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MVB’s Top Spots for Finding Design Inspiration

Inspiration

You’re sitting at your desk (or standing or pacing or lying down or eating a bag of crisps). Hmmm. “I need an idea,” you say. “Where should I start?” As creative professionals we all need to find some design inspiration to get us started. It might be a plastic grocery bag blowing around in the wind (how Alan Ball got the idea for the screenplay for American Beauty) or it could be some online surfing to see what grabs our interest that day.

This post features the top online places that the My Visual Brief founders and staff scout to find beautiful design works that inspire us and are part of our daily design research routine.

General design

 

1. Behance

Behance is one of the most used online portfolio platforms.
Behance is one of the most used online portfolio platforms.

Behance is the most used online portfolio platform – it’s a true meeting place for designers who want to display their work while tapping into what’s happening globally. On Behance, you can peruse inspiring portfolios, discover the latest design trends and network with aspiring and professional designers.

 

2. Featured Galleries in Behance

Check out the curated galleries in Behance for specific inspiration you might need.
Check out the curated galleries in Behance for specific inspiration you might need.

The Featured Galleries option in Behance is a great way to find selected works in a specific category. If you want to look at branding projects for example, just go through the Branding Served Site to view some of the best projects in this category. There are many other Galleries too – go in and explore!

 

3. Designspiration

Designspiration lets you keep collections of your most inspiring designs.
Designspiration lets you keep collections of your most inspiring designs.

Designspiration showcases useful inspiration and lets you organize your visual research. You can create folders for your favorite images, search by color or theme, and even go through other people’s collections to see what caught their eye.

 

4. Cargo Collective

Cargo is always on top on the latest design and art trends.
Cargo is always on top on the latest design and art trends.

Cargo is an active online creative community. Its platform enables users to publish creative works in a curated way, so the content you’ll find in Cargo is always at the vanguard of design. Prepare to be inspired by the latest trends in both art and design.

 

5. Fast Company Design

Fast Company Design's inspiring articles are a great source of information.
Fast Company Design’s inspiring articles are a great source of information.

Fast Company Design is a useful website for designers of all levels to find inspiration and non-visual resources. Constantly updated with the most current information, works and insights on global design, Fast Company will keep you inspired and informed about what’s happening now and where the field is going next.

Packaging

6. The Dieline

Find the most original packaging projects in The Dieline.
Find the most original packaging projects in The Dieline.

We love this packaging website! It’s a comprehensive collection of packaging projects – from student project work to state-of-the-art packaging design. Features include awards for best designs and an informative blog that will keep you in the loop with valuable information and even more packaging design inspiration.

 

UI Design

 

7. Dribble

Search by colour or tags the UI inspiration you are looking for in Dribble.
Search by colour or tags the UI inspiration you are looking for in Dribble.

Dribble is a go-to platform for UI portfolios. Here you can find an assortment of UI inspiration – from icons, to animations, to entire mobile app designs and more. One of its key features is being able to search by color and tag, making it a breeze to browse the numerous offerings.

 

8. Scoutzie

Scoutzie is great for very specific inspiration in UI.
Scoutzie is great for very specific inspiration in UI.

Scoutzie is a portfolio website for UI designers that you can search by platform, project type and budget. Use it when you’re looking for very specific inspiration and/or information about UI design.

 

9. Awwwards

Search for the most voted web designs in Awwwards for the best that is around.
Search for the most voted web designs in Awwwards for the best that is around.

Awwward is one of the most well-known online web design galleries. Here you can discover numerous original projects, vote for the best entries and see which ones receive the awards.

 

There you have it! These are some of our favorite places online to find inspirational design examples, catch up on industry news and network with others working in the field.

Now we want to know… Where do you find inspiration?!

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