Every so often, you hit a wall. Sometimes it’s Monday and you just can’t push past that lazy weekend feeling. Other times you’re trying to power through Wednesday and hard as you try, you can’t seem turn off sleep mode. But there’s work to be done every Monday and Wednesday (and Friday - hope you didn’t think you were getting away with that one), so we’ve managed to find a few go-to resources to rely on when inspiration hits an all time low.
If you’re a maker...
This is Colossal is just the holiday you need if you’ve been staring at words and wireframes all week long. The Webby-nominated blog gives you eye candy and visual inspiration in all shapes, forms and mediums. From photography to design and paper to painting, you’re bound to find something to spark your creativity.
Minimalissimo magazine calls itself a “celebration of minimalism”. Their clean, elegant website (neatly) houses eight different categories of content including fashion, architecture, package design and furniture - so you can step out of your comfort zone and find something a bit different to inspire your designs.
Look to Product Hunt when you’re feeling stuck idea-wise. You’ll sift through the good, the not-so-good and the ugly (alright, let’s go with 'funny' to soften the blow here) until one product you come across will send you reeling into one of your very own. This is a great place to come to before a brainstorm to come prepared with some thought starters.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is step away from the screen. Our product lead, Iain Reid, recommends the Welcome Collection as one of the best museums in London to satisfy your curiosity and gain some much-needed perspective.
Both Marvel and InVision will send you weekly newsletters with insightful reads from writers with all different kinds of roles, experiences, and perspectives. A quick sign up to either (or both) will give you the boost you need for your Monday morning commute or the motivation to power through the end of the week.
If you’re looking for something a bit more straight-forward when it comes to design inspiration, our team like to keep up with Dribbble (mainly for iconography inspiration), Pinterest (to scroll through different types of traditional graphic design and layout ideas) and UpLabs (which is a great resource for UI and interaction design trends) to get creative juices flowing.
Front End Front was created by two front-end developers (surprise, surprise) and designers. The two brothers set out to create an updated and curated list of news, thoughts, and articles related to front-end. Everything can be discussed, which makes it a great place to find community members to talk to and bounce ideas off of. Plus, you can show your work off to other designers and developers. Designer News is another great community to get involved in. It brings together designers and techies to share timely stories, news, thoughts and more in one place.
Smashing Magazine has it all, namely coding, design, mobile, graphics, UX, and Wordpress - and these are just top level categories. Dig into each category and filter to find exactly what you’re looking to read about, learn about, or find inspiration about. The online magazine is a great hub for professional web designers and developers.
If you’re a marketer...
Our marketing specialist, Preeti, swears by Reddit when it comes to daily inspiration and news. While the social platform might be known for its cluttered interface and abundance of content, it’s a great way to get soundbites directly from those who are living it versus from those who are reporting it. Plus, it makes for a nice break in the day.
The Moz Top 10 newsletter does the work for you and gathers the best SEO and online marketing reads they can find, then sends them straight to your inbox twice a month for you to take a look at when you need a fresh take on marketing strategy.
A strong marketer always keeps tabs on what’s happening and what’s changing, which is why The Brain Pickings’ weekly newsletter is a great one to sign up for. The round-up offers a healthy mix of articles rooted in psychology, creativity, philosophy and science to get your brain going a mile a minute, and in a few different directions. Another great one to keep up with cultural happenings (and thoughts surrounding them)? Give Lenny Letter a go.
Inbound.org houses oh-so-much content for marketers to keep up with and check in on. The site allows you to personally curate your own feed based on what you’re interested in learning more about, and start discussions with others who are just as interested as you are. It’s your best bet when it comes to any information related to SEO, content, and analytics and will no doubt help to spark some marketing ideas.
This one’s a bit general, but we think it’s pretty key. Go where your customers hang out! Find their spot and check out what they’re interested in, what they’re up to, etc. You’ll find your inspiration right in front of you.
We're going to give Pinterest a second shoutout here, just because we think it's a great tool for makers and marketers alike. You might not find your next best marketing strategy, but a few minutes of new ideas and inspiring imagery could be just what you need to get back into work mode with a refreshed mindset.
If you’re a bit of both...
Yes, Google is your friend. For two big reasons. Google Trends is the first - it helps you tap into the latest trends, data, and visualisations from Google to find out what’s going on near you and what others are searching and thinking about. The second is Think with Google, a place for you do just that - think. Think with Google offers up digital marketing trends, research and insights in one place that’s easy to explore but a bit less so to digest, so take your time on this one.
Awwwards showcase, recognise and promote the talents and efforts from the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world. It gives a comprehensive view of some of the best work that’s being done in the field, which makes it a great one-stop shop for general inspiration when you’re in one of those “anything goes” kind of moods. Their ‘site of the day’ feature is the perfect daily dose of digital beauty.
More of a listener than a viewer? Tune into Tim Ferriss’ podcast for an episode or two (or ten). Tim brilliantly talks through tactics, tools, routines, best practices, time-management tricks and so much more - providing insight, motivation, plus enough tips, tricks and learnings to spread around to different members of your team. He hosts quality interviews with leaders and innovators, asking how their daily habits help them to achieve success. When you get sick of Tim’s voice (not that we ever do), head to Ted Talks and search what’s on your mind.
Take a look at what’s being currently featured on Apple. Similar to Product Hunt, it’s a great place to find out what new ideas are being tested and which ones are being well received. Download, test, and use new apps on a weekly or monthly basis to keep tabs how apps are moving forward (or in some cases, backward).
Have a bit of extra time on your hands? These two sites are at the top of our list too: The FWA and Product Pages. They’re easy, curated and scrollable, which means you’re bound to find something that will catch your eye.
You're good to go!
Whether you’re a maker or a marketer, we hope this post will be just what you need to spark a bit of creativity. Got your own go-to resource you’d like to add to the list? Give us a shout on Twitter and we just might just tack it onto our post.