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Finding Inspiration

We all require a little inspiration here and there. For designers, inspiration is a
necessity. whether it relates to the form, materials or function of our design.

Personally, I try to find inspiration in as many different kinds of places as I can,
especially outside my industry.  I’m always looking for more inspiration in my
surroundings, objects I use daily or through various design related websites and blogs.

Today I’d like to share my current TOP 10  Design Inspiration
sites on the web. So here it goes in no particular order…


This design blog is fantastic. Great imagery, interesting artwork, graphic design,
typography, product design, Art, Architecture….You name the type of design and they
will likely be covering it at some point. I could get lost in this site.


FRCH delivers a well excecuted blog full of imagery, examples of retail design,
exhibit design, architecture, illustration, ideas for getting the creative juices flowing
and a bit of an inside look at their employees and culture.


The Chute Gerdemen blog describes itself as ‘opinions. Attitude. Inspiration. From the
desks of Chute Gerdeman.’ And that about sums it up. Another site that starts with retail
design and quickly expands into much more.


This site remains one of my favorites for inspiration and information covering
design, interiors and architecture. I’ve been visiting this site since the college days
and it remains one of my regular spots.


This is a site to for creatives of all fields to showcase their work and for others to
discover their work.  Incredible way to host your portfolio and/or discover other
inspirational works to give you a kick in the pants.

If you get a chance, check out this awesome book Making Ideas Happen, by owner/CEO
of Behance Scott Belsky. And explore the Action Method site which details his
organizational method described in the book and offers a platform for implementing it.
(I am in no way affiliated with Behance, AM or MIH. I’m just excited about all of it. )


Another design magazine and resource picked up from my college days continues to
offer relevant information and inspiration. Articles, photos, awards, discussions
and even jobs and portfolios live on this site.


This is another site to for creatives of all fields to showcase their work and for others
to discover their work.  A seriously exciting grouping of work to peruse for inspiration
and another excellent way to host and show off your own portfolio. The format also allows
for optional customization of your portfolio site if you like and the option to use your own url.


A site highlighting works and topics relating to Design, Interiors, Art and
Architecture. This site is easy to navigate and full of stimulating imagery and articles.


Designworklife is a part of Seamless Creative, a New York City-based design
studio. Updated daily, DWL was established to catalog and share design-centric
inspiration.’ And you do it well DWL. Proof that the imagery does most of the
talking and that a clean and simple site layout it often best.


This site covers graphic design, product, design industry events and happenings, 
web design,  typography and much more. I always seem to find far too many 
interesting items to read about on this site. Tons of useful stuff here!


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