Top 10 Crazy Celebrity Websites With Good/Bad Design Elements

Inspiration November 17, 2008

Most major celebrities have websites and they should, since well being a celebrity is a lot about branding. Many celebs spend millions on publicists and stylists and a website is a fundamental part of branding for any celebrity trying to make it big! So I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the websites of 10 people celebs known to be a bit crazy and see how the designs reflects upon them. Whether these celebrities are crazy or not is something I will let you decide, but I did my best to pick some of the top candidates based on my opinion! Did I miss some one who should be in the top 10 that has a website? Let us know in the comments!

Top 10 Crazy Celebrities With Websites

1. Britney Spears | Visit Website

Britney is the queen of crazy, and her website is truly fit for a queen. its got a great web 2.0 style design with all the trimmings and is one of the only celeb sites that is taking advantage of social marketing by linking to several accounts on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and MySpace!

2. Michael Jackson | Visit Website

Michael Jackson, like his website seems to be stuck in the past. Its got a very 10 years ago feel to it and for some reason has a big ad spot on it? I thought Michael Jackson would have enough scratch to pay for his hosting bill without ads!

3. Tom Cruise | Visit Website

Tome cruise is arguably one of the craziest stars on this list, most well known and also has the best website in my opinion. Its modern, clean and has a really cool long reel of clips from all his movies in chronological order.

4. Gary Busey | Visit Website

Gary Busey’s website is a mess and in desperate need of a make over. Unfortunately Mr. Busey is currently on the latest season of celebrity rehab so it may be a bit before we see a spiffy new website to match the hopefully new and improved Busey!

5. Paris Hilton | Visit Website

Paris may be a bit wacky, but she sure knows how to brand herself. Her website is simple, classy, girly and pretty fitting for the image Paris is trying to portray. its not cluttered with a ton of stuff and does a good job pushing her new music.

6. Mariah Carey | Visit Website

Mariah Carey’s website has a pretty interesting layout, its dark an mysterious looking as well. I think it has way to many buy now buttons for her album and itunes though, really that’s pretty much all the site is, a giant screen filled with buy now buttons.

7. Whitney Houston | Visit Website

The site of Whitney Houston is modest, with just a few pages, some basic info and a little media player. While the site is nice and does its job fine, I think the legendary Whitney Houston could step it up a little!

8. Courtney Love | Visit Website

Courntey Love is the definition of crazy, but surprisingly her website is pretty sweet. even though the design is nice it looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while. The forums is down and there is only like one weird blog post from 2007, seriously check it out.

9. Tyra Banks | Visit Website

Tyra Banks is well known for being on magazine covers and her website is very fitting. Its looks like a sideshow of magazine covers that cover recent news about Tyra. I think this is a great, yet simple approach for her website.

10. Sarah Palin | Visit Website

Ok so shes more of a recent political celebrity, but forget the way she speaks and carries herself. Anyone who names their kids, Bristol, Piper, Track, Willow and Trig makes this list! With the 150k she spent on her clothes for the campaign, you think she would have spent a few bucks on a nice website design!

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  • http://www.behance.net/tbsgraphics Tim Smith

    Some of these are really nice! The celebs are dumb but their websites are cool. The Flash on Tyra’s website is great!

  • Christian Gonzalez

    Nice comments on the websites! I agree with you. By the way, what’s up with that Courtney Love blog? Haha it has about 1 thousand typos and makes no sense at all.

  • http://loyalkng.com Loyalkng

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading that. I like Gary Busey’s site the most. I wish I could make my site that good.

  • designer

    It’s too bad that your assessment of these sites reflects more of your worldview than it does principled design theory. This is otherwise a good discussion to have.

  • WebHostess

    Paris Hilton does have a lovely site, but it hasn’t been updated since September 2006, so that’s a bit disappointing.

  • http://www.imkok.com Benny

    i like the design of Whitney Houston’s website , clean , clear with information, feel comfortable to browsing in…
    Tyra Banks’ not bad also !

    u done a nice job ! thanks !

  • http://www.ntopics.com ntopics

    Your right, its like the good, bad, and the ugly.
    These celebrity websites have it all, but I’m
    glad you have posted all of them.

    thanks from tony

  • http://www.freshalex.com Alex

    Tom Cruise’s one is pretty sleek I most say. He must have some good connections

  • http://elitebydesign.com Brian

    Front page of Digg and no comments!? Let’s change that…

    I think this is a great compilation – some good, some bad. My favorite, while I hate to admit it, would be Spears’ site. It’s just more my style I guess. Houston’s comes in at a close second though.

    Good roundup, a followup would be really cool as well!

  • Gino

    Haha yeah that post on Courtney Love’s blog is very odd! Some one must have been on something when they typed that up =)

  • http://www.clickstarusa.com Nate – Web Designer in Atlanta, GA

    Great stuff! I never realized Britney Spears had such a good website!

    -Nate

  • http://www.seamlessstudios.com Brandon

    On the Sarah Palin website, I wonder what newspaper is featured in the Newsroom header?

  • http://www.mirrorsedgecheats.com/ Mired

    Gary Busey’s site looks like it was created in 1990.

  • http://siteupdateservice.com/ Roy Van Rivero

    Wow!very nice post. Great stuffs but I think not all of these celebrity sites are regularly updated. What do you think?

  • http://www.adolfohuacuja.com Adolf

    I have to say my favourite is Courtney Love’s, though the latest blog entry reflects just how batshit insane she is. Tom Cruise’s site is great too, with that HUGE photo to remind you who he is, just in case you forgot.

    Gary Busey’s site, on the other hand, looks like was made in 1993. I don’t know how some celebrities can have sites like that. I understand that if you are Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface – nothing against him, but he’s obviously not a major celebrity), but Gary Busey has one of the most famous scary-weird faces in the business! I’d expect some wild, crazy looking site from him.

  • zoe

    cool. IHATe sarah palin

  • http://www.acai-berry-select.com Acai Berry Select

    OMG, Gary Busey’s site is too hilarious! Is it hosted on Geocities?!? Ha ha ha!

  • http://www.seoindia4u.com/ oliviadanial

    Courtney Love’s blog is very odd! Some one must have been on something?

  • http://courtneylove.com Mari

    I agree that it has the beginnings of a fantastic website but myself – being a HUGE Courtney Love fan – keep wondering why she hasn’t hired someone to keep it up. I know her new CD is coming out very soon so this would be the absolutely perfect time to get this site up and running. Maybe, if someone would be willing to help me, we could start a page to get signature to send to Courtney to let her know how many of us want her website up and running at a daily pace. If there is someone interested in helping me get this underway, feel free to email me.

    Thanx,
    Mari
    jwil3470@aol.com

  • http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com websites for kids virtual worlds

    Well, personally, from the design I see, I only like the mariah carey, paris hilton(maybe can try centralize the content) and whitney houston. The rests like lack of something..

  • http://www.top99women.com Top 99 Women

    Gotta love all that which is pink with Paris Hiltons site!

  • http://www.ideazz.net AnotherLady

    I like the website by Britney and Huston. I like Michael Jackson and his songs. I m sorry he is nt with us any longer, but hus site is too gloomy for me.
    others are not unique, i think.