What are your favorite visual design inspiration sources?

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・1 min read

Webdesign or interface design in general, do you have any favorite places you go back to for help with this whole "make it look good" part of making things? (If you're tasked to do that)

I brought this up in another thread:

But felt like it's worth its own question. Feel free to drop a comment in Nadine's thread as well. 😄


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I generally use dribbble, and some specifc sites for UI/UX screenshots like these:

And lastly i also analyze some other relevant sites to learn from them.


I am not a designer. To get a perspective on how other people are solving a certain problem. I like to glance at dribble for inspiration. There's always something new and fascinating, that would inspire you.


It's so raw and brutalist. I love it.


When tackling a specific problem, I generally use google images search to fill up my eyes with the "right" UI/UX.

But I'm sure our UI/UX experts @ayman97 at Coretabs Academy would have a better comment here 😉


In Russia there is a great design studio artlebedev.ru, they are popular all over the world and won many awards.

They make websites, interfaces, logos, architect and industrial design and some really epic projects like this periodical table or Moscow metro map

Their design always inspires me and you can learn a lot from them (including website design).


This is going to be an unpopular opinion here, coming from a designer who already knows how trends works, but anyway I'm going to copy & paste part of my comment in Nadine's post:

A really good source of inspiration, that very few people think about are designs systems. AirBnB, Google Material, Atlassian, IBM, Spotify, {...}, you name it, already solved a huge amount of problems related to design, and the best part is that you have access to them! they are waiting for you to "hack them".

There is a book that I always recommend, A Primer of Visual Literacy, by Donis A. Dondis (La sintaxis de la imagen, in Spanish). The book is not the best about visual language, but is very easy to follow, and a really good introduction. Obviously there are books a lot better in that precise matter, but this one is a must-read for anyone doing anything visual. Trust me on this, there will be a before and after if you read and understand how human perception works, that would help you a lot in terms to take those decisions about colors, composition, and a lot more things that you probably never thought that matters in visual design.


Here’s a list that I’ve posted previously. It includes other pertinent resources (besides design-based ones), as well—just to further extend the scope of the inquiry. It’s great to see this kind of question roaming about, and a fantastic way to inspire discussion and spark one’s curiosity. 😄


Here are some I haven't seen in the comments yet, in no particular order:


I usually look for unusual/parallel inspiration. Like looking at magazine layouts for website design ideas, or at architectural design for print page layout ideas.


I think if you're on the internet a lot, you end up absorbing different sorts of content and then you know what to use as inspiration when you want it. Eg. my website and my blog are inspired from pretty different places. The former can be compared to Google's Material Design while the latter looks straight out of a LaTeX theme.


Dribbble's my usual go-to, but like others have said looking at what other sites are doing is huge too.

I'm constantly thinking about things I like/don't like about random Login forms I come across, for example. If something particularly stands out to me, then I like to dig into the Inspector to see how they did it.


Dribbble and Behance where most of my inspirations come from. The last place I would check is awwward's site and Muzli Medium Blog (medium.muz.li/)


I'm a bit late to this but my usual stops are the some of the bigger sites (BBC, Google etc) but also...


and this one because it always makes me smile:


Found Uibot recently and it seems to be interesting. It randomly generates really amazing UIs.


I am not a designer but for personal projects material.io/.


instagram and behance.net, oh and dribble!


If I need inspiration I generally go to dribbble, behance, or webframe.


I like to use uplabs, dribble and google images for UI/UX inspiration c:


Definitively Dribble, I cannot count How many time I had an inspiration burst after browsing the awesomeness of designer sharing their work on this platform!


Lately everything I make ends up looking a bit like dev.to (might have seen this website before) I think the style is a perfect balance between quirk and practicality.


It's great you shared this Ben, it is good to have a common entry to share resources. My thread was more about therapy hahaha.


As a developer, I like codepen, css-tricks, and any Google search including the keywords "trend" and "2019"



android site / chrome dev site / web.dev


I really like the clean design a lot.


When I have nothing to do I'll scroll through awwwards. Some designs are really extra or out of the box but they really inspire me.