As Spiralytics' web designer, part of my job is to never run out of inspiration and get those creative juices actively flowing. And when you're designing on a daily basis with deadlines to meet, you need to kick designer's block to the curb. Luckily for designers like me, the Internet offers not just unlimited cat videos, there are also a ton of websites that can refuel my design inspiration tank when I'm in dire need.
For my very first blog post in Spiralytics, I’ll be sharing my top 25 picks of websites that can help fellow designers to never run out of new creative ideas and get their designing mojo back. The list includes fresh, amazing, and very useful must-bookmark websites for this year.
1. Typoguide - A pocket guide to master every day's typographic adventures. This little guide is prepared by Benedikt Lehnert. He made this for everyone who just want to do things right. It is a great resource which explains the basics of typography. And even if you find yourself experienced in typography, I'm pretty sure you'll still learn something cool and new from here.
2. Duo - A web browser that allows you to view both mobile and desktop made by Electric Pulp. Whether you're a designer or developer, project manager or client and you're into Responsive Development, Duo is perfect for you.
Color Selection Guide
3. Adobe Kuler - Lets you create, design, and share your own color palette. You can also browse thousands of themes here. This website can help you decide what colors to use on the design.
4. 0 to 255 - A simple tool that helps web designers find variations of any color. This website is perfect for hovers, borders, gradients and many more.
How to use this:
1. Pick the color that you want to start with
2. 0 to 255 will generate the range of colors
3. Click the color of your choice (it will then be copied to your clipboard, isn't it amazing? lol)
Get started now!
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5. Flat Design Luv - A curated gallery that showcases the best websites rocking Flat UI.
Flat UI or flat user-interface is included in the 2014 Predictions for Web Design. Wherein it says that it became mainstream because of iOS7's release. But to all hipster designers, don't worry because there's still a lot to develop with this trend.
6. DashBurst - Social media magazine covering the latest in business, marketing, tech and design
7. Creattica - Inspiration gallery showcasing the work of designers around the world
8. Digital Telepathy - Blog for people who care for design. This blog contains the author designers' personal experiences and knowledge in design. Don't forget to subscribe to their blog to get the latest updates.
9. WebDesign Inspiration - It includes latest Web Design inspirations, ideas, tips and freebies. It allows you to search for the specific industry, type, color or feel that you want.
10. Sitepoint - Your daily dose of information about html, css, js, php, ruby, mobile, ux and design. Perfect for all developers, designers, programmers, freelancers, and site owner.
Looking for some freebies?
11. Digital Synopsis - Your source for personal and commercial projects.
12. Graphic Burger - Premium quality design resources offered for free.
13. Premium Pixels - Collection of free design resources created by Orman Clark.
Want some free fonts?
16. Fonts In Use - A public archive of typography. It's an awesome site wherein you can choose a typeface and check how it is used. You can also contribute by creating an account.
17. Flipping Typical - Allows you to enter text and then be able to compare with hundreds of fonts. Because font choice and combination is serious business.
18. Font Fabric - Your weekly source for free fonts.
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19. The Verge - An online magazine that covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture.
20. Designmodo - Great resource of informative material for designers and web developers.
21. Digiday - Talks about Digital Media, Marketing and Advertising. Thanks to my super cool boss for introducing this site to me! (Hi, Jimmy)
22. Greatist - Source for all things fitness, health and happiness.
23. The Daily Dot - Your online news. They report the most important and relevant topics all over the web. They cover topics for entertainment, news, lifestyle, sports, fandom, business, crime and opinion. And oh, they also have a comic section!
24. Mashable - Your leading source for news, information, and resources. Mashable is the largest independent online news with now 34M unique visitors and 14M social media followers. My favorite page here is the Dev and Design section where they give awesome resources for us designers.
25. Spiralytics - From content marketing, blogging, SEO, analytics, to graphic design (represent!), our company website and blog is a great resource for tips and how-to's on setting up, managing, and marketing business websites, eCommerce sites, and blogs
Do you also have your own go-to design inspiration websites? Share them in the comments!
Want to know what websites I recommend for 2015? Check out my other post, 15 Websites Every Designer Must Bookmark This 2015