10 Popular Design Blogs and How They’d Smell


by Shane Jeffers

Out of the main five senses web designers and developers really only use one when it comes to designing for the web. Now I’m not saying web designers don’t use those other four senses, but in our line of work we really only use our sight. You can argue that hearing is used, which is true in some cases but not in all. Taste and smell are simply out of the question right? You can’t possibly know what a website smells or tastes like.

I am attempting to take a look at 10 popular websites and determine what they smell like using a variety of factors such as color scheme, layout, and the overall appeal. It mind sound kind of crazy but its actually rather fun. Ok lets get started

Web Designer Depot

Web Designer Depot is one of the most popular design blogs on the internet so I figured I’d analyze it with the smell test. When you first visit their site you get a splash of red and warm colors. They have clean typography nothing too heavy.

Its Smell

I would say WDD smells like Cherry Pie with a buttery crumb topping.

Six Revisions

Six Revisions is an awesome design blog that focuses on all things web. This was a tough one, I really had to dig deep for this one. It’s got clean typography, simple color scheme, and a fair amount of border usage.

Its Smell

I would say Six Revisions smells like burnt rubber.

Spoon Graphics Blog

Chris Spooner has done an amazing job with his blog which focuses on Illustrator tutorials. To me this one came easy, its got a brown color scheme with lots of graphics.

Its Smell

I would say Spoon Graphics Blog smells like an old used cardboard box after a 17 hour trip in a hot car.

Naldz Graphics

Ronald Bien has an amazing design blog with lots of freebies like textures and wallpapers. The site has great texture and a cool blue color scheme.

Its Smell

I would say Naldz Graphics smells like that patch quilt in that closet in the basement at your grandma’s house.


PSDTuts is a super awesome blog that is part of the Envato network that delivers high quality tutorials based on Photoshop. The color scheme has deep earth tones and vibrant reds, clean typography and great icon usage.

Its Smell

I would say PSDTuts smells like Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell.


Abduzeedo is a beautiful blog with silky grays and vibrant pictures and illustrations. They specialize in Graphic design resources and inspiration.

Its Smell

I would say Abduzeedo smells like a charred medium well steak with a side of A1 sauce.


PSD Fan has got great photoshop resources for any avid photoshoppper. It has a very light color scheme with a little bit of lime green thrown in for contrast.

Its Smell

I would say PSD Fan smells like a Green Apple Jolly Rancher.

Fuel Your Creativity

Fuel Your Creativity has an amazing three column layout with a great color scheme. Great usage of icons and “3D-ish” elements.

Its Smell

I would say Fuel Your Creativity smells like a Strawberry Pop-Tart immediately after popping up out of the toaster.


DesignM.ag is a design blog where you can submit articles and news to and provides you with insight on how to become a better designer. It’s got some splattered and grungy textures used throughout the site.

Its Smell

I would say DesignM.ag smells like that stale fruit cake your Aunt gave you in your stocking last Christmas.

Cats Who Code

Cats Who Code is a fantastic WordPress development blog that gives you great tutorials on how to get the most out of WordPress. It has a simple layout with illustrations and a blue and gray color scheme.

Its Smell

I would say Cats Who Code smells like the ocean on a cold winter night.

The Smell Challenge

I challenge you to not only browse these great blogs, but to visualize how you think they would smell. If you have any smells please feel free to put it in the comment section.

Written by Shane Jeffers

Shane Jeffers is the Creator and Author of Three Styles. I have a unique passion for design trends and tutorials. Follow me on twitter @ThreeStyles

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  • http://www.addtodesign.com Mathew Carpenter

    An unusual, but creative article, Shane. I wonder what ThreeStyles smells like? As for my upcoming blog “AddtoDesign – Jizz Worthy Design Buzz” I really don’t want to think about the smell!

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  • http://www.linmondesign.com Lindsay

    This is an interesting idea. Now all day I’m going to be thinking about what websites smell like. Humm I think threestyles would smell like those blue airhead candies or maybe silly putty.

  • http://www.alan-horne.com Alan

    Very unusual blog post, but a great twist on your bog standard ‘display your favourtie blogs’ post.

    I follow most of these myself and i found myself nodding when i read what you were saying, lol.

  • Jon

    It’s smell = It is smell

    Its smell = probably what you want it to say

  • http://www.codesquid.co.uk Codesquid

    A highly unusual but quite interesting article! You really thought outside the box with this one!

    It’s interesting to think about how our senses are linked and how we associate certain colours with certain smells and tastes.
    .-= Codesquid´s last blog ..Usable and accessible web design for the iPad =-.

  • JayDz

    I truly enjoyed this post!! Beautiful! :D

    Mmmmm I think Three Styles smells like an ocean breeze.. Keep the good posts comin!

  • Twig

    Delightful nonsense.

    tags for html6!

  • http:///www.russbishop.co.uk Russell Bishop

    This is why we shouldn’t let web designers use drugs.

  • http://www.kresnotic.deviantart.com Kresna Akhmadi

    what deviantart smells like?

  • http://loneplacebo.com Tony

    Three Styles smells like….apple pie.
    .-= Tony´s last blog ..8 iPhone Applications That Help You Blog =-.

  • http://www.daninspired.com Daniel Richard

    This is the best idea i ever gave away.

    3styles smells like the water out a neoprene water jug on a hot summer day

  • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter Apai – Webdesigner Depot

    Great idea for a great post and a writer with a great sense of smell. Interesting! ;)
    .-= Walter Apai – Webdesigner Depot´s last blog ..A Collection of Free iPad Icons, Tutorials and PSDs =-.

  • http://unlikedallas.exofire.net Will

    Idsgn to me smells like those fries from that blue-collar diner across the street from the closed up auto factory.

    Odd, but certainly nice article.

  • http://www.jentekk.com Jen

    lol @ “This is why we shouldn’t let web designers use drugs.”

    You’ve really started something here.

    My website smells like a freshly peeled orange, right?

  • http://www.serenedestiny.com Website Design Services

    This is really odd, but interesting concept. I wonder if it will be a future addition to websites because that would be cool.

    Right now, my website is a dark layout, so I would say burnt cookies. Nonetheless, I am redesigning it completely different, so with a very light and colorful layout I would say it smells like a cupcake (:

  • http://www.addtodesign.com Mathew Carpenter

    Jen, your website smells like the inside of an old, 60′s hippy van.

  • http://graphicdesignblender.com Preston

    Interesting take on the whole thing. Curious now what my blog smells like.

    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Preston´s last blog ..Avoid design burn-out by limiting client revisions =-.

  • http://www.taptapdesign.com igor Ivankovic

    LOL, nice article, very amusing. My site smells like a cave filled with gold. Can’t go wrong with that!

  • http://www.webm.ag McBonio

    haha great article mate, really enjoyed it :)

    btw I think 3styles would smell like Wrigleys Extra (Minty Chewing Gum!)
    .-= McBonio´s last blog ..A Few More WordPress Security Plugins =-.

  • http://unlikedallas.exofire.net Will

    @daniel richard XD Exactly.

  • Reactor5

    I’d say your article uses mostly color to get the point across. Given the different layouts in neutral greys, how would the design (typography, etc) smell? Your assessment of the quilt in Grandma’s attic is the only one I think would not change!

  • http://www.sgdoeschwitz.de BigM75

    this are the best, good article, nice works
    .-= BigM75´s last blog ..Nur unter Hallendächern rollen die Bälle mit Sicherheit =-.

  • http://www.threestyles.com Shane Jeffers


    Thanks for the complements and the feature Walter!


    Haha I could see Three Styles being like minty gum! Good call.

  • http://www.jentekk.com Jen

    @Mathew Carpenter “Jen, your website smells like the inside of an old, 60’s hippy van.” lol… oh yeah? How so? :)

  • http://www.scollindesigns.com Kyle Scollin

    This is such a creative idea. With so many posts I just normally skim through and will miss 90% of the content, I actually stopped to look at each site and read your smell thought. SUPER brilliant. You are so creative. I loved it.

  • http://www.e11world.com e11world

    Very interesting and funny too. I don’t know how you came up with this idea but it’s creative indeed.

  • http://www.threestyles.com Shane Jeffers

    @Mat Haha I can see that… VW Van!

    @Kyle and @E11

    Thanks for the complements. I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the post. Stay tuned for some awesome material.

  • http://www.peapod.ca Alistair

    I think three styles would smell like Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber.


    • http://www.threestyles.com Shane Jeffers

      Haha Awesome!!

  • http://www.dzned.com/ Wellington Almeida

    lol. it’s very interesting post. it’s my 1st reading at threestyles and I can guarantee to you I had loads of fun with this post. I can’t say what three styles smells like, I think it’s smelling good throught.

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    great post, thanks

  • http://pixelclouds.com/ Ben

    Great post.
    I could really relate to some of the smells.
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..10 Must Have iPhone Apps for Bloggers =-.

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  • http://www.idagency.fr agence web annecy

    Unusual post, you must be very inspired to smell the websites :)

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  • http://trickpedia.com Sid

    Your Blog smells like fresh water from the comode … haha . jus kiddin lovely ..
    Funny + knowledge = This Post .. Love the new concept :)
    .-= Sid´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  • http://www.espinteractivesolutions.com/ Bay Area web design

    the concept of your post is just great Shane! even now i can say your blog smells well itself too… thanks for sharing the great idea!

  • http://blog.shaihalov.ru/ Maksim Shaihalov

    Interesting… Thanks!
    .-= Maksim Shaihalov´s last blog ..Инструменты Adobe Illustrator. Gradient Mesh Tool. =-.

  • http://logolitic.com/ logolitic

    yea, yea in the near future I`ll be there too, I hope…
    .-= logolitic´s last blog ..50+ Typography art inspiration =-.

  • http://angelobeltran.com/blog Angelo Beltran

    Love the concept of “website smell”. Fun read. Cheers.
    .-= Angelo Beltran´s last blog ..Go GaGa on These Twitter Pages =-.

  • http://elladon.tumblr.com Jackon

    Do you need to possess a good B in computer science to manage a blog in this way?

  • clea walford

    great, unusual and funny post, loved reading it.

  • http://www.gillico.com gillico

    There are some great people on this list, but I am curious as to why Walter Apai is included? He has no credited web designs (or any other form of design, for that matter) to be found anywhere on the web, no matter how hard I have looked.

    He credits both of his sites, webdesignerdepot.com and techi.com, to other designers: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2010/05/its-here-say-hello-to-techi-com/ and http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/02/meet-radim-malinic-the-graphic-artist-behind-webdesigner-depot/

    He also doesn’t write any content of his own, he just hires other people to write content for him, unlike everyone else you have included on your list. I don’t think cherry pie is what his sites smell like, more like cow pies…


  • http://www.fargodtc1000.com/ Tracy

    My nose must be stopped up, because I cannot smell them. Informative and fun post though.

  • Mark

    Great list of resources. I really like PSD fan.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Car Loan Calculator =-.

  • http://www.designmybox.com Manik

    Very interesting and conceptual post. I like this concept of website smell. I think the writer is having great sense of smell. Great fun.
    Love the post. Thanks:)

  • melody

    Hmmm, what the threestyles really smell, I think it smells like a newly open candy bar..Anyway, thanks for this post…

  • melody

    I might be fallen for this site its very useful post..

  • http://www.technocrews.com/ William RAHI

    Great post! We’ll definitely be following some of these blogs into 2013. Thanks for sharing!