Are you needing a hit of creative inspiration? Inundated with different websites and no idea where to start? What are some good staple websites to keep in your back pocket for when you need quick ideas for fresh branding?
In this podcast episode, Sam Carvalho speaks about 14 sources of inspiration to keep you creatively inspired.
In This Podcast
- Grain Edit
- The Design Blog
- From Up North
- Links to Inspire
- Design taxi
- The Real World
Dribbble is an online community geared towards designers to allow them to easily showcase their work. Dribbble uses an invite-only system for designers as a membership system, therefore only a handful of designers get to showcase their work, however, the work that is up is always at a high standard.
Behance is also an online community for designers that acts as an online gallery for their work. Anyone can join Behance, unlike Dribbble, and enables it to have a bigger archive of artwork compared to Dribbble. The large assortment of artwork makes finding specific design inspiration much easier.
Abduzeedo is a design blog filled with inspiration, case studies, tutorials, and much more.
Abduzeedo has a ‘daily inspiration’ category available on their site so ensure that their content is always fresh and exciting, and includes interesting things/finds/work to spark inspiration.
Awwwards is a professional web design and development competition site. It is a search tool that allows you to specifically filter for the exact version of the design that you are after. Since it is also an award site, you can see the best work from specific categories.
Pinterest is another great site to find design inspiration and craft tutorials. A defining feature about this site is that you can specifically create your own mood boards and ‘pin’ ideas to them that you find inspiring or relating to a project that you are working on, anything in the world.
A great place to discover design, Designinspiration curates, and maintains only high-quality content and it is a great place to be visually stimulated and get the creativity going. This set allows you to properly organize and save things you like and search by topic tags or color.
If you are looking for a little old school inspiration, look no further than Grain Edit. With a focus on classic design work from the 1950s to 1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period, this site is bound to move your nostalgic side.
This started in 2011 as a personal inspiration board for Croatian designer Ena Bacanovic. The young designer carefully curates high-quality work from designers and studios around the world, with a special focus on young designers and students, giving them a platform to showcase their work.
This is an online magazine that curates the creative web to bring you the latest industry news and showcase the most engaging bits of inspiration. It has a brilliantly laid-out feed that highlights design gems from all around the world.
10. Links to Inspire
This site is straightforward, simple, and chock-full of links to inspire. It is minimalist, easy to follow, and keep track of your favorite tags and is therefore especially popular among those of us who enjoy systems and clean aesthetics. You can browse your way through the list, pick your favorite letter, or search by topic tag.
*at the time of publishing this podcast, this site no longer exists.
Design Taxi is a great place to go when you do not know what you want. This site has a bit of everything to satisfy almost any creative hunger. Whether it is innovation, design, social media, or typographic, this blog has advice, news, and how-to’s on a plethora of topics.
You can also sign up to receive their newsletter.
A great way to do some personalized curation for yourself, this Google Chrome extension creates a homepage that is full of possible inspiration. Select a layout that works for you, choose the websites you love to visit and let Panda do the rest.
Instagram is a great source of inspiration for designers and other creatives. Start saving pictures and videos you like to private collections, or simply follow your favorite designers for inspiration.
To allow for the most creative flow, follow authors, meme accounts, bakers, and anyone else who is constantly updating with their work. Take inspiration not just for your projects, but for your work as a whole—for who you want to be and what you want to be working on.
14. The Real World
Other places to find inspiration in the ‘real world’:
– Architecture and interior design
– Board games
– Packaging design
– The natural world
– Illustrated picture books
– Movies and TV
You really can find inspiration everywhere, that’s probably the last thing you wanna hear when you’re not feeling inspired, but that itself can kind of get you inspired, that there really is inspiration to be found everywhere.
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Meet Sam Carvalho
Sam Carvalho is a graphic designer living in Cape Town, South Africa, with over five years of experience in both design and marketing, with a special interest and experience in the start-up environment.
She has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016 and has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs take their practices to the next level by enhancing their visual branding. She loves working with a variety of clients on design-intensive tasks and is always up for a challenge!
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