The best online resources for designers
A round-up of our favourite design resources, and go-tos for inspiration and technical information.
Carla, graphic design.
Dribble: Dribble is like ‘show and tell’ for designers. It’s a platform to upload work and get feedback from other designers around the world, but can double as a valuable source of inspiration.
Site See: Site See is a great gallery of creative and modern websites. Websites on Site See are usually quite artistically designed. It’s not much help when looking for inspiration for a commercial client but can still be a good source of creative ideas.
Colour Hunt: A site dedicated to computer-generated colour palettes. It can be a great source for colour combinations/ideas when you're feeling stuck.
Web Gradients: It can be tricky to make good-looking gradients, but this website helps a lot.
Muzli: Muzli is another good website for design inspiration. There’s not as many ‘pretty’ designs on there but realistic inspirations for real-world commercial clients.
Nick, UX, UI and graphic design.
The Best Designs: This site keeps me on my toes.
Behance: Behance is similar to Dribble - a great platform to get feedback and props from the design community.The only difference is that it’s more long-form and detailed.
Design Inspiration: DI is just for general eye candy and inspiration (as the name implies).
The Inspiration Grid: The Inspiration Grid is in a similar league to Design Inspiration, but it has more of a focus on motion/storytelling-based inspiration.
Lisa, UX and graphic design.
Site Inspire: An inspo site for the best interactive websites
Landbook: A board, crowdsource database of websites from all over the web.
UpLabs: Perfect for daily UI inspiration.
Identity Designed: A database of primo visual identities.
Pattern Tap: A UI resource that collates user patterns and gives feedback and advice on what works and what doesn’t.
Font Face Ninja: A great Chrome extension that identifies fonts and lets you sample and buy them directly.
The Die Line: This is a pretty niche website, presenting the absolute best in package design. Really good articles, well-curated by a team who give a shit.
Awwwwards: Awwwards hand out weekly and monthly awards for designers, developers and agencies. It’s a great resource to find inspiration and get your work out there.
Font Awesome: Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customised with CSS and, best of all, it’s completely free.