Before I start creative projects, I put together moodboards and design inspiration. It’s fun, but also helps develop a direction for type and color schemes. While there’s a near infinite number of places to draw inspiration from, here are a few of my go-to’s.
Every time I start a new design project, I find myself exploring Designspiration. I love the giant search bar and typing in things like “invitations,” “business cards,” or “logos.” Immediately, beautiful, high-level designs pop up. It is so motivating to see all the creative design work. Designspiration is the perfect site to pull images for moodboards and a perfect place to research before you get started!
Thebestdesigns.com is my favorite place to look before I get started on any web design project. I know the title of the website doesn’t sound very creative, but it truly is a collection of the best websites out there. It also showcases innovative web designers and portfolios of their work.
I use the filter component to narrow in on different styles. So, if I am working on a site where a client may want to work in more illustration, I can filter search results for inspiration that lends itself to more illustrative work. It is a great place to find inspiration before opening up Photoshop, and helps me keep up with web trends.
Creative Market is an awesome font website! I love to browse through here to get ideas for different font combinations. My last project tasked me with putting together type that was rustic and vintage, and this was the first place I looked for non-cliche possibilities. Before I knew it, I had a dozen great font ideas to work with as I got started.
I’m a big believer that you can find inspiration anywhere. But it’s also incredibly easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things out there to look at. These websites are great go-to’s for getting started in your creative inspiration journey.