30 Desktop and Office Themed Website Designs

Its seems like the desktop and office style websites have been a popular design idea for a few years now. While many of these design share some of the same elements, it is always interested to see the random extras and nic-nacs that people add to them.

What is even more interesting about this style is how it has crossed over to many other genres of business aside from designers.

You will notice that we included a few websites from other industries that follow the same basic idea of the desktop design.

Blueprint Ads

Narf Stuff

Totally Her

ABI Blog

1080 Snowboard Company

Doodle Freenzy

UAE Abandoned

Chris Likes to Draw

Aleksander Antonov

Restaurant Nuevo Aurich – Ok, so it’s not an office per say, but it still looks tasty and follows the same idea. I could make this my office!

Dan Whittiker Creative


Respiro Media

Rx Monsters – Not everyone’s desk looks the same!

Simple Art


Jake Boyles

John Joubert

Opelika Daily News

The Piss Biscuit

Camila Colaneri

DPI Vision

New Zealand Travel Blog

Avrind Andrion

Ciao Cimba – Such a crafty little desk.

Visit Delaware

The Cook Blog

No Copy Cat



What do you think it is that makes this sort of design so popular? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

  • http://www.pushingbuttons.net Timothy

    Great list!

  • http://www.JakeBoyles.com Jake Boyles

    Hey, Thanks for the feature!

  • http://wpcult.com WPCult

    Those a pretty nice, really into the wood look in the background. Have that on my portfolio site @ Frosty Web Designs

  • http://www.caffeinatedstudio.com Brad Parnell

    One more to add! http://www.thebrewmag.com/

    I think what makes them so popular, is it’s an easy way to break out of the typical square website box and get away with some great background image designs. It brings a very comfortable non-techy feel to a website, and gives limitless possibilities to supporting graphics such as hand drawn buttons, torn notebook paper forms, etc.

    • http://www.brushthis.com Liora

      I agree with Brad. It looks cosy and the sites look very inviting, eg. Restaurant Nuevo Aurich. The sites that work best for me and look most authentic have dramatic lighting effects, eg ABI blog and Dan Whittiker Creative.

  • http://www.misty-blue.net Sarah

    I really enjoyed your picks for the list. I see this concept a lot, but these are all really creative and you can see each designer’s personality come through in their layouts. They each take the “desktop” concept and give it a different look or evolve into something completely different. As with any trend, I think it’s really important that the designer make it their own and try to use elements that differentiate their designs from the rest.

  • http://www.jsws.com.au/wollongong-web-design Wollongong Web Design

    I love this list, going straight into the bookmarks! The ABI Blog is amazing! I plan to design my own in this style for my personal site, but now it will look terrible compared to some of these. Quality list though mate!

  • http://www.interhostsolutions.be interhost

    I just LOVE these designs

  • http://www.pliggs.com Geoserv

    These are fantastic, extremely talented designers.

  • http://papertreedesign.com Jeremy

    Truly excellent list, I see this style attempted quite a bit but not everyone is able to pull it off. It clearly takes a lot of time and attention to detail, great job in putting together some of the best. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com/ insic

    simple art. simply the best.

  • H

    Really love the tactile feeling these sites create. Found another one too, http://www.3dsetco.com

  • http://john.onolan.org John

    Really great post, bookmarked it for reference later! WDD is churning out some really great stuff recently!

  • http://www.graphikfood.com/ Zeb

    Excellent, certains are amazing !

  • http://crenk.com Steven Finch

    This is a great list of themes!

  • http://www.doublejdesign.co.uk Jack

    Cool, I like those.
    But one problem of some of these in my opinion is sometime you can’t find information or links very quickly.

  • http://we-design.it tobi

    hi there! great list + thanks for the listing

    tobi (we-design, creator of nuevo-aurich.de)

  • http://we-design.it tobi

    … and it’s that tasty ;-)

  • http://www.joyoge.com/ joyoge designers’ bookmark

    nice sites thanks..

  • http://areyoudesign.com/blog S.K.

    I might as well pimp my own “desktop” site.

    What’s with trend of taping stuff on a desk, leaving coffee stains, and showing torn notes?

    I guess I prefer my virtual desktop to be clean and tidy.

  • http://www.davidhellmann.com David Hellmann

    nice collection of beautiful websites, thumbs up!

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  • John Hess

    I really like the Simple Art site. It’s been around for a while and seems like it has inspired many other designers. My favorite that wasn’t listed above is Emailfuture.com

  • http://visual-nightmare.com/ Liza

    That’s a really nice list; a lot of inspiration there.

  • Adeline

    All of the sites look great but it just illustrates that this style has been done to death

  • jc

    here’s another: http://www.talentsurge.com

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  • http://www.logodesignguru.com/A/Logo-design-Articles.asp LOGO DESIGN GURU

    Very nice and full of creativity. I love the table full of Spanish cuisine. Looks tasty and is overall appealing.

  • http://www.multidesign.com.mk Multidesign

    Sweet collection!

  • http://www.wylddesyns.com Wyld Desyns

    Here is another that has a lot of gadgets on it

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  • http://mrvasseur.com mr. vasseur

    ABI blog is the best one to me.

  • Guest from Serbia

    Great list! Inspirative! Thanks!

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  • http://www.tohavit.com/abi09 Utzel-Butzel

    Thank you for featuring my design!
    I think this sort of design is so popular, because it is naturally. The people like organic shapes and a bit disorder.

  • http://www.respiromedia.com Zoltan Sebestyen

    Thank you for including RespiroMedia.com in this list. Much appreciated! :)

  • http://www.webtizer.com webtizer

    nice collection .. out of the box

  • http://www.poyka.com kamera şakaları

    yeah i like this list… Totally Her amazing work

  • http://www.stumbledigg.com TJ @ StumbleDigg

    I liked simple art website a lot. the theme really puts brings out the brand.


  • http://www.wecostumizedweb.com Michael Nicerio

    Inspiring gotta go digg!!!

  • http://pinkista.info Sheryl

    YAY~ that was amazing ! ^^ I’ll definitely make my own “desktop” theme or magazine themed in my blog. :]

  • Matt

    One more to add to the list Tijuana Flats Restaurant. Not a desktop, but in the same vein as Restaurant Nuevo Aurich.

  • http://mendozadesign.deviantart.com/ carlos barraza

    i like thid design is very nice.

    this stile is good.

  • http://www.goodbetterbest.ru Sergej

    http://www.cpskub.ru “desktop” nice or bad?

  • http://www.Flort.Net Sohbet Muhabbet

    Great list! Inspirative! Thanks!

  • http://www.wordweb.ch Barbara

    Very nice collection. Desktop themed designs seem to be very popular at the moment. And I do see why – they really look great. By the way: I just published a collection of tutorials on how to create such layouts in my own blog yesterday (in German).

  • http://endrup.dk/ Kasper

    Here’s another one…

    http://endrup.dk/ :)

  • Liorama

    Here is a really nice one (I know the designer so I biased), the animation for the menu button is done with Javascript, so no Flash! at all…It’s in Hebrew but still looks like a lot of work has been put into it…


    The contact page is also cool:

    and if you press the bottom button on the menu, the menu slides out…

  • http://www.thisworks.co.uk/index.php design

    too much over-design.

    bring back minimalism.

    how about a thread on minimalist websites?

  • http://www.ronarts.com Ron Arts Web Design

    I really like these website designs. Very creative and impressive!!!!

  • http://www.small-business-graphic-design.com Rhonda Brown

    I love these designs. Great collection! My mouth is watering from the Restaurant Nuevo Aurich’s Website and I also like Simple Art’s Website.

  • http://www.ishantechnologies.com Jack

    Nice designs

  • Nate

    Awesome collection, but I’m really surprised you didn’t include http://www.workawesome.com. Perhaps it’s a little to cleanly laid out, but I’ve always admired it.

  • http://www.mammut-medien.de Mammut Medien#

    I really like the Nuevo-Aurich site. The design is perfect for a restaurant website.
    But this is a nice collection. Thank you.

  • http://www.traveltime.de Kristian

    I’m working on my own theme… and came across this nice list ;-)