Website and UI design inspiration
Beautiful inspiration from around the web
As digital and visual designers it’s part of our job to get website and UI design inspiration every day! By making it a practice to browse beautiful and functional designs we increase our own visual library. It’s like a mental record to pull from.
We need to get the creative juices flowing every day. By looking at beautiful work you’ll see this is one of the most effective ways to absorb and build a visual library.
Another great benefit of finding daily inspiration is it helps to keep us current and up to date with the latest design trends. By spending just 30 minutes everyday looking at lovely designs you will be doing a warm up for your designer brain. It will get you excited and pumped for the day ahead.
Consciously or unconsciously we absorb what we like about these projects. Later on we can pull bits from our memory and use them in our work. This isn‘t plagiarism, we are not ripping off any designs. Rather, from memory we are using the principle, styles and ideas from our visual library and putting it into our own projects.
Browse with intent
After a while you will start to see patterns in the works that inspire you. Maybe you will realise that the majority of the designs you like use large amounts of white space and/or have extreme contrast in type.
Now you have recognised you what makes a design look appealing and more usable. Now you know what to do with your own designs.
If you can find designs you love, pick them apart mentally and ask your-self what makes this design so good? is it the space? the colour palate? fonts? or balance? You will give your-self the answers to what makes a website or UI design look great. Not a bad nugget!
This is a fantastic way of improving your skills and levelling up! Browse design with intent!
So browse lots and get inspiration often. Try to be aware of what it is that draws you to these designs and ask your self what it is that makes this design feel good.