70+ Visually Impressing Header Graphics

February 10th, 2008

We were inspired by Smashing Magazine’s Header Graphics Contest to create a small showcase of more than 70 outstanding header graphics with excellent use of visual elements and interface design.

Feel free to comment upon these selected header graphics as nothing is more important to us than your opinion.

1) Sam Tech

2) Gotocss3

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3) Split Dadiz

4) DaleHarris

5) alisa

6) Alegodesign

7) Bnweiss

8 ) Philippe Plaideux

9) Squawk Design

10) Radiant Plumbing

11) Biola Undergrad

12) J R Velasco

13) Explore Cascadia

14) Next2 Friends

15) Casio Exilim Lab

16) Meomi

17) Spinvox

18) Evanescence

19) The Horizontal Way

20) Swiths

21) Malir Gruner

22) Sacha Greif

23) Shinobi Cat

24) Satsu

25) Hrasti

26) Colorzent Entertainment

27) Cow and Monkey

28) In Memori´am

29) Paul Enderson

30) Tattered Fly

31) Spunk United

32) Art Skills

33) OKB

34) Open Doors Student Site

35) Happy Cog

36) Cotton Seed Oil Tour

37) Neftys World

38) Designyou Trust

39) EllisLab

40) King Of The Blues

41) Fluid Book

42) Simply Fired

43) Joyent

44) Hugo Create

45) Kikipost

46) Creavation

47) Smoothie Land

48) Drew Wilson

49) BaliwThemovie

50) Art Zen

51) Qwertcity

52) Gotaqua

53) Kit10designs

54) bienbienbien

55) The alamobasement

56) Tonda

57) Der Vigilant

58) Go To Clubbers Community

59) Juxtinteractive

60) Carrienewcomer

61) Scoutingforgirls

62) Tickledpinkdesignz

63) Interag

64) Designbstudios

65) Backstreetmania

66) Katrinwegmann

67) Magicka Studio

68) Zinaz

69) Madpotato

70) FreePeople

71) Blog What Design

72) Dizzain

73) Cult Foo

The jungle is alive: Be it a collaboration between two or more authors or an article by an author not contributing regularly. In these cases you find the Noupe Editorial Team as the ones who made it. Guest authors get their own little bio boxes below the article, so watch out for these.

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54 comments for „70+ Visually Impressing Header Graphics
  1. H@med on February 10th, 2008 at 3:42 pm


  2. Gabe on February 10th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Great inspiration. These headers have a great variety of styles, and I love that they’re deviating from the “web 2.0” look (I didn’t see one reflection!) It seems that the trend is moving toward a “busier” image with more things happening, plenty of eye-catching elements. Good stuff!

  3. fedmich on February 10th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Nice list. Very inspiring :)

  4. Jermayn Parker on February 10th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    A good collection, would be so much better however if there were examples that were not ALL the same as each other!

    Headers are so similar these days!!

  5. Phil on February 10th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I just found a new site the other day look through a CSS gallery. has an interesting header.

    Thanks for this list! These are some beauties!

  6. Kelly C. on February 10th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Wow. These are nice. Thank you! I am always a bit disheartened though, when the crux of the design is a stock image with no major deviations from the original file. I saw a few on here right off of istock. I love the idea of supporting stock artists, but make your designs your own.

  7. Franck on February 11th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Nice. Maybe you forgot Webdesigner Wall

  8. Frank on February 11th, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Så många!
    Så olika!
    Nu finns det inte fler headers, alla är gjorda!
    Amazing list!
    Very inspiring!

  9. 3kolone on February 11th, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Great list! Bookmark ;-)

  10. Noupe on February 11th, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Thanks so much, guys.

    Very true Gabe. I think many designer these days are working away from the “web 2.0” style, I don’t think that the typical ‘Web 2.0 Look’ is a bad thing at all; they just need to be used in moderation and with care.

  11. CFA Level 1 on February 11th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Very good collection of header designs. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Jon on February 11th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Pretty good list. I have a pdf I made that has all cool websites I come across.

  13. Joe on February 11th, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Great list! Thanks.
    This site has a great header graphic:

  14. Chris on February 11th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Nice Job!

    Here is one I recommend adding to the list:

  15. Anton on February 11th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Thay are all in the same awful style. Like the 60’s gone rotten. Not my cup of tea.

  16. Fubiz on February 11th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Amazing selection :) Good work.

  17. Gis on February 11th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Beautiful selection :D I’ll have to add it to my delicious for some amazing inspirational guide!!!

  18. Denver Web Design by Shycon on February 11th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Very inspirational work here! The header image has the best chance to grab attention, so make it memorable.

  19. Chad Mueller on February 11th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    This is a great post of inspiration of web 2.0 trend header graphics. A lot of characters, illustrations, gradients.. all good brilliant colors.

  20. kishore on February 12th, 2008 at 4:37 am

    This is what called WEB 2.0 style.
    Excellent work. Good Inspirational work.

  21. Martin & Miglena Papazovi on February 12th, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Hey ! Thanks for featuring our work – !

  22. Tom on February 12th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Great post, I really like some of these headers.
    Well done.

  23. Jose on February 12th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Thanks :-)

  24. Umer Tahir on February 12th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Great headers !

  25. Shibani on February 13th, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Fantastic collection…thanx :)

  26. Jake on February 13th, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Wow.. These are simply wonderful list!!! The designs would really make you say “WOW!” :) Fantastic…

  27. Dominik Lenk on February 13th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for featuring me and the added inspiration.
    On the debate of Web2.0: I might be talking for myself here, but I do not think that the majority of the sites listed here fit the description of this style. (Some of them are simply not shiny enough;-)
    However, just like Noupe already said: The web 2.0 style is not necessarily bad. Just don’t overdo it.

  28. john
    on Twitter as:
    on February 14th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Nice work

  29. Glooria on February 16th, 2008 at 2:28 am

    You’re forget the exelent

  30. Bride on February 18th, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Nice Graphics. Thank you…

  31. Dennison Uy - Graphic Designer on February 19th, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Inspiring collection. However, smoothie land = uses graphics off

  32. Nefty on February 20th, 2008 at 7:51 am

    thanks for the add, indeed all these are inspiring!

  33. SE7EN on February 20th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I like office,desk style header like this site

  34. Robin on February 22nd, 2008 at 3:06 am

    hahaha.. These are simply wonderful list!!! The designs would really make you say “WOW!good enjoy…

  35. Witzulu on February 27th, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Most of these are too busy. they only cater for one type of visitor.

    I find that when a site tries to “sell” itself with a lot of bells and wissels the content is usually weak.

    Distracting a user from the content is not usually the best way to go.

  36. Lukas Labryszewski on February 28th, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Very Inspiring… thanks for this list.
    Added to my bookmarks.

  37. Chad Mueller on February 29th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Amazing use of colours with all of these headers, they do all the right things right, they all serve their purposes in the right way.. Another great posts

  38. Matt Rossi on March 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    awesome post. lots of great inspiration on there. way to go!

  39. Ralph on March 6th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Oh amazing… so much great ideas in this list.

  40. Maciej Rakowski on March 6th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    + mine :p cheers hehehe

  41. Paul Enderson on March 7th, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for the header love guys! Great looking blog you have here yourselves too… :)

  42. Ellie on March 16th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I love this site’s header: The jeans theme is to die for.

  43. Ellie on March 16th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Oops, my bad. Typo in URL. Correct URL:

  44. Shane on March 28th, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Amazing list! Very inspiring.

  45. dugward on May 1st, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Visually impressIVE?

  46. Adelle on June 6th, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Nice choices! Really like this post – great job!

  47. butter on June 10th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    great collecion. no matches for them. cant get any better

  48. taquito on July 27th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, you use a Illustrator , i need tips, and tricks, .. and free host to my site….
    HELLLLLLP please

  49. Cleverson on July 31st, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Have you some css tutorials using images?


    Cleverson Junior

  50. umesh on August 21st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    great works[:)]

  51. Jam on August 29th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    This showcase is really amazing!. I spent all evening just enjoying the view. I apologize for my english since is not my mother language, and I will talk about this post in my blog. Guys you really ROCK!. ;)

  52. Jim B on September 2nd, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Very nice creative designs. Thanks! :)

  53. jennifer on September 16th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    thats desinger must be a crazy …I dont now…this thems amazing

  54. Steve on October 2nd, 2008 at 5:49 am

    The beach scene no.60 with the spinning plates , brilliant . Over all a good collection.