I’m a big believer in first impressions–for me, it really makes or breaks whether or not I’m interested in whatever I’m seeing/experiencing for the first time–whether it be a design, a website, a person, etc. By having a professional design on your blog, you’ll be sure to have your best impression available for whoever might stumble across your site.
You can find inspiration in all different types of places–sometimes even uncommon locations such as book stores and within your favorite brands and products. Here are some of my favorite places to seek inspiration for a project:
Magazines: I like to rip out pages and put them in my inspiration file (more on this below). This leaves me with a tangible, easy-to-reference source of inspiration. Some of my favorite magazines for design ideas include Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Communication Arts, and Better Homes & Gardens.
Book Stores: I’m not sure what it is, but something about walking through Barnes & Noble always refreshes my creative juices and leaves me inspired. There are so many books, magazines, and resources on such a wide variety of topics–making the possibilities endless.
Websites: Browsing other websites is always helpful while I’m creating a blog design. It gives me new ideas for navigation, organizing information, and creating a visually-appealing design that is still very functional.
Pinterest: I adore Pinterest mainly because there are always new ideas posted, it’s easy to categorize your inspiration, and it’s available on my phone and my computer–so I can browse, organize, and reference wherever I am! Check out my boards here!
Take a Walk: This always does wonders if I’m stuck in a creative rut and can’t seem to muster up any new ideas. Listening to music while strolling through a park or around a lake leaves my body, mind, and creative spirit feeling refreshed and recharged. Music always helps me to think of new ideas too, as it evokes different feelings and emotions with each song in my playlist.
Brands & Products: One of my favorite ways to seek inspiration that I know I’ll like is to take a look at my favorite products and brands. As a designer, once in awhile I’m guilty of purchasing items solely for their packaging. Just taking a look at some of my favorites is often enough to provide me with some new ideas.
Next, I will cover how to organize your inspiration. I’m splitting this presentation up into a few chunks since it’s a lot of content for just one post–be sure to check back for the rest!