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All Googled out

So you’re looking for inspiration but where do you start to look? Well, chances are that your 1st stop is probably google, but how many other people have googled the same thing as you? Plenty. Which makes it hard to find something a little bit special and ‘out there’ – you want to find something different and exciting, right? Also, as great as Google is, the success of your search depends on the wording you use, meaning multiple searches with every combination/ anything distantly related. All Googled out? It’s time to find some new, cooler sources of inspiration.

Through being a student, blogger and creative I have spent way too many hours looking for and enjoying inspiration. I don’t know all of the best places to find the best inspiration for everyones needs but I do know a few which have helped spark ideas in my head at least. If you’re reading my blog I’d like to think you share an interest in some of the things that inspire me, so to help you out I thought I’d share a few of my favourite inspiration sources. Share and share-a-like as the saying goes…

(Disclaimer: these are just my favourite places to find inspiration and I can’t 100% guarantee that by listening to me you will be inspired to create an idea which will make you a millionaire. However, if it does help… remember me, yeah?)

Pinterest

At work the other day a couple of my colleagues were saying how Pinterest is just for bored Housewives as they’re the only people that have time to pin and that’s why it’s just full of wedding inspiration and crafty ‘shit’. But actually, I think there are some amazing creatives on Pinterest and I’m always finding cool things(I’m not into tumblr) . Staying inspired is really important as a creative, so looking far and wide for great design is great fun and helpful when you are developing your ideas. But with so much inspiration out there it’s heard to keep track of where things come from (which could lead to other great inspiration), which is where Pinterest comes in!

Create boards, pin images publicly and privately and create a library of inspiration/great sources. The brilliant thing about Pinterest is that everything is linked to the website it was originally pinned from so you can click on the webpage and possibly find more of the same or similar! It saves a lot of time and can really let your imagination run wild, rather than get bored trawling through pages and pages with no success!

A few people whose pins inspire me on a regular include:

Cinthia James     |     Bri Emery     |     Brittany Jepsen      |     Joy Cho      |     Life Love Paper      |     Erin Perin

Caroline Tomlinson      |     Harry      |      Sofa & Sketch      |     Yoshihiro Madachi

Instagram

To some it’s just an app where people share vain selfies and what they had for lunch, but follow the right people and it can be a great way to source imagery/spark ideas.

I follow over 400 people, which sounds like a lot(and it is) but it also a great way to have a constantly updated stream – every time I open Instagram there are new uploads! Here are a few of my favourite people to follow:

@twotimeselliott      |     @xpatrickthomas      |     @typographyinspired      |     @katespadeny

@owlandaccordian    |   @thuglifeforevs    |   @dan_a_wright    |   @lettergetter    |    @knstrct 

Designspiration

Ever wondered where people find all of those examples of really nice design work? Designspiration is a good place to start. Search by key words or colour to reveal image after image of lovely design inspiration.

Digdaga

A personal collection of imagery on a tumblr, like designspiration, Digdaga allows you to search by categories which is a great help when producing mood boards etc:

iGNANT

I found iGNANT after randomly clicking through Pinterest and have found loads of inspiration through it – weird, wacky and wonderful! It’s more of a general inspiration source I guess but I thought it deserved it’s own little spotlight because it’s just THAT good!

Behance

I can’t remember when I discovered Behance (I think it was back when I was at college?) but it has provided me with a huge amount of inspiration over the years. Creatives can create an online portfolio and upload their projects with tags meaning when you search ‘triangles’ all the projects that have been tagged will appear. Brilliant!

It also gives you the opportunity to follow your favourite creatives so you can keep up to date with their most recent work meaning that the activity feed is always full of fresh, exciting projects just waiting to be discovered/liked. You can also see what the people that you follow have liked, and it’s quite likely that you’re going to like it too(just like this post, no?).

João Neves      |     Alessio Romandini      |     Laura Beretti      |     Eniko Deri      |     Joe Warburton

Emily Goater      |     Kat HO      |     Phong Phan      |     Pablo Alfieri      |     Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky

A range of people from all over the world with different tastes and brilliant work of their own – check out their portfolios!

Bloglovin’

I follow SO many blogs I can’t always keep up with them but thanks to bloglovin’ it’s made a whole lot easier!

A couple of blogs that I have been finding really useful for inspiration recently include:

Emily Hadden      |     Inspirimgrafik      |     graphiczombie      |     Book by its cover      |     Cardboard Cities

Fuck Yeah, Typography      |     Graphic Porn      |     Colossal      |     Calligraphica      |     Print! Print! Print!

But just remember guys:

Research is important but know when it’s time to stop looking and start doing – in other words, get some work done ;)

With so much inspiration available and several sources to get it from, it’s hard to keep up with it all but a couple of hours every week will keep your appetite for ideas satisfied. It’s all about getting into a routine really, and make it easy for yourself by creating bookmarks for all of your inspiration sources.

And after you’ve followed all of these lovely people, you can find me on Behance, Bloglovin’, Pinterest and Instagram for everything and anything that inspires me in my day-to-day life.

7 thoughts on “All Googled out

  1. This is great, I love the way you’ve included the people from the sites that inspire you – that’s very cool. One website that inspires me, can sometimes contain odd stuff but I love it is baubauhaus.com – in case you aren’t aware of that one.

    • Hi Nik – thanks for your comment.
      I think we should share inspiration sites more often. It’s a great way to find new and exciting sources but I get the impression that there is a bad feeling around it, almost like keeping them secret so you can find the best inspiration for yourself. It’s a bit silly really as everyone looks at the world from a different point of view, don’t they? I’ve not been on baubauhaus.com but after a quick click, it looks juicy already, thanks! :)

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