In Need of Inspiration? – The Best Websites and Blogs for Graphic Designers

In Need of Inspiration? – The Best Websites and Blogs for Graphic Designers

It happens to the best of us. Staring at the screen, waiting for an idea to just jump out at you. Some days it’s just not happening. Some days you need a little nod in the right direction.

Not to worry, help is on its way. There are heaps of great blogs and websites out there to get those creative juices doing juicy things again. We’ve comprised a list of 10 of our favourites. So come on. Notebook out. Pencil sharpened. Find your new favourite source of inspiration.

1. Abduzeedo – Get yourself Abducted

Illustrations, 3D graphics, portfolios, the list goes on – At Abduzeedo creative heads are at home. The name comes from the Portuguese word abduzido – abducted. The gag: these designs aren’t going to let you go.

Topics: Graphic design, typography, UX- & Web Design, 3D

2. Friends of Type – Better your letter game

For all you lettering and typography boffins out there, check out Friends of Type. The 4 friends that run this blog have a burning passion for letter art and typographic masterpieces. Now staring at the screen is fun again.

Topics: Typographic design and lettering

3. Creative Boom – A Creativity Multitool

Here we have ourselves an allrounder. This website has news, career tips, podcasts, ideas – basically the whole creative industry together in one place. They’ve got enough inspiration to last you years.

Topics: Architecture, fashion, gaming, illustration and much more

4. Behance Galleries 

Think of a visit to Behance Galleries as something of a mini-adventure. This Adobe platform showcases a range of creative works. Their filters are great too. Choose according to colour scheme, design program, creative area among others.

Topics: Art, graphic design, interior design, packaging, 3D, typography

5. Designspiration – Galllery of Good Ideas

So you know your topic but are lacking that final touch? Designspiration offers you a Pinterest style gallery. The best bit: You can search according to colour schemes. It’s ideal if your design process is already underway but you need a little guidance.

Topics: Art, graphic design, interior design, packaging, 3D, typography

6. Fonts in Use – You’re just my typo

Getting the font right is half the battle. This font archive would have had scribes in the middle ages completely flabbergasted. There are the usual suspects as well as some fascinating fonts which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.

Topic: Typography

7. Dribble – Connecting Creativity

Gather some inspiration whilst networking – Dribble can do both. Here you can find designers, job offers and numerous ideas for your creative work. Beyond mere inspiration, you could get yourself an assignment.

Topics: Animation, branding, illustration, typography, web design

8. The Inspiration Grid – Trick Is in the Name

This is when it gets a bit colourful. The Inspiration Grid has got oodles of curated design-input for you to cast your eyes on. This celebration of colour will be sure to charge your creative batteries in no time.

Topics: Architecture, art, illustration, interior design, pop culture, UX and more

9. Visuelle – The Essentials

Visuelle is understated but slick and fun to visit. There are fascinating pieces without the much text next to them. Sometimes you just have to let the images do the talking.

Topics: Digital, graphic design, illustration, photography, typography

10. Eye on Design – News from the Machine Room

This is the redactional website from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). It is all about platforming designers and how they contribute to society. Educate yourself and feast your eyes on gorgeous designs.

Topics: Graphic design, typography, illustration, working life

Wherever you grab your inspiration from, we’re sure you’re designs and going to have that wow-factor. Knowing where exactly to post your work is another aspect of being a designer that can be a little overwhelming. Read our article on best showcase platforms to share your designs.

Where else do you turn when you’re in need of an extra slice of creativity? Let us know in the comments and share your tips with the community.

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