If you’re a creative, you know that half the battle is coming up with inspiration for fresh new ideas. With creativity and aesthetic appeal constantly swirling around us, it’s hard to feel like there is an original thought to be had. Here are some suggestions for websites you can turn to when it feels like you’ve hit that ever-frustrating dead end:
This website is essentially an ongoing feed of everything design related – from graphic design to architecture and art. You can follow collections that inspire you, and create your own collections to organize your favorite images. One super cool design feature worth noting: you can select a color palette so that your feed only shows images in the colors you chose, which is perfect for those times when you’ve only gotten as far as the color scheme on your next project.
If you want to take a peek into the creative minds of others in your field, look no further than Behance! This website is not only a place to post your own portfolio of work, but also to sift through a gazillion other portfolios in several different design categories. You can narrow your search by creative field and location, as well as by projects, people, or teams. If you’re in the market for a new position, you can even make your way over to the “Jobs” section and see what’s out there!
Yes, that is the correct amount of b’s! Dribbble is a unique website for design where designers who have been invited by current members can share their work. As a result of this invite-only system, the Dribbble community is chatty and supportive, commenting on each other’s posts and prompting great designers to share more work. Non-members are free to search the site and gain inspiration for their own work – and who knows, maybe you’ll just get invited to join one day! This site also has a job board for any new-career seekers out there.
When all else fails, there is always good, old-fashioned Pinterest. A virtual, searchable catalog of inspiration and ideas, Pinterest is ideal for finding a wide range of results. One of the best features about Pinterest is the ability to click a pin, follow the link, and fall in love with a new website chock-full of even more inspiration. Pinterest also allows you to “pin” your favorites onto boards so that you can save them for another time when you can’t remember exactly what that one thing is you’re thinking about, but you know it will instantly get your creative juices flowing.
There is design inspiration around every corner if you just know where to look! These websites will certainly help point you in the right direction on your quest for creative genius. Have fun and get creating!