69 YouTube banner ideas to make your channel look super-awesome
Has an apple ever fallen on your head? Unless you're an 18th-century English physicist, chances are it hasn't.
Or, has anything ever fallen on your head? A pebble, a ball, a paper missile, an egg?
If you've ever experienced it, you'd have noticed it comes along with a sense of "Oh, yeah!" moments.
"Oh yeah, that paper missile was fired by my reckless cousin."
Creating an awesome YouTube banner in 2560 x 1440 pixels that works for you is one of those "Oh...yeah!" moments.
You can also check out this video to create your YouTube banner in less than 10 minutes.
That's why we've examined 69 YouTube banner examples to give you an idea of how you could design yours.
Let us jump into them right away!
What is a YouTube banner?
A YouTube banner is the graphic or the picture on your YouTube channel’s dashboard. Here’s the YouTube banner of Picmaker’s YouTube page.
A YouTube banner fills the area above the name of your channel. You can add links to your social media profiles and websites on top of your YouTube banner.
What is the recommended size of a YouTube banner?
Here's a small infographic to help you use the right dimensions for your YouTube banner. Use the dimensions in this infographic to create your own custom YouTube banner.
Here are 69 of the best YouTube banner ideas and examples
We know your YouTube channel belongs to a niche such as gaming, yoga, fashion, marketing etc. And, that is how it should be.
That's why we've given you a basic list of categories of YouTube banner ideas. All you need to do is click on a category and you will land on the examples (works like magic!).
1. YouTube banner ideas for marketing
Ahrefs is a fantastic SaaS tool for digital marketers. Their YouTube banner suits their theme with its very unique font. Ahrefs calls their YouTube channel 'Ahrefstv' along with a short description - “grow your search traffic”.
It also includes links to their website and social media. This allows them to get YouTube visitors from their channel to other platforms.
Brian Dean is a guru in SEO and digital marketing. He speaks extensively about the skyscraper writing technique and long-form quality content.
He calls his YouTube channel 'Brian Dean.' On his YouTube banner, he includes his channel name and a short description, “higher rankings and more traffic”.
Similar to Ahrefs, Brian also has links to his social media profiles. But his primary link includes a 'Subscribe' button to his channel. When you click on it, you will receive a subscribe notification.
That’s a pretty neat trick to grow your subscriber base!
Neil Patel is quite easily the all-knowing god-like figure in digital marketing. Similar to Brian Dean, Neil Patel’s channel relies on his personal brand. Neil includes his photo in the middle, with the video schedule on the left and a short description on the right.
He ensures his YouTube banner matches the color theme of his brand and links to his website and other social media channels. Full marks to him for showing us how it is done.
Related read for YouTube banners:
- We look at 7 awesome Youtube banners and unpeel what makes them the best.
- In this blog, learn how to add links to your YouTube banner.
2. YouTube banner ideas for entrepreneurship channels
Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur and social media legend. He pays close attention to all marketing assets that he displays on the internet.
His YouTube banner features his picture of himself along with small details that will miss the common man’s eye. It has a description, “Garyvee audio experience”. He also lists his weekly schedule that states “New videos every Mon, Wed, and Fri”.
All these are little details that go a long way in building trust and credibility among your audience.
Tai Lopez is another self-made millionaire. His custom YouTube banner says everything you need to know about him in a minute. He is an entrepreneur, investor, and author. He greets his YouTube channel visitors with his headshot. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this banner a solid 10.
This YouTube banner sponsored by the tech giant, Oracle, is pretty simple on design and copy. It has all the basic links to its social media channels and website.
3. YouTube banner ideas for gaming channels
Ninja is the brainchild of Tyler Blevin and features his photo and the name of his channel in the middle. It is a simple banner but looks professional and fun. It holds his brand colors (blue and yellow) while also showing a bit of his personality.
VanossGaming’s banner has just its logo in golden color right at the center. It shows how you could have a simple YouTube banner, yet get 25 million subscribers with awesome content.
Jacksepticeye’s YouTube banner is quite complex and hard to understand at first glance. But, as you peer at it, you get the pun here. It’s an eyeball that is septic. Yuck!
That's exactly what you want to do with your YouTube banner if you’re a gamer. Show off that personality and yuckiness.
4. YouTube banner ideas for tech channels
Mrwhosetheboss is a tech review channel run by Arun Maini, a 25-year-old economics student. He focuses on reviewing smartphones and even quit his job to review smartphones full time.
His YouTube banner focuses on him juggling two or three more phones in the air. Small elements of craziness like this add a ton of personality to your YouTube channel.
Justin Tse is a tech YouTuber who focuses on more than just smartphones. His list includes reviews of tech in living rooms, tech in the workspace, smart televisions, and much more.
Much like Mrwhosetheboss, Justin Tse also started very young and became a mainstream YouTuber at just 23.
He keeps his YouTube banner simple with nothing but a name and an extremely short description - tech videos. He adds links to all his social media channels on his banner.
Unlike the above two tech channels, future tech is a brand without a face. All of its videos are a compilation of videos with a voiceover. There is no primary host at play on this channel.
However, it does not stop them from designing a Youtube banner for their channel. It shows its channel name in the middle and links to their social media handles.
5. YouTube banner ideas for fashion channels
Coolirpa is April's brainchild. Through her videos, she explains how you can transform everyday apparel into fascinating fashion. April is creative and you can see that creativity creeping into all her ideas.
April’s YouTube banner has her photo and her channel name in stylish fonts.
Olivia Jade’s channel focuses on everything from makeup and fashion to lifestyle. Apart from the fashion-themed videos, she also posts videos on her daily routines and life.
She uses her banner links to drive visitors onto a second YouTube channel. This channel named “Olivia Jade vlogs” focuses on vlogs by Olivia.
Both YouTube banners are quite simple and have the name of the channel in a stylish, identical font. Looking at it reminds us of thousands of beautiful fonts for YouTubers in Picmaker.
Tess Christine is a fashion influencer whose videos focus on her life, as she shops and tries on new things. She mentions in her bio that she’s just a normal girl with a love for makeup and shopping.
Tess may not be a professional YouTuber, but her consistency and storytelling abilities have garnered a huge following for her.
Her YouTube banner is quite different from all others in this list. It is a collage of pictures including Tess and her husband. Such custom pictures like these make your YouTube channel stand out from the rest.
It reminds us of how you could create beautiful collages with Picmaker's collage maker.
6. YouTube banner ideas for travel channels
Mike Corey, a frequent traveler showcases his solo adventures on his YouTube channel, 'Fearless and Far'. He travels around the world and explores various cultures.
Similar to his YouTube videos, his channel art is also raw and to the point. It includes his YouTube channel's name and a short description of all his experiences.
He explains his posting frequency as well below the short description.
Brooke is also a solo travel vlogger who lives her life out of a suitcase (quite literally). She is a creative soul determined to travel the whole world with nothing more than a suitcase.
Much like her videos, Brooke’s YouTube channel art is simple. It has a different version of her name in a light shade of brown. This colour theme and font match her website's tone, thereby keeping them consistent.
Planet D is the brainchild of the husband and wife duo, Dave and Deb. Forbes lists them as a Top 10 travel influencer in the world. This adventure-ready couple has traveled to almost all the continents on earth.
Their YouTube banner is a culmination of several factors, making it quite unique. It has a photo of the couple, along with their names and the name of their YouTube channel. On both ends, they have a collage of their pictures from their travels.
This YouTube banner is a solid example to take inspiration from.
7. YouTube banner ideas for sales channels
This YouTube banner is interesting - it shows Jeb Blount, a sales guru, sitting on a sofa and looking at the 4 sales books he has written over the years. Above those books, you have Jeb Blount’s name in capital letters.
Besides, he also maintains his color theme on his banner. On a creative scale of 1 to 10, we'd give this banner an 8.
SalesHacker's YouTube banner is on point. It reads “The smartest community for B2B sales professionals on the planet”. Indeed, going by their videos, SalesHacker's content is for the smartest B2B sales professionals on earth.
It’s a sin to introduce Grant Cardone’s Youtube banner in this list.
Because he’s more than just a salesman. His YouTube channel focuses on more sales, money, real estate, marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, and much more.
Besides, this YouTube banner states all that and also includes a photo of Grant Cardone along with his signature on the right side. It shows a picture of Grant holding a microphone and speaking to an audience - enough to show new visitors that he's an authority in his chosen areas.
Creativity wise, we’d give this channel a solid 10!
8. YouTube banner ideas for cooking channels
Laura’s Youtube banner is a combination of 3 photos placed one after the other. It starts with a knife that’s placed on a board etched with her website. Then, we observe her photo and a photo of one of her signature dishes.
In fact, this banner is not complex, and it conveys to a casual visitor that this YouTube channel is all about cooking. That’s more than enough for a YouTube banner.
Serious Eats has a simple picture on its Youtube banner. We don't know why they chose this picture, but it looks good.
NOTE: If you’re going to choose a photo for your YouTube banner, please make sure that it is of high quality.
Binging with Babish has one of the hardest YouTube banners to recreate and we’ll tell you why. The ‘I’ in Babish is an egg beater, a random kitchen tool.
The photographer will have to focus the camera so that his face and everything apart from the utensil will be blurred. He then adds his name, video frequency, and name of his website up there.
On a creative scale of 1 to 10, we'd give this one a 11!
9. YouTube banner ideas for music channels
This is a simple YouTube banner with their logo and a short description in the middle. It has a color gradient to keep it consistent.
Yet another simple YouTube banner with nothing more than the name of the channel and a short description. It is accompanied by a simple picture of a rocky beach in the background. This picture symbolizes peace and tranquility.
Majestic casual’s Youtube banner is a combination of four images arranged in a carousel format. It also has their name and a callout that says, 'Experience music in a new way.' Nothing complex about this one too!
10. YouTube banner ideas for vlogging channels
Casey Neistat is a self-made filmmaker and vlogger. He is an out-of-the-box thinker and his Youtube banner bears testimony to it.
Vagabrothers, as the name suggests, is run by two brothers. They travel the world and vlog about their adventure. Their YouTube channel conveys their message in a flawless manner.
The next YouTube banner example is 'Hey Nadine' by Nadine, a vlogger and an ardent traveller. She doesn’t just vlog about travel, but also puts out a ton of practical advice for travelling the world. Her channel says all this information in a seamless way.
11. YouTube banner ideas for beauty and makeup channels
Nikkie has a YouTube banner that stands out in a sea of boring banners. It features her in the middle with six hands reaching out to her with makeup materials. On a creative scale, we’d give this banner 9 out of 10.
Jaclyn Hill’s channel features her face with a beautiful color combination. Its high quality and professionalism make it awesome.
Lauren Curtis features her own name on her YouTube banner. She has also displayed the names of all her social media handles on her banner.
Laura Lee’s YouTube banner is a combination of five photos, arranged in series. Apart from this, we did not get any hidden message or special features to point out in this.
12. YouTube banner ideas for review channels
All the videos on this channel feature Ryan interviewing toys and kid’s play items. The YouTube banner stands true to the theme and content produced on this channel.
Austin Evans’s YouTube banner is simple and to the point. It says “Hey guys, this is Austin Evans” - that’s it! He has a blurred-out picture in the background, which we cannot figure what it’s about.
Dope or Nope’s YouTube banner consists of the original channel logo with the two theme colors on either side. They also have a link to one of their products on Amazon, which is a smart move.
13. YouTube banner ideas for unboxing channels
All the Youtube banners in this category are simple and just focus on the name of the channel. This means that the 'unboxers' would have to build their brand from scratch, so that their names become familiar.
Unbox Therapy have their channel name written over a black, crushed background.
Like we mentioned above, Tech Unboxing also has a simple YouTube banner. It has the original logo on a black background.
Unboxing Sve is a bit different from the first two YouTube banners in this category. Apart from the name of the channel, it also includes the various categories on the channel. That includes tech, gadgets, fashion, and how-to.
Related read for YouTube banners:
- We look at 7 awesome Youtube banners and unpeel what makes them the best.
- In this blog, learn how to add links to your YouTube banner.
14. YouTube banner ideas for Yoga channels
This Youtube banner is totally different from everything you will see on this list. It breaks all the rules of designing your YouTube banner. It includes a photo of Amber Karnes (founder of Body Positive Yoga) hanging out with her friends against a brick wall.
Candace takes the chance to advertise her membership platform on her YouTube banner. Below that she also includes details about the content on this channel. She sets the expectation for what you can expect on this channel in the right way.
Fightmaster Yoga’s channel features the owner doing a signature Yoga pose in a beachside background. In her YouTube banner picture, she displays the message "Practice Yoga, Feel better.” Trust this short description and do yoga, it makes you feel better.
15. YouTube banner ideas for educational channels
Take a look at Ted-Ed’s YouTube banner. We identified many cool things that would have easily missed the common man’s eye. It features cartoons of famous personalities and lessons we can learn from their lives.
Just like Ted-Ed’s banner, CrashCourse also has a very detailed and fun YouTube banner. Zoom in on this banner and peer through it to see the finer details.
Khan Academy takes a totally different route for their Youtube banner. It displays their core goal and motivation, which is “learning never stops.”
16. YouTube banner ideas for history channels
History Buffs has a simple banner, which displays the name of their channel against a brownish background. Their logo's bold and large fonts match their core theme - history lessons for the history buffs.
Historia Civilis also has a very similar theme on their Youtube banner. It includes only their name, with a dotted underline.
Feature History’s YouTube banner has the name of their channel, along with cartoon figures of the most notable characters in history.
17. YouTube banners ideas for kids channels
thebrainscoop’s YouTube banner is unique and funny. It has a picture of a raccoon with horns, and its face is mounted on a wall. Its YouTube channel name is described on both sides of the raccoon’s face.
Smithsonian’s YouTube banner has a collage of photos from different themes and shows on it’s channel. The choice of images on the left side of the banner is very fascinating.
Sesame Street’s Youtube banner focuses on the top cartoon characters from various shows. This banner brings on a sense of nostalgia from the yesteryear show for children.
18. YouTube banner ideas for automobile-based channels
Evo India keeps their YouTube banner on point with simple images. It has the photo of a car and bike in red. It also has their brand name and the quote “DO EPIC SHIT”. All of this is displayed on their signature red background.
Jay Leno’s Garage has its well-known logo/name displayed at the center of its banner. This logo is displayed on top of the picture collage which includes a speedometer, a tire, and the engine block of an automobile.
Hooningan has an interesting YouTube banner in the form of a collage. The picture collage consists of various moments from their journey along with their name in the middle.
19. YouTube banner ideas for finance and investing
Ryan Scribner has been creating videos on finance and entrepreneurship for a long time now. His YouTube banner includes his photo, name, and all the categories he focuses his videos on. If your channel is based on a personal brand, we recommend you add your headshot on the YouTube banner.
Bigger Pockets focuses on real estate investing. Their Youtube banner is quite simple with their name and logo on a top-cut picture of a house. Their logo also shows that they have registered their name, thereby making it more authentic.
Dan Lok is a guru on entrepreneurship and online marketing. His banner focuses on one concept - driving people to his website. With that focus in mind, he includes the URL of his website in the middle along with a short description below it.
20. YouTube banner ideas for DIY channels
Rob’s Youtube banner shows off his artistic skills. It also portrays the information that this channel now has 2 million subscribers. The paint button, along with the small quote above it, shows his personality. He has also included a 'Follow me' text at the right corner, asking visitors to check out all his social media channels.
On a personal likability scale, we would happily give this banner a 10.
Pretty Little Things is the brainchild of Aakriti and Shaurya, who are best friends (kudos if you also thought that they are sisters). Their banner holds their channel name and their individual name on a photo of themselves.
One look at this banner is all you need to figure that this channel is a whole lot of fun.
KipKay is a DIY channel that focuses on the restoration of gadgets. His banner is good at explaining exactly what his channel is about.
21. YouTube banner ideas for real estate channels
Max Maxwell keeps it pretty simple by adding his photo and name on his YouTube banner. Below that is Max’s signature etched on a cityscape picture.
Kevin Ward uses his YouTube banner to display a ton of information. It includes his social media handles, date of live workshops, and other details. He also has a picture of himself on his banner, giving it a 9 out of 10 on our scale.
Phil Pustejovsky uses his YouTube banner to make a claim that not many will. He goes on to say that this is “the #1 YouTube Channel Worldwide for Real Estate Investing”. We took a look at some of his videos and we have to admit, that his claims are true.
22. YouTube banner ideas for design channels
femke.design is Femke's brainchild. Femke is a product designer at Uber. She creates videos on product design, UX design, user research, and other related topics. Her YouTube banner is simple with her channel name on a dual-tone background.
Will Paterson is also a designer who creates videos around design. His YouTube banner has a mysterious feel to the viewer. It states his name, his video frequency, and his design niche. Will focuses on logo design and hand lettering apart from all other topics on his channel.
We know a great banner when we see one and Alexa’s banner ranks up there. Alexa is a product designer who creates YouTube videos around design. Her YouTube banner has her photo and the name of her channel. Below this, she adds a short description “Design your design career” along with names of her social media handles.
She places only one outbound link, one to her Instagram channel. Well done, Alexa!
In summary: How can you design and create your YouTube banner idea?
All the above examples are of no use if you cannot create your own custom YouTube banner using these steps.
You can also check out this blog to design your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner from scratch.
We hope you enjoyed going through the 69 YouTube banners in this list. If you have any doubts, feel free to leave them in the comments.
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