Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration

May 23 2008 by Jacob Gube | 27 Comments

What’s the best remedy for "designer’s block"? Easy – visit design gallery websites to get you back in the creative groove. There are many wonderful sites out there specifically to help inspire designers, and here are just a handful of them.

Best Web Gallery

Best Web Gallery

Best Web Gallery features only the best XHTML and Flash designs you can find online. Best Web Gallery has a clean and easy-to-use interface, letting you preview a featured design when you hover over its image. Users can leave and read comments on the designs, giving you the opportunity to see what other people have to say about a particular site. Best Web Gallery is a project by Nick La, a highly talented freelance web designer, who also created Web Designer Wall and N.Design Studio.

Unmatched Style

Unmatched Style | CSS Web Design Inspiration and CSS Gallery - Screen Shot

Unmatched Style is a community dedicated to acknowledging beautiful CSS-based, web standards compliant web designs. People can rate and comment on the sites displayed here to help you narrow down worthwhile designs to check out. Unmatched Style also provides resource links, news, as well as interviews of top designers such as Roger Johansson, Jeff Croft, and Mark Boulton.

FAVUP

FAVUP - Screen Shot

FAVUP currently has four gallery categories: Logos, Business Cards, Flash Websites, and CSS Websites. Each design furnishes a link to the designer – so if you like a particular design, you can also check out other works they’ve done that may not be featured on FAVUP.

Adobe Design Center

Adobe Design Center - Galleries, articles and tips on motion and interactive design - Screen Shot

The Adobe Design Center has a gallery section where you can find featured designers from a variety of fields. You’ll find Photoshop experts, illustrators, and web designers featured here. The Adobe Design Center also has tutorials and articles that you can read to find further design inspiration.

The FWA

The FWA: Favourite Website Awards - Web awards at the cutting edge

The FWA (Favorite Website Awards) is a showcase of excellent Flash designs. To be awarded the FWA is a great honor so you can be guaranteed to find first-class designs in its galleries. They also post articles and interviews on the website.

Patrick Haney’s Flickr Web Design Inspiration Set

Web Design Inspiration - a set on Flickr - Screen Shot

Patrick Haney created a Flickr set of web designs that quickly grew to include over 400+ designs and has reached over over 600,000+ views. Each design in the set comes with a brief description of the website. To learn more about the Web Design Inspiration set, check out his post on Think Tank.

LogoPond

LogoPond - Identity Inspiration - Screen Shot

LogoPond is a community where users can submit their designs to share and receive feedback from other members. Comments on the designs are a valuable resource, and most often you’ll find tips and suggestions by community members that can inspire you on your own logo design.

Most Inspired

Most Inspired | Home - Screen Shot

Most Inspired shares beautiful design work and also aggregates design gallery feeds in one page on their Gallery Feeds section. Some of the galleries on the feeds list are CSS Mania, Style Gala, cssimport, and InspirationKing. Most Inspired also lists links to blog posts that you may find useful.

Web Creme

Web Creme | Web design inspiration - Screen Shot

Web Creme is a no-frills, simplistic gallery for web design inspiration. Each entry is tagged with their primary color palettes so that designers can quickly view designs that are in tune to what they’re currently searching for in terms of color theme.

DESIGNFLOOD.com

DESIGNFLOOD.com - Waist Deep in Pixels

DESIGNFLOOD.com collects unique, handpicked, well-designed websites to showcase in their gallery. Users can rate each design from a score of 1 through 9 (they believe that no website can achieve a perfect 10 and that there’s always room for improvement). DESIGNFLOOD.com features large screenshots so it’s easier to find the designs you might be looking for.

Where do you go for design inspiration?

Let everyone know which places you go to for inspiration – whether it’s a website, a book, a magazine, or a particular art gallery – share your thoughts in the comments section. When I’ve amassed enough input, I’d like to someday post about the readers’ sources of inspiration.

27 Comments

chandan

May 23rd, 2008

I have two more to add here.

http://www.thebestdesigns.com/

&

http://cssremix.com/

both are great sources for web design inspiration.

Pat

May 23rd, 2008

I go to cssmania.com quite often. They aren’t as particular about the quality of the designs they present, but there are definitely some gems in there.

Sometimes it’s also good to see websites that may not be the best, as it provides the opportunity to see what could be changed and learn from other’s mistakes (or simply improve something that could be a bit better).

Damien

May 24th, 2008

I like screenfluent.com for inspiration..

Sachleen Sandhu

May 24th, 2008

http://www.screenalicious.com/
http://www.oswd.org/

I have been using those two for a long time, some very nice stuff there.

adelle

May 24th, 2008

Great post, these are the sites I use and if your looking for more inspiration I just did a post on 23 Kick Ass Design Portfolios you can check out.

Cheers!

http://onepagelove.com/
http://www.fullsingle.com/
http://onepagefolios.com/
http://welovewp.com/

http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com/23-kick-ass-portfolio-designs/

Jacob Gube

May 25th, 2008

Thanks everyone, keep the links coming!

@adelle: – Wonderful selection of websites, and I must say that your design portfolio post is wonderful!

stefan alexandru

May 28th, 2008

You’ve forgot to mention designshack.co.uk witch is one of the coolest web galleries ever.

CSS Loaf

May 28th, 2008

May i also add CSSLoaf which is the ultimate design gallery. Showcasing nearly 2000 websites from over 35 hot galleries. Why spend hours each day scouring different galleries when you can grab all your inspiration from one!

Luke Robinson

May 28th, 2008

Inspiration for campus Web designers: http://www.edustyle.net

Jeff Finley

May 28th, 2008

This is a great list! Bookmarked…

Daniel

May 30th, 2008

One more to add to your list, dtsn: Scrapbook

Andrew

June 9th, 2008

No designflavr: http://www.designflavr.com Great list otherwise.

Micheil

July 7th, 2008

hmm… I’d have to add on deviantART. It’s good some inspiring designs if you know where to look.

(I actually run a small collection of designs there..)

Alanya haber

October 10th, 2008

very good… Thanks you very much !

Alanya haber

October 11th, 2008

Cool overview… cool Designs.

Designer

October 13th, 2008

thanks a lot for the amazing list of websites.

Gene Yuss

October 28th, 2008

Abduzeedo.com

jon

November 14th, 2008

I have one more to add here.

http://www.csshook.com/

great sources for web design inspiration.

Muhabbet

January 19th, 2009

thanks you . . .

mip

March 8th, 2009

best thinks found at

http://www.behance.net

thx for the list

andimazlan

June 27th, 2009

Thank you.. great list makes a nice post.

Alin

May 19th, 2010

learn again。。。。^_^

kompresory

June 9th, 2010

Thank you for the inspiration

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