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10 Inspiring Website Footer Designs

So you are working on your latest online masterpiece and as you’re adding the final touches you lean back and notice the typography is looking smooth and the few simple images you have used are fitting in well. Everything above the waist is near to perfection, however you’ve forgotten one thing …. your footer.

I’ve recently decided that as a designer I neglect that all important base of the site – the footer. When I leave the house I pay as much attention to what I am donning on my feet as well as my shoulders so why when it comes to designing a web site don’t I pay as much attention to the footer?

Here are some jaw dropping and inspiring website footers:

Simple Art

Simple Art Footer

I love how Simple Art uses the footer to portray the office wall including a window. It leaves me with the usual “why can’t I think of something like that?!”

Banjax

Banjax Footer

Having a map as your footer?! Great idea and excellently executed in the Banjax site.

Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg Footer

Matt Mullenweg has a fantastic header and it’s nice to see that some of those gorgeous illustrations are also applied to the footer. It doesn’t take much, just a little something to make your footer not feel left out.

Zagreb Fever

Zagreb Fever Footer

Barbed wire – something different and fits in well with the overall style of the Zagreb Fever site (this image doesn’t do it justice you need to see the site to appreciate it!).

Komodo Media

Komodo Media Footer

So simple and not overwhelming, the footer in the Komodo Media site just looks well thought out.

Inspiredology

Inspiredology Footer

I really like chunky thick footers, like this one on the Inspiredology site. This teamed up with textures and distress creates a great looking footer.

Popstalin

Popstalin Footer

The simple waves on the Popstalin site just make the footer come alive.

Hicks Design

Hicks Design Footer

I love Hicks Design footer, but is this beautiful illustration wasted on the footer?

Mochiads

Mochiads Footer

The Mochiads footer is below ground level – drawing it into the site.

Artypapers

Artypapers Footer

Once again the Artypapers footer is based below ground. The grass illustrations shows that there are many ways to create this popular below ground look. 

All of these footers have made me think I need to show my websites footers more love in the design process. But what do you think? Are you another designer who uses the obligatory bar or line for a footer and does this inspire you to do something different? Or do you think it can be a little overwhelming if you utilise this area as well as every other part of the site?

Posted by Lu

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Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2008 at 8:48 pm
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15 Responses to “10 Inspiring Website Footer Designs”

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  • Tracey Grady says:

    Overwhelming? No, not at all. I think it’s basically an accepted design convention now that a footer rounds out a web layout and if it doesn’t exist (even in a minimalist form) the site is somehow incomplete. I can’t remember the last time I saw a site which didn’t have a footer.

    I love the creativity which goes into footers in current web design. My favourite in your list is the Banjax footer, which as well as being unique, solves both a design problem and a business communication problem. Nice.

  • lu says:

    Hi Tracey,

    That’s true I can’t remember the last time I have seen a site with no footer at all either.

    I think that the Bajax site is great, such a good practical use of a footer.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Lu

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  • darrylxxx says:

    eightyone we love you! :-)

    Many thanks for highlighting our Banjax map footer, it’s great to be in such distinguished company! Glad you liked it.

    Darryl Collins
    http://banjax.com

  • Sander says:

    I sure like the Banjax footer, also the overall design of that website is great.

    Have you seen the footer of jontangerine.com, a bit large but the design is superb.

    At smileycat.com/design_elements/footers/ there another huge collection of footer design.

    Thanks for this compilation Lu, get me thinking of redesigning my own footer.

  • lu says:

    Darryl – Your footer is great and as I have mentioned such a practical use for a usually quite redundant space.

    Sander – I hadn’t seen jontangerine.com before, as you say it is rather large however the design is lovely. smileycat.com have an excellent list of footers – brilliant source of inspiration, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  • Keane says:

    Footers are like headers nowadays! If you’re site doesn’t have a footer, you’ll feel like something is missing.

    I love how footers have evolved. From the simple text with the copyright line, it’s now an eye-candy! 😀

  • lu says:

    Keane – I agree footers certainly have evolved and they are now worked into the site rather than an after thought.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Dan Hauk says:

    Love the list. I certainly agree with previous comments about footers helping to tie the whole theme together. Over at tntpixel.com he’s got a nice footer design that also helps to add to the meaning of the logo in the header.

  • Ovi Dogar says:

    Some really nice examples! Keep up the great work!

    Ovi Dogar
    AbsoluteCovers.com

  • lu says:

    Hi Dan, Thanks for bringing tnt pixel to my attention, love the footer as you mention it brings meaning to the header and logo. Since writing this post I have discovered more awesome footers and will add this one to my next list!

    Hi Ovi, Glad you like the list!

    Thank you both for dropping by!

  • Aaron says:

    Nice list of top sites there. Theres nothing better than the appretiation of other designers work.

  • Steve says:

    Thanks Aaron,

    Glad you enjoyed them!

    Steve

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