Members Bonus Content: 25 Super Useful Ways to Get Inspired
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1. CSS/Website Galleries
Many designers use CSS galleries to inspire their own web design projects. What better what to get inspired than to look through dozens of incredible designs in minutes?
The Best Designs
2. Design Networks
Design networks are a great way to promote your own work and get inspired by others. Often networks cover a wide range of mediums and professions, so you can easily check out anything from digital art to product design!
3. Logo Galleries
Just like with CSS Galleries, logo galleries can provide us with tonnes of inspiration. I personally use logo galleries even when I’m not working on a logo design, simply because the level of talent and creativity inspires my day to day work!
Creattica (Logo Section)
4. Design Blogs
There are plenty of design blogs out there, but only a handful provide top-notch content day in day out. These sites work hard to provide us with great inspiration each day.
1st Web Designer
My Ink Blog
5. Color Pickers
Some websites offer a ‘color scheme’ service, whereby you can create and view color schemes. This can be highly inspirational, as if you’re trying to work out a suitable color palette for your project you can browse the best schemes from the gallery!
Color Scheme Designer
6. Invest in Some Design Books
Blogs and websites are great for inspiration. However, sometimes it can be nice to have a book on your shelf to pick up whenever you’re feeling uninspired. These titles are all really helpful for any designer, and should definitely inspire you!
Don’t Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Logo Lounge 3
Layout Workbook – A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design
Web Design: Best Studios
7. Visit an Exhibition
Too much time spent in front of a computer screen really isn’t good for you. I don’t want to sound like your mother, but often getting out and checking out great art in the ‘real world’ can be hugely inspirational. I often like to visit graphic design and art exhibitions. Check out these intriguing upcoming exhibitions:
MoMA: The New Typography
V&A: Decode (I’ve been this this and it was a lot of fun!)
MoMA: Tim Burton
8. Change Your Desktop
Research has proven that changing your desktop wallpaper can have a dramatic effect on your workflow. I try to change mine reasonably often in order to keep myself inspired. Check out the following resources for some super inspiring wallpapers!
30 Stunningly Beautiful Wallpapers
15 More (Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers
30 Magnificent High Def Space Wallpapers
35 High Def Wallpapers To Calm and Inspire You
9. Take Notice of Product Packaging
It’s true that inspiration lies in the world all around us. Product packaging is a part of our every day life, yet we often don’t pay attention to it on more than a subliminal level. If you stop and take notice of great design you’ll begin to feel more inspired already! I’ve based several tutorials on cool things I’ve seen in the supermarket before!
Beautiful and Expressive Packaging Design
50 Beautiful and Effective Package Designs
Showcase of 54 Creative and Beautiful Package Designs
Packaging Design Inspiration
10. Design Related Discussion and Q&A Boards
Sometimes observing isn’t enough to inspire you. It can be really inspiring to get together with other designers and discuss your favorite designs, design ideas and general design philosophies. Luckily we’ve rounded up some awesome discussion boards and Q&A forums. You can use these resources to get inspired, but also help you with any design problems/issues.
Graphic Design Forum
How Design Forum
Your Design Forums
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