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Sources of Creative Inspiration
If you are a living human being, then you probably feel the need for some creative inspiration -- at least occasionally. As writers and website services professionals, we often find ourselves in need of a good jolt (in addition to caffeine) to open our minds and get some ideas flowing.
Sometimes the type of inspiration needed is related to graphics and imagery, and at other times -- more often for us -- we are looking for writing-related inspiration, or something to get us thinking outside the box for keyword research on a search engine optimization (SEO) project. But no matter what specific brand of creativity we are craving at the time, we can always get those creative juices flowing when we visit one or more of the sites listed here. We hope this helps you, too.
Brainstorming sessions are great, but just because a brainstorming session is declared does not mean that new ideas will result. The next time you are going to call the staff together for a brainstorming session, send them these links a few minutes (at least) in advance and then get ready for some interesting ideas.
- Smashing Magazine -- My favorite resource for creative inspiration Excerpt: Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Our aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development. We try to convince you not with the quantity but with the quality of the information we present. We hope that makes us different. Smashing Magazine is, and always has been, independent...Perhaps the most remarkable yet overlooked aspect of the design community is its friendly, enthusiastic spirit. Every day, literally thousands of talented, hard-working folks out there gain new insight from their work, come up with brilliant ideas and then share their experience with fellows designers...
- Deviant Art -- interesting source of art-related, visual creative inspiration
- Digg --
Excerpt: Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users. You won’t find editors at Digg — we’re here to provide a place where people can collectively determine the value of content and we’re changing the way people consume information online...How do we do this? Everything on Digg — from news to videos to images — is submitted by our community (that would be you). Once something is submitted, other people see it and Digg what they like best. If your submission rocks and receives enough Diggs, it is promoted to the front page for the millions of our visitors to see.
Digg is a great resource for creative inspiration because it is, in a sense, a list of some of the most interesting destinations available online at any given time. Everything you see on Digg has been voted on by many different individials. Furthermore, you can use Digg as you would a search engine. For instance, searching for Diggs related to "creative inspiration" can lead to all sorts of places to get your creative juices flowing.
Creative Inspiration: Graphic Design
- 40 Top Creative Design Resources that Inspire Professional Graphic Designers -- Inspiration can be critical to overcoming a creative design block, or just keeping the air in your creative sails. Finding and routinely following creative design resources is a great way to stay on top of trends, spark ideas, and simply appreciate the great works that inspire professional graphic designers...
- DesignSlurp -- DesignSlurp is an aggregator of all things design-related, from the fine folks at Studio 7
More Resources for Creative Inspiration
- Ten of the Greatest Web Sources for Creative Inspiration
- 110+ Resources For Creative Minds -- Tips, tutorials, exercises and inspiration from the fields of visual art, writing, photography, blogging, design and invention. Next time you’re stuck for ideas or inspiration I hope you’ll find something here to get your right brain firing. A tip: sometimes the best sources of inspiration often lie far outside your own creative field...
- Skelliewag -- Skelliewag is a blog about planning, creating and growing the online projects you’re obsessed with. If you have big ideas that keep you awake at night (in a good way), this is written for you.
- Fuel Your Creativity -- Excerpt: Most people find that true creativity isn’t a constant presence in their lives, no matter how much you fool yourself into thinking that. We’d like to introduce you to Fuel Your Creativity. This gem is the place to turn to when you’re having one of your “I’m-going-to- implode-if-I- don’t-get-an- idea-soon” moments. Don’t lie. You know you have them...Check us out when you need some inspiration. We have some pretty cool articles and even cooler links to various sites that will keep you informed on how other creatives like yourself get things done. There are even interviews with said creatives that give you a glimpse into their world. There are some cool worlds out there...
- I Love Typography -- great site about all things type
- Burst of Beaden -- illustration
- Fully Illustrated -- design, illustration
- Cork Dump -- customizable list of design resources
- GDC -- Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
- Freelance Switch -- freelancer advice, resources
- Logopond -- collection of logos, corporate identity
- Desktopography -- desktop wallpapers
- Computer Arts -- graphic design magazine
- 50+ Promising Collection Of Resources And Inspirations For Designers To Discover The Best Of The Web In April
Creative Inspiration: Graphic Design Blogs
- 1stwebdesigner -- 1stwebdesigner is a design blog dedicated to bloggers, freelancers, web-developers and designers. Topics focus on web design,graphic design, tutorials and inspirational articles.
- Veerle’s Blog -- a frequently updated design blog
- Design in Europe -- a european design blog
- Design you Trust -- a unique nerdy blog
- David Hellmann -- a German design blog
- Bittbox -- a graphic design blog
- Freelance Switch -- a blog about freelance graphic design advice
- You the Designer -- a design blog full of resources
- Fazai 38 -- a popular design blog
- Inspired Magazine
Creative Inspiration: Photography
Other Categories of Web Resources
Free Font Downloads
- Web Page Publicity -- free fonts and other resources
- Da Font -- huge collection of free fonts
- Urban Fonts -- nice selection of free fonts
- Simply The Best Fonts -- fonts and other freebies
- 1001 Free Fonts -- 1001 free fonts for download
- Creamundo -- over 9000 free fonts
- Best Free Fonts -- a small list of free fonts
Paid Font Sites
- My Fonts -- a large selection of fonts for purchase
- Veer -- quality fonts for purchase
- Fonts -- information and fonts for purchase
- Font Haus -- font resources and sales
Stock Photos and Vectors
- iStockphoto -- a great stock photo and vector website
- Shutterstock -- quality photos for purchase
- Veer -- stock photos and other pay downloads
- Vector Stock -- quality, affordable vectors for purchase
- Jupiter Images -- stock photos with a great selection
- Stock Vault -- stock photos and photography network
- Corbis -- quality stock photos
Free Photos and Vectors
- Open Source Vector Art -- submit vectors, download others for free
- Deviant Art -- tons of great free vectors and photos
- Free Vectors -- 59 pages of free vector art
- Vecteezy -- large gallery of free vectors
- Vector 4 Free -- quality vector downloads
- Free Stock Photos -- neat collection of free photos from around the world
- You The Designer -- great collection of free vectors and resources
- Free Foto -- great free stock photos
- Bittbox -- a list of free downloads
- Free Picture Click -- 700 free stock photos
- Free BG -- free background patterns for photoshop
- Squidfingers -- over 150 free background patterns
- Evan Eckard -- a few high quality wordpress themes
- OSWD -- over 2,000 free web templates
- Open Source Templates -- a small selection of nice templates
- Free CSS Templates -- a large list of free templates
- Free CSS Templates -- nice wordpress templates for download
- Free Templates Online -- a combination of free and pay templates
- Templamatic -- affordable, quality templates
- Blogging Themes -- free blog templates
- CSS Remix -- the best sites on the web
- CSS Mania -- a frequently updated gallery of sites
- Most Inspired -- an organized list of nice sites
- CSS Design Yorkshire -- css gallery of quality sites
- CSS Nature -- a selection of only nature based sites
- Web Creme -- a selective list of well designed sites
- CSS Tux -- high quality css showcase
- The Designed Tree -- nice css websites
- CSS Elite -- a css collection organized by category
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Designer Geek Merchandise
Great Nerdy Clothing and Accessories: Veer
Nice T-Shirt Collection: Design Loot
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Discovering Your Purpose
Talk about a worthwhile topic...this definitely qualifies. Sometimes you may feel as though following links, or surfing the web, is a waste of time - and sometimes you'd be right; however, you can set that concern aside as you peruse these links about discovering your purpose.
- How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes
- The Meaning of Life: Discover Your Purpose
- Life on Purpose: 15 Questions to Discover Your Personal Mission
- What Should I Do with My Life? -- The One Question is about finding your purpose. It's about finding what you love to do the most, living with passion, searching for what gives your life meaning. It's about being in tune with who you really are and living a life of purpose. Having a purpose in your life is almost like a spiritual experience. The One Question helps you find the The Meaning of Life, and answer to the one question we all need an answer for: what should we do with our lives?
- Why You Must Discover Your Purpose -- You belong somewhere; there’s something that you can do better than anyone else. There is a problem that you were created to solve, a problem that you will love solving. Even if you’re not certain what your purpose is, begin to move in the direction of activities that you enjoy, eventually you will get clarity on your true purpose, if you stay in action.
- Life Purpose -- This page contains dozens of links to articles that cover topics like: How To Ask More Powerful Questions, The Law of Attraction, Live Your Best Life, What Else Is There, Wealth Beyond Reason, How To Get UN-Stuck, Power of Conscious Intention, Have No Doubt, A Case for Life Purpose, Silencing the Critic Within, Thoughts Matter: Finding Happiness Through Improving Our Thinking, Attitude: Get Off Your Assets, 5 Steps to Purpose: Facing Limiting Fears, 10 Guidelines to Enlightenment, Letting Go Of The Past, and so on.
- Purpose - How to Discover Your Purpose
Think Simple Now -- Think Simple Now (TSN) is a candidly written blog that addresses real-life personal issues on our path to happiness and fulfillment, along with practical and simple solutions for those issues...Our mission at Think Simple Now is to empower people to find inner clarity and personal happiness through simple, uplifting, motivational, and applicable articles.
PickTheBrain.com Welcome to PickTheBrain.com, a website dedicated to self improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self education. PickTheBrain diverges from traditional “self-help” by taking a broader approach. Rather than sticking to a small set of topics, the site covers anything related to self improvement. Any information that people can use to live more prosperous, satisfying lives is a potential article.
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