On a daily basis, designers are challenged to constantly be inspired by the world around them. It’s hard to be on top of your game every day, and sometimes you’re just left completely and utterly uninspired. Thankfully, there are plenty of visual resources on the web where designers and creatives can turn for inspiration.
With all the noise out there, it’s helpful to pick just a handful of such sites to bookmark. In this list, you’ll discover the best places on the web for those times when you’re in need of a creativity jump start.
If you’re searching for a web service that guarantees a constant stream of inspiring user-submitted images, you’ve FFFFOUND it. The service changes its behavior based on your activities on the site, displaying photos catered to your tastes the longer you use it. FFFFOUND! even has an iPhone app called iFound! for visual inspiration on the go.
Behance is a large network for talented artists to create portfolios and connect with other people in their industries. Because Behance is a magnet for talent, you will often find plenty of inspirational work published on the site, with the front page highlighting featured and popular works.
deviantART is a free portfolio-hosting web service where artists can post their artwork, called “deviations” in the site’s vernacular. With over 13 million registered members, it’s also one of the largest specialized social networking sites for artists and designers.
Smashing Magazine, one of the largest and most popular dev and design blogs, routinely features inspirational showcases alongside their comprehensive and well-written web design and web development articles.
This blog, established by celebrated Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso, is a top web destination for design inspiration. The site has regular features, such as Daily Inspiration and Best of the Week, loaded with anavalanche of images, videos and links to fire up your creativity.
This community site features some of the finest designs, many of which are submitted by users. The front page of NOTCOT.ORG is arranged in a visually appetizing grid layout. Just looking at it can help you get your design on.
LogoPond is arguably the most popular community and showcase site for logo design and company branding inspiration. You can discover beautiful logo designs on the site, as well as upload your own designs for feedback from the huge community of logo designers.
This website is a popular web design showcase gallery administered by respected designer Nick La. Best Web Gallery, unlike most web design galleries out there, features only a handful of designs every few days. This philosophy of quality over quantity ensures that you won’t have to wade through a lot of junk to find the best designs on the web.
Color is an important element of any design, ranking up there with typography and negative space. Kuler is an Adobe-owned site/tool/community for exploring, discovering, and sharing colors, making it popular for visual inspiration.
Flickr, the ubiquitous photo-sharing site, is a favorite web service within the design industry. Get inspired on Flickr by joining and contributing to groups, like Web Design, and find sets of inspirational images, such as this collection of business card designs.
Bonus: Other Notable Resources for Inspiration
- The Best Designs is another popular web design gallery, curated by Angela Rohner, an art director and front end developer. Established in 2001, the site was one of the first design galleries.
- Vandelay Design Blog is one of the more established blogs on design, with site owner Steven Snell frequently posting design inspiration showcases.
- Noupe is a popular blog that often posts showcases, making certain you’ll always be filled with creative inspiration.
Which sites do you use for design inspiration? Share some links in the comments!
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[image credit: Tiny House Paintings]