I keep a list of well designed Web sites to give me a creative nudge when I get designer’s block in the midst of creating a Web site. Different designers handle this frustration in different ways. Some avoid any outside influence, while others, like me, seek out amazing work, searching for a small spark to re-ignite their creativity. There are times when this spark can come from something as simple as the shape of one curve, or the choice of color pallet. You never know. Well, at least I don’t. So, for that reason, here are some sites that I visit for inspiration.
I had planned to expand my list of design inspirations in a more timely fashion, but it appears that I forgot. Seven months have passed without an update. Ahh well, here are some more sites that I visit when I need a creativity nudge. As before, some of these sites are the destination, while others are portals to beautiful work.
- Brother Jones Artworks – No relation… darnit
- Building the High
- Firewheel Design
- Fish Marketing
- Media Inspiration
A while back I set up a folder in my bookmarks to store links to sites that I feel are good sources of design inspiration. Some are merely beautiful in their own right, others are the portfolios of designers and design companies who produce amazing work for their clients. On those days when I struggle for direction and vision I spend some time visiting these sites, letting go of the constraints of my current project to immerse myself in the new visual experiences the sites provide. I focus on the details of a particular part of the design, a texture, a shadow or a subtle curve and take that idea to heart, becoming the starting point for my own design inspiration. It is amazing how a small piece of someone else’s work can spark my creativity, ultimately leading to a design that looks nothing like the first. Hopefully these sites will prove helpful to others stuck in the design doldrums.