10 Best Websites For Design Inspiration

July 04, 2011 12:44 AM

Whether you’re a professional web designer or searching for ideas for a creative brief for your personal or company website, these are our 10 favourite websites for design inspiration.

1. The FWA

The Favourite Websites Awards site showcases the most cutting edge websites in flash, HTML, XHTML, CSS, HTML5, etc. They select a site of the day, site of the month and site of the year as well as a new “Mobile of the day” selection that features an iPhone or iPad app. Getting selected is the most prestigious award online.

The site features FWAWebTV (live streams), interviews with winners, articles where they talk about projects and they have contributor articles too.

FWA Homepage

2. Design Charts

This site compiles a weekly top 40 chart, posted every Monday at 6 AM, of the best website designs. The site is simple to browse and worth the weekly visit.

Design Charts Homepage

3. Dribbble

Dribbble is a show and tell site for designers, developers and other creatives. You can either be a spectator or a player…

A spectator can:
“Find & Follow – discover creatives and the projects they’re working on.
Save your faves – create an inspiration stream from your favorite shots.
Become a Prospect – add yourself to the Prospects list to get drafted as a player by another designer.”

A player can:
“Upload to Dribbble – share 400 × 300 peeks of what you’re working on.
Rebound shots – respond with a follow-up of your own. Join playoffs.
Tag & comment – organize your shots and join the discussion.”

Once you get used to the sports terminology, the site is a great community that introduces you to a lot of designers and it’s a good place for new designers to get noticed.

Dribble Homepage

4. CSSLine

CSSline is a gallery of CSS sites from around the world and the minimalist design makes it easy to view sites by browsing the thumbmails. All entries are tagged by keywords and color and the sites themselves are clean and modern, which makes it wonderful for inspiration.

CSSLine Homepage

5. The Inspiration Grid

The site is updated daily with a great collection of images, logos, web sites and illustrations. You can browse by category and search tags and the images will keep you there for hours… be forewarned.

The Inspiration Grid Homepage

6. Style Inspiration

This site features many different types of design: vector graphics, web design, apps, blogs, and more. The tags make it easy to narrow your search depending on your mood or objective and their curation is simply amazing. They present one new item every day and “have a policy of not publishing any half decent design”.

Style Inspiration Homepage

7. Design Snack

This site is a user generated gallery, where designers upload their work and users can vote and comment, which makes it an excellent way to get feedback on your work. Their “friend’s lists” makes it easy to keep track of your favorite designers.

With the quick filtering options, it’s so easy to find the inspiration you’re looking for quickly and easily.

Design Snack Homepage

8. Design Shack

You can search this site by color, layout and category to browse tons of inspiring web designs, including logos and interface designs.

The site also features regular articles and tutorials about design techniques, as well as community news on the latest developments in the design world.

Design Shack

9. HTML5 Awesome

This site features the most innovative HTML5 websites. It tells you when the latest site was added in the right hand corner of the site.

The design of the site itself isn’t the cleanest – the feature images are really close to each other – but the sites they choose are fabulous and are featured on their own pages which tell you about the designer – a great way to find new designers to follow on Twitter.

The best thing is that you can view all the sites on your iPad or iPhone. HTML 5 is awesome.

HTML5 Awesome Homepage

10. Template Monster

There are so many website and branding templates you can browse and buy on this site: flash, HTML, blogs, logos, Facebook templates and more.

It’s not for designers to get cutting edge design inspiration from, but it’s good for business/corporate clients. If you’re working with clients, it’s a good idea to ask them to search this site for sites that they like.

And it’s actually a good place to buy a template from, especially if you want a nice site for a low price, rather than creating a full site from scratch.

Template Monster Homepage

Let us know if you have any questions about these sites in the comments below and if you have your own favorite websites for design inspiration that aren’t on this list, please share them.


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