Inspiration

The Best Inspiration Site to Get Your Next Project Started Right

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sometimes we need a kick in the butt. Other times we just like looking at pretty things — we are, after all, designers.

We are constantly taking in different sources of inspiration, whether it’s the obvious, a new clean menu design at your favorite restaurant, to the more obscure, the architecture in an old downtown square. As artists everything is inspiring. Then there’s Pinterest, which is great if you just want to browse random ideas and concept art (shameless plug for you to check out mine, though). But, it’s also nice to have great resources that compile real work in a great, organized way.

Below are some of my favorite sites for inspiration, for whatever project I’m working on.

Interactive

Lapa Ninja

From simple one page landing pages to full sites, lapa.ninja is amazingly organized and showcases screenshots that go beyond the typical “fold” — which is the way it should always be. Note: the “fold” is not a real thing, this is not a newspaper, websites are fluid and no screen is the same.

httpster.net

If a fashion magazine was a website it would be httpster. Websites for the those who love white space and believe less-is-more.

Awwwards

When basic websites aren’t enough, there’s Awwwards — the home of interactive experiences.

Uplabs

Part inspiration, part resource downloads, Uplabs is a great mix of everything interactive design. Be sure to check out the Challenges for some cool user-submitted executions to Uplab design challenges — better yet, submit your own design!

Illustration

Reelizer

Reelizer is a user contributed gallery of movie posters for just about any movie you can think of.

Typography

Typeverything

Typeverything

Typewolf

Typewolf

Colors

ColorHue 2.0

If you love beautiful gradients, you’ll love ColorHue. They’ll even give you a CSS snippet or the whole damn library to download.

MaterialUIColors

Just as it’s name suggests, MaterialUIColors shows you all the colors and shades you need to create Material Design with a handy click-to-copy hex code.

Misc Design

Dribbble

Dribbble is a must for the design community, with members from all over the world and design industry there is no end to this inspiration. Get inspired as a prospect until you get an invite and get your shot! (Hey look! Another chance to plug my personal profile. Crazy!)

Creative Boom

Creative Boom

From Up North

This is one of my favorites, Daniel at From Up North is constantly showcasing the coolest in design — no matter what the discipline!

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