Stunning CSS designs

July 10th, 2003

CSS redesigns are popping up all over the place. They are beginning to be adopted
by proper designers rather than programmers. This is a good this as we now have
some real world, good CSS based designs to look at. I have included a selection

Zeldman: Commerical CSS gallery
A gallery of stunning CSS sites that Zeldman used in a recent lecture.
A design by Doug Bowman of Stop Design.
Not boring by any means, he uses css for the neat little rollover effects
on the team
The site even validates as XHTML strict! He even provides some background to
the process.
Not so
Another submission to the CSS zen garden. The ‘not so minimal’ design is
pure CSS but manages to retain highly sylised menus that degrade gracefuly
older browsers. Compare the same page with two completely off the wall different
CSS files: fleur
de l’avante–garde
Dead or Alive and
the completely bizarre:
What lies
CSS Drop shadow demo
Pure CSS ‘drop shadows’ – yes this is possible too. The guy even gives a tutorial
on how to do it.
The US digital magazine is fully CSS and degrades really well in older browsers.
37 signals
A web design/usability consultancy with a good eye for sharp CSS and rugged


3 Responses to “Stunning CSS designs”

  1. Heather

    Thanks for the links! I’ve been working on new css for my site and have been looking for things like this. I’ve seen the CSS Zen before – impressive stuff, heh?

  2. Guy

    The best. Really shows off what you can do with them. 🙂

  3. Michael Heraghty

    Thanks Guy,

    I’ll have to steal … uh, I mean *be inspired by* some of these designs 😉

    Any chance you might give us an updated list of cool css sites?