Web design inspiration
When you already are a web designer or when you would like to start with web design for the first time, appropriate web design inspiration might be very useful. Although one could get its web design inspiration or web design ideas in its immediate surroundings or one could just go with the flow of the brain, most of the web designers are still inspired by simply visiting web design websites and blogs. Nevertheless, there are so many web design inspiration websites and blogs, one often doesn’t see the wood for the trees anymore and loses valuable time by visiting all these websites and blogs. Therefore we have asked 82 web designers to provide us their 3 favorite web design inspiration resources and why they have exactly chosen these 3 resources.
Our enquiry resulted in an overview of the top 10 best web design inspiration websites and blogs according to 82 web designers. All participating web designers also provided their elaborate feedback justifying their particular resource choices, which probably helps you even more in finding the right web design inspiration.
What are the best resources for web design inspiration?
To find out which website are used most for web design inspiration, we asked 82 designers the following question:
If you could only choose 3 websites/blogs as your favorite resources for web design inspiration, which 3 would that be?
The top 10 best resources for web design inspiration
Based on the insights of 82 designers
- dribbble.com 9.58 % votes
- behance.net 6.67 % votes
- siteinspire.com 6.25 % votes
- smashingmagazine.com 4.58 % votes
- awwwards.com 4.17 % votes
- designspiration.net 3.33 % votes
- pinterest.com 3.33 % votes
- news.layervault.com 2.50 % votes
- alistapart.com 2.08 % votes
- sidebar.io 1.67 % votes Show all 119 results..
- bestwebgallery.com 1.25 % votes
- codepen.io 1.25 % votes
- pttrns.com 1.25 % votes
- tutsplus.com 1.25 % votes
- tympanus.net/codrops 1.25 % votes
- search engines 1.25 % votes
- zenhabits.net Hide..
From this point, all results have less than 1% of the votes and are ordered alphabetically
Please find below an alphabetically ordered overview of all web designers who have participated in this enquiry. Just click on one of the names to be forwarded to one of the particular web designer feedback reactions or take your time and scroll along all 82 web designer reactions.
The 82 designers and their feedback
First 4 designers and their responses via Twitter
Jason Santa MariaWebsite
The following designers and their responses have been ordered chronologically
When looking for ideas and inspiration, I usually start with a search engine and a few choice keywords. That generally opens the doors to an unlimited supply of awesome resources. Then drilling down into various results and refining my search terms yields even better, more relevant content. Generally it doesn't take long before I am equipped with plenty of information, ideas, and inspiration.
I find movies and video super inspiring, so I tend to spend a lot of time surfing popular video sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Not everything is worth watching, but there are plenty of great, inspirational gems that really get my wheels turning. For example, if I need some inspiration before drawing or painting, I like to watch some videos of people sharing their skills and ideas. It's also interesting to see how other people have things set up, which devices they are using, and so on.
Photos, graphics, and art play a large role in my online work, and I find a lot inspiration in the work of others. Browsing through the endless ocean of great images at Flickr and stock photo sites is almost always an inspirational experience. The problem is that there is SO much amazing work out there, that sometimes it can have the opposite effect and zap the creative process.
If you're wanting to keep up with design and development as a whole, SM is a must have resource.
This is a website that posts up some of the coolest new code tools and resources, which let me always expand my skill set by trying the new stuff they publish.
I have been a fan of Envato since they first started FreelanceSwitch, and have loved their growth over the years. Their network of sites are a powerhouse for design and development, and should be on anyone's must-read list.
Inspiring examples of forward-thinking, cutting-edge websites, especially listed under their Site of the Day and Site of the Month categories. Most of the sites featured seem to be doing something different or unusual in terms of layout, CSS animations, etc.
Many of the sites on here feel timeless and honest: Simple, clear and lack over-decorating. Inspiration that lies on the backbone of great design in terms of layout, spacing, color, etc.
Lately I've been finding some fine web example splattered throughout Pinterest. Their 'related pins' underneath each pin help to discover other fine examples as well and keeps you jumping down the rabbit hole for hours.
Yes it gets slated a lot for being too superficial but I find it to be a great resource for inspiration; there are some insanely talented visual designers on there and I find it to be the best place to know what is 'on trend' (whether that means you avoid it or embrace it).
I was going to say niice.co for my second option, but it seems to take all their results from DesignInspiration. Aptly named, you'll never know what you come across – digital equivalent of rifling through a thrift store looking for priceless antiques.
Nick Campbell is such a genuinely cool guy and the tutorials and products he's created over at GSG is awesome. Cinema 4D is a very approachable app in itself, but Nick and his team actually make it fun to use. They touch on After Effects a lot too, which is great for designers these days to get a handle on.
This is Reddit for designers. A great community and a must visit the first thing you do every day. All sites, articles and designs of importance are posted here.
Brian Lovin, a product designer in SF, goes through, in detail, newly released products and explain what he's lovin (pun intended) and what’s questionable.
For inspiration on certain functions, or flows I always visit Pttrns. What’s great about it, is that it’s searchable by function / pattern but also by app. It’s great for getting inspiration and ideas on all the different ways you can do a certain task.
As a designer who also is a developer, the 3 sites i visit the most connect graphics and programming:
Codrops offers the best tutorials and examples on graphic and CSS design. They're well structured, commented and easy to understand (let's say i "grew up" playing with those).
HackingUI shares the best insights, case studies and designers' experiences (also great resources for people using Sketch app).
Betterment has articles that go beyond technical issues, sharing stuff design philosophy and inspiring stories: it's very motivating!
Sites we like
Out of all the thousands (millions?) site galleries out there, this is the one I most frequently visit. They update very often, plus I feel like we have a pretty similar taste when it comes to web design.
Since I’m also developer, I often visit codepen to see what’s going on in the development community. You can get lots of great ideas here, and prevent yourself from reinventing the wheel since all code is freely available.
Build always delivers top quality across all areas. Hard to not get inspired when you visit their site.
Roy van DijkWebsite
Here’s a list of resources I use to stay as far away from the status quo as possible. They might not be the ones I use on a daily basis, but they’re certainly the ones I find the most interesting.
Designspiration is a dump of everything graphical. Graphic design, print, photography, typography, web, apps, icons, logo’s etc. Designers communicate through a visual language. The core question then has to be how one communicates a certain message the clearest and with the best matching emotional ‘feel’ to it. Now the web is mature and is becoming more of a canvas than an excel sheet, we don’t have to look at websites to draw inspiration from when creating a website. I strongly believe that inspiration for a website can come from a mobile app, that inspiration for an app can come from a poster and the inspiration for an icon can come from typography.
Movement, transitions and animations are crazy important on the web and in mobile applications. We’re coming back to the extend of how animation was once done in flash. Movement can however be really functional and is not only eye candy. So when I’m sometimes looking for nice and nifty transitions, or am looking for the perfect easing, I hit up hoverstat.es, which is a resource showcasing a wide range of movement in interaction design.
I think designers are hybrid people that tend to look with a creative and visual mindset to the world around them. This means not only at the web, but also at products and innovation in general. Reading and getting inspired on a deeper level of design understanding, Fast Company Design is my ultimate resource. Ranging from features of amazing architecture to diving into the way places like Google tackle their projects. Best of all, it’s always well written and I always have the feeling I am reading something useful.
It's not a proper design blog but what I like about it is that you find many authors posting there interesting articles that they publish on their personal blogs. For example: https://medium.com/@javiercanada.
For latest webdesign trends. I like their weekly newsletter.
Design can't be abstracted from context. And here I see how it is used to explain and convince in each trendy new digital product.
This is my go-to site. The organization is great and the topics are well-curated for my needs. I only design on the web for personal reasons, so this one usually covers all my bases.
A simple answer, but I love seeing the process of people in their web-based designs. Kinda helps the thought process flow in ways I wouldn't think when I can take a look under the hood.
I've always just liked this site. Site Inspire is the one I use for when I need help, but this one is fun just to get the creative juices flowing.
I am more a product/entrepreneur these days... Shopify is a great canadian company doing some awesome things in e-comm. Their blog has some great tips on running online stores, but also about product creation and general design.
Pretty much where I keep up with all the news in design, usually has a good handful of links everyday
BestWebGallery, TheBestDesigns or Dribbble
Where I can get any inspiration from a design perspective not specific to one (shameless plug I run BestWebGallery).
Sometimes, under deadline pressure, there isn't enough time to wait for the inspiration to show up. In that case I need to speed up the process. Sometimes I go to certain destinations looking for "The Detail that will inspire me to do something completely different. I often use Google images (for real!), sometimes Deviantart or Behance.
Google can be very useful, depends on how you use it. Deviantart and Behance have one advantage and that would be the quantity of available original graphic artworks. Because of them I spent less time on finding „The Detail“ on some picture to make some new story out of it.
One of my favorite sites for inspiration is the aptly named siteinspire. its a user curated site of modern and exceptional ultra modern websites. it's akin to window shopping really letting you know whats possible.
Resources for learning are a different beast, i prefer sites like tutsplus for peaking my interest in topics, as they cover a massive array of topics. I enjoy digging into a topic further but you'll need to do some serious googling to take it to production.
A recent new resource for inspiration is product hunt. its a user curated list of products with a bias toward web apps. its a great way to see some of the most interesting work being done and even (hopefully) making a living on it.
It's heavily curated by keen editors and provides me ton of inspiration for problem solving. The featured sites are (mostly) visually beautiful, but their powerful ideas are what get me going.
This sites makes me uncomfortable every time I look at it... because I get jealous and cranky and in awe of the beautiful UX work I see. This site help to show me what's possible and both inspires and makes me feel like there is a mountain to climb before I can even consider myself to be on the "cutting-edge", whatever that means!
I'm old school and have had an account portfolio with BeHance since 2006. Big catalog that goes way back and helps when searching for specific design solutions that others have employed.
3rd place runner-up: Dribbble.
Though not purely focused on web design, there is a lot of new and different work being shown. I think it helps provide a sense also of trends in UI and aesthetics because you'll see some similarities across projects. Additionally, they feature animated GIF's with some really great examples of bits of UX and interaction by a user.
A very nicely curated index of web and interactive design that focuses on simplicity and cleanliness, avoiding featuring site with overly excessive gimmicks. Making for thoughtful and functional sites to be inspired by.
What I like here is the unique take on website design by focusing strictly on the typography and fonts used in the design. It is curated for quality and is very helpful in seeing different fonts in use. There are also comments and font pairing recommendations from the author.
Here is always very fresh web. Usually they take works from Awwwards. But for me it is more convenient to watch it at Mindsparklemag.
Of course, I spend here the most time - the huge flow of works where you can immediately understand what is actual today.
Always a good selection of articles and news about design.
Panda (Designer News / Dribbble)
I use a Chrome extension called Panda that is a great source for design news and popular designs that can be from Dribbble, Behance and more. Highly recommended.
This is a great place to find new articles and resources. It also makes it easy to share and track great resources.
Curate your lists for the best and fastest news possible!
The websites/blogs I use traditionally for web design inspiration are (in no particular order of importance):
I like the sites that are listed, particularly because the curating process includes sites that are modern in their aesthetic but also with a strong focus on responsiveness. This site also features a sorting engine that is impeccable and allows for quick browsing into different categories.
This portal has been around for many years, and has been an inspirational resource for me, particularly because on top of their site and mobile app choices, they also feature great articles with professionals in the Design industry.
I've been using the Behance Network since 2008 and it has evolved into a reference in the design world, as a way to showcase work from designers from all over the world. I like browsing through the curated talents and disciplines, and also following directly the work of designers and other professionals whose work inspire my own (and challenge me to a certain extent).
When I’m looking for inspiration, it’s usually not for a general aesthetic or complete website, rather, specific UI components. I enjoy browsing how others have tackled headers, footers, navigation, and the like, and Pattern Tap allows me to do that easily with their filters.
Sometimes I need inspiration, and others I’m curious to know the limits of what’s possible. The team at Codrops always post fantastic explorations of interactive methods, most of which push the bounds of what we think is possible with HTML/CSS/JS.
Though the majority of my work is for websites, I always try to find inspiration through native apps. A lot of interaction principles and conventions can be shared between the two, so I try to diversify my sources for inspiration beyond websites.
I would choose www.fromupnorth.com because of the variety of design styles with different mediums.
Second would be www.behance.net mostly because I like to see what people design in every type of field, not just mine. I also like when they showcase portfolios.
Third would be www.thedieline.com because personally I like combining three dimensional forms with graphics and this site portrays peoples designs very well.
One Page Love
When single-paged websites were only starting to emerge in the Philippines, I needed inspiration. This was my go-to website for web projects. The graphic design and typography in the posts are also pretty impressive.
This one needs no explanation. If you're an award-giving body on web design, I think it just goes that you know what you're doing.
All of the websites I make require social media icons. When I found Icon Finder, I saw other icons themes I can use in my other projects. Never checked other icons websites again.
Samer Bou SalehWebsite
I guess my top 3 favorite resources would be the below:
Staying up to date with the latest trends of web design and what would make a website an award winner.
Researching specific features like styles, website structures, and types of websites (Corporate,fun, static, interactive, single page...).
More detail-oriented inspiration for elements and user-friendly solutions (buttons, menus, widgets, icons)
A List Apart
I've been following them since around 2004 and they helped me to really get my footing and learn the fundamentals of design and code. A List Apart is where some of the greatest designers and developers come together to share their knowledge about the trade. Everyone should attend one of their An Event Apart conferences, if given the chance.
Thoughts by Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische is the go-to gal for all things typography. She combines her witty, conversational writing style, typography and illustrations to explain design in terms that anyone can understand and appreciate. Her blog is filled with musings about about the daily life of design work from design itself, to managing clients.
This makes many designers' list of top blogs for good reason. It covers all facets of web including coding, design, mobile, and user experience design. They have a great e-book series as well and every month I look forward to their desktop wallpapers submitted to them by their readers.
Dribbble - because it has a lot of great designers with great projects. Besides a great place to meet new people.
Behance - same as dribbble.
Designmodo - Because they give specific examples… “16 websites with gorgeous typography” or “best website designs of 2014” - this is good place for inspiration.
I really love Bechance. it’s not strictly web design but it’s a great source of inspiration. sometimes, seeing peoples work is just what I need to get me motivated and seeing all the spectacular work there just inspires me.
I am also addicted to Pinterest (who isn’t right?) I always find a collection I haven’t seen before, they have a lot of web design boards and its just great!
The last one is Web Design Ledger (WDL), they just have great stuff there, articles, inspirations, i always find something new and exciting. LOVE IT!
I try to read this every single morning. It’s a great motivator to start my day. It’s also great because I can share it with my non-designer friends.
One of the more insightful blogs about intentional living. Being a freelancer it’s important to me to make the best of my time every day. I used to think that meant working 24/7 — Now that ideal has become living a balanced, healthy life. A must read if you’re freelance.
Excellent creative inspiration on a variety of topics ranging from creative process hacks to business pointers. They also put out great talks by industry giants such as Seth Godin (above), Sagmeister, Etc.
Actually there are a lot of websites I visit regularly, it depends on the kind of inspiration I'm looking for. The three below are between my favorites. I love the contents of course, but I appreciate as well their overall user experience.
It's community driven, and everyone's experimenting and pushing the limits of code.
My first and most loved resource for inspiration. It covers all design from illustrations to web.
A great for site for people to learn, but also a great resource to learn about new tools and software.
I love the way Daniel Howells curate the site. Most of the stuff he features are stuff that I like design-wise: grid-oriented, minimalist, experimental and fun.
I love the UI elements and icons people post on dribbble. They’re fun to look at.
A List Apart
Very informative and educational.
Design is kinky
This website has a value in curating the content and I've become a follower many years ago. The content is not specific about web design, but arts in general inspire me.
From up north
What I could say, I'm a big fan of North Kingdom and happy to know what these guys are looking around.
I'm a great enthusiast of Design Thinking and these guys inspires me to think in another way.
I love their posts, because they usually provide background info, examples and hands-on tips, to get you started.
I visit Dribbble mainly for inspiration and as a source for UI and graphics design patterns.
In-depth Photoshop tips and tricks… even for longtime Photoshop users.
it has a lot of high-quality web design content submitted by talented designers.
Best Web Gallery
This is an awesome web design gallery that features top-notch, inspiring web designs. However, the site is not frequently updated with new designs like other design galleries. Quality over quantity seems to be the motto on this site.
The Best Designs
This is another great web design gallery which has found an excellent balance between quality and quantity.
My favorite three sites for web design inspiration would be Designspiration because of it's range in styles. I enjoy finding examples that are very minimal and direct but with a touch of whimsy and personality. My second would be HUGE, the digital agency. HUGE would be in itself an inspiration from their bold and punchy website down to their work and clients. It's informational but not cluttered. I gather what they have accomplished with their clients immediately and also can navigate their own site seamlessly. Lastly, the third I'd choose would be We And The Color. What I like about We And The Color is that it's a hub for all things design but also show cases designs and companies that I wouldn't normally cross paths with.
Well for the most of my inspiration I use Designspiration.net, Behance, Fromupnorth.com or even Pinterest. But if I have to answer your question and be specific - resources for web design inspiration, I would say:
Because of the dominant Simple & Minimalistic website examples. I love to keep things simple.
Because of the variety and more detailed project descriptions.
Because of the focus on landing pages only. Nowadays frequently requested by clients. I´m not sure if it´s still up to date but I used to follow that site a lot.
I remember the time when CSS Galleries were very popular for design inspiration, and my favorite gallery of all time was CSS Beauty. We also had CSS Zen Garden, CSS Mania etc. I wanted to mention these websites because I grow up as a designer following beautiful designs in these galleries, and I'm kind a sorry cause they are not up to date any more...
Although it's a similar concept, Awwwards.com has some advanced features and high quality design galleries and it's great resource for inspiration and trend tracking.
Smashing Magazine is always a good link when you're stuck somewhere!
At the end, maybe will sound silly, but lately for my inspiration trigger I simply use - Google Images. I imagine one design detail (e.g. red, silky background), and search that word on GI. It's amazing how fast you can get inspiration for your design just looking at beautiful pics...
Because it has lots of random collection of CSS and jQuery code snippets and always up to date in their Collective category.
As it features many websites in Inspiration category that focused on specific web design element which enhances a web design. Such as its color schemes, its video background, or its theme.
It's often published inspirational website collection which is viewed in many creative aspects from time to time.
How I do things is a bit different than the methodical process the question suggests. Honestly, when I start a project, I never feel the need to define in what category the brief in-hand falls. Accordingly, whether if it's an editorial or web design project, I always tend to find the inspiration I need, if I need it, mainly from other areas or other designers' work, and the type of work I'm viewing at that moment doesn't necessarily have to even remotely match with mine. It can either be a contemporary art work or a sentence in a book that I simultaneously read that 'kicks it off', so I can easily say that the process evolves naturally and very randomly. The fact goes as I almost don't surf around the inspiration websites at all, as I like more looking at a particular work that I've seen before that comes to mind and hopping on and off the relevant and irrelevant links from there.
If I had to choose the one out of many inspiring resources, it would have been the Delectable as I find majority of the featured works intellectually satisfying and very similar to how I might like to do it if I had done it, approach-wise. Besides the trends and hip-but-shallow formal references, this website expands my comprehension regarding the possibilities and capabilities of what we call web design today and gives me the chance to compare how I and the others would define the very same thing.
This is a platform for different areas of design and offers huge variety. Besides, it gathers designers from all over the world with their own style, background and culture. I find this quite beneficial.
Same reasons as for Behance.
Provides up to date info and super good designs.
Animation is very important to me, so seeing things in motion helps me connect more to what an end-product should feel like, than static images might. Best inspiration can often come from design that isn’t particular to your field, as well (such as film, products, or even the coders perspective).
For designers looking to get inspiration I would suggest Behance network where you can find tons of cool stuff from other professionals, just to get you motivated to create great stuff. Behance is just a great way to discover great work and talent and possibly collaborate with others.
*and* Prosite service for those who are like myself looking to showcase their work in easy way without having to worry about coding. And, yes, I'm aware that Prosite isn't the only one offering that kind of service.
As regards to other websites/blogs, I try to keep my mind open to different stuff, I follow and visit different sites in pursuit for the information and knowledge that will help me in my own projects. So just to choose 3 is kinda impossible task for me.
Since there are many examples and experiments that one can download and start playing around with quickly. I have used several of their demos and tweaked them for what I needed to do.
I am starting to style using Material Design and to give information movement. Simple, elegant, fast.
Since with bootstrap, you can determine what is seen on PC, Tablet, phone, etc. Tailor content to the device size, and make your site snappy, and keep your site looking good and operating well, not matter the device that is used!
app.itize.us is great for web design as it brings trends to light for designers to help the user experience.
designaemporter.tumblr.com is one of my favorite resources. It is a greatly curated site with the abillity to sort by type of design but nothing more. This allows a broad range of designs to help influence your work rather than a narrowed search.
dribbble.com is another favorite. As an exclusive design network (you have to be invited to take part) there tends to be higher quality work than sites like behance.
Simply the best selection of amazing webdesign.
It's always interesting for small design pieces, like forms, actions.
I'm pretty new on Niice, but it's really good when you need to set a Moodboard, or just a visual concept, I need to explore it in deep.
Dribbble is particularly good for UI elements. If you're looking for a cool way to design an accordian, you're sure to find something there (along with pictures of actual accordians).
Awwwards is full of links to the shiniest, flashiest websites out there, utilising the most cutting edge techniques on offer. It's great to see how far some designers are pushing the envelope, though you may struggle to find anything relevant for content-heavy websites.
Smashing Magazine has kept on top of the latest web trends for years now and it's an invaluable resource when weighing up the suitability of techniques both new and old.
Advanced Photoshop showcases the work of tremendous designers from all around the world, so I don't have designed filtered through the trends here in the United States alone and it makes a difference. Also they provide great articles and have a print magazine that I buy pretty frequently.
Behance is similar in this regard and showcases work from designers all over, but in multiple disciplines and allows you to network and become a part f a real creative community.
YouTube seems like an odd choice for this question but it's not if you think about it. YouTube is a place where you can see speed art and design and learn from someone's process, there are also a ton of tutorials to help you grow. Also its a chance to see the personality behind other designers and artist and learn more about them.
The site is a well curated catalog of mobile and tablet UI patterns. There are over 3,000 patterns (and growing) in the library. A great resource when designing small screen UI.
Another great resource for UI design patterns. You can find everything from UI toolkits to beautifully designed sites and apps. A lot of great UI boards curated by community members.
A good collection of patterns with some nice filtering functionality (type, style, and device).
I don’t find inspiration from other websites, occasionally I’ll see a website I love, or one that is exceptional, but generally as a rule my inspiration is found outside the Internet. I like old industrial design, factories, safety equipment, etcetera. I love Hospital design, signage, typography, clinical and clean. I enjoy clever print design found in magazines and niche board games. But most of all I draw inspiration from nature, the design of fruits and veg, and trees, and animals. The Landscapes, the sorrow or joy in another’s face. Empathy and observation are a designer’s greatest tools to seeing inspiration in the mundane and ordinary.
I love that they break it down into so many different types of categories, from type of content, format, style, and even platforms. It's an easy and fun way to explore and get inspired.
I love Behance, it's a wonderful community of creatives, where you can not just get inspired by others work, but talk to them about. It's nice to be able to see their full process, from concept to final.
This is one of my favorite inspiration sites overall. It's a lot more random, but that's what I like about it. I'm always finding something new and different, that I don't think I'd find anywhere else.
I can collaborate with 3 websites that I consider useful and inspiring for an industrial designer:
News and information about good international design world.
Current and good information on different topics such as architecture, art, technology, etc.
Wide spread creative and artistic activities that complement our mental activity, our thoughts and stimulate us to reflect.
These sites are good to stay updated, but still real inspiration we find when we go to the park or when we see children playing.
Web Design Ledger
Among well-known and often visited websites about design I can recommend WDL. For trend spotting it is great.
A List Apart
When I am seeking for articles I go to A List Apart. I like texts about typography which is very useful and important to my design work.
I also follow some inspiration boards of other designers with good taste. For example this Slovak blog: Malydizajnblog.sk
My approach in seeking inspiration is to take a broad view and look at a variety of design disciplines, and beyond the design field, for inspiration rather than focusing on just web design or on just logo design. Places I look at regularly and would recommend to web and graphic designers:
I like what FastCompany does with graphics, using patterns and photos, large header images and typography in the layout of its site. Its content covers design, creativity, business, and technology, from a pop culture point of view.
ATissueJournal is about design in general, not just Wordpress and web design. It has a design-for-business focus and spotlights case studies - the thinking behind the design solutions.
Smashing Magazine is a good source for visual inspiration, design principles, tech trends and tutorials. It provides a good balance of visual and functional topics.
Behance is a must for high-end (meaning significant, well-conceived and well-crafted, seriously fun, functional, and beautiful) design, illustration and photography inspiration. Work in progress is often posted, and you get to see behind the scenes - the process of creation. Behance showcases creators, not curators.
The Daily Heller
For historical context, The Daily Heller looks at design in the context of history, economics and social impact.
Julie Ann HorvathWebsite
I love browsing Dribbble for design inspiration, especially for things like complex UI solutions, use of color, and illustration inspiration. Some of my favorite designers on Dribbble are Meagan Fisher, Ryan Putnam and Kelli Anderson.
I like looking for design inspiration in mediums like art, creative gifs, IRL signage, and even memes. I do a lot of this on Tumblr. Browsing posts really boosts my creative thinking and stimulates what little artistic side I do have.
I get a lot of inspiration from motion graphics, banners, even ads (bottom thirds) sometimes, especially when it comes to branding. Visual identity and design is crucial to any communication around new programming and attracting a specific audience. I learn a lot about communication design from the boob tube, believe it or not.
Great variety of resources, tips, tools and insights from a diverse community of designers.
Simple and effective UI design techniques that challenge me to constantly consider the weight of my design decisions.
Quality posts that keep me grounded in user centered design.
For me I look at sites for two different reasons when I am designing for web. First I look at sites for a wide range of images/articles for inspiration and design elements for the site. Then I look at sites to focus on web design for latest trends, functionality, and structure.
The sites that I probably look at the most are Pinterest, designspiration.net, and bashooka.com. I find that looking at a variety of things from fashion to design and even crafts or scrapbooking helps open my mind to more creativity. This allows me to pull small elements from a variety of resources to give my designs a more unique look. Each of these sites give me this wire range elements for inspiration.
Pinterest has the most range in terms of what I can look at for inspiration. Which is great because inspiration can come form any thing.
Designspiration is like Pinterest for designers. It focuses purely on design and is a great place to start narrowing down my inspiration and refining a moodboard.
Bashooka focuses a lot on web, mobile, UI/UX design. This is a great site to stay on top of the what the latest functionality, structure and animation trends are. Here look for more refined inspiration to change my concepts/moodboards into highly functional web designs.
If I could only choose 3 websites i'd choose the following each day to stay up to date and inspired with the world of web development:
It is quick, easy, and can come straight to my email each day with the few links that day that matter (and I can quickly tell from the headlines usually which matter and which don't - very few matter to be honest, so this helps me weed out the noise)
I usually end up here every other day anyway, and I am sure you do too if you do anything regarding CSS haha
I visit so many sites daily. My 3 sites would probably be the following:
I’ve been following Vitaly and his team for years and the content they publish has really improved and matured over the years. I especially enjoy their UX articles. SmashingMagazine is regular stop for me.
I may be a bit biased on this one since I’ve worked on their last redesign and I still work on the site on a regular basis, but the content that UX Booth publishes is always very well researched and of really high quality - every article they publish is a must-read for me.
Panda aggregates recent articles and news from many design and tech-related sources like Sidebar.io, Designer News, Hacker News, and Product Hunt, as well as inspiration sites like Dribbble, Behance, and Awwwards. No need to go anywhere else really.
Been there since day 1 and I have to say they still managed to keep the quality high. I love to get inspiration there because I can sort them in folders and give them feedback.
A relatively new project which features one free .sketch file a day. It has premium quality and I really love to get inspiration for UI / UX design there.
I love the case studies on there. People are able to show much more information than on Dribbble. That's the reason for Behance.
Site Inspire has a bunch of well designed, interesting web sites. Their categories make it easy to search for specifics and they're constantly updating. Plus their site is organized and displays its content uniformly.
The Webby Awards are a great place to be inspired by new ideas and great design. It's also great to see web design as an appreciated art form!
It's Nice That
It's nice that has been a long time running blog that curates some of the best design and art I've seen. Even though it's not entirely focused on Web Design, they feature off the beaten path jems and provides an enjoyable read.
Cargo Collective Gallery & Tumblr
I enjoy seeing how Tumblr & Cargo Collective users have created and edited their blogs for personal creative control. It's also been kind of peculiar seeing theme creators develop into small web businesses.
As far as inspiration goes, I tend not to look at other people's work for inspiration. This will sound corny, but I really try to get away from the screen and find inspiration in the real world whenever I get the chance. However, when I do turn to the web, these are my three favorite sources:
The Invision Blog
I've been using Invision as my main prototyping tool for quite some time now, and as of recently I've started following their blog because it's such a great source of ideas, inspiration and knowledge.
Little Big Details
I just love this website and I love the quirky and fun stuff that the creative minds come up with on their websites and apps. It always makes me smile and gets my creative juices flowing.
Designmodo and I have a long history - I've been following their blog for years. It's where you'll find useful resources, tutorials and freebies, as well as inspiration - all in one place.
As a graphic designer I believe that design plus usability is the best combination, this website has them both. It is simple, minimalist and very easy to use, you can create your own profile to like, save projects or upload your own.
What I like about this site is that it provides a different selection of good websites every week, so it keeps you on track regularly; it also gives you great tutorials about which fonts and colors to use.
Web Designer Depot
I love the design of the site, it captures your attention and inspires you just by itself and its use of fonts and illustrations. It has a lot of options to choose from when looking for an specific topic like design or usability, or coding. Besides, who doesn't love the freebies section?
It’s was a difficult selection but here go my favorite sites for inspiration.
Whenever I’m starting a new web project, this is where I go to check the latest amazing sites and get inspired.
Amazing platform not only to get inspiration, but also to follow your favourite designers, build up your network and even ask for input on your work from fellow designers. A daily visit for sure.
This is the place to go to build up your resources. Free mockups, icons, websites, apps, all in editable formats. Follow their subscription and be amazed every day!
The only site I visit for inspiration is SiteInspire.com, which I think is the absolute best out there in terms of how it selects websites to feature and the way in which it features them.
My inspiration sources of web design:
I picked those websites because the last 3 are reflecting my point of view of being minimalist and at the same time fulfilling visual expectations. Typographic approaches, use of colors and visual balance are perfect. Website directs the viewer and gives an experience from the beginning till the end.
The first website (www.flatvsrealism.com) is one of the best storytelling websites I have ever seen. I think it is a good and unique inspiration for designers.
Perfect place to find the design news I need to know fast and before every other design blog posts its.
Selectism.com and Style.com
Get a lot of inspiration from fashion trends. Great place to explore shapes, styles, and colors.
Nice sized articles to make sure you learn something new everyday.
Quick place to glance over great simple sites which don't have all the bells and whistles.
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