Web designers today are always experimenting with the intersections between traditional print techniques and the latest possibilities of digital design. Needless to say, the results encompass an enormous range of styles and approaches. The most successful are the ones that can reach that perfect balance between classic and cutting edge. Here are the 15 most stunning print-inspired blogs on the web today.
With a classic black-and-white rotating header, a consistent-width sidebar, and an epistemological theme, DearBlankPleaseBlank is a witty online version of traditional newspaper classifieds.
GoMediaZine is typographically consistent without being monotonous and features page links styled as a traditional table of contents.
I Love Aesthetics
Simply, but effectively designed, Love Aesthetics uses a folded paper header, a lean photo-and-caption layout, and recreates the classic blank page background.
Big Sweater Design
BigSweaterDesign takes its print inspiration from the fashion industry, with a layout modeled after a clothing tag. The result is an aesthetically interesting, stylish, and creative blog.
Papel Continuo takes a page right out of the typewriter.
The Roaming Review
The Roaming Review features a classic, simple, aesthetically sound style using American Typewriter typeface, a text focused layout, and a clean ad-free design.
Web Is Love
Web is Love is a beautiful blog ripe with hand-drawn graphics and typography, all underscored by a stunning palette.
Demain Jarrete: French Funny-Pages
This uniquely stylized cartoon themed blog is an incredible example of print creations merging with the online world.
The Kennedys Blog
The Kennedys is a typographically impressive blog. With the hand-drawn backdrop and cursive headings, it evokes print simply and efficiently.
Megan McIsaacís Photography
This well designed photoblog tips its cap to the world of print with simple cursive and typewriter fonts, along with a magazine style photo-and-article layout.
Jason Santa Maria
The je ne se quoi of Mr. Mariaís personal blog evokes magazine layouts and newspaper design simultaneously.
What could be more print inspired than an online ode to typography?
Johnny Cupcakes utilizes pen-and-ink style headings and graphics throughout the site, giving it a unique handmade effect.
This quirky cartoonish site uses amateurish pen sketches for its theme: a tribute to doodlers everywhere.
The Official SquareSpace Blog is all business, but with its clever use of simple black-and-white typography and an emphasis on text, it exudes all the best of classic print.
Each of these sites achieves aesthetic mastery in a striking and unique way. In some senses web design limits the creative possibilities and freedom of designers. In others, it far surpasses the evocative capacities of print. These blogs are a testament to the notion that design evolves with the media we use to create it, but can always benefit by incorporating the tried-and-true.