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10 Resources for Design Inspiration

The Internet contains all sorts of web design inspiration. Reviewing the design work of others comes in handy if you are redesigning a site, or launching a new one. Here are ten resources for finding online design inspiration.

Creattica

Creattica is a collection of beautiful design elements approved by site moderators and voted on by site users. Examples range from web to multimedia design to user interface elements. Creattica also offers design freebies and lets users connect with and hire designers featured on the site.

creattica

Creattica

 

Awwwards

Awwwards is a collection of stunning websites scored from 1 to 10 based on design, creativity, usability, and content. Each site displays its score for each category along with links to each of the judges’ home page. Awwwards also has some nifty sorting features, allowing you to display sites by color palette, tags, winners, and nominees.

awwwards

Awwwards

 

Dribbble

Dribbble is an online community where designers share what they are working on, ranging from mobile applications to web design to television art. Dribbble also has a browse-by-color feature that is accurate to hexadecimal color codes, which is helpful for finding color palette inspiration. Remember, Dribbble has three b’s.

dribbble

Dribbble

 

Abduzeedo

Designer Fabio Sasso’s “Abducted by Design” site, Abduzeedo, offers tutorials, inspiration, free wallpaper, and interviews with designers. You can view the archived “sites of the week” under the Inspiration tab, or view the other inspirational designs featured on Abduzeedo.

abduzeedo

Abduzeedo

Behance

The mission of Behance is “to empower the creative world to make ideas happen.” One of the many ways Behance does this is by showcasing the work of terrific designers from across the globe. Behance is trove of creative inspiration. Whether you are interested in web design, photography, or motion graphics, Behance has inspiration for you.

behance

Behance

One Page Love

One Page Love showcases only single-page websites, making it a good place to find simple, clean web design. You can browse One Page Love through categories, or read the blog for the best one-page sites each month.

one page love

One Page Love

PSDBucket

PSDBucket is another site with many types of design inspiration, including web and user interface. PSDBucket also offers a number of design freebies, including backgrounds, textures, and Photoshop effects.

psdbucket

PSDBucket

Theme Forest and GraphicRiver

Other sources for design inspiration are sites selling web templates or individual web elements. These include Theme Forest and GraphicRiver from Envato. They allow you to search through popular site designs and design elements. You can purchase and customize a design you like.

graphic river

GraphicRiver

Google Reader

Google’s Reader Application is a helpful way to keep track of your favorite design and web inspiration sites. With Google Reader, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of popular sites on web design — including some of the sites mentioned here. You can also search for categories in Google Reader and find new sites.

Google Reader updates automatically and lets you either view all of your subscriptions at once or segment your readings by category. You can also organize your subscriptions into different folders, allowing you to easily subscribe to more than web design inspiration, such as news.

google reader

Google Reader

Google Image Search

Just doing a Google image search for “web design inspiration” can turn up hundreds of compelling site examples. Another trick is to use Google’s search settings to refine your search to specific colors and post date. Sorting by color will let you quickly view website color combinations in a general shade if you are having trouble coming up with a site color palette.

google image search

Google Image Search

Saving Sources of Inspiration

One of the best things for design inspiration is compile a collection of designs you like. Create a folder on your computer with screenshots from websites you have come across. You can also use a social bookmarking tool like StumbleUpon to save and categorize inspirational sites, or you can create a design inspiration board on Pinterest. Whatever method, saving designs now is one of the best ways to avoid hitting creative walls later.

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