Sometimes you are working on a project and the creative juices are flowing and other times you hit a creative wall. Hitting that wall can hurt when a deadline is coming up and someone is expecting mind-blowing concepts from you. Everyone gathers inspiration from different places and by doing different things. Going for a walk is all I need sometimes to clear my mind and get back to work. Other times I have to start searching the internet for inspiration. These are some of my go-to websites I visit when I’m searching for inspiration:
Adweek updates their page daily with what’s new in print, web, television, etc. Anything that is creating a buzz in the advertising industry can be found here. It is a great place to watch new commercials without having to turn your TV on. I personally like to visit Adweek at least once a week just to stay on top of what’s new, and looking at/watching great work is always inspiring.
From Up North is an online magazine that curates the creative web to bring you the latest news and showcase the most engaging and beautiful pieces of inspiration. The feed highlights every creative medium you can imagine. They also have articles that feature specific artists and popular topics.
This is a great place to both discover and share beautiful design. Designspiration curates high quality content and lets you search by tags or color. They have beautiful pieces of illustration, photography, typography and more.
When I am looking for web design inspiration, this is the first place I go. If you want to know what a really well designed and developed website looks like awwwards is the place to look. They have an expert panel of creatives who hand out awards to recognize the best web designers, developers, and agencies in the world. They judge for design, usability, creativity, and content. You can also search for sites based on category, tag, color, and country.
Inspiration Grid is an online magazine that celebrates creative talent from across the world. You can find pretty much anything you are looking for on this site. It is separated into categories that include design, art, illustration, typography, fashion and more.
Of course you can always go to Pinterest to find things to inspire you. I like to make a board when I am working on certain projects with anything that inspires me on that specific client/project and then I can share my board with others to show my thinking.
Inspiration is everywhere on the internet. Where do you go for inspiration? I’d love to check out your favorite sites.