Stunning Space Inspired Website Designs

Humans have always been fascinated by outer space, wondering if there is other life out there, and if so will we ever get to join forces with them and share our different technologies.

From what we do know about our own solar system and visible galaxies, etc, we can create beautiful art whether it is done from imagination or from night photography. Using space-inspired backgrounds and elements in web design gives a futuristic or highly technical feeling to a site, or if done in vector images, it can give the idea of education.

Here is a selection of sites that use outer space images in their web design.

Larva Labs

Larva Labs develop mobile apps, and give the impression of being ‘ahead of their time’ with their space-inspired background of a star-filled sky and a couple of stylized planets.

Larva Labs

DigitalWerk

Another digital agency using a full screen animation of a large planet rotating on a night sky background. The rest of the site is designed in mainly black, white and their logo yellow.

DigitalWerk

Destiny Planet View

Destiny is an action game, and this site dedicated to it shows shots from the game that highlight the game maker’s idea of what the surface of the planets of our solar system look like – of course, they have been helped by such associations as NASA who are able to photograph many of the planet surfaces. Clicking on each planet takes you to the shots of that part of the game.

Destiny Planet View

Alessio Santangelo

This freelancer uses a large background photo manipulation, a sky above the clouds with a planet and some animated stars moving upwards. The brown/sepia overlay gives a retro-style appearance, and the retro font and beige color is the theme throughout the site.

Alessio Santangelo

Nocturn

A small design agency, Nocturn uses a night sky as the background for it’s site. As you scroll down the page, the background becomes solid dark blue, and the orange and white theme continues throughout.

Nocturn

Blue Engineering Blog

This is the blog site of the Romanian web agency Blue Engineering. The whole site is presented in a scribble-style, and the full screen image of planets and space ships on a night sky is also in that style.

Blue Engineering Blog

Bogdan Teodorescu

The portfolio site of this Romanian graphic designer has a hero area image that is a pretty surreal photo manipulation, including a night sky and a planet, a surfer, a parrot, a wrecked car, a hot air balloon and the designer himself (presumably), and possibly more items that I didn’t notice!

Bogdan Teodorescu

Diamonds in the Sky

Of course, by the name we can tell that this will be a night sky background. This is a fun site presented by 77Diamonds.com. You can create your own, named star, or explore the stars that others have created and named.

Diamonds in the Sky

Walkr – Galaxy Adventure in Your Pocket

A mobile game for iPhone, this site would quite obviously use space-inspired images throughout the site. Here is some of what they say about the game: “Hop aboard the fantastic Walkr spaceship and start your adventure across the boundless cosmos. On a rocket built by an 11-year-old genius, you’ll use your ‘walking energy’ to fuel the ship, allowing you to discover more than 25 fascinating planets, like Caramel Apple, Octopus Cavern, Heart of Flames, and more! Throughout the universe, you’ll also encounter delightful lost space creatures who will need your help along the way. It’s truly the adventure you’ve been waiting for!”

Walkr - Galaxy Adventur in Your Pocket

NASA GeneLab

This is another site that would, of course, have space-related images due to the very nature of their work. This is the only NASA site included in this roundup.

NASA Gene Lab

Zac Halbert

This freelancer uses this Orrery image on his home page, and it is apparently a scale model of our solar system and is an experiment in CSS animation. It is very effective, and I suppose the reason for using it is that it shows his development skills.

Zac Halbert

Next On ETTV

Another site that would obviously use outer space images as the ETTV stands for Extra Terrestrial Television.

Next On ETTV

Emerging Earth Community

This site is calling for people to get involved in ‘responding to the challenges in this critical moment of Earth’s history. It is an effort to broaden understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns so as to respond with longer term perspectives and goals.’

Emerging Earth Community

World Arcade

World Arcade is a project that aims to give Flash, Unity, Java and iPhone game developers a way to make a living from their creations. World Arcade will provide facilities for you to generate income, along with resources and collaboration tools to get your projects done. They are currently looking for beta testers.

World Arcade

Tomas Bata University in Zlin

Surprisingly this is the landing page for a university. If you follow through the slideshow of questions, you will end up with a quite comical synopsis of your character and your destiny – presumably this is so you know what you should study at the university. An animation of white stars on a black background is present on all question pages, and planets are also present as you go through the slides.

Tomas Bata University in Zlin

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a site dedicated to exploring the world’s oceans to feature space-inspired images, but this one does. The surface of the Earth revolves on a night sky background on this landing page, with location pins in areas of the oceans.

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

VLNC Collective

This is a French collective of 15 creatives. The landing page has this rather strange image of a skeleton in a space suit walking on the moon!

VLNC Collective

Wild

Another collective of 4 designers who claim to make everything ‘wild’. A space man floating around outer space is their full screen home page image.

Wild

Pretty Lights Music

Pretty Lights are a music band, and their landing page image is a beautifully stylized cityscape set against a night sky including stars and planets.

Pretty Lights Music

Instica

Instica is a startup company that gathers data for clients. They use a full screen background image on their home page of a night sky with connecting lines joining across planet Earth.

Instica

CoolApps

This site uses a beautiful vector image of planets, space craft and flying rocks.

CoolApps

Conclusion

Space inspired images are something of a dying trend in web design. They will not die out completely because sites like NASA will need to keep using them. I think they have a place in web design, and they do convey feelings of advanced technology and the future, which is a good image for designers and developers particularly.

So if you would like to re-ignite this trend in web design, here are a few free-to-use space-inspired images to get you started.

Comets Storm

Universe Sky Lines

Full Moon

Space

Galaxy

Star Cluster

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