As a creative professional, you'll know only too well how important inspiration is for your work. That's whether you've just made a cup of tea and sat down at your laptop to start a day of freelancing or you've arrived at your desk at work, everyone needs a daily dose of inspiration to get their creative juices flowing.
I've put together this recommended list of 50 of the best websites for daily inspiration, so you can quickly and easily find the best places on the web to be inspired. This list includes websites, communities, blogs and e-zines – covering most creative disciplines.
The Drawn Blog is a daily source of inspiration for illustration, animation, cartooning, and comic art.
2. Design for Mankind
Design for Mankind boasts a popular viewership of 18,000 readers daily. Honoured as one of the London Time’s top 50 design bloggers in the world, Erin Loechner has received numerous praise for her unique perspective on the design industry. Always quirky, never reverent, Design for Mankind is a daily addiction for design lovers across the globe.
3. Lost at E Minor
Lost At E Minor is an online publication of inspiring art, design, music, photography and pop culture. Founded in 2005 by brothers Zolton and Zac Zavos, with Andy Howard joining the team in 2007.
Founded in 2005 by an ever growing group of young designers and vagabonds eager to collect and share the best design work they came across, FormFiftyFive is an international showcase of creative work.
5. The Design Inspiration
The Design Inspiration is a really good resource of daily inspiration for web design, print design, illustrations and photography.
InspireMix is a useful wall of daily inspiration, showcasing trends, ideas and inspiring designs and artwork from across the globe.
Desigg is a design inspiration blog that aims to showcase to you all the best in graphic and web design. Daily Design Inspiration, Designs, Photos, Ad Works, Tutorials, Graphics, Drawings, Typography, Brochures, Cards.
8. Designer Daily
Designer Daily is a blog for designers and web designers by Mirko Humbert, a Swiss graphic designer who shares his thoughts on design, resources and tips for designers, beautiful stuff & more.
Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials.
Fleuron is a daily source for design inspiration.
11. Inspired Magazine
Inspired Magazine is an e-zine offering inspiration and creativity.
12. Web Creme
A fantastic regular dose of some of the best web design out there. One of my personal favourites to drool over. Check out Web Creme today.
13. Design Sponge
Design*Sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” (NY Times, 2008) and features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guides, DIY projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers, home tours, recipes, videos and podcasts, and trend forecasting.
Core77, a fantastic design magazine and resource which has been around since 1995, 'serving a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals'.
Poppytalk is a Canadian design blog collecting inspiration and promoting emerging design talent.
decor8 is a site dedicated to sharing honest opinions, fresh decorating ideas, beautiful interior spaces, independent art and design, products and services, and articles meant to inspire readers to live a more fulfilling, authentic and creative life.
17. Print & Pattern
Print & Pattern is a website that celebrates the world of surface pattern design.
18. Design Milk
Design Milk is an online magazine dedicated to modern design, bringing you what’s fresh and new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion, and technology.
19. How About Orange
How About Orange features craft project how-to's, decorating ideas, printable downloads, useful design resources, and lots of inspiration for people who like to create things.
20. Desire to Inspire
Whether highlighting interior designers and decorators, architects, stylists, photographers or their own readers' homes, Desire to Inspire aims to do just that ... inspire.
21. Design Observer
Writings on design and culture, all featured on the Design Observer.
22. Creative Review
Advertising, design and visual culture for daily inspiration. One of the best in my humble opinion and they've got a decent blog as well as Jobs board and Directory. Check out Creative Review.
23. Anna Goodson Management
One of North America's leading illustration agencies, representing some of the best illustrators throughout the globe. You can browse through the Anna Goodson Management site and see its members work and illustrations. Very inspiring.
Industrial design today: courses, education, competitions, history and contemporary, shop, interviews, snapshots, design-aerobics, the intelligent hand competition - all on DesignBoom.
FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!
Dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly to become one of the most popular and influential architecture and design blogs on the internet.
A very popular blog by Jeff Hamada, an artist from Vancouver. Visit Booooooom to be inspired and follow Jeff's ramblings. His Facebook page is also very popular.
An Australian e-zine/blog, DesignIsKinky brings you lots of design and art inspiration. Nice people too.
29. Cool Hunting
Cool Hunting is synonymous with seeking inspiration. It has a global team of editors and contributors who sift through innovations in design, technology, art and culture to create an award-winning publication, consisting of daily updates and weekly mini-documentaries. Founded in 2003.
30. It's Nice That
Simple yet hugely effective It’s Nice That curates, publishes and directs the finest work and practitioners from across the creative industry. We love it!
31. Illustration Mundo
A community of illustrators throughout the globe, providing regular inspiration for all those of you who love to draw on Illustration Mundo.
32. How Design
Design inspiration and tips for Graphic Design professionals on How Design.
33. Digital Arts
Digital Arts offers comprehensive coverage of the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design, in print and online.
34. Share Some Candy
Share Some Candy is a gorgeous blog that shares everything inspiring from art, design and furniture to illustration and handmade crafts.
Pikaland is a beautiful blog about art and illustration or the 'illustrated life'. One of my favourites and something I regularly go to for a good old dose of inspiration. And its founder, 'Amy', is one of the nicest people I know on Twitter.
36. Doodlers Anonymous
Doodlers Anonymous – the home for spontaneous doodle art. Very inspiring.
37. Freshly Blended
Freshly Blended - a blog by a graphic designer called Nicole, dedicated to all the things in life that inspire her creatively.
LushLee is a lovely blog by 'Ange' who shares her eclectic finds of design, creative ideas, inspirations, and lovely things.
TypeInspire is a showcase of typography.
40. Logo Pond
Does exactly what it says on the tin... Logo Pond is dedicated to logos.
41. Logo Faves
Logo Faves is a logo design inspiration site showcasing a collection of the best designed logos around the web.
42. Love Business Cards
A gorgeous website dedicated to the design and art of business cards, Love Business Cards was founded by graphic designer Tom Stutt from Bristol.
Designflavr is in simplest terms a Design and Visual Art Gallery.
LilyPads - a gallery of cream of the crop, top notch illustrations and digital art by uniquely skilled artists from around the globe.
45. Design Shard
The purpose of Design Shard is to produce a valuable resource for designers ranging from design tips, inspiration and free resources such as photoshop brushes or textures to be downloaded.
46. Thunder Chunky
Thunder Chunky has been around since 2003 and is a bit of a hybrid-mix of interviews and articles. Very inspiring design and illustration portal.
Ok, so it's a t-shirt online shop but Threadless is also a design community and can be very inspiring, browsing through the vast range of design submissions requiring your vote.
Drwr.It is a portal of graphic design, art and illustration to feast your eyes on.
49. Design Beep
Design Beep is a decent website for inspiration, mainly design and web design.
50. Creative Boom
Of course, I couldn't create this list without mentioning Creative Boom. My own online magazine is dedicated to the creative industries and offers a daily dose of creative inspiration as well as freelancing tips and creative resources.