7 Unusual Sources Web Designers Should Take Inspiration From

There are more than a billion websites on the internet. When a client or business reach out to you to get a new website, they want you to create something unique, something that can truly represent their brand and personality. With multiple web design project running simultaneously, you might struggle to focus and come up with unique web design ideas.Related image

That is when you should look for inspiration and find source that can give you some web design ideas. We are so occupied with technologies and tools that we have almost forget to look beyond it. If you want to find unique web design ideas, you will have to think out of the box and take inspiration from sources that very few designers even consider.

In this article you will learn about seven sources of inspiration that web designers must use for their designs.

1.      Architecture

Tinker Hatfield, Vice President of Design at Nike took inspiration for their Air Trainer, which was considered one of the most popular sports shoes when he was in an art gallery in Paris. The inside out architecture and colors helped him conceive the idea for Nike shoes. Visit some of the famous buildings located near you and you will find inspiration for your new web design project. Many architects have entered UI design are fascinated by its faster pace of development so why not designers take inspiration from architectural marvels created by these architects.

2.      Travel

Travel can also be a great source of inspiration for web designers. Seeing wall art, city landscape, experiencing real life and meeting different people will open doors for new ideas. You can easily translate these experiences into your designs if you travel extensively. The experiences you will have on your trip is well worth your time and money as it will help you a lot in future.

Travelling to a new country will expose you to new culture, norms and customs. This will help you see the world from a whole new perspective. It will broaden your horizon and add new elements to your visual library which would surely help you in designing new websites. Look at everything from fonts used on public transport, packaging design in shops and visit the fruit and vegetable market to see colors in their full glory.

3.      Nature

Nature has long been a source of inspiration for digital designers and Chicago web design company. Whether it is skeuomorphism features in user interface and bio mimicry in product design, we have seen shades of nature everywhere. Look at birds, trees, mountains, valleys and try to see the detail in colors, texture and patterns. Most designer completely ignore it, but you should not. Go outside, experience nature and you never know you might come back with a unique idea for your next web design project.

4.      Books

Visiting a library to find some inspiration for next web design project is not on most web designer’s radar but it should be. The reason is that library houses thousands and in some cases millions of books, magazines, newspapers and journals. If you are looking for some colorful design inspiration, you can pick up some children books.

You will find a lot of illustrations, color and design cues that can help you in your web design projects. Additionally, you can also find inspiration for fonts as there are many old books written in old typefaces. You can also design your custom font and give your web design a unique look or use these old fonts to give your websites a retro look.

5.      People

According to Jim Rohn, “You are the average of five people you spend most time with.” That means that if you surround yourself with the same people you spend rest of your life with, you will create designs that looks identical to what you have been creating for last decade. Go out and meet new people. The newer people you meet, the newer things you will learn. They can talk about ideas that you might have never thought of.

Facebook News Feed was also inspired from how people used to communicate in small towns” admitted Paul Adams, Head of Brand Design at Facebook. Folks at Facebook observed human social psychology and came up with the idea of News Feed. Similarly, meeting, talking and analyzing people can open avenues for creative design ideas.

6.      Food

Yes, you read that right. How can someone get web design inspiration when they are eating out? Is that what you are thinking? Yes, then let me explain it with a real-life story. Philippe Starck created a sculpture like lemon squeezer called Alessi Juicy Salif which looks more like a squid. Starck was enjoying his holidays on Italian island of Carpalia where he went to a restaurant. While finishing his meal, the idea of creating a lemon squeezer that looks like a squid struck him. He immediately jotted down the idea on a napkin which he converted into reality later, which become a masterpiece of industrial design.

7.      High Street

Last but certainly not least is high street. Just visit any high street and you can easily see shades of pop culture and people talking about current affairs. Although, you might not find that many people on the high street these days but still it is worth a visit if you are a designer. Visit the flea market and charity shops as well.

You can also look at T-shirts with bold messages or magazine covers and it can give your designs a new dimension. In short, you should keep your scope broad and explore every source you can because you never know where the inspiration for your next web design project could come from. Your Eureka moment might be just around the corner and you might be avoiding it. Once you have the inspiration, you can give it your own unique touch.

Which sources do you use to take inspiration from? Let us know in the comments section below.

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