Where to Find Design Inspiration
As designers, we all eventually experience something known as designer’s block”. You know, those annoying times in our career where it’s becomes painfully difficult to get inspired for a design we’re working on. For some designers it’s just temporary and only lasts for hours, for others it can be longer. In a few rare cases, it can even last for months, with the designer going off and traveling abroad in hopes of getting randomly struck by that design inspiration that they so desperately desire.
Thankfully that’s not the case for most of us. Usually in a few hours or days we’re able to come up with something great and amazing that our clients love.
Finding inspiration isn’t always easy, but thankfully there are quite a few places on the interwebs that we can go to spark our inspiration and get our creative juices flowing. We’re going to share with you five great websites that you can use to help get inspired today.
If you’re a designer and haven’t heard of Awwwards.com before, then you must be living under a rock. Out of all of our selections, Awwwards.com is probably the most popular and well known web design showcase websites to date. Designs are chosen and selected by a jury who are responsible for picking the best designs. Users on the website can also vote for their favorite designs, and create lists of their favorite designers.
If you’re one of those designers that would just like to showcase what you’re working on or would like to get feedback on a project you’ve just finished, then Dribble is right up your alley. Instead of being curated by one person or a panel of judges, Dribble is open to everyone to show off their work. If people like your work and it gets up-voted enough, it’ll land in the popular section of the website. Dribble is rich in different designs from every category that you can think of that it’s really easy to get inspired within a few minutes of browsing the website.
OnePageLove is a bit different from the other sites in this list. The name of the website pretty much gives you a great indicator about what the site is about. OnePageLove is all about one page websites. They have a large and beautiful variety of categories and selections of one page websites that will make it easy to get inspired if your next design is going to be a one pager.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a sucker for minimalist web design. A design that is clean, simple, but functional is a winning design in my book.
Thankfully Simple.com is one those websites made for people just like me who love and prefer minimalist web design. Simple.com not only features very minimal and simplistic designs, but the website itself is very simple and clean in nature. There’s no complex navigation or and categories to choose from, the website simply provides with you a showcase of page after page of minimalist design. You know what they say, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
Another heavy hitter in the web design showcase lineup and the last on our list is the website Behance.net. To say this website has a wide selection of categories is quite the understatement. Behance.net is truly a design showcase made specifically for the professional designer. Unlike other design showcase galleries, Behance spans many different industries like fashion, graphic design, web design, photography, and more. Regardless of your field of design, you’ll definitely have many options to choose from with Behance.net.
With all these resources at your fingertips, finding inspiration for your next design is easier now more than ever. While these are certainly great websites that you can use to find inspiration, they definitely aren’t the only ones out there. Let us know your favorite websites and resources for getting inspired in the comments below!