Top 50 Inspirational Websites for Designers

Top 50 Inspirational Websites for Designers

by Alex
Tags: Design

We all know that creative individuals will sooner or later stumble upon a create-block, and the best remedy for this is to look for something which will inspire that spark of creativeness with in us all. So with out any further delays, here are the top 50 inspirational websites for your viewing pleasure. Truly bookmark worthy for any aspiring designer.

CSS Remix WebsiteCSS Remix – A listing of user submitted websites created with css and valid xhtml. You’ll find a great collection of superb website designs here, and while you’re at it, you can also rate each of the designs that have been submitted. The site is also pretty well designed in my opinion.

FWA - Favorite Website AwardsFWA (Favorite Website Award) – This site provides an amazing listing of websites created in Flash, some of the best jaw-dropping flash sites to ever be created are on FWA. In addition, the sites layout is very nice and user-friendly to navigate throughout. And remember, this is a user submitted listing so feel free to send in your Flash sites.

deviantART Official WebsitedeviantART – This site has it all, amateur and professional creatives such as photos, drawings, paintings, icons, wallpaper, logos, and even doodles. If you love art then this is the place to go to, a user driven content oriented site with the works. Use it at your own risk, time will fly by while on this website.

Design DiaryDesignDiary (DD) – Is a JogjaForce project, which archives and collections world wide web art and design. Dedicated for all designer around the worlds. Open Source Design Resources. Here you’ll find tons of art, edgy stuff from all around. I really enjoy browsing this site on a regular basis.

MOCO LOCO Official WebsiteMOCO LOCO – This is a web magazine dedicated to everything related to modern contemporary design and architecture, including; residential architecture, interior design, furniture, accessories, lighting, floorcoverings, wallcoverings, books, websites, audio-video, stores and more. Very inspirational and soothing to the eye.

Logopond’s Official WebsiteLogopond – Logos are the single most important aspect of a business. For logo designers looking for some exposure or a bit of inspiration for that next awesome logo then on Logopond you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Mojizu Official WebsiteMojizu – This site is for the people who create characters and people who just love them, from experienced artists to casual doodlers. A great place for character designers to view, showcase, and just interact with others in the community.

Apps Mania Official WebsiteApps Mania – If you’re an application designer or create skins for apps then here’s a site that you’ll find pretty interesting. Apps Mania lists the best looking apps on the internet. I really enjoy browsing this site since it keeps me somewhat up to date on all the new apps that are coming out.

NetdiverNetdiver – Devoted to tutoring, empowering and stimulating creativity as well as excellence in design projects by the international community involved in the industry and beyond! This site gives it up and lets you have a mouthful of eye candy. The creators of this site love anything design and designers who love design, it’s a vicious cycle.

CSSBEAUTY™ Official WebsiteCSS Beauty – Is a project focused on providing its audience with a database of well designed CSS based websites from around the world. Its purpose is to showcase designers’ work and to act as a small portal to the CSS design community. If you are “in need of inspiration”, you have come to the right place.

3DM3 Official Website3DM – Is an information resource on Computer Graphics, and animation, hottest news, interviews and high-end 3D design. So if you’re a 3d designer then this is the hot spot for you with tons of great designs to look through.

StartDrawingstartdrawing – A web resource portal for Asia’s artists and drawings. This site was started with the aim of showcasing and sharing drawings from talented artists in Asia, and in the process, promote the joys of drawing.

ku Kuler Official WebsiteKuler – For that color scheme creative-block, with Kuler you can explore, create, and share color themes with everyone. You can conveniently use it online or download the color schemes to your computer so you can use with your Adobe Creative Suite 2 and 3. Great place to find a bunch of color schemes.

Threadless Nude No MoreThreadless – A rapidly growing community of artist which design artwork for t-shirts. You can browse, vote, and submit your own t-shirt art designs. You’ll find great designs by the hundreds on here so “t-shirt design inspiration” should hit you straight on after visiting this site. It’s pretty addictive if you sign-up, I have no idea why, so be carefully getting sucked into the whole “t-shirt designing” thing.

Logo Sauce Official WebsiteLogoSauce – It’s mission is to free logos from the hidden depths of the designers hard-drive. To expose logos great and small to the world for comment and adoration. This is a new and great place to find logos from talented designers for that right nudge of inspiration.

from EuropeFrom Europe – Inspiration for modern interior and living design from Europe. This is an amazing place to find some of the most high-modern contemporary designs out there. I’m a big fan of minimalist furniture and interior design so it’s fun to browse through this site.

ARTcrimes GraffitiARTcrimes Graffiti – Art Crimes, The Writing on the Wall. This is the BEST place on the internet to checkout impressive graffiti designs from all around the world. You’ll find amazing pieces of art throughout this site, and it definitely won’t let you down if you’re looking for that special inspiration for your own art work.

Icon Buffet Official WebsiteIconBuffet – With it’s growing community of icon lovers it’s a great place to find worthy icons for your collection, commercial use, or just to get some inspiration to create your next batch of icons. Definitely a very fun place for icon designers to check out.

Most Inspired Official WebsiteMost Inspired – This site aggregates website designs from all the popular css and design galleries from around the web for your viewing pleasure. I consider it a great all-in-one stop-n-browse for css based website designs and other great resources. Make sure to check it out when you get a chance, it’s a pretty great site.

Boonika Official WebsiteBoonika – A collection of all kinds of art, from some funky stuff which you may not know what to make of to some pretty cool stuff you’ll actually get, basically it’s kind of a mashup of designs. Make sure to pass the bunny around, remember it’s not cool to not share with others.

COLOURlovers™ Official WebsiteCOLOURlovers – A resource that monitors and influences color trends, gives the people who use color a place to compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews.

Design In EuropeDesign In Europe – Brings you a selection of the best well-designed personal, experimental and corporate sites from the European union. I love the designs that come out of Europe and this site provides a portal to access it right from the comfort of our computers.

CSS Mania’s Official WebsiteCSS Mania – Currently this site is one of my preferred showcase sites since they usually only list pretty topnotch css designed websites on here. All the sites are created with css and valid xhtml, the content is user submitted so you can give it a shot and try to submit your site to see if it gets on there.

The Best DesignsThe Best Designs – The Best Designs recognizes the best Flash and CSS web sites from around the world. Websites are categorized by CSS or Flash and also by elements of the design. TBD is updated every weekday so it’s good to check it out every so often for a nice breeze of inspiration.

LCSV4The Little Chimp Society (LCSV4) – Yes, the name is pretty funky and a funky name calls for a funky site so expect just that. The Little Chimp Society is an illustration news portal for the masses. A great place to find some very interesting illustrations and news articles on illustrations. Posts are regularly added on LCSV4 so it’s worth keeping an eye out for it whenever you get a chance.

25 Additional Web Design Showcase Sites:

Styleboost – “Showcasing outstanding websites since 2001.”
CSS Dump – “The easy way to submit.”
Cool Homepages – “Web Design, Flash Designs, Templates, Resources, and Examples to get inspired.”
Cool Websites – “Cool web sites archive, design, inspiration & forum.”
CSS Import – “The CSS Gallery”
Web Design Gallery – “Inspire Yourself”
Unmatched Style – “CSS Gallery and Website Design Inspiration”
Design Links – “Web design awards for the greatest websites on earth.”
InspirationKing – “Web Design Inspiration”
CSS Vault – “The Web’s CSS Site”
PageCrush – “Design Inspiration Portal”
Design Shack – “Inspirational CSS and Blog Design”
screenfluent – “The web’s most favorite collection for zeitgeist of screen design.” – “Get Inspired!”
CSS Hazard – “Edgy and clean css designs”
CSS Elite – “CSS Gallery and Website Development Resources”
CSS Collection – “Naket sites, shedding tables and running free.”
Best Web Gallery – “CSS & Flash Design Inspiration”
CSS Bloom – “Blogs and Online Portfolios”
Stylegala – “Web Design Publication”
The Daily Slurp – “A daily list of beautiful sites”
Web Creme – “Web Design Inspiration”
CSS Heaven – “Web Design Gallery for Inspiration”
CSS Tux – “The best dressed sites on the web.”
CSS Website – “Website Design Gallery”

Microsoft Windows 8 preview – TILES for FILES?

While on tour on early September 2011 my client a key exec at Microsoft said here take a look at Microsoft 8 preview.

‘What’s the new feature?”  I watched her clutch at her cute HTC and to my surprise Window 8 loaded up nice and quick… whoa revolution!

“Tiles… it allows you to have a bookmark type of desk top which brings up yr latest areas or files…”

“Neat- simple and neat…”

“Yep but they keep changing stuff around so next week it may be something else…”

Yeah right!  So Tiles is as far as MS have gone on the creative curve guys… Apple should feel fairly safe on news of this clunky innovation waddle!

For those of us still recovering from Vista and 7 it had better be good.

Nick Garrett

Microsoft unveils its new Windows 8 operating system

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Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky discusses new features in Windows 8

Microsoft has taken the wraps off the next generation of its Windows operating system.

Windows 8 is designed to run on tablet computers, as well as desktop and laptop PCs.

The software, which is due to be released in 2012 will work on the popular ARM-designed low power processors for the first time.

Microsoft has been under pressure to come up with an answer to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.

Unveiling Windows 8 at the Build developers’ conference in California, Windows division president Steven Sinofsky declared: “We re-imagined Windows. From the chipset to the user experience.”

The system will function through one of two interfaces; a traditional desktop, similar to that seen in previous editions of Windows, and a tablet version, known as Metro.

Metro features larger, chunky controls of the sort that best suit touchscreen use. The current lack of such an input method is widely seen as the reason why few Windows 7 tablets exist.

Microsoft said that it would also be launching its own online marketplace – the Windows Store – to sell downloadable applications.

Chip changesOne of the biggest innovations for Windows 8 will be its compatibility with processors designed by ARM holdings.

Windows 8Windows 8 has been designed to be used on touchscreen devices

Chips based around the ARM architecture typically use very little power, and as a result are found in the vast majority of smartphones and tablets currently available.

To date, Windows devices have required Intel or Intel-compatible processors, with the exception of Microsoft’s Windows Phone range.

ARM chips are likely to be predominantly used on Windows 8 Metro devices, and will require ARM-specific versions of applications.

The company has not given details on the chips that will be integrated into desktop and laptop machines.

Tapping into any section of the Windows market will be seen as a huge boost for Cambridge-based ARM Holdings.

The company faces growing competition in the mobile device sector since Intel launched its tablet and smartphone-focused Oak Trail chipset in April 2011.

Tapping into that particular market is seen as vital for hardware manufacturers, and software-makers, such as Microsoft, as the market for traditional computers continues to be eroded.

Industry analysts Gartner predicted in April that the global market for tablets would reach 70 million this year, and grow to 300 million in 2015.

Sales of desktops and laptops are expected to continue growing, but at a much slower rate than in the past.