Web design has always drawn inspiration from print. Whether it’s content layouts, typography, or image placement, print is always a worthy point of reference given its longevity. Websites today continue to be inspired by print design, with many shifting to text content-heavy designs as opposed to the more visual approaches we have become so accustomed to. There’s also a rise in websites using a palette of simple blacks for typography and off-white for backgrounds.

In this article, we are going to showcase a selection of the finest recent examples of print-inspired website designs.

Alecco Bakery

Alecco Bakery

Using beautiful serif typography and muted background colors, Alecco Bakery has produced a simple design with great emphasis on the content and imagery.

Exposure Exhibition

Exposure Exhibition

The website for Exposure Exhibition uses print-style divider lines, large headline typography, and a neat and structured column layout for content.

Tapwater

Tapwater

Another site that utilizes a muted, off-white background color, Tapwater also implements print-style divider lines and a structured column layout. The illustrations are simple and reminiscent of styles found in quality print publications and newspapers.

Morressier

Morressier

Morressier’s illustrations are simple, using just monochrome tones. It also uses a well-defined grid structure, akin to that of a newspaper publication.

Topic

Topic

Topic’s light beige background color is contrasted with heavily-stylized imagery and emphatic vertical left borders to draw attention to content sections.

Whtifs

Whtifs

Whtifs uses a beautiful combination of mono typography with simplistic button styles and clearly ordered content with divider lines. It’s free of any imagery or illustration, providing a print-like document.

Smith Made Studio

Smith Made Studio

Using only black and white upon a beige backdrop, Smith Made keeps things both traditional and simple. It’s a website that could easily be mistaken for a print document at first glance, in part due to the serif typography, lack of color and hand-drawn illustration style.

Written by Ben Bate

I'm Ben, a Product Designer from the United Kingdom. You can visit my website or follow me on Dribbble.