Best Sites To Find Design Inspiration
Even the best designers sometimes need help in the inspiration department. Luckily, there is a plethora of websites that feature amazing design. Ranging from print to email campaigns to websites to packaging, using these websites as design references can help get your creative juices flowing.
Here are our top picks for useful design resources—whatever inspiration you’re seeking, you should find something that triggers an idea.
Featuring the best designs around the web, Awwwards is a showcase of work from developers, designers and web agencies around the world. With a jury of designers, journalists and agencies evaluating submissions and doling out awards based on Design, Creativity, Usability and Content, the designs featured here are some of the best in the world.
The works featured on this site are not only amazing looking, but are also functional. If you are looking for cutting-edge designs that fit the content, while engaging users, Awwwards offers a wonderful community vibe that will help your find the inspiration you need for your website.
An online portfolio platform for photography, graphic design, illustration and fashion professionals and other creatives, Behance features galleries from top design schools and world-class organizations, like Rhode Island School of Design and AdWeek.
You can find examples of digital designs, fashion illustrations, typography and storyboards amongst other design artwork on this vast network of portfolios. Based on your inspiration need, sort by “most viewed,” “most talked about” or “most valued” to see what designs are grabbing attention right now.
A well-known and frequently-cited site for design inspiration, Creattica is an online gallery of design and art. An open community that encourages everyone to submit their work, the best work rises to the top based on votes.
Creattica features examples of everything from user interfaces to logos and icons to full website and web apps. Submit your inspired works to even inspire others. There’s even a freebies section of over 700 items, ranging from typefaces to WordPress templates, for you to download and help jumpstart your project.
An “online magazine platform for art, design, lifestyle and fashion that promotes emerging trends,” Creative Depart showcases a variety of creative work, ranging from animation, to web design, to illustration, to packaging design.
More than a simple gallery, Creative Depart features the stories behind the work. Inspiration can come in many forms; let the beautiful designs trigger an idea—or maybe the journey the artist took to develop the design could inspire your work.
A showcase of sites that use the grid layout (like the fastest growing social media outlet, Pinterest), Grid Assault encourages user submissions for the best work around the web.
Whether you plan on using the grid layout for your next design or not, Grid Assault shows how user-friendly and beautiful the grid design can be with its variety of unique grid designs. The content of the showcased grid designs are every bit as inspiring as the layouts themselves.
This online magazine not only features amazing designs, but also has articles and tutorials to pair with the work. Smashing Mag features emerging and rising designers and provides tips to help grow your creative business. It also offers freebies like typefaces and graphics to help jumpstart your work.
Designed to inspire those in the creative industry, the magazine even has a tag “inspiration.” Browse the graphics, design showcases, inspiration and font categories for visual stimulation; go through the how-to, CSS, developer’s toolbox, freebies and tutorials sections for hands-on learning and tools to get started.
Next time you’re stumped at the drawing board, peruse any of these online magazines and galleries for ideas. With the diversity and quality of the work from around the world today, it’s difficult not to spark up some inspiration.