Being a designer and creating something new every day is challenging. Sometimes, ideas spark instantly. But other times? They can take hours or even days to develop. When this happens, it’s useful to step away from the project for a moment and look to others’ work to find a inspiration.
Here’s a list of my favorite five websites as sources of inspiration when I hit a creative dry spell.
Dribbble is the best website to find design inspiration.
This site is an online community for designers to showcase their own artwork. Dribbble uses an invite-only membership system, which helps to keep the quality of artwork up. Members are given a handful of invites to freely give out to other designers. This ensures the artwork on the site is from talented designers and not someone who can just use Photoshop.
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Behance is another online community for designers to showcase their artwork.
What differentiates Behance from Dribbble is that anyone can join and post on the site. This gives Behance 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.
This site is equipped with a “daily inspiration” category on their site, too. It’s curated daily, and includes interesting things/finds/work to spark inspiration.
Awwwards is a professional web design and development competition site.
This is my favorite place to find web design inspiration. Awwwards’ search tool allows you to filter for the exact inspiration you are looking for. Since it is also an award site, you can also see the best work from specific categories.
Pinterest is another great site to find design inspiration and craft tutorials.
I will be honest, I don’t often use Pinterest to find design inspiration. What I do use Pinterest for is to create mood boards. You can create a board for a project and add in multiple images and links to use for inspiration.
If the ideas are still not flowing, it might be a good time to step away from the computer and look elsewhere for inspiration. Get your mind on something else for a while and come back to your work later. Don’t get discouraged; inspiration can come from anywhere!