10 great off-white websites

darren-tnMany websites follow the clean, minimal trend with using a lot of white space. But what about those that don’t use white space, but different color backgrounds that are close to white? Here’s a list of 10 that I found, feel free to add more in the comments and they will be added to the list. Color will vary from screen to screen.

1. Loja Birds

Has a neat, unique site structure along with a minimal, easy to follow design.

Color: Grey

Source: Siteinspire

Loja Birds- joias, bolsas e produtos personalizados.

2. Roanne Adams

Hope you like scrolling…horizontally. Roanne has a great sense of type and a wide range of styles in her print and product design.

Color: Beige

Source: Siiimple


3. Complex Fruit

Homepage of Paul Torres, a jack of all trades in design. His illustrative work and logo design are especially worth taking a look at.

Color: Like a beige / pink with dots

Source: Siiimple

Paul Torres - Complexfruit.com  Graphic designer for hire.

4. Header Footer

They need to have some fun-filled infographics work done based on the excellent Core Studio pieces in their portfolio. Helvetica never gets old, and again, it serves it’s purpose well on Header Footer.

Color: Grey, very near white

Source: Siiimple

HeaderFooter Design

5. Design Interactions

A hit-or-miss layout in terms of usability. Design Interactions likes the z-index a lot and collages images together, uncovering the hidden ones with hoverovers.

Color: Light Green

Source: Minimal Sites

Design Interactions

6. Ripe Type

Ripe Type is a great type resource here, consider it another bonus site to my article on great type resources. What I find odd about this site is the background is an image, not a CSS solid color. Perhaps it has a very subtle grain that my screen is incapable of displaying.

Color: Beige / Pink

Source: Minimal Sites

RipeType Typography  High quality, affordable OpenType typefaces.

7. David Arias

I remember seeing David Arias site a while back thinking “wow, David Airey really must have done a big switch on his portfolio and website”…until I realized they were two different people. Both designers specialize in logo design, and have nice site designs.

Color: Grey

David Arias - Graphic Design - Strategic Branding & Visual Communications - Vancouver, BC, Canada

8. Darren Hoyt

Very slick design and subtle integration of jQuery.

Color: Light Blue

Source: CSS Uber Clean

9. Stephen Caver

Nice to see a website from a different angle (literally). It can be hard to pull off diagonal content, but Stephen does it.

Color: Beige

Source: CSS Uber Clean

Stephen Caver

10. Rose Fu

Ah, the type on this is spectacular. And what an original take on the contact box, it fits perfectly on the wall in the footer.

Color: Beige

Source: CSS Elite

Rose Fu  Home  Personal Website and Web Design Portfolio

Bonus! 11. Gvendi Tattoo Studio

Rarely do you come by a light purple website website. The header is nifty on this one and it’s simple to use. Only complaint is the background doesn’t repeat, so you get a thick purple bar down the right side.

Color: Light Purple

Source: CSS Elite

Gvendi Tattoo Studio

Update March 2010:Ocular Harmony now uses a gray color scheme, becoming one of those off-white sites. Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed!

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Robin Bastien
Howdy! I'd the head of Ocular Harmony. I spend most of my time designing, reading beatnick literature, and pounding sound waves of experimental pulsation into my brain's frontal lobes. Contact me if you have any questions!

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  1. David Airey says:

    September 1, 2009

    Hey Robin, David Arias’ site is a nice one. You don’t come across many with a similar style of navigation, which is good. Thanks for the props on my own blog, too. I appreciate that.

    Off-topic, it took me a few minutes to find your “submit” button for my comment (it’s hidden behind the RSS feed link in Firefox on Mac).

  2. David Arias says:

    September 17, 2009

    Hello Robin,

    Thank you for the inclusion. There are a lot of great sites showcased here. David Airey’s blog is actually a great source, and one that I have visited often. He has tons of knowledge about design itself and the business that comes with it. It’s an honor to get kudos from a guy like him who has been in the industry for way longer than I have been.

  3. Clayton Shumway says:

    January 13, 2010

    Cool post Robin. Off-white is classy and timeless. Thanks for the collection!

    ps - the Steven Caver example looks great, but the link didn’t work?

  4. admin says:

    January 13, 2010

    Thanks Clayton! The Steven Caver site seems to be down for a redesign! Maybe he’ll provide a new off-white look :D

  5. nauman says:

    March 18, 2010

    whoops, looks like the link for ripetype is actually the link for the one above it!

  6. Robin Bastien says:

    March 19, 2010

    Thanks for pointing that out Nauman, I have corrected it

  7. Techie Talks says:

    May 28, 2010

    You have great collections, vintage is also my style. It rocks!