30 Delicately Grungy Websites Without the Dirty and Dark

Tara Hornor

Sometimes that gray area between delicately grungy and too grungy is hard to find. It’s so easy to keep layering on the grunge until your design has turned into some mangled concept akin to something a zombie chewed up and spit out.

I wanted a collection of websites that I felt like got close to the grunge line without being too far over. Some designers did a great job of creating a dark design and others had a number of traditional grunge features that were carefully muted. Ultimately, as long as it fits the client’s needs, it doesn’t matter. But the line between “too much” and “just enough” was tread carefully by the designers of the following websites, and I think they nailed it. What do you think?


Theory

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Loft Resumes

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Trailer Park Truck

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Friendly Gents

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Quince Bistro

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Maryland Craft Beer Festival

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Soup Peddler

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Beyond Wonderland 2012

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Paradiso Festival

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Counter Point

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Electric Forest 2012

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Ethical Studios

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Rune Molnes

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Thomas Oliver Band

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1love

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1MD

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Muttink

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DNA to Darwin

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Lucius

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Take the Walk

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Edit Studios

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Rocket Club

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Twirk Ethic

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Corvus

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Electric Pulp

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THS

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Suck Yeah

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Marlon Messam

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Hollister

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Beyond Wonderland 2010

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Any favorites? Do you have any beautifully designed grunge websites you’d like to share? Are “clean” and “grungy” polar opposites in your eyes?

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  • http://www.pragmaticdesign.co.uk Web Design West Midlands

    Great selection, thanks. I prefer the 2010 version of “Beyond Wonderland” to the 2012 version though.

    • http://creativecontentexperts.com Tara Hornor

      I agree. :)

  • http://hometipster.com Hometipster.com

    Nice Article Tara. Can’t honestly say I’m overly keen on the Gunge look, but there are some fine examples here. Like the Beyond Wonderland – very artist and interesting to look at.
    Thanks

    • http://creativecontentexperts.com Tara Hornor

      Glad you enjoyed the roundup even if grunge isn’t your favorite style. Thanks for sharing!

  • Charles

    I am impressed with the selections….way to go.
    Tara

    • http://creativecontentexperts.com Tara Hornor

      Thanks!