Last week I featured 16 remarkable web sites with an unconventional for a blog layout where only the latest article is featured, making it look more like a traditional site. I really like this style, so the new design for Inspiration Bit will be highlighting only the latest post while providing links to the previous articles.
There’s another debate going on when designing blogs – do we incorporate a footer into our designs or not? Some say that most people, themselves included, would hardly take time to scroll all the way down to see what’s in the footer, others think that if you spend some time on making an attractive footer and provide some helpful data there, users would visit such footers.
I belong to the second category: I’m not ashamed to admit my “fetish for footers”. Especially because I chose the layout with only an excerpt of the latest article, I think adding the footer will make the site much more usable and attractive. I don’t want to mix in my sketches with this post, but I’ll be definitely showing you my rough designs next week. Today I want to inspire you with 16 well-crafted footers by other designers.
I tried featuring here the sites that I didn’t showcase in my last week’s post, though there were some very nicely designed footers as well.
I really like the tag cloud in the footer of this web site with that wicked worn look that’s masterfully taught by Cameron Moll. The rest of the site navigation is located in the left sidebar with cleverly scripted horisontal tabs.
2. Split Da Diz
Here’s another footer that features a tag cloud, along with the blogroll and the Flickr stream. Check out how the image of the latest article is double-featured in the header image. By the way, be sure to check an excellent resource on that site: “99 sites that I wouldn’t want to miss” (at the present the most current post). Even though the blog is in French, you shouldn’t have any problems understanding what kind of sites it’s talking about (you can also translate it with Babelfish, by entering the page’s URL).
Despite having one of the busiest backgrounds I’ve ever seen the site is very legible and sports not one but two footer-like sections: one titled “super bonus posts” lists Related, Recent and Latest entries; and the second one on the rich textured green canvas showcases Flickr stream and links from del.icio.us.
I really like the designs that have a theme – this one is of course all about jeans: everything from the different stitches running through the site pages to the various jeans backgrounds imitate the design of jeans. Here the stylishly decorated footer only features a long list of the site’s categories.
7. Lady Omega
Moody, dark, pretty in pink, Gothic… Lady Omega spotlights not one but four footers: the first one displays the blogroll, the second one showcases the numerous site icons that featured this blog in their galleries (this part disappears when you are viewing the single page template), the third one enlightens us with the words of wisdom, and the fourth, (the “official” footer in HTML terms), with the dark graphics presents us with the Flickr photos, Tunes from last.fm and books from Amazon (plus the regular copyright data).
PSDTuts footer is very clean and cleverly organized. I especially like the switching tabs to view the Best of PSDTuts (All time, Recently and Random), and Text Sponsors – wouldn’t you like to see only this kind of non-distracting ads on the Web?
A bit of illustration, a wrinkled paper for the background – sometimes that’s all you need to design a nice looking footer that becomes instantly recognizable. SpoonGraphics decided to feature its Top Tutorials, Top Articles and Top Downloads in the footer.
So who is this Jen Gordon anyway, and what’s with that Bigfoot photo in the header? Well, at least you can quickly find out what is she blogging about by checking out the footer – Categories, Recent Posts, Links – they’re all in there.
This blog’s minimalistic design is super practical and user friendly. Just check out the switching tabs in the footer that give you a quick access to most popular posts, recent comments, twitter messages, archive by month and categories.
12. Jon Tan
“This simple dish was created with a little xHTML, a dash of CSS and a pinch of PHP.”, wrote Jon about his blog. I would also add that this simple dish is delicious. The understated long footer features the best articles of the blog. At the first glance the minimalistic design doesn’t impress beyond the fact that it’s very clean and elegant, but after a careful study you start discovering all those hidden gems like the use of “Baskerville” in the font-family, and the display of the post’s title on the left instead of the usual placement above the article. That’s exactly how I was planning to implement post titles in my new design, along with the drop cap for the first letter of the post, before visiting Tan’s blog. Why is there often someone else who implements your ideas before you do?
13. FortySeven Media
A dash of the worn look and a bit of sIFR in the titles, striking colours – and you get a very attractive footer. Notice how FortySeven Media wisely mixex its company site with the blog and promote the recent Web and Print design works in the footer along with the Recent Blog entries.
14. Laura Alter
15. The Blog Herald
If fancy footers are not your thing, you can always go with the simplistic approach similar to the one Brian Gardner chose for The Blog Herald. Only now did I notice that he used there a very similar to my current blog’s background colour.
So what do you think of using the footer in the blog designs for more than just the general copyright info? What are your favourite footer designs? If your blog does have a footer, or if you’re thinking of adding a footer to your site, what kind of information should be included in the footer and what should be left to the sidebar?