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Google Me!!

DestopoGraphy Revealed!!!!!

39 websites packed with inspiration…
Desktopography

Desktopography.net

Desktopography
If you’re going to spend all day at your desk, you should have an inspirational wallpaper to blow your mind every time you close a window. Desktopography features some of the most visually stunning wallpapers around - all based on nature themes so that you can fool you eyes into thinking you’ve been outdoors sometime this month.
The Ad Generator

TheAdGenerator.org

The Ad Generator
Out of all the sites listed here, this is probably the most innovative. By pairing up words set in semantic structures taken from real slogans with related images piped through from Flickr, the Ad Generator is disturbingly good at generating clever little adverts. Made as a Masters Thesis project, I can only hope that Alexis Lloyd (the site’s creator) absolutely dominated his course that year.

FaveUp

FaveUp.com

Design Inspiration
FaveUp is a site that pares back to the very simplest of galleries, showcasing logos, business cards, CSS websites and Flash sites all in the same place. The site only launched last week but already has some 250 entries on it.
New Web Pick

NewWebPick.com

New Web Pick
Part Magazine, part web portal, all inspirational goodness. NWP with it’s super little logo is an oldie but goodie of design portals.
StyleBoost

StyleBoost.com

StyleBoost
Not everyone ‘gets’ Styleboost and certainly it isn’t your run of the mill inspiration gallery/blog, but thanks to Johan’s adept steering of the site since way back in 2001, the gallery has flowered into one of the best and brightest showcases around.
Proposal Kit
CampaignMonitor Email Design Gallery

CampaignMonitor.com/Gallery

CampaignMonitor Email Design Gallery
Think email marketing is all ugly? Think again. CampaignMonitor - which is a neat email sending web app - hosts a gallery of some really lovely email marketing, ordered up into type and layout for your perusal needs.
ComputerLove

CPLuv.com

ComputerLove
Cpluv has hands down the coolest logo of this bunch of inspiration sites. As one of the grand-daddies of design inspiration, I’m impressed to see the site still churning out design news and inspiration to get your bum wiggling in its seat with excitement.
DailyPoetic’s Flickr Gallery of Business Cards

Flickr.com

Business Cards
Some five hundred business cards ranging from the cute to the elegant to the innovative. DailyPoetic has worked hard to pull this set together, so we can enjoy it!
BannerBlog

BannerBlog.com.au

Banner Blog
Although many people find flash banner ads to be annoying they are in fact somewhat of an artform. This Australian site has put together a gallery of excellent banner advertisements ranging from the funny to the technically brilliant. Well worth a visit!
PDF-Mags

PDF-Mags.com

PDF-Mags
PDF-Mags is one of those sites where I am not entirely sure how money is made on the site. But frankly who cares, when there is this much PDFy Magaziney goodness to be had … for FREE!
CSSElite

CSSElite.com

CSSElite
CSSElite is one of my favourite CSS galleries and I say this not just because they happen to have a link to FreelanceSwitch on the cover page - though that doesn’t hurt! If you want good, clean design, be sure to pay them a visit.
DesignIsKinky

DesignIsKinky.com

DesignIsKinky
They’ve been around since, like forever, spawned conferences around the world, a magazine and plenty of immitators. They’ve also managed to avoid redesigning their site for half a decade *hint*. Still DesignIsKinky continues to bring quality art/design to a screen near you.
Ads of The World

adsoftheworld.com

Ads of The World
A huge archive of some of the coolest, cleverest or just prettiest advertising from around the world. Choose to browse print, tv, radio, online or ambient and let your creativity be inspired.
PortfolioBase

PortfolioBase.com

PortfolioBase
A big categorized directory of designer portfolios laid out for you to gaze at. I’m sorry I can’t resist saying this but … ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US!
WebCreme

WebCreme.com

WebCreme
One of my favourite web design galleries, WebCreme is simple, elegant and doesn’t let itself get in the way of the awesome designs.
DesignFlood

DesignFlood.com

DesignFlood
DesignFlood does what it says on the box, with 30+ pages of design you’ll enjoy using their gigantic rating buttons to pass judgement on other people’s work!
StartDrawing

StartDrawing.org

StartDrawing
StartDrawing is “the asia drawing portal” and it showcases some fantastic work. What was best about this site however was the gigantic banner that said “Nearly 4 billion Asians… there *must* be some good artists” - judging by StartDrawing, there certainly are!
CSSRemix

CSSRemix.com

CSSRemix
One of the very first galleries to show my work, CSSRemix is another favourite CSS gallery of mine (you’ll find I have quite a few). It doesn’t list as many sites as some galleries but the quality is fantastic.
AdWeek’s Best Spots Gallery

CSSRemix.com

Adweek
If you like advertising or motion graphics you’re sure to enjoy this gallery, provided that is, that you can handle the fact that they use RealPlayer to handle the video :-(
Maxtango

Maxtango.com

Maxtango
If you’re like me you probably think ecards are a bit naff, but wait till you see some of the stuff at MaxTango. They have a growing gallery of some 400 ecards that you can score, upload, send and get inspired by.
Proposal Kit
TheSerif

SerifPublishing.com

TheSerif
Where would we be without gorgeous typography? Nowhere, that’s where. That’s why every designer should have The Serif in their bookmarks, for a daily feed of typey goodness.
Archinect

SerifPublishing.com

Archinect
A lot of designers love architecture, certainly architects love elegant graphic design. So if you’re in the mood for a bit of inspiration from the built environment, try Archinect’s Gallery of 5000+ photos of architecture projects.
DesignMeltDown

DesignMeltDown.com

DesignMeltDown
It took me a little while to ‘get’ DesignMeltDown, I think because its not as immediately visual as some of the other galleries around, but I figured 5000 subscribers couldn’t be wrong, and I was right… about being wrong that is. DMD has a LOT of websites listed but also includes jobs, tutorials and other goodies.
DarkEye

Dark-i.com

DarkEye
DarkEye is kinda weird at first, but once you get into it, it’s pretty cool. With innovative search tools and a feature where users can make their own galleries and then show them off, it’s certainly different to the typical gallery.
iStockPhoto’s Design Spotlight

iStockPhoto.com/Design_Spotlight.php

iStockPhoto's Design Spotlight
You might be thinking what is iStockPhoto doing in this list, and though perhaps browsing stock photos could be a source of inspiration, rather I’ve included iStock for it’s rather useful Designer Spotlight. The gallery is categorized up into everything from Advertising to Annual Reports, Product Packaging to Television. Some of the design isn’t exactly crash hot, but there’s some good stuff mixed in there and a few of the categories I know of no other place to find examples of.
Ventillate

Ventillate.ca

Ventillate
This is one slick blog/gallery/link hub, built by Canadians with superior design taste, you’ll know you’re getting only top quality filtered goodies.
DesignFCKR’s List of Flickr Photo Pools

DFCKR.com

DesignFCKR's List of Flickr Photo Pools
While DFCKR probably deserves to be in this list in it’s own right, I was actually more interested in this super list of 28 Flickr Photo pools as there is some really great stuff in there.
PhireBrush

PhireBrush.com

PhireBrush
Can you say gorgeous? Because that’s what you’ll be getting at Phirebrush which these days is getting to be a veritable inspiration institution. With some spectacular digital art that will blow your socks right off, you’ll love Phirebrush.
UrbanFonts

UrbanFonts.com

UrbanFonts
You know those moments when you see a font and it just makes you want to design something to use it, well with UrbanFonts you can browse a huge collection of free fonts to do just that. While I do enjoy paying for a good font now and then, I just can’t help myself when it’s FREE, FREE, FREE :-)
TextureKing

TextureKing.com

TextureKing
Literally hundreds of textures freely available - from the dirty to the elegant, there is sure to be a pattern to grace your next design.
Veer’s Wallpaper Collection

Veer.com/Ideas

Veer's Wallpaper Collection
I only learnt about Veer recently, but I must say they’re pretty cool and they seem to have been around for ages. The Veer Wallpaper gallery spans five years of designs and includes something for everyone.
IconBase

IconBase.com

IconBase
Icons that will make your drool. And what’s more, there are pages and pages and pages of them. And if that wasn’t enough, they are free for personal and non-comercial use… Yay!
MoreInspiration

MoreInspiration.com

MoreInspiration
If your flavour of design happens to be product, then you are going to love MoreInspiration, a site hosting some thousand plus innovative ideas and products.
Proposal Kit
Screenalicious

Screenalicious.com

Screenalicious
There’s a lot of CSS galleries around, but screenalicious has to be one of the biggest with almost 9000 websites currently listed if you looked at one every minute that would take you 6 days straight to see them all.
Feed.Stashmedia

Feed.Stashmedia.tv

Feed.Stashmedia
Whether it’s broadcast design, animation, stop motion or any other kind of motion graphics, Feed.Stashmedia lists some of the best
The Cool Hunter

CoolHunter.com.au

The Cool Hunter
For a whole other kind of design inspiration including products, architecture, clothes and just about any other type of inspiration, the Cool Hunter is a must see.
Mojizu

Mojizu.com

Mojizu
If you’re into illustrations or characters, then this is the place for you. With some really innovative features like SuperMatch Character War and Moji Mobile, this site just oozes designer cool!
Brusheezy & Vecteezy

BrushEezy.com (and VectEezy.com)

BrushEezy
Sometimes the right tool or resource can get your creative juices flowing. At Brusheezy and it’s sister site Vectoreezy you’ll find all sorts of freely downloadable Photoshop and Illustrator brushes and vectors that could just spark off your next uber design.
IconFactory

IconFactory.com

IconFactory
I’ve been getting into icons lately and have come to realise that there are quite a few cool icon sites around. We featured IconBuffet last time and IconBase is in this list somewhere, well add to that pair IconFactory who have allegedly pushed 60 million pixels - whatever that might mean!
Best Rejected Advertising

bestrejectedadvertising.com

Best Rejected Advertising
You might be wondering why you would be interested in the stuff that got rejected, but then you might remember that clients aren’t always known for their…taste.
11 Inspirational Books…
Letterhead and Logo Design 9

See it at Amazon

Although this whole series of books was really good, number 9 is my favourite and one I still use to this day for branding and stationery work.

LogoLounge 3: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers

See it at Amazon

Like the book above, this one is another Rockport classic, a great addition to any collection.

Dos Logos

See it at Amazon

Dos Logos, the sequel to the similarly named Los Logos, is a huge collection of logo designs. It tends more to the funky than the corporate and is packed with iconic inspiration.

The Best of Business Card Design 7

See it at Amazon

I seem to be on a Rockport rampage today, here’s another great title from their catalogue, does pretty much what it says on the tin…

The Best of Brochure Design 9

See it at Amazon

Oodles of gorgeous print work to flip through including some pretty creative ideas as well as a few more average formulas.

1,000 Bags, Tags, & Labels: Distinctive Designs for Every Industry

See it at Amazon

I must admit I’ve never done any bag, tag or label design… but if I had, I probably would have needed this book!

New Masters of Poster Design: Poster Design for the Next Century

See it at Amazon

I’m not sure who the old masters of poster design were exactly, but I’m sure you’ll love the new ones as much as I do!

Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop

See it at Amazon

You know how they say you have to truly understand a rule before you break it, well Making and Breaking the Grid will help you do just that.

Typography Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Type in Graphic Design

See it at Amazon

Not so much an inspiration book as an instructional one, this is still a must for any designer struggling with type. Once you master typography you’ll unlock a whole new room of inspirational goodness.

Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design

See it at Amazon

I often find that getting an interesting layout will then lead on to me designing out something great. It’s almost as if you just need a push from somewhere, anywhere, and once you have it, you’re off and running. In any case Rockport’s Layout Workbook is a handy book for doing just that.

Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain

See it at Amazon

I came across this book when we were compiling prizes for the FreelanceSwitch Survey. It’s a set of exercises to get your creativity flowing, perfect for those designer block days.

6 magazines to subscribe to for recurring inspiration…
ComputerArts

See it at Amazon

OK unless you are in the UK this magazine might be a little steep. Over here in Australia I just read them in my local borders because I’m so cheap! But if you can get your hands on them, ComputerArts and its sister magazine ComputerArts Projects (below) are absolutely fantastic.

ComputerArts Projects

See it at Amazon

Where ComputerArts is a general magazine, the Projects editions which run parallel each go into one specific theme in depth with tutorials, profiles, associated software on the discs and so on. Examples of themes include Typography, Illustration, Flash and so on.

Note that it was just so appropriate for this site that I swiped the image on the right from Sam Gilbey’s Site, so go check out his awesome illustrations so he doesn’t get mad at me :-)

HOW

See it at Amazon

How has to be my favourite American magazine, it’s quite practical which I like, sometimes designers can get a little self-involved elsewhere…


Print

See it at Amazon

Another super well known design magazine from the US, copies of Print unfortunately cost me a fortune over here in Australia :-(

Communication Arts

See it at Amazon

CommArts is a bit of an institution these days, mixing photography, illustration and design, it’s a great read.

CMYK

See it at Amazon

I have to confess, I’ve never actually read CMYK, but it had such a gorgeous cover that I had to include it.

And 4 free ways to get the juices flowing…
Mind Mapping

A mind map is an awesome tool to think outside the square for a project. It’s a diagram used to represent ideas and words. If you don’t know what this is Wikipedia has a good explanation here. Especially handy for logo and design work, as you can explore more obscure interpretations and representations.

Ask Someone

It sounds like a no-brainer, but if you’re stuck ask everyone what they’d do with your brief. This is more effective if they’re not a designer. The more crazy ideas you have in your arsenal, the more likely it is that inspiration will strike.

Find A Quote

Search for a quote or creative description that relates to your brief. Use the elements and metaphors you find in it as your inspiration for a concept.

Download New Music

Download a piece of music or album which is totally outside of your usual taste. Listen to it while you fiddle with your first concepts. Try some gregorian chant, tribal or classical music and see how it influences your style.