Resources of Creative Design Inspiration


I have collected together a handy selection of inspiration in the form of creative design websites. These resources are a great source of design inspiration with many offering tutorials, useful tips, showcases and galleries. I guarantee if you aren’t feeling inspired one of the sites will get you motivated. The below list is ordered A to Z and with my top 6 sites highlighted with a graphic header.

24 ways to impress your friends

  • 24ways.org/
    This ia great resource for a daily does of design and development news, reviews and opinions.

Abduzeedo

  • abduzeedo.com/
    This site is packed full of gallery, interviews and news. It is a top resource and the main designer Fabio Sasso shares some great design tutorials.

Ads of the World

  • adsoftheworld.com/
    This site is one of the best sites showcasing advertising from around the world. The site is well structured and you can lose yourself for hours on it.

All Graphic Design

Behance Network

  • www.behance.net/
    A great collection of portfolios, projects and collaborations from some top designers.

Best Web Gallery

  • bestwebgallery.com/
    The name says it all it is one of the best web galleries out there and is always being updated with new inspirational sites everyday.

Blog – Spoon Graphics

Colour Lovers

  • www.colourlovers.com/
    Again the name speaks for itself a great collection of creative inspiration colours from this design community.

Command Shift 3

  • commandshift3.com/
    This is a hot or not type website. Each time you visit the site you are asked to select your favourite – rather addictive.

Communication Arts

  • commarts.com/
    The essential creative resource – they aren’t kidding this really does have some of the best design insights.

Computer Arts

  • www.computerarts.co.uk/
    One of my favourite resources for tutorials, galleries and discussions about graphic design.

Core77

  • core77.com/
    Another great site for graphic designs articles – an awesome design magazine too.

CSS3.info

  • www.css3.info/
    Looking for information and news about CSS3 – well this has it in the bucket loads.

CSS Beauty

  • cssbeauty.com/
    Huge resource of news and jobs with a great creative design community showcasing some great CSS web designs.

CSS Mania

  • cssmania.com/
    12,500+ CSS website showcased on this fantastic site.

CSS Remix

Dafont.com

  • dafont.com/
    Great collection of free fonts – organised into a number of categories.

David Airey

  • www.davidairey.com/
    Fantastic blog from graphic and logo designer David Airey – a great resource for any designer.
  • www.logodesignlove.com/
    More from David and another great site about everything related to logos.

Designers who Blog

DesignFlavr

  • www.designflavr.com/
    Gallery and community of design inspiration from CSS and Flash to CGI and traditional art.

Design is Kinky

Deviant Art

Fubiz

  • fubiz.net/blog/
    One for the French – a nice website of all things design and inspirational.

Hypebeast

  • hypebeast.com/
    Nice collection of fashion design inspiration and opinions.

I Love Typography

Inspiredology.com

iStockphoto

Labs – Adobe

  • labs.adobe.com/
    Want to know more information about Adobe Creative CS5 Suite or other emerging technologies?

Layers Magazine

  • www.layersmagazine.com/
    This is not only a great podcast and magazine but also a great website. Covering the entire Adobe suite of products they offer loads of tutorials and is ideal place for getting up to speed with CS4.

Lealea Design

  • www.lealea.net/
    A web and graphics designer Lea Alcantara blog and portfolio.

Logoorange

  • logoorange.com/
    A logo design company with some great designs and articles.

Logopond

Logosauce

  • logosauce.com/
    Another great logo design gallery updated frequently.

Noupe

  • www.noupe.com/
    From Ajax to WordPress everything a good designer should know.

Photoshop User TV

PSDTUTS

  • psdtuts.com/
    This site is fairly new but they are constantly adding new articles and Photoshop tutorials. They have just launched AETUTS.com

Smashing Magazine

Spunk

Swiss Legacy

The Flash Blog

  • theflashblog.com/
    This is a great collection of articles from Lee Brimelow from Adobe focused on Flash, Flex and AIR development.

The FWA

  • thefwa.com/
    Favourite Website Awards – one of the best web and flash showcases around.

Vandelay Design

  • vandelaydesign.com/blog/
    A nice blog of articles that will inspire and inform. Topics covered from Blog design to SEO.

Video Copilot

W3C Sites

  • w3csites.com/
    All well designed sites that conform to the W3C standards are here – nice!

Web Designer Wall

  • www.webdesignerwall.com/
    Last but certainly not least – 20,000 subscribers can’t be wrong – some really well written articles on Photoshop, Illustrator, Trends, Inspiration, CSS, SEO and WordPress.