Benzinga scoured Reddit for hours upon hours, hitting the
"Random" button countless times, in an attempt to find the best
designed subreddits out there. The list is not based on content
of each subreddit, but rather solely on their aesthetic appeal.
This appeal includes color schemes, the use of fonts, graphics
and optimizing functionality -- namely, readability.
Some interesting trends that we noticed were the prevalence of
subreddits for mobile phones and Internet companies on our list;
these were typically custom-designed and featured a clean, fresh
look. Among the worst-looking subreddits we saw were Anime or
sports-related. The intense fandom of the page's creators
overwhelmed the user, resulting in pages that were distracting,
hard to read or simply ugly.
We culled 30 subreddits that impressed us and listed them in
no particular order. This list is by no means definitive. If you
think we're missing out some well-designed subreddits, please let
us know in the comments!
The unofficial subreddit of this LG (NYSE:
) Android phone is flush with color and a minimalist design that
emphasizes an Arial font, which is slightly larger and an
aesthetic upgrade over Reddit's traditional Verdana. The
enlargement of each post title (and date) is what makes the page
fresh and clean.
So many fandom subreddits fall victim to the over-the-top,
featuring too many colors, graphics and general design faux pas.
The League of Legends design is stylish, while remaining
tasteful, introducing a relatively simple header bar design, a
clean toolbar and replacing the post options' bold Verdana with a
bold Arial. That minor change, coupled with the consistent use of
teal result in a clean and aesthetically pleasing look.
There's nothing particularly artsy about r/leftyguns' design, but
the clever move to swap the page arrangement for southpaw firearm
enthusiasts is one that more prominent left-handed subreddits
failed to capitalize on.
While we don't personally know any Joe Rogan fans, the subreddit
dedicated to the comedian and his podcast uses the switch to
Arial font to tremendous advantage, combined with a creative and
colorful header. The right sidebar featuring Rogan's upcoming
podcasts is especially clean and the cannabis leaves for votes
add a little spice.
Many subreddits for attractive female models, actresses and
musicians (known as part of the r/starlets network) contain a
very similar design, featuring a photo of said star's face and a
revealing photo on the right sidebar. While this is one of the
least impressive subreddits on the list, its simplicity and the
use of an edgy, bolded Franklin in the header are nice on the
r/redditthroughhistory appears on this list because its gutsy
minimalism. The page contains hardly any graphics and a
theme-based drab gray background, which is sharply accented by an
Algerian font variation and the limited use of a creative serif.
The checkboxes replacing the traditional voting arrows are a nice
This subreddit uses a bold, but simple serif to get its point
across in the header, resisting the indulgence that some other
music genre-themed subreddits could not. The right sidebar is
full of band "stickers" whose color offsets the traditional font
perfectly. Extra points for the incorporation of the Reddit Alien
and a nice watermark on the page.
The Google+ (NASDAQ:
) subreddit is an exercise in sticking to a theme, and the
execution here is perfect, as the page is modeled after the
failed Facebook alternative. The fonts are clean, the header is
minimalistic but fresh and the expanded post heights make
everything more readable. Facebook's subreddit doesn't even come
The popular TV show features a nice looking subreddit, although
it would rank near the bottom if the list was ordered. A yellow
and red color scheme is used to great success and the expanded
post titles/dates give the page a far cleaner look than it would
have under the default. This subreddit gets props for the random
photo of Charlie and the Waitress on the sidebar, a unique
watermark and perhaps the best voting graphic we've seen -- four
This subreddit dedicated to electronic music is one of the
sharper ones featured on our list. The header's album collage
works well, along with the edgy Franklin-style font that makes up
the title. The red and charcoal color scheme is used to great
effect on the right sidebar and we love the alternating white and
gray backgrounds for post titles.
) is renowned for their cutting-edge design that defines their
brand and its subreddit doesn't disappoint. Using traditional
Apple sans-serif fonts and a gradient charcoal color scheme, the
minimalist approach here works wonders. The only graphic is the
colorful iMac on the right sidebar, which stands out even more
within its gray confines.
Love feet or not, there's a lot to like about the design behind
this potentially-NSFW subreddit. The header's backdrop of
(presumably) female ankles and phalanges is accented nicely by a
sleek, white title that's edgy and glitzy without going over the
top. The footprint voting icons keep with the theme and a
slightly altered font gives the page a clean feel.
The Microsoft (NASDAQ:
) Windows Phone subreddit is similar to the Nexus 4, in the sense
that the traditional Verdana font has been replaced by a sleek
and elongated sans-serif. The background is entirely white,
blurring any line between the page's header and body, and making
it just that much cleaner. Its best feature is the text of sort
functions just below the title.
By adding just another frame and changing up the color scheme,
r/postprocessing manages to make some of the best use of the
Reddit default look that we've seen. The minor addition of a
camera beside the "Reddit" logo in the upper left and the orange
highlighting of the sort functions give the page the perfect
amount of spice. Potentially, this could be improved the use of a
better sans-serif for the post titles.
The destination for the buff, the ripped, the muscled,
r/SwoleDominance is aesthetically impressive for many reasons.
The ironically small title, combined together with sort functions
save a lot of space, providing an enlarged and cleaner body,
whose alternating gray and white backgrounds add tremendous
readability which is only aided by the use of a larger Arial
font. We're not sure who the guy in the picture on the right
sidebar is, but we like it.
r/HailCorporate is where redditors to go to report perceived
corporate advertising on the website. This stands among the top 5
of the subreddits on this list, with a minimalistic, yet
refreshing design that stands among Reddit's best. The futuristic
sans-serif used in the title and alternating black-and-white font
bring to mind the Wired.com logo. Like r/WindowsPhone, the line
between the header and body is blurred, giving the page a
spacious look that highlights sleek voting arrows and the Arial
The subreddit for Activision's (NASDAQ:
) Call of Duty installment makes use of a great orange, black and
indigo color scheme. Rather than making the font skinnier and
longer like other examples on this list, the page converts to
Arial Black, bolding the default font for a look that's equally
We love the sleek and slender font found in the header of this
subreddit, which uses the same font as r/Apple in its post titles
to great effect. The red and gray color scheme works great here,
and the red separator below the sort functions looks great, along
with the alternating gray and white post backgrounds.
The significant use of the default subreddit design takes away
some points from r/Sneakers, but its creative header, spelling
out "Reddit" in shoelaces and a solid red-and-black color scheme
put it on this list. The voting arrows in the form of the
old-school Adidas logo in a nice touch.
Baconit is a metro Reddit app for Windows Phone and it's page is
awesome. The two shades of gray that make up the body background
ease readability, along with the switch to a superior sans-serif
font for posts. The header and subheader of sort functions looks
great in the blue and dark gray color scheme, along with the
buttons to "Submit a new link" and "Submit a new text post" on
the right sidebar.
An Arial font is used here to great effect. Instead of enlarging
the spacing on the page, r/MeanJokes condenses it by reducing the
font size while still allowing great readability. The title and
accompanying sort functions look good, especially with the white
frame (complete with its own shadow) around them.
Like the Google Plus subreddit, the search engine's footprint can
be seen throughout the page, which utilizes the same font as
r/Apple and increases the space between lines, optimizing
readability. The addition is Google colors, but the coolest
features here are the frame outlining the posts as well as the
sort functions, each of which has a neat icon right next to
If r/Minimalism were truly minimalist, it probably wouldn't have
its name in the header, but that's a moot point. r/Minimalism
possesses one of the neatest designs of any subreddit, balancing
a crisp Arial font with a great blue and white color scheme. The
customized sidebar is especially clean.
The destination for mobile wallpaper, this subreddit blends the
background of the header and body together, before yielding to a
typical list of posts, accented by the use of a serif font
similar to Georgia. Serifs are rare to see on Reddit,
particularly as titles, but it works perfectly on this page.
A lot of sports teams went over-the-top in team spirit in their
subreddits. r/DetroitRedWings was by far the coolest we saw,
combining a slick (although repetitive) header background of the
hockey team's legacy and a block-D watermark. This is one of the
lower subreddits on our list, but it's still highly readable. The
voting arrows were replaced with a Red Wings logo as an upvote,
and hilariously enough, a Blackhawks logo for a downvote.
The gathering place of Reddit's future Hugo Chavez adherents,
this subreddit is minimalistic, relying on a cool red and yellow
color scheme in the header, while accenting post titles in Arial
font. There does not appear to be any ability to upvote or
downvote any of the posts, but the graphic of Marx, Stalin and
others in the upper right looks pretty nice.
r/Mashups features the best logo of any subreddit, featuring a
nice block font that changes when you mouse over, and of course,
a half normal-half weird Reddit Alien. The page is fairly clean
and the decision to bold the Arial font works well here.
This subreddit's unique take on the "Reddit" font is truly great
and the blood splattered background, complete with the Reddit
Alien is pretty captivating. The voting arrows are unique without
being overwhelming, although a better design might bold the font
and eliminate the repeating background image seen in the upper
Surface is Microsoft's tablet computer and its subreddit hits the
right notes, combing the name font from r/WindowsPhone and pink
voting arrows that surprisingly work out in its favor. The right
sidebar is one of the cleanest we saw, although the search bar
and sort function fonts could be bettered.
One of the favorite subreddit designs was that of the Ford (NYSE:
) Mustang, which features the iconic logo with a beautiful '68
model in the upper right. The fonts are the same as the default
subreddit view, but enlarged voting arrows and increased spacing
between posts allow for optimized readability.
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