A benefit today is that we are our own filters, picking and choosing who we follow, what we like, what we react to and what defines our style. Design is an opportunity to chew the meat and spit out the bones: absorb quality artwork and learn from the style and techniques, while disregarding designs that leave you uninspired.
Below are four resources that I follow and pull inspiration from on a daily basis (none of which are listed in any specific order of importance or impact).
Studio–JQ is one of the top Dribbble accounts I follow. Lately I've noticed my own design style has been largely guided by their monostroke icons, abstract shapes, clean typography and fun, bright colors.
What lead me in to follow their work was their poster designs for the UEFA EURO 2016. The way they use the proper and appropriate amount of abstract shapes and clean type truly inspires me.
Jonathan Quintin leads the UK-based design consultancy who has created inspirational work at the world’s top design studios for clients like Google, Intel, Mitsubishi Motors, NASCAR, NBC Sports Network, Tommy Hilfiger, Manchester United and Rockstar Energy Drink.
Nick Barclay is a freelance designer from Sydney, Australia with a focus on geometrical and typographical poster designs. The way he communicates is abstract, engaging, and he tends to have a well-balanced approach to laying out the structure of his prints.
Nick is an art director and senior designer with twelve years of experience under his belt. He's currently working on his own projects, but is well-known for his London Underground posters, Classic Cocktails posters, Three Colour Star Wars posters and Three Colour Cities (shown below).
siteInspire is a showcase of the finest web and interactive design. You can filter by style, types and subject to find beautiful examples of websites to help you brainstorm.
I use this as a guide when mooding for web projects. I'll open up all of the recently featured sites in individual tabs and from there weed out the sites I'm not crazy about, and keep the ones open that stick out to me.
Perhaps one of the most popular sources of online inspiration, Awwwards showcases the world's best web designers, developers and agencies. Awwwards is truly a source of never-ending inspiration.
Because they showcase the latest and greatest from around the world, they bring the cutting edge design experiences directly to you. Their judging system allows designers to weigh in and recognize some of the most innovative digital experiences anywhere on the web.
So, what are some of your tried and true (or recent favorite) sources of inspo? How do you sift through all the noise to find what serves you best? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!