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8 of the Best Design Inspiration Websites to Fuel Your Creativity

Whether you’re a designer, writer, illustrator or anything else in the creative industry, you know how hard it can be to stay inspired. Stress and a lack-of-sleep can make doing your job nearly impossible, especially when many of us also have the perfectionists gene.

Because of this, finding inspiration is vital. While the best design inspiration is typically found in nature, through music and film, or through people themselves, sometimes all you need is to see the amazing work that is already out there to get your wheels turning.

1. AWWWARDS

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With designs selected by a jury, Awwwards is my favorite place to get web design inspiration. Their goal is to discover, recognize and promote the talents and efforts of web designers, developers and agencies who create unique digital experiences, and that they do.

2. Designspiration

Designspiration is a resource for artists to share and discover great design. An added perk to this site is that they have a strict nudity-free policy, which keeps browsing at work from turning awkward.

3. CSSDSGN

CSSDSGN is a web design gallery with a clean and simple layout. No distractions.

4. One Page Love

Building a one page website can often be a bigger challenge than a large, multi-page site. One Page Love features carefully-constructed pages that provide the user with exactly what they need without the clutter. The best part: they also have templates available for purchase.

5. FWA

FWA (Favorite Website Awards) was named the “crème de la crème of galleries within the web design industry” by Creative Blog, and I couldn’t agree more.

6. The Design Inspiration

The Design Inspiration has beautiful content in every category from business card design to logos and illustrations. A short session on their site can easily lead to you wasting hours designing fake business cards just for fun.

7. Inspiration Grid

Inspiration Grid is an online magazine that celebrates creative talent from around the world. Encapturing everything from photography and design to fashion and architecture, I am constantly finding myself gushing over every piece.

8. Pinterest

I am not sure I know anyone who isn’t on Pinterest, but if you haven’t signed up yet, do it now. It’s not only a great resource for inspiration, but is also full of lifehacks that you never knew you needed.

Did we forget your favorite source of inspiration? Let us know in the comments!


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Posted by Ariel Valley

Web designer, writer, social media lover and inbound marketer at Catch22 Marketing. Also known as a professional coffee taster, shoe enthusiast and film buff. Connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter @ariel_valley.

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