The Best Websites for Inspiration
Creative blocks. We all hit them, they're inconvenient as hell, and we all want to get through them as quickly as possible. While taking a break and getting outside the studio is usually the best way to completely recover from creative blockage, this isn't always possible. Deadlines, packed schedules, and even bad weather (remember that time the apocalypse hit Charleston in the form of snow?) can force us to seek remedies from within our own home/studios/computers. Thankfully, there's this thing called the internet, and it's a pretty powerful tool.
What am I getting at here? Sources of inspiration of course! Specifically, websites featuring high-quality graphic design that can inspire you enough to get unstuck.
Here are my personal favorites:
Pinterest – This one tops the list out of sheer convenience and quantity. Search graphic design inspiration or any variation thereof, and you have an entire library of inspiring images to get your creative juices flowing. Now, not all of them are high-quality design – after all, Pinterest isn't a design website – but sometimes the mediocre can spark a brilliant idea.
Designspiration – I was introduced to this site by one of my college professors and it's been a faithful favorite of mine ever since. It's high-quality work and arranged similarly to Pinterest. They recently updated their search feature so that results are significantly better curated. It's also particularly good for illustration/photography/aesthetic inspiration. Go ahead, bookmark it!
Dribbble – This is probably the most versatile option on this list. It's somewhat curated – you have to be invited to join by an existing member – but there are enough members to provide a vast amount of content to sift through. Basically, it's found the happy medium between quality and quantity.
Awwwards – If you're looking for something web specific, here's where you should go. I was first recommended this site by a coworker at my very first design internship. It's since become a staple that I recommend to people all the time. This curated site is full of cutting-edge interfaces and articles to awaken the UX/UI genius inside you.
Behance – This is one that I always knew about, but never really used for anything other than a portfolio (prior to my developing this site, obviously) until they invited me to participate in a live-design challenge. Now I find myself referencing them constantly – their curated galleries are particularly inspiring.
Instagram – Now, if you've tried all of these and are still stuck, I have one last piece of advice for you. Get on Instagram and start looking at what other designers post. Yes, you'll have to dig. Hashtags aren't really curated, after all. But quality inspiration is out there – from logos to hand lettering gifs. If you're stuck on where to start, try @logoinspirations, @logotypeclub, and @lissletters.
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