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11 Places To Turn When You Need Web Design Inspiration

by Christopher Lee

Sometimes we get stuck.

When that happens, I have some go-to sites that get my creative juices flowing again.  I bet you do too.  I hope you will share yours in the comments.

I spend at least the first hour of my day reading blogs and researching trends and I want to share with you some of my favorite resources.

Smashing Magazine and The Smashing Network, need no introduction.  They are riddled with content that can get your noodle going again but here are 11 sites I turn to when I need web design inspiration.

Outstanding resource for inspiration in Responsive Web Design.

Favorite Web Awards (FWA)

The FWA has been around since 2000 and there is a ton of inspiration to be found there.  I have found them to be particularly useful for inspiration in mobile web design.


Design Shack

From logos to user interface and web design, the gallery at Design Shack will get you back on track.

Design Shack


Dribbble is the self-professed “show and tell” site for designers.  It’s kind of like Twitter, except the tweets are screenshots of what the designer is working on.


The authors at Abduzeedo offer inspiration in all mediums of design from architecture, web, and offer a weekly review of some of the biggest news stories to break in the industry. I often find myself on Abduzeedo a couple of times a day.


Build Internet

Build Internet is curated by the guys behind One Mighty Roar. While the site hasn’t been updated in a while (probably because of their workloads) it still offers up nuggets of design insight and practical development techniques. Not to mention they’ve produced some pretty awesome jQuery plugins that are free for public use.



Ok, we all know the Awwwards, but how many of us regularly peek at the website? Awwwards is one of the best places to get inspiration from all different categories of business and design online.


Think Vitamin from Carsonified

I’m sure that many of you have heard of Carsonfied, some of you may have heard about their blog too. Either way, it’s a great site for design, development and industry buzz.  And, if you haven’t seen what they are doing with Team Treehouse, check it out.

Think Vitamin

Web Designer Notebook

Web Designer Notebook is a small web design and development blog that happens to be a member of the Smashing Network.

Web Designer Notebook

Best Web Gallery

The Best Web Gallery is curated by Nick La, the guy behind Web Designer Wall and Themify. This is a great inspiration site with showcased sites from all different styles of design. I check this one out daily.

Best Web Gallery

Theme Forest

Ok what, a theme site? Yep, a theme site. Why? Because theme sites offer great inspiration, consider them much like gallery sites. Theme Forest happens to be one of the biggest I’ve stumbled across ranging in all different types of design styles.

Theme Forest

What sites do you turn to for inspiration in design?  Leave them in the comments below!



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Christopher Lee

Christopher is a web and interactive designer & developer for over twelve years. He believes having a successful web site goes beyond a pretty design and some whizz–bang functionality. It’s about incorporating every aspect of the digital web to create a holistic online presence and identity.


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  1. john clarke says:
    June 20, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Good collection!! very helpful..

  2. January 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Extremely revealing appreciate it.

  3. See this says:
    June 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hey. Thanks for sharing this! Very very very helpful 🙂 I am interested in creating a mobile site, so very interesting !

  4. Mick says:
    May 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Hi guys, look at this full responsive design with a masonry layout:

  5. Christopher says:
    April 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Another place for web design inspiration:

  6. Rudi Roux Webworx Web Design says:
    March 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for these great sources of inspiration……i use many of them when i need to inspire myself and my team. Thanks again

  7. Adrian says:
    February 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for list, another good site:

  8. Aron says:
    February 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Really good sites to have bookmarked! The mediaqueri. is new to me, and It seems like a really good site to get some inpiration to responsive designs.
    You forgot one of my fauvorits A good inspiration source with new site almost every day. =)

    • Russ Henneberry says:
      February 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      @Aron — Thanks for this addition Aron!

  9. Bianca says:
    February 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Great post, thank you for sharing. Another site I like to visit for design inspiration is

  10. Anastasia Koltai says:
    February 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you! Great websites!

  11. Bhavik says:
    February 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Great Post! I’ll be sure to check some of these out!

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