13 Sites For Creative Inspiration

13 sites for creative inspiration

For us creative types, we have our awesome days, and our off days. On the off days when it’s hard to stay creative, sometimes we just need a little inspiration. So, what I’ve done is put together this list of 13 sites that are great sources of creative inspiration of all types.

I really want to thank my circles over on Google+ as a lot of these sites were recommended by them. I’ve combed through them one-by-one to find only the best of the best. I’ve broken them down into four categories: Photography, Artsy/Crafty, Web Design, and Graphic Design.

The first two categories are not my area of strength, but I’m sure some of you out there will love them! The final two categories are pretty much where I spend 80% of my online work/play. Here we go!


I’m not much of a photographer, hence I don’t have too many resources in this area. The two that I have found are pretty great though, and I highly recommend them. If you have any other recommendations you tweet at me.

StuckInCustoms.com is run by Trey Ratcliff. He is a fantastic photographer who not only posts really amazing photos, he’s also got some great tutorials and reviews as well. Like I said, I’m no photographer. But thanks to Trey, I think I’ll be getting better in no time! If you’re a photography buff, his site is definitely worth bookmarking.

Flickr.com has a great little option called “Explore“. You can find some real gems there.


Another area in which I would definitely not call myself an expert, but relevant nonetheless. If you are the artsy type who loves crafts and such, these sites are for you.

Etsy.com is a place where artsy people go to buy and sell artsy stuff. It’s pretty cool (and I’m not afraid to say it)! My wife has been checking it out more and more, and she’s even thinking about selling some of her artsy/crafty stuff!

Pinterest.com is starting to gain quite a following. Basically it is a place where you can curate your favorite things around the web, and see what other people have curated as well. This is another area of my wife’s expertise. It’s not necessarily dedicated to the artsy/crafty sort of things, but as I’ve spent a bit of time exploring, that seems to be a lot of what I’ve found.

Web design

Now we’re talking my area of expertise! If there’s one thing that really inspires me, it’s some good web design! With so many poorly built websites out there, and everything else just copying the good stuff, I love finding websites that take their design to the next level. The following sites make it very easy to get inspired by great web design.

TheBestDesigns.com is a fantastic website that finds some of the most creative and innovative sites out there, and puts them in one place. On top of that, their design is pretty awesome.

Awwwards.com is something that I found thanks to my friends over on Google+ (thanks!). You’ll notice it’s spelled with “www” which is quite clever since it’s a site dedicated to, “recognize and promote the best web designers in the world.” I’ve definitely bookmarked it! You should too!

CSS-Tricks.com has helped me on many occasions when I was looking for some inspiration. Not only that, but I’ve learned a ton from reading their tutorials. Even if you don’t know anything about the code side of things, this site is a gold mine of information!

SmashingMagazine.com is the go-to resource for web-designers and graphic designers. They are (in my humble opinion) the greatest place to find out about trends in the industry, and gain valuable insight on how to grow in your craft. Bookmark it now.

Graphic design

I love being a graphic artist, and the following sites make me love it even more!

Kuler.adobe.com is a brilliant concept of a website, where artists can share color pallets with each other! A great way to find quality color schemes to incorporate for your next project.

DesignMoo.com is a community of graphic artists who love to discover and share awesome work! Here you can find tons of free PSDs and AI files from brilliant artists just giving it away! This site has helped me countless times when I was in a pinch for graphical elements that I didn’t have the time to build from scratch. I don’t go more than three days without using it.


Dribbble.com is a lot like DesignMoo, with less emphasis on resource sharing. It is more of a “show and tell” site for artists to show off things that they are working on. There is not really an emphasis on free downloadable content, but a great site nonetheless.

Envato.com is the entity behind a grip of sites that offer all sorts of creative resources. The best way for me to explain what it is exactly, is to just let them speak for themselves:

Our mission is to help people to earn and to learn, online. We operate marketplaces where hundreds of thousands of people buy and sell digital goods every day, and a network of educational blogs where millions learn creative skills.

You’ll notice in my sidebar on this site I always keep a few links to some of their marketplaces. For the professional designer (graphics, 3D, flash, audio, code, video, themes, etc.) this is a site you absolutely need to be a part of.


Abduzeedo.com was introduced to me by my friend Louie (he’s a super cool guy). This site is run by Fabio Sasso, a brilliant graphic designer who started this site back in 2006. Just take a look at this bit from their history:

Founded in December 2006 by Brazilian designer Fabio Sasso, Abduzeedo follows Sasso’s own experimentations and records his abduction by the world of design, which set the theme for the blog.

What began as a means for backup after an ugly robbery, is now one of the design world’s most sought after blog for inspiration and tutorials.

How cool is that?! This site is, by far, my favorite source of inspiration, and I’m sure you’ll understand why, once you visit it.

That’s all I’ve got! There are definitely a lot of sources of inspiration out there, but these are my most highly recommended by far. I hope you found them helpful!

Are there any sites I missed that you’d like to let me know about?

Dustin W. Stout Avatar

25 responses to “13 Sites For Creative Inspiration”

  1. Nayem Mahmud Avatar
    Nayem Mahmud

    Do I really want to get sucked in? For creativity I go to blogs of people I know that are into the same thing or just do a google search. I’m not in to the others that you listed. Thanks for the list though.

  2. Nayem Mahmud Avatar
    Nayem Mahmud

    Dribbble is my favorite. Mainly because aside from Flickr and Etsy it’s the other site of which I’m familiar of! haha

  3. Nayem Mahmud Avatar
    Nayem Mahmud

    wonderful and useful stuff. Really appreciate the time & creativity taken to create this fab resource! Love your web design section. Thank you

  4. mdrakibmon Avatar

    Hey Dustin!
    good post man, very nice article ,this article is very helpful for me and everone ,
    i got many information from here,so thanks a lot for sharing this post.
    good job, keep it up.

  5. Md rakib Avatar
    Md rakib

    nice post Dustin!
    i have many idea from your article,so thanks a lot for sharing this post,good job,keep it up.

  6. Becca Jameson Avatar
    Becca Jameson

    Great post Dustin!

    We all need creative inspiration from time to time. It has taken me several hours to look at all these sites.

  7. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    My wife is also an artsycrafty type of girl. She LOVES Pintrest now!

  8. Erin Jackman Avatar
    Erin Jackman

    I’m more on the artsy/crafty side of things, but I have yet to go on etsy or pintrest. Do I really want to get sucked in? For creativity I go to blogs of people I know that are into the same thing or just do a google search. I’m not in to the others that you listed. Thanks for the list though.

  9. Joe Lalonde Avatar

    That is quite the list Dustin! I’m bookmarking and will be sure to use it for future inspiration!

  10. David Willard Jr Avatar
    David Willard Jr

    I just took a trip through Trey Ratcliff’s site Stuck In Customs at the top. His work is amazing! I took some nice pictures with my point and click (or so I thought) but as my latest Disney trip showed me…the equipment DOES make a big difference. Now I can’t wait to start editing after seeing what he has done with some of his work in “post”.

  11. DustinWStout Avatar

    Id love to hear what you think. Where do you get your creative inspiration?

  12. bryan a Avatar

    great list dustin. checking out a few of those right now…

  13. DustinWStout Avatar

    Oh yea… I LOVE Abduzeedo.

  14. DustinWStout Avatar

    I am truly honored that you would say such nice things! God bless you! I needed that today!

  15. Niki Avatar

    Found you through your Stuff Christians Like link, and boy am I glad I did. I loved your blog…can’t wait to check out all the sites on this particular post. You gained a new follower in me!! can’t wait to read more.

  16. Loren Pinilis Avatar

    Smashing Magazine is awesome.
    But why do all those sites have to have such unusual names? Haha.
    I’ll have to check out abduzeedo – it looks awesome.

  17. David Willard Jr Avatar
    David Willard Jr

    I finally had some time to check out some of these and I love the amount of creativity that these artists are willing to share. Not only the work but the knowledge and creativity they bring to the table for others to learn from. Thank you again for putting this info into one place. I used to create banners and buttons back when GeoCities was the place for everyone to create the HomeStead but I am so far removed from the game that there is no telling how long it would take me to accumulate enough tubes and effects to make my Paint Shop Pro work right again…lol.

  18. Jonathan Romig Avatar
    Jonathan Romig

    These are some fantastics sites. I really like web design I just have no idea how to do it. I can’t even figure out how to design a nice logo. Lol.

  19. David Willard Jr Avatar
    David Willard Jr

    You are just a wealth of information! Where do you find the time for this stuff?..lol. I mean…I have been so busy I had to sneak my comments in from 4-5am Sunday morning after being up all night while Barbie was away at the Women’s Encounter. Well…I appreciate all your hard work and will be back to check out more of these sites after I get some sleep..lol. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  20. DustinWStout Avatar

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing Brandon!

  21. Brandon Avatar

    Awesome sites! I stay creative by going to http://www.worshiptogether.com

    It is a great site for new worship music/artists!

  22. DustinWStout Avatar

    Thanks Deborah!

  23. DustinWStout Avatar

    I’m glad you enjoyed it Jonha!

  24. Deborah Weinstein Avatar
    Deborah Weinstein

    Dustin! What a wonderful and useful stuff. Really appreciate the time & creativity taken to create this fab resource! Love your web design section. Thank you #SOuseful

  25. Jonha (@jonharules) Avatar

    I’m not really such a creative person but I know someone who needs this and I really appreciate you putting this together, Dustin! Among those you listed, Dribbble is my favorite. Mainly because aside from Flickr and Etsy it’s the other site of which I’m familiar of! haha

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