Updated: January 25th, 2010

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If you follow web design at all, you probably see 5 billion top NN posts on a daily basis mentioning site and blog designs, fonts, icons, etc.

However, nobody seems to be paying attention to these little but important guys: comment forms.

If you have an appealing comment box, you are more likely to receive comments (this is based on days of scientific research that I imagined I did in my head) and your content is more likely to be re-shared, voted up, and saved.

I really do feel that way when I visit blogs, especially when an otherwise aesthetically pleasing site has a plain vanilla comment box.

Let's Go

So here we go. I have looked through hundreds of sites to make this collection, go ahead and let me know if you like it (yeah, I know, my comment box is not as spiffy as theirs).

I've also included my notes with the parts that I liked.

1. blog.spoongraphics.co.uk 


  • interesting submit button
  • fun background
  • great font
  • grungy
  • border glow
  • normal:


  • focused:



2. springydevelopment.co.uk


  • 2 column
  • wide submit button


3. css-tricks.com


  • Chris Coyier doesn't mess around with crappy designs – his website is superb in general
  • normal:


  • focused:


  • internal disappearing labels
  • dimming labels
  • interesting submit button
  • custom images


4. net.tutsplus.com


  • tongue:


  • internal disappearing labels
  • appealing default avatar


5. smashingmagazine.com


  • simplistic
  • appealing submit button
  • absence of author website – less spam


6. branded07.com


  • fading
  • interesting background


7. depcore.com


  • simplistic
  • unconventional – looks like a pad of paper or a letter
  • contains an anti-spam measure


8. marcofolio.net


  • notify/don't notify option (for the first time the design is cohesive – not some random checkbox under the submit button)
  • lots of formatting buttons
  • smilies


9. jankoatwarpspeed.com


  • handy and appealing formatting buttons
  • flag next to the country – it then shows up next to each commenter, kind of cool:

http://www.jankoatwarpspeed.com flags 

10. dezinerfolio.com


  • highlight the field with focus – concentrate attention on one spot
  • large padding
  • by the way, they have an amazing header. I couldn't resist:

http://www.dezinerfolio.com header


11. sohtanaka.com


  • I love it
  • custom submit button
  • hovering quote
  • very polished look


12. productivedreams.com


  • the comment box actually sits *above* the comments – a radical, yet interesting approach
  • custom icons
  • really nice custom highlight on hover effect:

http://www.productivedreams.com hover

  • usability and UX at their best


13. kevadamson.com


  • grungy, sloppy – looks great!


14. line25.com


  • clean
  • side by side
  • symmetrical, exact
  • I love it


15. markforrester.co.za


  • colorful, crayon-like (though it looks better on the site itself – you need to see it in its natural habitat)
  • internal disappearing labels


16. jrvelasco.com


  • simple, and yet sophisticated


17. gizmodo.com

http://gizmodo.com 1

http://gizmodo.com 2

http://gizmodo.com 3

  • very simple from the UX perspective:
    • single line box, without the need to login first
    • expands on focus
    • no need to login even then, unless you want to – just enter your email


18. instantshift.com


  • this is one of my favorites
  • I love, love, love the way the comments look, especially the way the author ones stand out:

http://www.instantshift.com comments


19. koodoz.com.au


  • internal disappearing labels
  • the design itself, while seemingly not too special, mashes with comment list very well. Check it out – I think the curvy lines are very creative:

http://www.koodoz.com.au comments


20. elliotjaystocks.com


  • click the image – it's bigger than it looks
  • if you can't tell (), the elements are MASSIVE, which makes this comment box pretty unique



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  • jius0

    I like the clean ones – 14, 16, 9. Definitely look good, not too flashy but polished.

    Thanks for compiling these!

  • Coldman

    #11 and #13… stunning.

  • http://www.productivedreams.com Gopal Raju

    Thanks for including ProductiveDreams :)

  • http://www.depcore.com Adam Anlauf

    Thanks for featuring my site Depcore, new version coming soon :)

  • http://www.marcofolio.net/ Marco

    Nice roundup – very inspiring. Especially like the review of each comment form, well done.

    Thanks for including Marcofolio and keep up the great work!

  • Artist

    I like it the best when it's real simple and clear.

  • Adrian

    I never really thought about customizing the comment box, nice to see so many options. I like the darker ones, just because, but my favorite is the sohtanaka – – it begs you to put something, anything in the form!

  • theGREATunknown

    customizing the comment box give additional appeal to viewers/readers. Making it simple yet stylistic plus user friendly.

    Nice List

  • http://www.csharpstring.com/ David

    i really liked blog.spoongraphics.co.uk , thanks.