10 Unusual Sources for Web Design Inspiration

Nowadays, one of the most prosperous and challenging industries is web design.

In essence, web design is a comprehension of various skills related to developing and maintaining websites. More specifically, it includes graphic web design, interface design, coding, user experience design, and search engine optimization.

However, web design rapidly changes thanks to technology advancements and new trends. For example, web animation is becoming more popular; more adventurous colors are used, more playful illustrations are created and many other innovations.

One of the most common problems is constantly finding the inspiration for web design projects. It’s not unusual to sit for hours in front of your computer brainstorming and looking for new ideas. It can be frustrating, especially when you need to meet a deadline.

Fortunately, it is possible to overcome this issue. Keep on reading to find out.

  1. deviantArt

A place where traditional and digital artworks meet. Therefore, it’s a great source of inspiration for any design projects. There are various categories, from photography, design and interfaces, all the way to fun art. Also, there are groups, chat, and a forum where you can exchange your ideas with other members or get help when you get stuck. However, be careful not to lose track of time by infinitely scrolling down, especially while your deadline is approaching.

  1. Behance network

An impressive collection of different creative projects, like web design, illustration, photography, typography, etc. Likewise, there are curated galleries, like graphic design and illustration that you can follow and always have best, up to date examples of projects. When you feel uninspired, here you’ll definitely find some idea and a creative spark.

  1. Menus

This source of inspiration is a little bit unusual, but it’s certainly worth trying.

Menus have a layout and logical structure, and that makes them similar to websites. So next time when you’re stuck, try to organize your web design project like a menu structure. Visualizing something abstract as something factual can be a good starting point.

This strategy will be helpful especially when you have problems visualizing the future structure of your project.

  1. Noupe

This is a comprehensive blog that represents a great source of design elements, but also many showcases, tutorials, icons, interviews and other useful stuff for web designers. The best part is that here you’ll find WordPress, CMS, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and many other useful tips. Whether you need to get your creative juices going or to discover a new web design trick, this is your go-to place.

  1. Look around you

Instead of staring in front of a blank screen, maybe it would be better to get out of your room and look for inspiration. Take a walk with your camera or sketchbook and look around you. Look at shop windows, buildings, nature, and you’d be surprised how it will change your perspective and help you get fresh ideas.

This technique is perfect for web designers that can’t stay still in one place while they’re working.

  1. A List Apart

A fantastic digital journal for a design community that goes beyond standard norms. What distinguishes this source of inspiration is that here you will find accurate, innovative insights on designing and coding written by expert designers on the web. These tips will help you obtain the necessary hint and continue with your workflow. Likewise, here you can stay informed on the newest industry and business trends. This information is especially important today since trends change rapidly and you need to stay at the top of your game.

  1. CMYK design

This is a Flickr pool that collects photos of print designs. If you need inspiration for your package or marketing materials design, then this is a perfect place for you. You’ll find a precious resource of flyers, posters, business cards, and other promotional materials that will give you the right creative stimulus. Also, there is a place for discussion where you can ask for feedback from fellow designers whenever you have some doubts, or you need a fresh perspective.

  1. Just doodle

It’s really frustrating when you get stuck, and your deadline is quietly approaching. The first step to take afterwards is to relax and let your brain be at peace. The best way to do so is to doodle whatever comes to your mind. In this way, you won’t be thinking about the deadline, and your brain will be working unconsciously on new ideas and solutions.

What’s unique about this approach is that it’s playful and you’ll remember the time drawing freely when you were a child. Only you, paper, pencil, and a bunch of ideas.

  1. Music as your Muse

Another unconventional way to get inspired. It’s not to listen to your favorite playlist but to consider a song that somehow reminds you of the project you’re working on, or that somehow relates to its design. Once you’ve found your song, play it and close your eyes. How does it reflect on your design? What colors, lines or structure do you see?

This tactic is ideal for web designers who enjoy creating with music and need to have some kind of background noise while working.

  1.  Designspiration

This is like Pinterest for designers that offers a rich variety of design inspiration. The best part is that it’s possible to save the designs you like and create your own inspiration board. Just be careful not to get lost in infinite browsing, especially if the deadline is right behind the corner.

Also, there is a great option to color search. It’s possible to select up to five colors, and have all designs with those colors will be listed. It’s very convenient when you already know the color scheme of your project.

Once you’ve got the creative juices flowing and completed your project successfully, the last thing left to do is to proofread all the textual elements. 


As Picasso stated: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Therefore, just work hard, surround yourself with visuals that inspire you and materials that can teach you new approaches and tricks. Only then you can do your best and create amazing designs for the web world.


Jacob Dillon is an editor and journalist at EssaysOnTime. The best way for Jacob to express himself is to write. Being passionate about what he does, Jacob likes to discuss stirring events as well as express his opinion about technological advancements and evolution of society. Find Jacob on Twitter and Facebook.

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