Personal Websites: 25 Examples for Your Design Inspiration

Personal websites are becoming increasingly popular. They can be used effectively for promotion, job searches, personal branding, and just for communicating with friends and family. These personal websites can often serve as a creative outlet and allow the site owner more freedom than they would have with a website that is tied to their business. Personal websites also allow the owner to change directions easily if their interests or purpose for the site changes at some point in the future.

In this post we’ll feature 25 examples of well-designed personal websites. This showcase presents a variety of different styles. You’ll see mostly blogs and/or social streaming sites, but there are a lot of different approaches and design styles. Some are minimal and clean, some use bright and vibrant colors, and others use more artistic and eye-catching designs. Hopefully this showcase will serve as great inspiration if you are considering designing a personal website of your own.

Brady Williams

Brady Williams

Zoella

Zoella

Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner

Jennifer Dake

Jennifer Dake

Simon Collison

Simon Collison

Andrea Mann

Andrea Mann

Laura Marchbanks

Laura Marchbanks

Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips

John Henry Donovan

John Henry Donovan

Colin Grist

Colin Grist

Jason & Erin

Jason & Erin

Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay Stocks

Lewis Dorigo

Lewis Dorigo

Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander

Steve Zeidner

Steve Zeidner

Nana Soemarno

Nana Soemarno

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli

Andy Rutledge

Andy Rutledge

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore

Marie Guillaumet

Marie Guillaumet

Ed Nacional

Ed Nacional

Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy

 

Christopher Calicott

Christopher Calicott

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  • Marc.Zendlung, September 27, 2010

    The Collison site is wonderful, but most here lack a strong personal id… rather generic template like work unfortunately.

    • Vandelay Website Design, September 27, 2010

      Marc,
      I see what you are saying but each person is going to have a different purpose or goal for their site and for the design. Although a generic template like feel is not really what anyone is going for, I don’t think.

  • Alf Catadman, September 27, 2010

    Nice roundup. Dan Butterfield and Francesca Battistelli sites got my attention.

  • Daniel, September 27, 2010

    Thank you so much for posting my blog! But the screengrab used is kind of out of date –

    http://danielhowells.net

  • John Hyde, September 27, 2010

    Matt Mullenweg’s site is the best for me – very fresh and lively. Totally unlike anything else I’ve seen recently.

  • Zhu, September 27, 2010

    I agree, a few are quite original and personal but a lot of website on this list have a very generic theme. I wish the list showcased more specific designs.

  • Jay Rowden - Photographer, September 27, 2010

    IMHO, I thought the Collison site was absolutely beautiful.
    Stunning design.

  • Jennifer Leigh, September 27, 2010

    Nice collection. I really dig Jeniffer Drake’s site.

  • AlejoBergmann, September 28, 2010

    Really nice collection. Thanks!

  • Carmen Brodeur, September 28, 2010

    Great assortment. I was shocked to see the name of my friend, Chris Spooner. But it was a different Chris Spooner. I’ll have to let my buddy the doctor let him know he has an alter ego in cyberspace :)

  • Mariusz, September 28, 2010

    Great collection, indeed.

  • Illiya Vjestica, September 28, 2010

    Nice collection, interesting website. Noah Stokes – Es Bueno is my sure favourite. Always been a fan of Simon Collison’s website as well.

  • rob t, September 28, 2010

    nice collection. Inspires me to make myself a personal blog.

  • alisveriskeyfim, September 28, 2010

    Francesca Battistelli is the so good…

    Thanks for your sharing.

  • Shawn Johnston, September 28, 2010

    Great roundup, I especially love the Francesca Battistelli design, so rich and well balanced.

  • Paromita, September 29, 2010

    very impressive examples.Nice collection.

  • Craig Pennings, September 30, 2010

    Great collection, simple home page designs look so good, but unfortunately there is no text to pick up by search engines.

    • Vandelay Website Design, October 1, 2010

      Craig,
      In many cases the owners of personal sites aren’t really that concerned about search engine traffic.

  • Lauren, October 1, 2010

    Thank you as always for sharing this eclectic collection of lovely and unique websites. ♥

  • chapps, October 1, 2010

    Gregory Woods is my fav. love the simple display of information.
    Will Vandelay be doing any compilations of well displayed data?
    Like Gregory Woods or Nicholas Felton?

  • Ben, October 1, 2010

    Some amazing sites! Brian Hoff & Noah Stokes are probably my favorite. Lovely designs.

  • Bob, October 9, 2010

    I really like Stuart Hobday’s design. It’s nice and simple.

  • Maganlal Bhadresa, October 11, 2010

    Awesome sites – Really liked the sites and the ideas that it generates

  • Girish, October 13, 2010

    take a look at this site: http://blog.sfaranda.com/

  • Emiliano, October 22, 2010

    Nice collection. Thanks for sharing

  • Faraz, November 24, 2010

    finding hard to decide the best design from these,impressive work

  • Matt Dearborn, October 24, 2011

    How funny, I was trying to build a list of this sort myself when I came across your list! It’s great, inspiring and really the cream of the lot.
    And it made me decide against creating one if ny own! As usual, Vandelay does it best!
    Anyway, I had these three in mind; perhaps you can add them to the list.
    http://www.marekfoss.org
    http://www.damonlynch.net
    http://WWW.vhbelvadi.com

  • Teody Seguin, November 5, 2011

    putting yourself into your design makes it really personal. It directly gives a sense of physical introduction who ever the viewer comes into your website :)

  • Tom, May 29, 2012

    Thanks for the article steve.

    I am going to use one of these designs for my site !!

  • Hanson, December 11, 2012

    very good designs!

  • Doug Wheller, January 7, 2013

    Super post. Really interesting choices available.

    I’ve gone for a really simple approach which I use more for me than anyone else. Just key social media icons. Works a treat.

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