There are all sorts of different websites and magazines people like to use for web design inspiration, but like most people, I have a few favourites. So, just incase you weren’t aware of some of these sites (which is unlikely), I’ll run through 6 of my favourite sites for web design inspiration (in no particular order). If you know any other websites which are particularly good for this sort of thing, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
Seeing as this is probably the most obvious site, I’ll show you this one first. Dribbble is one of the most popular places to find inspiration, not just for web design, but for almost anything: graphic design; fonts; icons; drawings; logos – you name it. It’s on Dribbble. What’s more, you can follow users who create things you like, so your Dribbble homepage shows specifically what you are looking for.
CodePen is another great site for inspiration, although not so much for full page designs. This site is focused more towards CSS / jQuery snippets of code, such as experiments or creations people have made. Nevertheless, it’s fantastic if you’re looking for ways to spice up your site or think of creative ideas for templates.
Design Fridge is another good source of inspiration for full site designs and snippets, along with articles, tutorials and other resources to help inspire you and improve your website.
The theme marketplace, Themeforest is another great source of inspiration, with WordPress, HTML, eCommerce and more themes available for purchase. As with most other sources of inspiration, it’s important you don’t just copy these themes (especially if you are looking for inspiration in order to submit to the Themeforest marketplace!), but it can be interesting to see the common trends and what sells well in order to give you some starting ideas.
Of course, if you like a theme you see on Themeforest a lot you can just buy it! (While you’re there please check out my portfolio: themeforest.net/user/Septimus_fossett and Taylor’s portfolio: themeforest.net/user/Singularity_Designs)
This site is a collection of websites that have been awarded for good design and CSS – so naturally if you’re looking for inspiration from exemplar, highly commended work this is a good place to start.
Similar to CodePen, CSSDeck has a vast collection of user submitted CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and more creations, experiments and demos. It’s a great source of inspiration to scroll through the endless pages of items – you’re bound to come across something interesting!
And there you have it. 6 of my favourite sources for inspiration. If I ever get “designer’s block” and am struggling for ideas, a quick trip around some of these sites will soon set me back on the right track, even sometimes improving what I was already working on.
I hope you get similar use out of these sites, and if any of you have a Dribbble invite doing nothing… (joking!)
Finally, if you have any other inspiration websites that you feel should be included on this list, leave a comment below and if I like your sites I’ll gladly update this post!