites!!! Inspiration at its best
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Awsome list of well executed swiss minimilist sites. Now can we move on to some designs that actually have a heartbeat? Trust me.. I love Zurich international airport.. but lets get a little variation here!
Appreciate the hard work to compile this….a good piece of reference.
There’s some seriously awesome work here. I really love 31 three, simple, easy to use and straight to the point, if only all sites could be done in this way. There all pretty mint but some of these sites are really in a league of their own.
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I like a lot of these designs, and especially how many many of them seem very crisp and uncluttered.
A great collection! But you should add your N-Design website too! ^_^
really awesome css design of 2009.
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Some great designs here – I particularly like the MailChimp site – it’s easy to navigate around too.
A great collection, Nice.
Really good designs, i am sure a lot work is involved here, i like all of them but espeasially “Mail Chimp”, that one to me is little bit different and i like it.
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My favourite by a country mile is the Book Covers design. I think it perfectly sums up this kind of Magazine layout. Not only that, because of the strength of the design and the quality business idea, it instantly becomes the leader in it’s field.
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These designs need applaud, I mean hats off to the designers who come with the original design :)
I like the MailChimp site
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Wow! this is a great colection of cool websites! well done!
They are all very clean, tidy and well designed, but it all seems a bit stark. Even the “grunge” ones are clean. It makes me wonder where all the people are? I much preferred your collection from 2008 – that was a beautiful collection – could just be my taste, it’s all subjective.
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nice share nice links they all got my vote
Maybe the best minimalistic designs, but not much variety.
Very impressed! This ia a very good list of CSS Designs. I especially liked: Trent Walton, Square space, Book cover archive, Work at Play, and Paravel. They seen so modern and creative. This is just the kind of thing that attracts people and intrigues them to go through the website. When involving business websites; this is extremely important. If more business websites took the time to make their business site more appealing using different and modern design concepts; this would attract more visitors; thus increasing potential clients.
It is unfortunate that these designs are not archived in somewhere because it would be great to see them forever. Lot of these designs of 2009 are no longer available :(
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Really really really great list!!!!!
Nice collection here, many I haven’t seen yet. Thanks :-)
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Really nice collection of designs… I wish you could summarize the methods they’ve used to design such a wonderful designs. It will really be a great help :)
Those are some really nice minimalistic designs. Awesome!
Nice inspiring picks there, some really good design here!
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It is unfortunate that some files are already outdated. But there is something to look at. thanks
It’s nice that there are also example from poland!
It’s not my field, but the view is worth.
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