Designing websites for your clients is something you’re not just interested in, but
probably passionate about as well. While you already have the technical skills needed,
channeling your creative spark is a little more difficult. For some websites, it’s easy to
come up with brilliant ideas but others are a little trickier. Here are some tips for finding
inspiration when designing websites.
View Online Portfolios
Viewing portfolios of other websites and graphic designers is a great way to spark your
own creativity. You’re not viewing them so you can copy their ideas, but rather get
inspiration from it. Artists, no matter what medium you work in, thrive off other’s artistic
talent. It motivates you to keep working on your own art and gives you ideas that soon
flourish into a unique and creative concept nothing like the original site you got inspired
from. Sites like deviantART, Flickr and Behance have options for viewing portfolios.
Look at Different Art Styles
Another way to find your website deign inspiration is by looking at different art styles.
Look through art books you have at home and look at different styles, such as abstract,
contemporary, portraits, illustrations and anything you’re interested in. Even going to a
nearby bookstore and having a peek at their selection can spark some ideas. View
photography online and see if that gives you ideas for the website design. You don’t
have to use these art styles in your design, but they can definitely help push you in the
Get Out Your Sketch Book
A lot of website designs come out on paper first. Get out your sketch book or grab a
piece of printer paper and start drawing. It can be an entire page layout, a logo or
header idea, what you want in the toolbar, sowing color schemes with colored pencils,
just about anything. Maybe you have the layout down but aren’t sure how to design their
social media profile; sketching it on paper can be the trick to finding that final idea.
Use Inspirational Websites
There are also some websites that other designers use to find inspiration. Some of
these include Dribbble, Behance, Awwwards, OnePageLove, and SiteInspire. You will
be viewing artist portfolios, new typography or color schemes, ideas others are putting
into their designs, news about new graphic design trends, and more. Before too long,
you have found the inspiration you desperately needed for the website you’re trying to
If all else fails, go through your own portfolio and try to remember what state of mind
you were in when it was created. Was there something in your life causing the
inspiration? How did you channel that creativity to come up with such great ideas?
Often times you discover that by being out in nature, spending time with friends or
watching certain types of movies actually inspire your digital art. Taking a break might
also help you to stop feeling pressured and lead to a finished product.