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25 Examples of Super Wide Website Designs

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As monitor resolutions become larger, websites become wider. This showcase features 25 awesome website designs over 1000px in width. Many of these super wide designs are built as responsive layouts, which allows the designer to accommodate even the largest of screen sizes with the max-width property without chopping off elements on smaller resolutions.

Michela Chiucini

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Dave Gamache

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Park La Fun

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Michael Schmid

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Brad Evans

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Tommy

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HatBox

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Carter Digital

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Philip Meissner

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Andrew Revitt

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Pelican Fly

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Forefathers Group

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Stephen Caver

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Information Architects

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Smashing Magazine

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UPPERDOG

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New Adventures in Web Design

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Meltmedia

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Electric Pulp

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Splendid

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CSS-Tricks

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Trent Walton

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Tuts+

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

34 Comments

  1. David Ball says:

    You say "monitor resolutions become larger, websites become wider" but also smaller mobile devices get more popular. Does it make sense for us to make websites larger when it means more people have to scroll around?

    • Almost all the websites featured are responsive layouts, which solves that exact problem. Saying that, I personally prefer browsing non-mobile versions of sites on my iPhone, I like being able to pinch/zoom into areas I want to read.

      • Tristan says:

        +1 to that. Most mobile websites I see (with the exception of awesome responsive ones like some of the above) are an ugly crappy throw together mess.
        I usually prefer looking at the desktop version on my iPhone and double tapping columns of text to read.
        I also love when a website makes great use of my whole screen on desktop versions.
        Now to ween myself of the 960grid for my own work…

  2. Morne says:

    Great. Thanks for the list. Great inspiration

  3. i like these links. I am trying to build something similar with our website, but I'm not sure it works.

  4. CSS Tricks will always impress anyone who resizes the browser.

    Very nice indeed.

    What do you think of this one:
    http://iamcreative.me
    It resizes on browser window size from 960px but also uses device-width to recognise iPhones and display a 320px/480px version.

    Oh… and so does the blog!!

    Great collection, I think we will be seeing allot more like this this year.

  5. Alis says:

    Just love this selection! CSS Tricks is amazing!

    I still have a lot to learn about the features for mobile designs and fluid layouts… :(

  6. Johnny says:

    This is the future of website design. Huge layouts like this are just going to become more common.

  7. Michelle says:

    Some of those are pretty amazing. I'd never given much thought to wider design but I'm inspired now.

  8. Roman says:

    Yep. Responsive design becoming not only a cool feature of website but it's also a great solution for screen resolution problem and it's one of the most important things today, when everyone uses mobile devices.

  9. Asmitha says:

    I like your designs.Really good i never see this type of designs.

  10. Menj says:

    i still choose "Forefathers Group" the best :) for me and the 2nd one is "css-tricks"

  11. Great.. discussion. As a designer I prefers website should be designed as per desktop version because many peoples are searching sites in non-mobile devices than mobile devices. So, website size is really matters to present to sites.

  12. Great examples. I just redesigned my site to a wider format and I think it looks great. The trick was getting all the resizing to work well so that it looks good on both desktops and mobiles.

    Also, what's up with all the pastel colors? (especially the pinkish color everyone has been loving to use for their backgrounds) I don't think there's anything really wrong with it, it's easy on the eyes, but I kind of prefer sites with some more pop in them. Bright splotches of color to guide the eye and draw attention to specific points.

  13. Kredit says:

    I am trying to build something similar with our website, but I’m not sure it works.

  14. Great stuff – the big topic of discussion lately has been 'how iPad friendly is our site design' – seems like every client has a tablet these days. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Bart Weber says:

    Great stuff! I really enjoyed the Tommy website. The old school broadside typography on the right hand side of the website is really neat!

  16. Tony says:

    Awesome article! Thants

  17. Tony says:

    Thanks, ofc! :)

  18. toni says:

    bookmarked!
    Great sites with new inspiration!

  19. Matt Walker says:

    Some awesome stuff. The use of responsive layouts is becoming compulsory and I think some of the sites here are real testimony on how do implement it to great effect. New Adventures in Web Design as expected is great. Also like Philip Meissner site too. Great list.

  20. Brent Lawson says:

    I too have to wean myself off of the 960 grid, its like quitting smoking or something – 960 is in my DNA now! Nice post!

  21. sukh panech says:

    Please help me . To make my site . Pls give me a HTML design.

  22. Hi Chris! Just found this great blog. The best of Webdesigns really rock. I'll visit you regularly in the future. Stay tuned and keep up the great work.

  23. Great examples. I just redesigned my site to a wider format and I think it looks great. The trick was getting all the resizing to work well so that it looks good on both desktops and mobiles.

  24. Kiran says:

    Really good examples, need to take inspiration and make web easy to knows.

  25. xhtmlpress says:

    Really liked you all of the article tutorials, thanks for sharing such a good tutorial. I always use digging on Google to find out the tutorials all the time and never have been found so many good tut's in one place.

  26. Wow, some wonderful looking sites up there.

    Quite interesting.

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