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Showcase of Websites with Illustrated Backgrounds

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One of my favorite styles of web design is the combination of hand drawn elements with digital interfaces. This showcase rounds up a collection of web designs with illustrated backgrounds. Check them out and see what makes them special, practical and eye-catching for the visitors. These websites all use illustrated backgrounds and different styles you’ll be inspired by, from using cartoonish illustrations, to detailed, modern vector art.

Sparetime

Sparetime Illustrated Backgrounds

Check out this interactive website that will calculate how much your spare time is worth through a series of questions and illustrations. The font and buttons are highly animated and the background is made of a repeating pattern created using a vector drawing.

Deborah Cavenaugh

Deborah Cavenaugh Illustrated Backgrounds

This is website is Deborah Cavenaugh’s gallery and blog and uses one of her paintings as background. The painting is very high quality and because it is so colorful and complex, the rest of the layout is quite simple and minimalist.

Keepearthquakesweird

Keep Portland Weird Illustrated Backgrounds

This site focuses on raising awareness on calamities through an interactive website that uses illustrations both as background but also as part of a game that readers can play on this website.

Ilovethisfame

I Love This Fame Illustrated Backgrounds

Ilovethisfame is another example of using illustrations on your website. In this case, you can play an online basketball game and become famous. It has a cartoonish style and it’s very kid-friendly!

Mygrandmotherslingo

My Grandmother’s Lingo Illustrated Backgrounds

My Grandmother’s lingo is a website that uses illustrations to teach readers one of oldest languages in the world. This is a fun website with an interactive design. It has a balck and white color palette and lots of illustrations and animations worth checking out.

Fleximize

Experience Fleximize Illustrated Backgrounds

Fleximize is a site entirely made of illustrations. Not only do they have a pretty interesting interactive menu that but you can also try out their game. Get inspired by this unique, interactive, gaming website design.

Smallman Records

View the website Illustrated Backgrounds

This website uses illustrations as its background giving Smallman Records a really good look. It doesn’t have such a modern design, like the rest of the examples in this list, but the way the header was designed, reserved it a position in this roundup

Creativecruise

Creative Cruise Illustrated Backgrounds

Creativecruise is another example of using illustrations as your background and in an interactive way. This website has a very colorful and fun design and emanates pure creativity.

Faber-Castell

 Faber-Castell Illustrated Backgrounds

Faber-Castell is a website that uses illustrations in a creative way to reach its readers. This website has a friendly vibe and even though it takes a while to load, it’s worth it! The navigation s very interesting, as the website guides you through the most important parts of its design.

Daydream designs

Daydream Designs Illustrated Backgrounds

Daydream designs are a full-service creative agency that uses illustrations on their website’s background. They share their friendly attitude and passion for the job through their website.

Malika Favre

Malika Favre Illustrated websites

This website belongs to and artist that showcases her illustrations in a gallery that covers the website’s background. The grid gallery she used also has some cool transitions and hover effects worth seeing.

Books at Work

Main _ Books@Work Illustrated websites

Books at Work focuses on bringing literature seminars to workplaces and communities to build confidence, creativity and so much more.

Denise Chandler

Denise Chandler Illustrated websites

Denis Chandler’s passion is creating beautiful and functional websites. Her website best shows her love for web design both through illustrations and the way of presenting information to readers.

Mike Poss

 Illustrated websites

Mike Poss’s website is dedicated to music. This website uses a layout with a series of illustrations. It has a dark, slightly grungy look, but the header design and the way the sidebar is illustrated, made it earn its position on this list.

Majorsavage

 MajorSavage Illustrated websites

This website has a blue animated background and you can also find some impressive illustrations if you keep scrolling. Also, check out the cool text animations and the creative image gallery at the middle of the homepage.

Pixel Lab

Pixel Lab Illustrated websites

Pixel Lab focuses on creating simple and intuitive experiences for the web. The website uses a horizontal blue band to present an illustration that best describes them.

Pure.dating

PURE The Hookup App Illustrated websites

Pure Dating uses a gallery of horizontal content sections that contain monochrome animated illustrations to connect to their readers. The vector illustrations also have subtle animations for a plus of dynamism.

Make Your Money Matter

Make Your Money Matter Illustrated websites

Make Your Money Matter is another interactive website that uses illustrations on its background in order to raise awareness about what happens to your money.

Slaveryfootprint

Slavery Footprint Illustrated websites

This website functions as an online survey that raises awareness on slavery through some interactive illustrations. The CTAs have unique designs and also the navigation system is worth checking out.

Reverend Danger

Reverend Danger Illustrated websites

The Reverend Danger is a digital agency’s interactive website. They use a series of illustrations to connect to their readers. Go ahead and take a look! You’ll love it!

Daniel Diggle

Daniel James Diggle Illustrated websites

This website belongs to a designer, illustrator and animator called Daniel James Diggle and presents a gallery of his projects. The design combines interesting illustrations to create patterns and backgrounds.

Interactive Ear

Interactive Ear tool by Amplifon Illustrated websites

This website is a guide to human hearing that will teach you through a series of illustrations everything you need to know about the ear.

In Space We Trust

In Space We Trust Illustrated websites

In Space We Trust is an interactive website that has a main character who goes in time and presents everything related to space and its history

Caramel Budgie

Caramel Budgie Design Illustrated websites

Caramel Budgie focuses on creating elegant web designs for their clients. Their site is as elegant as it could be and presents a series of interesting illustrations.

Web Designer Wall

 Illustrated websites

The Web Designer Wall is a web designer’s site and it uses an elegant fading illustration on the background to point out his newest articles.

N.Design Studio

View the website Illustrated

This website uses a huge illustration as its background to present the blog and portfolio of Nick La. It may look cluttered but it isn’t The rest of the layout is quite simple.

Doudoublues

Doudou blues Illustrated websites

This website has a sensitive design that uses illustrations in an interactive way to present a story and its characters. It has a clean design, so the illustrations are the main point of attraction.

McWhopper

McWhopper Illustrated websites

This website presents a unique day in history when two burgers made peace and became one called McWhopper. This is a campaign website for McDonald’s.

Intromusique

Intro Musique émergente Illustrated websites

This website aims to present future music concerts or shows in an interactive way through a series of illustrations. On this website, you can also buy your next ticket to a concert.

Tati-express

l'univers de Jacques Tati Illustrated websites

This website focuses on teaching you everything there is to know about French filmmakers through an interactive illustrated website.

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

25 Comments

  1. mintdesignnz says:

    this is great thanx for sharing.

  2. Jake says:

    Wow, amazing how a background image can bring a website to life . im a big fan of the 10words website – works really well.

  3. Web Design Mauritius says:

    Great collection. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Philippe Alves says:

    I hoped that Web Designer Wall and N.Design would not be in the list, but they seem to make it in illustrated websites lists again… and again… but, hey, it's okay, only 2 out of great discoveries.

  5. Surrey Web Design says:

    These look great! Very inspiring for a young creative like myself!

  6. Dylan Bishop says:

    sweet post! added to evernote

  7. Random Blogger says:

    I love the examples above, they are so colourful and the hand drawn aspect really creates decent stand out.

  8. ABDUL JANOO says:

    Good Collection 4m wer did u get dis…….

  9. Jorden Tually says:

    Love it! Such a massive colllleciton!

  10. Kristel van den Akker says:

    A really nice selection!
    Some old, some new, but still, priceless! :D

  11. web east yorkshire says:

    Hand drawn graphic style websites are my favourites too… Just wish I had the creative talent to design them myself. Fantastic list, thanks for sharing.

  12. Laura says:

    Wow great list – quite a few of them new to me too!

  13. kim says:

    Wow! Thanks for including me in this list of awesome designs.

  14. calixweb says:

    great post thank you !!!

  15. FreelancerUz says:

    woo amazing where I can find any lessons about how do draw like this Chris?

  16. Habiba Doorenbos says:

    Wow! Love this post! Inspired!

  17. Andy Feliciotti says:

    Great post, nice to N Design on the list

  18. Lourens says:

    Wow, there are some really amazing illustrations here, thanks a lot.
    Now I just have to wait for my Wacom to arrive ;)

  19. Renee says:

    Very Nice. All is a big inspiration for brazilians. Thank you

  20. Rochelle Dancel says:

    Some great inspiration here – thanks! The thing I love about these backgrounds is that they don't detract from the main content of the sites, but enhance it.

  21. Tim Wills says:

    Cool run down. With illustration close to our chief designer's heart, this'll be great inspiration for him.

  22. Sagi Shrieber says:

    Very nice!!! :) Great post man! Thanks.

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