So, you are probably here because you are looking to find the best source of inspiration for your latest project… And trust me, I have been there too. So today I will give you some GREAT examples of where to find ideas, and it’s in the form of a Top 8!
So in at number 8, we have
So you are probably wondering what I even mean by ‘Collections’... But it’s actually something which each and every designer should do in my opinion. A collection is a stash of previously made prints, products, packaging and even a bottle cap, that you have picked up because it caught your eye! Now you are probably thinking, What are you talking about!? Well, there has got to be a reason why you picked it up, why it caught your eye, maybe the colour, text, image or shape… All of these things can be useful for your own project, because if something so seeming uninteresting can catch your eye, there must be something interesting about it! So find a spare bag or box, and start collecting (but please don’t take what isn’t yours) and grow your own ‘Inspiration Box’!
Right, so magazines are a similar source to the collections, but slightly more refined. Take a closer look at adverts that look good, and make note of design elements they feature, maybe the style of typeface, or the way the body copy is layed out? Or could it be the lack of text..? There are some great collections of magazines specifically for graphic design, most of which i’m sure you have heard of, but as a start, maybe look into Computer Arts magazine.
Fortunately, advertisements are unavoidable in todays world, so coming across them isn’t hard to do.. But the idea behind adverts which you seen on the TV and along the sides of websites, is that they are made to STAND OUT. So again, make note of what makes them stand out, and experiment to see if the same techniques work in your own design.
5: Logo Pond:
This one is short and sweet.. LogoPond is a website which has been made to showcase logos made by designers of all backgrounds. This give you a great place to look at a range of designs, with the focus on different elements.
4: Creative Bloq
Again, this is a website, but has more to show you than LogoPond, this site allows you to look into specific fields within design, from graphic design itself, to website design. This website features endless articles and is updated daily with new and exciting things to read, great to get your mind away from the block which stops you from working.. Articles which I enjoy showcase the best new gadgets which designers need in their life, telling you about the advantages of Pantone swatch books, and even screen calibrators! Great things you never knew even existed!
Now i’m sure we have all come across Pinterest at some point in our lives, and for good reason. Pinterest is the social media site which brings great communities together. You can search for specific keywords, and find what other users have found and saved in that topic, straight away refining your search, and making the idea process even quicker. And as quickly as we finish talking about Pinterest, we are down to the Top 2!
And at No. 2, we have Behance, and this website to me is the ultimate tool for using as a free portfolio, which allows other designers and artists to find you and support your work. There are also some great collections which showcases the best new designs & designers which are being added to the Behance network. Behance also allows you to build and customise your own portfolio, which is brilliant if you have new work or even old work which is stored in your folders from years ago, they all have the chance to see the light, and grow your online presence, which is incredibly important in this digital age…
And at number 1, we have Instagram. Of course this would make it into the ranking, because there are so many great pages to visit and follow for daily inspiration from other Instagram artists from around the world!
Thank you for reading this Top 8 list of great sources to find inspiration, there will be some great posts in the future going into detail about these as individual posts, and how to make the most of them, so be sure to check back regularly for more updates!
So thanks for reading, and I will see you soon.