25 Outstanding Magazine Style Website Designs

One of my favorite styles of web design to take inspiration from is the magazine style. Creating a well-designed site that looks good, allows for good usability, and features a lot of content without cramming items onto the page is a very difficult task.

Blog theme designers can often put some of this inspiration into practice in their own work, as blogs often face the challenge of displaying a lot of content while still trying to look good.Here we’ll showcase 25 different websites that utilize a magazine or news style layout.

Relevant Magazine

Relevant Magazine

Ad Age

Ad Age

Clutch Magazine

Clutch Magazine

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Frieze Magazine

Frieze Magazine

New Yorker

New Yorker

The Morning News

The Morning News

New York Magazine

New York Magazine

Dazed Digital

Dazed Digital

UX Magazine

UX Magazine

Wired

Wired

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Goods

Goods

Newsweek

Newsweek

Esquire

Esquire

UGSMAG

UGSMAG

Television Blend

Television Blend

Venture Beat

Venture Beat

ScreenCrush

ScreenCrush

The Verge

The Verge

The Style Spy

The Style Spy

Melbourne Geek

Melbourne Geek

Glamour Paris

Glamour Paris

RunSociety

RunSociety

Brides

Brides

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  • web design, January 20, 2009

    I really like some of these! There are some great examples of design to be had.

  • Brandon Cox, January 20, 2009

    Very nice collection – magazine themes will only continue to grow in popularity over the next year or two – hard to pull off, they require a lot of work to look nice.

  • Max Stanworth, January 20, 2009

    There awesome, i really want to design my own magazine theme for wordpress! one day.

  • Vandelay Design, January 20, 2009

    Brandon,
    I agree that this is a difficult type of design. I think that’s why I respect good examples of magazine style sites more than most other types.

  • Raymond Selda, January 20, 2009

    Wow! Thank you for compiling this! This will be my first site to browse for magazine designs. Thank you.

  • Laufkran, January 20, 2009

    Wow – what a handy overview! A rating system would be funny here.

  • Bill Biwer, January 20, 2009

    Great collection!

  • ivan, January 20, 2009

    yes truly inspirational,
    i will start designing with these layouts in mind, and release the theme/template for free

  • Janko, January 20, 2009

    Nice roundup. I like Boxwish and Macalicious

  • Online Hry, January 20, 2009

    I like Portfolio and TheHotMag. Great list.

  • Daus, January 20, 2009

    Most of them I’ve familiar with. I like Space Collective. Thanks!

  • Craig - Abrishca Digital Media, January 20, 2009

    I really like this style at the moment, and am considering using this style for a client that only requires a static content site – I think it will work based on the client’s business.

    Anyway, thanks for the further inspiration!

  • Eli, January 20, 2009

    Great roundup! Really a good source of web design inspiration.

  • Designer, January 20, 2009

    very nice designs

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, January 20, 2009

    nice collection, I like “magazine styles” thanks..

  • Dainis Graveris, January 20, 2009

    Yes, I think magazine style pages and portals are pretty hard to create – need to choose between usability and good design. Good looking.

  • Timothy, January 20, 2009

    UX is pretty confusing.

    But Good is good.

  • brzy56, January 20, 2009

    they all look exactly the same – how about some variety?

  • Rick, January 20, 2009

    I have tried to incorporate some of these sytles and techniques into our site. Let me know what you think

    http://www.LuxuryAutoDirect.com

  • Vandelay Design, January 21, 2009

    brzy56,
    I don’t think they all look the same, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion.

  • Anoki, January 21, 2009

    Nice! I’ve been working on my magazine for a while now and it’s nice to see some more designs to see how the envelope has been pushed in other arenas. Thanks!

    http://www.nogoodz.com

  • Blogger Templates, January 21, 2009

    Wow some awesome design, i like the 1st one “Clutch Magazine”

  • matthinck, January 21, 2009

    I’m a huge fan of http://www.lifelounge.com

  • Website Development, January 21, 2009

    Nice Collection of Magazines. i like it :)

  • Patrick Algrim, January 21, 2009

    Wow, really great list. I really love The Morning News, one of my favorite and inspiring Web sites of all time.

  • Chris Rizzo, January 21, 2009

    Is UX Magazine still an active website? All the content on it is from 2007.

  • Merewald Valletta, January 21, 2009

    I love magazine style layouts. Thanks for posting this.

  • Vandelay Design, January 22, 2009

    Chris,
    I don’t know. I’m not really familiar with the site other than checking out the design.

  • Nate Johnson, January 22, 2009

    I am not seeing a whole lot of unique creativity from a lot of these. There are a few nice ones, but as a whole I would say they lack true creativity.

    the ones i liked: Space Collective, UX Magazine, & Good

  • Designer, January 23, 2009

    the more i look at it, the more i like them :)

  • Laura, January 26, 2009

    a good inspiration for my web magazine! thanks a lot, unfortunately I made my redesign before I saw this!

  • Web Design Supermarket, January 27, 2009

    Some great examples of excellent design work there – well found!

  • aaron, January 28, 2009

    Just wanted to say that this blog is one of the few that I have found that makes fewer posts, but those posts are of higher-quality than other blogs on this topic. I’ll definitely be looking at some of these designs for inspiration.

  • Jacques van Heerden, January 30, 2009

    Awesome list, thanks for posting..I got inspiration for my V2 of my portfolio.

  • Tanya Bishop, February 1, 2009

    Spectacular, unique and professional these designs aim a little higher than to be simply blogs. They lack the boring and dry first impression of most other online “magazine” style themes. Sometimes it IS fun to look at the pictures! I like how the print “personality” of Vanity Fair and People Magazine are so aptly extended in these designs (& in the case of People, expanded upon). More please?

  • Jake Watches & Jewelry, February 1, 2009

    I surveyed the available free and commercial wordpress magazine themes before implementing one of my first wordpress projects using the relatively simple Mimbo 2.2 theme. You have to enter category id codes into the php files, which the ‘Reveal IDs for WP Admin; plugins helps identify in the later wordpress versions. Some fancy/commercial magazine provide a settings for that spares one patching code.

    Some common distinctions of magazine themes:
    * Images in the home page entries.
    (plugins like “get-the-image ” or “Thumbnail For Excerpts” can add this to any theme)
    * Featured/Header post display on home page
    * “Stickey” posts that persist on the home page
    * Multiple content columns

    Mimbo offers a headline post, a column of features images, 1 per category, and a second column for the latest entry for each of a selected set of categories.

  • Astralis, February 4, 2009

    Notice that all the articles in the designs are accompanies by thumbnail graphics. I’ve noticed that almost ANY newspaper or magazine design with abundant thumbnails is considered great design by the reader. Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know. I know that obtaining images for every article is very difficult if you don’t have the license or money to acquire the license.

    • Vandelay Design, February 4, 2009

      Astralis,
      I think there is some truth to that. Images do help to make the site look more appealing. I think the level of difficulty of getting images that you can use legally depends partially on your subject matter. Getting pictures of celebrities, for example, that are not copyrighted I would imagine is pretty difficult. But look at Freelance Switch. they use a photo from Flickr with a Creative Commons license on every post.

  • Christopher, February 16, 2009

    I REALLY like http://www.db-artmag.com made by http://www.absoluto.de. This is one of the best magazines when it comes to art – even though it is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

  • 2slides Web Agency, February 25, 2009

    Nice Work! thnks!

  • Todd, March 12, 2009

    I really like some of these. I’m looking around to get some inspiration to design a magazine theme for a sports news web site. Thanks!

  • john milton, April 2, 2009

    Hi..
    Wow impressive list, i really love some of these.Now a days magazines style layouts are becoming popular.
    I am, looking forward for more of these so would be coming back for more later.
    Thanks..
    John..

  • Jessica, April 14, 2009

    Nice! I’ve been working on my magazine for a while now and it’s nice to see some more designs here. Gives me a lot of Ideas :-)

  • aledesign.it, April 19, 2009

    Fantastic, I love see that! Beatiful examples.

  • Jan, May 7, 2009

    Great list! Especially love the Black Book one.

  • Travis Gates, June 17, 2009

    You should check out a magazine site we did last year http://collidemagazine.com

  • Sandy Saini, July 8, 2009

    a very nice collection. some of them are really outstanding.

  • Roger Duck, July 23, 2009

    We are at the proposal stage for a magazine site and it’s always helpful to see what’s happening in the space. We love Drupal but our increasingly drawn to WordPress for entry-level sites that deliver. Thank you for this great post.

  • Stephanie johnson, July 27, 2009

    Check out mspmag.com

  • Luke Jones, July 27, 2009

    Very nice collection, I’m trying to design a ‘magazine’ website myself at the moment, it’s going to be difficult to pull off but will _hopefully_ be worth all of the hard work.

  • Creare Studio, July 28, 2009

    Wonderful, they’re beautiful. I love all of them especially the Clutch Magazine.

  • adrian, September 28, 2009

    These on-line magazine websites are outstanding! I’m trying to find one in wordpress myself. Personally, I like Clutch. Everything an on-line magazine should be.

  • Susan Manning, September 30, 2009

    Thank you for this, what a great inspiration!!

    Would you have any suggestions for a designer who could produce something appropriate for a publication for a small business?

    Susan

  • iMac, October 1, 2009

    nice collection.
    thanks for this post.

  • Hladilniki, October 6, 2009

    Good post, very nice selection of designs. I particularly like the Ad Age. Thanks.

  • OCEZINE, October 27, 2009

    I really like most of these sites they are clean and simple yet stylish. Can anyone suggest a good platform to use to build a mag site?

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 27, 2009

      OCEZINE,
      WordPress and Drupal are good choices. Both are free and open source so it can keep the cost down as compared to using a custom built CMS.

  • GetMPsarm, November 14, 2009

    I really like this style at the moment, and am considering using this style for a client that only requires a static content site

  • Stylish Web Design, November 15, 2009

    Great collections. I like most of them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Canvas Prints, November 17, 2009

    Wow ! What a Great List of magazine websites. Simple Awesome. The more i look at it, the more i like them.

  • James, November 24, 2009

    These sites inspire me to developer better websites. :)

  • Ben Peck, December 4, 2009

    I like blogs that post things about websites like this. It very easy to find and they’re good refereces for my classes that I teach. Please don’t take these posts down.

    BEN PECK // benpeck.com
    design / interactive / art direction

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    Fantastic, I love see that! Beatiful examples.

  • Logo Design Portfolio, January 2, 2010

    Hey Nice One….

    Great Collection of Style sheet Magazine buddy..

    Thank you so much for adding The New Yorker Magazine, It is one of my favorite one.

    Great Job!!!

    Litmusonline

  • Net Success, February 10, 2010

    sweet collection. I like lots of those, especially People. They have a good layout for their magazine.

  • แรนเถื่อน, February 12, 2010

    We are already in the planning phase for a magazine page, and it’s always helpful to know what is in the room. We love Drupal, but our increasingly drawn to WordPress for entry-level websites, to deliver. Thank you for this great news.

  • subscription addiction, February 16, 2010

    These are really wonderful designs. Creativity is awesome. These designs will definitely gonna help those interested in designing magazines and love creativity. People and clutch are one of my favorites.

  • James Leahy, February 18, 2010

    Nice collection, and a quality collection. This is a trend now, as people expect more. If your viewers like, I have a magazine I just started on tips for business on the web, and our student developers at http://blog.nwcic.com.

  • Website Design Bristol, March 16, 2010

    These sort of designs could be very useful for business and trade associations . really like them

  • แรนเถื่อน, April 30, 2010

    Nice collection, and a quality collection. This is a trend now,Great List of magazine websites

  • Andrew Barbara, May 25, 2010

    Rua de baixo always looks spot on, the colours and imagery are awesome, just a shame I don’t speak Portuguese

  • GidiNoize, May 25, 2010

    I am looking to build a site like Clutch magazine and will like to know if anyone knows the wordpress theme that this theme was built from or any similar wordpress themes please.

  • Roseann, June 22, 2010

    Thank you for this, what a great inspiration!! Nice post!

  • Canvas Art, October 15, 2010

    Personally I would prefer to know if Ihad landed on a blog or a magazine. Magazines offer a great deal of original, quality content created by paid journalists that are brought together by the vision of the editor. A blog that looks like a magazine yet has a sole author would put me off – what’s the point?

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 18, 2010

      There are a lot of multi-author blogs out there. I don’t think the line between a blog and an online magazine is really that clear.

  • web design hull, January 7, 2011

    Nice collection, I really like the clutch site.

  • Fran Jacoberger, January 8, 2011

    New York Magazine is brilliantly designed internet magazine.

  • Kars, May 22, 2011

    This collection is very very inspirational for me. I want to make a magazine like site that features mixed feeds from various sources. This list gives me so many idea’s on how to present it.

  • Mat, February 18, 2012

    These are great pieces of work made by very good programmers using the WordPress base language. Awesome

  • Ibiza, August 21, 2012

    We are already in the planning phase for a magazine page, and it’s always helpful to know what is in the room. We love Drupal,

  • Michael Collins, June 13, 2013

    Ink, Wired and Ad age are my favorite as these are very clean and information is easy to take in. I don’t like the dark backgrounds of the Hot Mag and Space Collective. Some of the designs are too cluttered for my liking. I know that these are magazine style designs, but too much clutter is bad.

  • Selene Szczepanik, July 1, 2013

    It takes away the bargaining power of stock sellers. So, automatically the share costs go down.

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