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Where to find Design Inspiration

Inkbot Design
Aug 5, 2017 · 8 min read

The internet is an endless ocean of inspiration for anyone learning creative skills.

Whether you’re an aspiring Graphic Designer, UX Designer, Illustrator, Typography artist, or any other type of creative professional, you’re always a quick search away from a never-ending supply of sites and networks that aggregate the incredible works of the most inspiring people in your field.

But with so many resources just a Google search away, finding sites that you can reliably turn to whenever you need a healthy dose of inspiration can be daunting.

So we’ve put together a list of the best places to find inspiration and sorted them by creative discipline. Enjoy!

Where to Find General Design Inspiration

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To get things started, we’ve gathered some of the best “catch all” design inspiration sites.

This includes aggregator sites that don’t favour one discipline over another as well as social networks most frequented by people in the creative industry.

And if you’d rather talk to a creative mentor in a 1–1 setting to get creative inspiration, you can always chat with any of the design mentors at RookieUp!

One of the ever popular types of design inspiration sites you can find on the internet is the endless scrolling design feed.

These tools are generally fairly broad in their focus but are an effortless way start your creative day.

  • Designspiration — an amazing grid-based inspiration site that focuses on visual and typographic work from designers around the world.

Social networks are another fantastic way to get inspired every day.

While you might be familiar with every site listed here, there’s a good chance you’re not using them to their full potential.

Doing a targeted search for specific companies, designers, or field and then filtering by People is an amazing way to find people to follow and groups to join.

  • Dribbble — probably the most well-known of creative social networks, Dribbble is a site where creatives can post their work, comment on others’ work, and find paid gigs. It should be at the top of your bookmarks list.

Related Article: Chip Kidd

Where to find Logo, Branding, and Advertising Design Inspiration

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  • Brand New — an amazing resource for anyone looking to get into branding + identity work. They aggregate the best collection of corporate branding work you can find anywhere!

Where to find Lettering and Typography Inspiration

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  • Typographic Posters — this is the holy grail for anyone who loves the lettering and typography-based posters. An incredibly active community online and via their Facebook group.

Where to find Illustration Inspiration

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  • Illustration Age — one of the most widely known sites in the illustration world, not only do they focus on inspiration but they also have a huge resource of educational tools for anyone trying to build a career as an illustrator.

Related Article: Saul Bass

Where to find UX / UI and Web Design Inspiration

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  • Siteinspire — Daniel Howells curates this showcase site that features several new sites every day. If you want to keep up with current web design trends, Site Inspire is the place for you.

Where to find Visual and Graphic Design Inspiration

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  • Smashing Magazine — one of the most widely known and useful design sites on the internet today. With hundreds of articles, tips, and features posted every week, this is every aspiring designer’s dream site.

Where to find Creative Education Inspiration

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  • Skillshare — probably the best known creative education site out there today, Skillshare paved the way for incredibly high-quality creative classes from well-known and accomplished professionals.

Related Article: Letterpress Printing

Hopefully, this list has been a good jumping off point as you gather together the perfect set of resources to inspire you to continue crushing your creative goals.

Remember that the creators of modern design principles didn’t have the internet as an easy source of inspiration — they had to rely on their own personal experiences.

With that in mind, remember that inspiration doesn’t have to only come from websites and lists.

It can come from anywhere — walking to work, in the grocery store, at your favourite bar, in nature, etc.

And if you ever need a bit of feedback, advice, or insight, you can chat with amazing online creative mentors in fields like Graphic Design, Illustration, and UX at RookieUp.

Author Bio: Alec is the co-founder of RookieUp, an online mentorship platform for people learning creative skills. RookieUp is on a mission to create a global on-demand mentorship platform to bring personalized and flexible 1-on-1 creative learning to the world of online education.


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Inkbot Design a Creative Graphic Design Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Experts in Logo Design and Branding. https://inkbotdesign.com/

Inkbot Design

Inkbot Design is a Creative Branding Agency that is passionate about effective Graphic Design, Brand Identity, Logos and Web Design.

Inkbot Design

Written by

Inkbot Design a Creative Graphic Design Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Experts in Logo Design and Branding. https://inkbotdesign.com/

Inkbot Design

Inkbot Design is a Creative Branding Agency that is passionate about effective Graphic Design, Brand Identity, Logos and Web Design.

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