As you probably know, illustration is a big trend now. We see them every where from fashion design, print media to web design. Here is a nice collection of over 30 sites that demonstrated excellent use of vector illustration. This set of site has proven that illustration is suitable for all type of sites — from personal blogs, to designer showcases, and even professional or corporate sites. Not only illustration can set the mood and characteristic of the site, but it can also establish an icon (branding) of your corporate image. Here are some good examples…

Veerle Blog

Veerle Blog

You should recognize her by now. Veerle has been using the same illustration and design for quite a bit of time, but it still looks so refreshing.

Freelance Switch

Freelance Switch

What is the best way to describe your team and personality? Obviously, illustrate it!

Joyent

Joyent

Who said a hosting site must be filled with computer and server rack photos? Joyent developed a very friendly (yet professional) corporate image by using simple illustrations.

Stoodeo

Stoodeo

See how a single-page site can be so attractive?

Cork’d

Corkd

Although there is only one illustration throughout entire site, but that character with a wine bottle is stamped in my head — simple and memorable.

More illustrated sites

130 Comments

Joel Laumans
Sep 21, 2007 at 4:22 am

Vector art is definitely gaining popularity.
I love the roll over expanding images, nice touch

(congrats on the new site btw, great design)

Bárbara
Sep 21, 2007 at 7:28 am

Talented people always make nice³ works with Illustrator.

Thanks for share this ;)

ismael rac
Sep 21, 2007 at 7:34 am

You always give us good site’s to check out thanks. Nick

Bobbi-lee
Sep 21, 2007 at 7:51 am

I love going to sites and seeing vector illustrations, they are always so inspiring. I always use a vector illustration in my layouts.

Darren
Sep 21, 2007 at 9:13 am

I love vector illustrations. I like simple yet bright designs and vectors allow that instantly. The soft curves and bright colours always put a smile on my face.

Planet
Sep 21, 2007 at 9:34 am

Yeap, even simple vector illustration gives so much “vitality” to the design but also “closes the door” – there are not many web developers who can bring that stuff to their sites, because they are “workers”, not artist. However, that’s good, because vector art still will be that unique.

Shortshire
Sep 21, 2007 at 10:02 am

Vector arts are definitely popular. I like the expression they can hold and you can always tell the mood of website when you see the vector images. I need to learn how to create vector images. Great thread but you left out E-Surance which their whole campaign is ran on vector images.

Kai
Sep 21, 2007 at 10:55 am

Hi Nick, thanks for mentioning globalzoo.de. I”m honored! Love your blog and all your other projects. Keep up the good work! Greetz from Germany

Joelle
Sep 21, 2007 at 11:30 am

We love us some vector. Almost every client we get requests some kind of illustration or character. Lots of great sites here. Great to see EllisLab in the mix!

Marko
Sep 21, 2007 at 3:07 pm

That is a nice collection of sites with outstanding illustrations. Not only vector based illustrations, but all kinds of drawings are popping out around the internet. And quite a few illustrators have been around for some time now…

jharr
Sep 21, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I think it’s important not to get too caught up in calling these out as ‘vector’ graphics. It’s less about the method that these were created with than the style, color and detail. Raster vs. vector doesn’t matter as much as good vs bad, this is a great set of good designs.

kol
Sep 21, 2007 at 6:09 pm

I really like the “Realistic” ones, but the other cartoony characters look retarded. I can’t stand those Freelance switch neckless little shits. I’ve had to Block those images Opera just so i can visit the site. Bleh.

Rikas
Sep 21, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Great! Thanks! :)

SigChat
Sep 22, 2007 at 4:10 am

Vector art just looks a lot better. It’s pretty difficult to do for facial images or characters.

tenmonkey
Sep 22, 2007 at 10:49 am

Just want to say THANK YOU for your post! I enjoy it and your site very much!

tenmonkey from China :)

Justin
Sep 22, 2007 at 1:51 pm

I find that Vector Art is one of the best ways and forms of advertising. 1 you get what you want, 2, it’s clear, vibrant. The mood it sets is one-of-a-kind. Good capture on vector!

Cheers!

MellieMel
Sep 23, 2007 at 7:43 am

Nice post. Im trying to understand the whole vector thing. Good inspiration on this one :)

Corinne
Sep 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

I’m always amazed at what people (other than myself) can do. Gorgeous stuff.

sturdy
Sep 24, 2007 at 1:06 am

Fantastic!

Carlos Eduardo
Sep 24, 2007 at 8:21 am

Very good examples of what we can do with simple illustrations on Web…

Eric
Sep 24, 2007 at 9:35 am

I’ve been using vector drawings on my site for quite a while too. http://www.expansionbroadcast.com

kemie
Sep 24, 2007 at 9:07 am

I actually think microstock sites such as istock are playing a big part in making vectors available to designers. Before illustrations were either expensive stock illustrations or cheesy clipart and not much in the middle. Outlets like istock make it possible for designers to find, licence and use high quality, up to date vector illustrations. About 1/3 of the designs posted here feature illustrators on istock.

Web Designer
Sep 24, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Good guide … agree with comment above re istock … know of several “designers” who can cut and paste vectors from stock with the best of em :)

Malene Hald
Sep 25, 2007 at 2:54 am

A very good selection of sites. Like that you mentioned Veerle first – she must’ve been one of the first designers to use this style.

A qyestion: How do you make your images grow larger, on mouse over?

elysa
Sep 25, 2007 at 4:06 pm

This is a great collection of sites. I am planning on using illustration in my upcoming redesign. When I took history of graphic design in college we studied about how much easier it is for people to relate to an illustrated person than a photograph. There is a natural tendency to look at a photo and think “I am not that skinny/tall,etc” but with an illustration of a person its easier to relate rather than compare.

cedric boisseau
Sep 26, 2007 at 5:35 am

I love Stoodéo’s design! Very clean! Good job

Peacock, Carter & Associates
Sep 27, 2007 at 8:10 am

I particularly like the jek2k design – simple, clean but striking!

Ilaria
Sep 27, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Great selection. I really like Stoodeo’s header, so catchy!

Lawrence
Sep 28, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Very inspirational collection of vector art!

Filosof
Sep 30, 2007 at 3:27 am

And whatabout foodex.cz? :-)

Naomi
Sep 30, 2007 at 5:55 am

It’s not totally vector, but I’d really like to add my partner’s illustration that he did for our site: intuitivedesigns.net. I really like what he did for the site and it always amazes me what he can come up with.

Sven
Oct 1, 2007 at 4:16 am

Hi,

yes, vectors are very popular. And if you are an illustrator you can make quite some money on the big stockphoto and -image sites. I have written an article with some information on getting your vectors and photos listed on istockphoto.com
Check out my blog for details.

Sven

ganex a.k.a ganesh
Oct 5, 2007 at 2:30 am

Brilliant websites, Excellent artwork and inspiration content. I will sure use some those ideas in my upcoming venture.

Love,
Ganesh

ganex a.k.a ganesh
Oct 5, 2007 at 2:31 am

Brilliant websites, Excellent artwork and Inspirational content. I will surely use, some those ideas in my upcoming venture.

Love,
Ganesh

Search Scripts
Oct 5, 2007 at 6:51 am

WOW! This is a very nice collection of vector illustrated headers on websites. You have done a very nice work of bringing them on one platform for all of us to see.

Gino
Oct 10, 2007 at 5:04 pm

I use vector illustrations on my site as well!

http://www.youthedesigner.com

yurievi
Oct 10, 2007 at 6:40 pm

what about http://www.popwhore.com

Blythe Claire
Oct 11, 2007 at 2:22 am

It is great to see Jek2k in the list, he/they designed our publication!!! She Thinks Geek, She Unlimited I love the list, great picks!!!

prisca
Oct 11, 2007 at 3:29 am

hi :)

great collection of links and very inspirational ;) THANKS :)
though I was hoping to find some along the line of your wonderful ornate background graphics as well as all those nice character illustrations…

(just to throw in mine as well: http://www.graphiceyedea.info)

dan
Oct 11, 2007 at 7:14 am

This looks dated through my UK based eyes – it’s not a trend that’s happening here right now… maybe 4/5 years ago.

xie han
Oct 12, 2007 at 9:25 am

just simply like your web style!it is so special!….hehe……

i am a chinese girl and want to be a fashion designer..so i searched it on the internet..and then ..your web site is recommended by GOOGLE..i watched from ndesigner-studion to your new opened “wall”…..
nobody will miss suh a fascinating and modern-minded web!
i hope you will go on !
喜欢这个地方的花纹
爱这里一见如故的感觉

Christina
Oct 12, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Check out NoDoubt.com too, ‘vector’ illustration with flash :)

Robet
Oct 15, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Hi. You’re site rocks;)
And since in this post we talked about sites with vector illustration on them – here’s another one (mine own:) – http://blackmoondev.com

Matthew James Taylor
Oct 16, 2007 at 10:10 am

I have been drawing vector illustrations for years but I have only just noticed that their popularity was on the rise. I think this is a great thing because there is a lot of really great illustrators out there producing beautiful work that we all should see!

Juli
Oct 16, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Check out my digital illustration of Angelina Jolie! It’s traced from a photograph:
http://www.imsmrtpro.com/index.php/portfolio/digital-illustrations/angelina-jolie/
What do you think?

Mai Văn Vũ
Oct 18, 2007 at 5:24 am

i very like all……is pro !

Smarmy
Oct 19, 2007 at 12:33 am

Great post.

@dan: this looks dated? 4/5 years ago!? Are you Rip Van Winkle or what? 5 years ago everything was made in tables and animated GIFs. No one has any idea what you’re talking about.

Mr.Tran
Oct 24, 2007 at 1:51 am

i very like all……is pro !

EYE CATCHY PICS
Nov 1, 2007 at 6:10 am

Nice collection i have ever seen, superb work
chk plz also this!
http://www.eyecatchypics.com

Aquil Akhter
Nov 1, 2007 at 6:12 am

Nice work! keep it up

TOTALFUNWORLD.COM
Nov 2, 2007 at 6:49 am

Great work by them and the great collection as well.

Jack
Nov 8, 2007 at 11:34 am

http://www.profilepicasso.com lets you upload a picture and they’ll create a vector portrait for your Facebook/MySpace/LinkedIn/etc profile

Joefrey Mahusay
Nov 16, 2007 at 4:00 am

Great Collection!

Brett
Nov 30, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Great article. Here’s another example of this trend.

http://www.startupstudents.com

Fergus O'Donoghue
Dec 5, 2007 at 2:56 pm

There are some lovely vector graphics sites…good collection.

Have a look at http://www.metalfrog.co.uk for some excellent vector artwork…

Webmaster Direcotry
Dec 8, 2007 at 2:26 pm

very nice collection and having too much artistic work
but i think it is not easy job too much professional work

Sara Susan
Dec 10, 2007 at 7:05 am

Well its really nice collection i have ever seen….

I got a also nice links i m doing share with u all
http://www.eyecatchypics.com

Mark Saint
Dec 20, 2007 at 9:41 am

Vector illustration is merely a tool for creating an image and I think to label it as a “trend” is foolish. The examples are certainly in a very particular style but that style doesn’t necessarily mean that they had to be vectored at all. They could have been drawn, scanned whatever.

My point is, that with the presented examples here, you are not pointing out a trend of vector usage, more a trend of cartoon style illustration, that happens to have been created in vector form because many styles can be achieved through using vector tools.

Vector is not a trend, cartoon graphics is the trend.

Joshua Gutteridge
Jan 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Excellent websites displayed above for inspiration! Bright and colorful…this is the way forward!

Joshua Gutteridge
http://www.SkyteMedia.com

künstliche fingernägel
Jan 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Great staff, this is exactly the information I was looking for. Keep the great work up!!

Thanks

Darlington Weddings
Jan 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm

I also use a nice illustration of a Bride on my homepage – I aim to add more illustration to the site to supprt this…

http://www.darlingtonweddings.co.uk

Günstiger Rechtsschutz
Feb 13, 2008 at 12:52 am

Beautyful design and a very nice collection on webdesignerwall.com.

Nageldesign
Apr 22, 2008 at 4:58 am

Nice page . I love it.

lucien
May 23, 2008 at 10:30 am

personal site that has some of the same trends. LucienFrelin.com

Adrienne Henry
May 28, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Very cool web! Nice!!

Flash Developer
Jun 22, 2008 at 4:39 am

Right!
Now latest trend moves to vector graphics, me too using flash based vector graphics for all of my web 2.0 projects.

web designer
Jul 13, 2008 at 5:27 am

This vector’s are great!

krem Botoks
Jul 16, 2008 at 2:09 am

güzel site…

People Search Dude
Jul 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Funny thing is…I notice free-hand illustration being the “in thing” now. I betcha they’ll be a post on WDW in the future about the top free-hand illustrated sites.

boy uzatma
Jul 18, 2008 at 7:50 am

The site Graphic super and design.

Stephanie
Jul 19, 2008 at 1:04 am

This is interesting, I’ve been a vector artist for a long time.
The amount you see in web-design is much different from what a vector artist would consider to be true vector art.
I enjoy it none the less.

sıcak video
Jul 21, 2008 at 9:06 am

çok manyak tasarlamışlar :)

arkadas
Aug 12, 2008 at 7:28 am

wordpress altyapısıyla kurulmuş güzel bir site, grafiklerde süper.

Abhijith S Dev
Aug 21, 2008 at 12:22 am

oooooooooooo tats just tooo much..veri nice..

naran_ho
Aug 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Nice, great collection.

Busby
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:16 am

Very inspiring designs!

Denise
Nov 18, 2008 at 2:56 am

I just blew out an old site, and reconfigured it with a vector graphic, to give it a fresh new feel. After seeing these, I need to go back to the drawing board!

Süper Bilişim
Nov 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

very very nice collections.Thank you so much.
http://www.superbilisim.com.tr

Travesti Vitrini
Nov 25, 2008 at 1:47 pm

ooooo very good collections.very interesting and very nice.Thanks.
http://www.travestivitrini.com

Özlem Kuaför
Nov 25, 2008 at 1:48 pm

this graphic is very good.
http://www.ozlemkuafor.net

gay
Dec 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

http://www.sevimligay.com

travesti
Dec 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm

This is interesting, I’ve been a vector artist for a long time.
The amount you see in web-design is much different from what a vector artist would consider to be true vector art.
I enjoy it none the less.

travesti
Jan 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm

travesti,viptravesti

travesti
Jan 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm

thansk babam canam

Carlos Hermoso
Jan 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I just love vector illustration trends. Have a look at my site for another sample of it:

http://carloshermoso.com/

Sunt Tantimekaboot
Jan 15, 2009 at 1:12 am

This Trend’s my work style!! I love it so much… if u wanna see my works, http://sumhint.wordpress.com (it’s my portfolio)

BloggerTinker
Feb 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

Wow! I love your collections! But I love your layout more.hehe How I wish I could design web templates like you.hehe color-combination is my problem -_-
Nice! ^_^

prefabrik
Jun 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

teşekkürler güzel paylaşım.

prefabrik ev
Jun 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

güzel paylaşım tebrikler.

kabin
Jun 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

tesekkurler guzel paylasım …

cennet
Aug 8, 2009 at 6:02 am

Thanks Thanks What’s the problem here? Google could bury the meager profit number from even the biggest media conglomerates.

cennetevi
Aug 8, 2009 at 6:24 am

these are awesome!
thanks for putting in the effort to get this list together http://www.cennet.gen.tr

Aoobi
Sep 4, 2009 at 9:56 pm

They are cool. But how can I make one, if I don’t know how to draw.

bagsin
Sep 10, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I just love vector illustration trends. great here.

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Alex De
Oct 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Wow..As a professional stock illustrations artist it was pleasant to find and read this article. Its good to see the list of website using illustrations in creative and promising way. I take interests in developing illustrations especially for websites and this seems to be a real promotion for all the web illustration community out there. You can take a look at my work here http://www.pixelgenio.com/main/illustration.html , http://www.pixelgenio.com/ongoingprojects/Amit/SampleSlide.jpg . Thanks for writing… :)

Mike
Oct 31, 2009 at 4:23 am

Thanks Thanks What’s the problem here? Google could bury the meager profit number from even the biggest media conglomerates.

crowdsourcing website
Jan 8, 2010 at 2:22 am

Its great informative article and as a graphic designer myself its very useful. I was looking for a trends article like this. Good one.

denizli web tasarım
Jan 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

çok manyak tasarlamışlar

Freelancing career
Feb 12, 2010 at 12:51 am

Cool collections, nice article ,whole things are really awesome.
Thanks for all.

php dersleri
Apr 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm

thank you :D

güvenlik
Apr 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Thank you for themes

FP
Jun 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

Does anyone know of a good list of illustrators they recommend?

chiho
Jul 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

your site always help me… thanks…

Reaper
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technolyze
Jan 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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Ben
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si vector logo
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