In the world of each artist there is something that exists which I refer to as “The Wall.” At a certain point, we all find ourselves mindlessly staring at our work, and asking what to do next? In times like these I’ve found it’s helpful to turn to outside sources for some new inspiration and challenge. This post will discuss three blogs that I’ve found that provide inspiration and keep my designs from getting stale.
Abduzeedo has two basic benefits: inspirational material, and tutorials. But they cover an immense amount of content, across all types of art and design. The various collections on the site provide an immense amount of inspirational material for readers. For designers looking to add some handy skills to their resume, they offer tutorials in Photoshop, Illustrator, and several other software programs.
Additionally the site has links to interviews with artists active in the world of design. They post news articles relevant to design and designers, everything from web design awards to book reviews. Abduzeedo also publishes lists of weekly top sites to keep readers aware of what their peers are producing.
The blog Wallpaper* is an interesting site to browse around. Really it’s more of a culture blog with a design trend, but none the less its a great place to go for some mental refreshing. They do offer an entire section dedicated to design, but not limited to graphic or web design. There are tabs for art, travel, fashion, lifestyle, and jewelry as well.
This site should be considered more for its use as a mental relief. I find that when I get stuck in a project, it’s less often due to lack of know-how and more often due to dissatisfaction with the direction the piece is taking, or simple lack of inspirational ideas. By taking the time to look through news across fields of design and art, you can give your mind a breather and possibly come across an element of design you can use.
The last blog I want to discuss is Cool Hunting. Which is, by the way, very cool. The main reason this site makes the list is just because of how fun it is to navigate. The layout and interface of Cool Hunting is really an impressive piece of web design on it’s own. Most of the content on Cool Hunting is links to external articles, but they offer material on everything you could imagine. Scrolling down the page I see headlines for videos discussing threads from Sri Lanka, Nordic Skiing, and tips for traveling the world cheaply and uniquely.
Whether or not you find an article to inspire you towards completion, Cool Hunting offers some seriously interesting stuff. If you need some ideas as to setting up your own site, go play around on Cool Hunting and see how they’ve laid out their sections and the search menu.