The footer, by definition, comes at the bottom of a web page, but it shouldn’t be bottom of your list of priorities when it comes to web design. Too many websites, even wonderfully designed ones, place little or no emphasis on the footer, leaving it an ugly, undervalued repository for copyright information, small print and little else.
Below, we take a look at 30 sites with super stylish footers that add real value to overall site design. Easy on the eye and highly original, all should serve as inspiration for your future web projects.
Fun and unique, the footer on this site, for German graphic designer, David Hellman features a bicycle, plug sockets and a mouse. It’s an amusing treat for anyone who scrolls down far enough.
Most of us will have visited the Vimeo site on many occasions, but how many of us have noticed what lurks beneath, in the footer? There’s a colorful landscape, complete with rolling, green hills, cows and kite flying – what more could you ask for?
This blog’s design is really different, helping it stand out from the rest. Rocky, geomorphic features, which begin at the top of the page, continue down into a steamy, watery reservoir found in the footer.
You’ve got to love the quirky, hand-illustrated footer on this superb site. It adds a real personal touch.
There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about this blog, but the Paul Smith-like, colorful stripes add flair to an otherwise ordinary footer design.
6. B Candullo
Brad Candullo is a designer and developer. He’s obviously paid attention to the footer on his page. Paper-like with touches of watercolors and “hand-circled” call to action buttons, it really stands out against the dark, wood effect background.
The footer at YoDiv is huge and full of useful information. It’s plain, which is a good thing as it improves usability, but stands out thanks to the hills and army of bizarre YoDiv mascots positioned just above.
8. Helmy Bern
On Helmy Bern’s site, the information in the footer sits on a background of weathered cardboard. This helps tie it in with the rest of the site, which features lots of cardboard too.
Voll’s website is really, really clever. Not only can you scroll down, revealing a bevy of friendly-looking sea creatures, you can scroll up to see spacemen on the Moon.
The background on Web Designer Wall resembles a modern take on vintage wallpaper – in a good way! It continues down into the footer, which has been designed with an effective notepaper-like effect.
Smashing Magazine gets most things right and its footer is no different. It features caricatures of its editors, giving visitors a great sense of the Smashing brand identity.
12. Mr Diggles
Similarly to Smashing Magazine, Mr Diggles makes the blog writer (in this case himself) the subject of its footer. Not quite sure why he’s manipulating his face in such a manner, but it certainly stamps his own style onto the site.
13. Grzegorz Kozak
Follow the elongated lighthouse all the way down to the footer and you’ll find an old, British phone box, which acts as a link to the Contact page, and outdated technology buried in the earth.
A monotone skyline adds real panache to this otherwise plain, albeit well structured media designer’s blog.
This Czech site features some great illustrations, not least in the footer, where you’ll see an old man surfing the web, rather than the waves, on a deserted beach.
Why not use a Google Map of your location as the footer to your website? That’s exactly what Banjaz has done. It’s simultaneously cool and functional.
The footer on the Sundance site is incredibly simple, but very effective. It might look rather basic, but I can assure you it takes a long time to make a footer so effortlessly slick.
18. Komodo Media
On the Komodo Media blog, you’ll see that a Twitter feed has been integrated into the footer – nothing particularly notable about that. Integrating Last.fm, however, is rather more remarkable. Visitors can view and listen to the author’s favorite records at the touch of a button.
19. Crazy n Funny
Not just crazy… not just funny… but crazy n funny! – the footer on this site has been used to great effect. It comes complete with its own rudimentary TV-shaped mascot.
20. Dale Harris
Splashes of color and an overall minimal design make the footer on Dale Harris’s site more than worthy of a place in this list.
21. Red Nose Day
If you’re offering lots of information in a footer, it’s best not to over-design, as it can soon become confusing and difficult to navigate. The footer on the Red Nose Day 2009 site is a superb example of how just a few slight touches, in this case some red noses with eyes, can elevate an otherwise boring list of links into something a lot more engaging.
Everything about this site, from the header to the footer, looks amazing. I love the layout, the surplus of white space and the simple color scheme. Like the Red Nose Day site, there’s lots of information in the large footer, but images and colors make it attractive and clear.
23. I Primi Dieci
Cleverly designed, eye-catching icons add character to the footer on this Italian blog.
24. The Pixel
Blogs don’t come much better than this. From the rotating blades of the windmill at the top to the collapsed drunkard in the footer, the whole thing looks incredible.
25. Bits & Pixels
A colorful spectrum of light attracts visitor attention to the footer. Such a simple effect is easily achievable on any site.
26. The Free Lance
The Free Lance is another example of a site that maintains its design theme from top to bottom. In this case, the page is meant to look like a sheet of paper stapled onto a wooden board (or is it a tree?) The footer is stapled in just the same way.
The footer at DivVoted, which has been shaped into a large, clickable island, can be minimized or maximized with a simple click of the mouse, changing the whole look and feel of the site.
28. Studio Racket
This site is eccentricity at its best. Its footer is every bit as well designed as its idiosyncratic navigation bar. There’s a tree, a suit, a bird and some arrows. Why? Who cares – it looks terrific!
29. Urban Pie
With a name as ridiculous as Urban Pie, you can’t get away with having an ordinary site. Thankfully, the British company has gone to town with sketchy drawings throughout and in the footer.
30. Manndible Cafe
The entire Manndible Café site is really well laid out and highly accessible. The footer contains the bare minimum amount of necessary information. It’s clean and very uncomplicated – great for the user.
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