Adding visual elements to your website design can often make the difference between a good and a great site. While illustrations can often take a lot of time and talent to produce, the result is often a stunning website design that can really make an impact with your readers. The following showcase includes 40 examples of brilliantly illustrated web designs to help inspire you for your next project.
This site mixes a creative blog layout with nice illustration to create a blog design that is very untypical, but very memorable.
Here is a one page site that uses a powerful background image to build its sites personality and brand off of.
This underwater scene has a bit of a grunge feel to it that helps keep it from looking like another vector illustrated website.
Designed entirely with the hand drawn style in mind, Chirp has an artistic style that is very much its own.
These guys use a simple illustration and textures to help add some personality to the site design.
A nice color scheme and illustrations make this website very easy on the eyes.
A large illustration on this website easily translates that sites name to help make it more memorable.
This sit sports a very detailed graphic of a castle and ocean scene that works with Flash.
Who doesn’t love a site with robots? This site sports a pastel color scheme and lots of little robot illustrations.
A very cool one page portfolio site. Click around on the navigation here to see all of the various levels of the design.
A combination of unique colors, layout, and illustration make this website very unique and different.
Simple animation, outstanding artwork, and clever layout; this website has it all.
One would expect that animated games would have a bold and artistic website. While this isn’t the most clever design, it is certainly big and bold.
If Tim Burton were a web designer, I would think that his website would look a little something like this.
Here is a site that mixes very modern user interface style with some bright and colorful illustration work.
The illustration in this website design does an excellent job at conveying the overall message of the website and adding to its value.
I’m not really sure what this site does, but based on the illustration it looks to be some sort of real estate based site. Goes to show you that images can speak volumes.
This site is full of outstanding illustration. Be sure to check out the footer area on this one.
I like that the illustration on this site has made sure to create some depth to the picture. This is something many vector illustrations lack.
This is a must see side scrolling site. Aside from the amazing artwork, it also has a nice transition from page to page to helps added to the feel of the site.
Creating a clever and artistic website is easy when you have as much talent as Camellie does. If only we were all this talented.
I don’t really get the point of this website, but it shows very creative use of some excellent stock illustration work.
This is one of those websites that just make you wonder where they got the idea from. This is a clever and funny one page layout.
While not the greatest looking website on this list, it just goes to show that some bold illustration work can go a long way in making your design look even better.
It is all about the little details in this site. The gun in holster on the menu, random bullet holes, and other touches help make this site a bit different.
This site even comes in 3D! Well, not really, but it’s still a clever aspect of the design.
I have no idea what this site is about, but I like that the vector illustration is full of texture and offers a bit of depth to it.
This site offers a very slick and clever looking diagram type illustration to convey what it is they do.
Here is another site with a style that stands out from the crowd and one that the designer has used to brand them self very well.
This is just an amazing website and probably my favorite on this list. You MUST check this site out and click around a bit.
I always like it when illustrated sites like this have multiple layers to them. Adding outer space or underground layers is a cool idea.
Any time you can add some real hand drawn work to a design you are sure to create something very different from anything else out there.
A nice use of bold colors, creative layout and interesting use of patterns make this site fun to look at.
A basic website with a simple illustration to help conceptualize the conference name.
Again, any time you can add some hand drawn elements into your design you are sure to create something outstanding.
Here we get a nice mixture of typical clean web design mixed in with some bright and bold illustration work.
Bring in a more traditional illustration look offers a unique style in today’s web design.
As one would epect, this online kids game is full of animation, cute little monsters, and plenty of bright colors.
This site might be “drawn” and “painted” with Photoshop brushes, but it still has that hand drawn style to it. Great for those of you who don’t have the traditional artistic skill set.
This is a very cool site that you have to see to really appreciate. It offers simple motion, creative ideas, nice colors and oh so much more.