Noupe Editorial Team February 10th, 2008

70+ Visually Impressing Header Graphics

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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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

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. Inspiring collection. However, smoothie land = uses graphics off

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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

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

  14. 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!. ;)

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