Do you use websites like Dribbble or Behance? Or do you get your inspiration from somewhere else?
I like to start with a blank page in a large format notebook. I start jotting down sketches or ideas that come to mind and, when I've reached some kind of concrete idea, ask myself to redo everything in as different a way as possible. That's how I find inspiration — challenging yourself to step back and redo is tough. I think it's better for you than hitting behance when you need ideas, though.
It's important for me to not have outside influence at any early part of the process. Good music or a good cup of coffee is the best way to jump start the mind. Disconnect yourself from the computer if you want real inspiration, I think.
I absolutely agree. It's terribly easy to slip into the habit of throwing a computer at every problem. A designer's job isn't even inherently digital.
Thanks for the share!
Digging http://www.baubauhaus.com, wish their header wasn't so massive while surfing – takes up a considerable amount of real estate. Thanks for the share!
" Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work."
– Chuck Close
I usually go to the same places listed on this thread but sometimes I read other blogs in related fields and see how they pertain to my design process.
For instance, I'm really into music and play around with Ableton from time to time as a hobby. I read this blog about beat making: http://www.beattips.com
So something as simple as choosing a kick drum sound you want to use is analogous to putting together a good type system for your project. The questions you ask yourself in that sound design process give you different perspectives when you design something visually.
A bit indirect, but at least it has a chance of introducing you to another perspective outside of the echo chamber from time to time.
This site inspires me, not with UI like Dribbble does, but just life, interiors, people - http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/
About website design, my favorite is http://cssdsgn.com
On the web I love going to dribbble, cssmania, designworklife (http://www.designworklife.com) and many other depending on what I have in mind at the time.
However, I'm an advocate for stepping away from the computer for inspiration. I find most of my inspiration comes from traveling (be it somewhere different thats near or far)
Found the coolest site the other day for inspiration. http://www.fromupnorth.com/
Almost all of their posts are inspiration.
Cool, thanks for the share!
Favorite one so far takes you on adventure through diff design related sites: http://reform.lt/r/ ( just hit the loop icon for another inspirational site to load)
Every day I look at the first few pages of my following and popular shots on Dribbble. When I need more specific inspiration, I just use their search (finding the right keyword to search can be tricky, but it's nice to explore.)
That's pretty much it.
http://www.siteinspire.com for sure. :-)