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Five unique sources to find graphic design inspiration

Inspiration is the source of creativity but how and where do you find it? It goes without saying that each designer has his own means to get inspired: some by written words and stories, others by images. I would like to share the following five inspiring online sources which have proven to be very useful to me.


VASTMIX

"A picture is worth a thousand words". Keeping this in mind Vastmix is a real gem. A Tumblr based website that simply shows photos in a masonry grid. The theme is 'fashion' and the subjects range from editorial design to stationary design to photography.

An inspirational image by Vastmix

ULTRALINX

For those who prefer the written word to illustrations Ultralinx is a usefool tool. A blog started by the well-known English designer Oliur Rahman. You will find daily updates on trends in design, font styles, photography, interior design, etc.

HTTPSTER

A true source of inspiration for the web designers amongst us. Fine brands with even more attractive websites. The people behind Httpster describe their website as follows: "an inspiration resource showcasing totally rocking websites” which hits the nail on the head!

DESIGNSPIRATION

One of my favourites. Designspiration is a platform comparable to Vastmix: an infinite scroll, masonry grid with endless inspiring examples. A big advantage is the search function when you are looking for something specific. The user can specify a search not only by using terms but also by using colour combinations.

SEMPLICE SHOWCASE

The number one never-ending story for designers is their portfolio. Every Dribbble account has at least three 'portfolio update posts'. To find inspiration check out Semplice Labs, created by the German designer Tobias van Schneider. A platform meant to build designers' portfolios. Because it is a popular platform, directed at many so-called 'Dribbblers', I highly recommend the Semplice Showcase as a source of inspiration; a clear overview of original portfolios.