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Stuck in a creative rut?

Most designers have known the feeling at one point or another. When you’ve been working on one project for a long period of time or when you’ve been tasked to produce a particularly inventive concept, it can be a struggle to keep your mind fresh or to know where to look for inspiration. Thankfully we live in the age of the internet, and there are endless sources that can help get your creative juices flowing and keep you on the cutting edge of design.

There are, of course, the well-known heavy hitters of creative inspiration:

Designspiration

Design + Inspiration...Designspriation lives up to the name. It has a Pinterest or Instagram visual heavy, yet simple design.

 

Pinterest

Speaking of Pinterest. This is probably one of the most well-known platforms for gathering inspiration. The USP of Pinterest has always been that you can literally gather things that inspire you together, or 'pin' them to your virtual pinboard.

Colossal

Called the “Tate Modern of the Internet,” Colossal is an international platform for contemporary art and visual expression that explores a vast range of creative disciplines. 

Awwwards

Awwwards is a professional web design and development competition platform. It aims to recognise and promote the best of innovative web design. It is a website competition that developers can submit directly to.

Dezeen

Dezeen is the world's most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, and the winner of numerous awards for journalism and publishing.

Behance

Behance is an online platform - owned by Adobe - to showcase & discover creative work.

 

And these sites – which may be very well-known to some – have been perused by myself and my colleagues many, many times:

It’s Nice That

It’s Nice That believes passionately that creative inspiration is for everyone and by championing the most exciting and engaging work online, in print and through our events programme, we want to open up this world to the widest possible audience.

Grafik

Grafik.net is a home for the world's most inspiring graphic design. Building on their 20-year heritage in print as Grafik magazine, they tap into the brilliant designers, curators, critics and image-makers who shape visual culture.

Canva

Canva is a graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. 

From Up North

From up North is an online magazine that curates the creative web to deliver you the best and latest news from the creative industry. Sharing inspiration while showcasing amazing creatives across the globe.

Lost at E Minor

Lost At E Minor is an Australian-based, global culture site. Since 2005, they've curated visually inspiring content for creative people, so they can live a life more inspired. We can all get on board with that.

Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is a collective of individual writers sharing articles about design, photography, and UX as well as tutorials for Photoshop and other tools.

The Design Blog

Founded, designed and curated by Ena Baćanović - a designer based in Zagreb - Croatia, The Design Blog brings you carefully picked high-quality inspiration, featuring works of designers and design studios from all over the world, with the main focus on young designers/ students.

Creative Review

Creative Review is a bimonthly print and online magazine. The magazine focuses on commercial creativity, covering design, advertising, photography, branding, digital products, film and gaming. 

Under Consideration – Art of the Menu

Art of the Menu, is a division of UnderConsideration, cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Readdd

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Design Made in Japan

DMIJ (Design Made in Japan) is an attempt to map the design landscape in Japan with the help of designers, bloggers/writers or otherwise design interested individuals either living in Japan or abroad. Its aim is to become a central resource and platform on Japan design topics.

Creative Bloq

Daily inspiration for creative people. Fresh thinking, expert tips and tutorials to supercharge your creative muscles.

Swissmiss

Fonts in Use

Fonts In Use is a public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, industry, and period. 

WE AND THE COLOR

WE AND THE COLOR is a web magazine for your daily art and design inspiration.

Happy browsing!