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At times when designers run short of brilliant ideas, after putting in so much of research and brain storming, they feel down thinking maybe they are in the wrong profession.

Whenever, we fail to succeed in any project, we start questioning our capabilities but I think it’s not lack of our talent but the limited sources of inspiration we follow. We should not be following any definite trends of inspiration. From a colorful kite swaying in the wind to a bright red cherry topped on vanilla ice-cream, every visual object can be interpreted into graphic design. It’s just that we should keep our eyes wide open while looking for a unique concept for a project.

Few days back when I was about to give up thinking for my new project, I decided to search net and see what famous graphic designers do to get inspired. Luckily, I found some intresting replies from 10 big names of Graphic Design world and quote them below for you all to get inspired. I have only included their answers to one question:


Where do you get inspiration for your graphic designing projects?”

You probably are familiar with most, if not all, of these people, and I’m sure there is plenty that we can all learn from these replies. Lets get inspired.

# 1) David Airey of Logo Design Love:

Outside. Working from home can become claustrophobic, and it’s healthy to get into the great outdoors.


# 2) Jacob Cass of Just Creative Design:

Usually online however I do have a couple of inspirational books, my favourite being inspiration from Semi Permanent 2007 (A design conference here in Australia) , I have hundreds of sites I visit. I actually compiled them all for myself over at 101+ Places to get design inspiration.


# 3) Michael Martin of Pro Blog Design:

I use CSS Mania to see some great looking blogs every day, and I would browse the photography on Flickr a fair bit (The StumbleUpon toolbar is fantastic for it!), but beyond that, I don’t have any real go-to places. I wouldn’t sit and think “time to get inspired!” You get inspired constantly, by almost everything, and keep the creativity flowing that way.


# 4) Claudia Medellín from Company - Audacia Comunicación:

While designing a logo, I consider the personality what is going to be represented by the logo. So, we have to define the brand before we create the logo. We need to use words to define the personality, images (we can cut some pictures from magazines), types, colors. Something that I like to do is to project how the organization is going to be in 5 years. If you  know how and where you want to be in 5 years, you will easily achieve your goals if you get the look.


# 5) Von Glitschka from the company - Glitschka Studios:

I take in all the variables I glean from a client and my process and let them slowly boil in my mind. Once the ideas start to form is when I begin to sketch. Sometimes inspiration comes from seemingly mundane sources, others times it’s something I see, hear or even smell. So I guess in the most general of terms it’s living a “Creatively Curious Life” that inspires me the most.


# 6) Roby Fitzhenry from the company - Always Creative:

Nothing inspires me more than having a face-to-face meeting with the stakeholders. Once I have the project locked down and all parties are ready to move, I take a two-week period in which I let the identity simmer in my subconscious. Sometimes, the idea hits you immediately. Other times, you have to let it break out of its shell and show itself. What inspires me most is an established set of parameters, or project restrictions, paired with complete creative freedom within those boundaries. It also really helps the quality of the end product if I know the client trusts me. That is always very, very exciting. Other inspirations that help me generate ideas include brainstorming sessions with my creative friends (especially Eric Downs and Chris Pitre), reading a good design book or magazine and a tasty brew.


# 7) Heather Carson from company - Memo:

I gather inspiration all around me, from nature, everyday objects, my family… But, I am so amazed at the creativity of humankind. There are some seriously crazy talented people out there! The internet has opened up a whole world of inspiration to explore other graphic works, photography, print, web… truly amazing. I love social media. I love Twitter. I love getting cool links and information that I might not have found on my own.


# 8) Matt Griffin of Liquid Design Media:

In the past, I’ve gone website galleries and “best of” sites. But recently I’ve been looking more and more to historical design for inspiration. Since web design is new, we can forget that there was several thousand year of design in other mediums that informs our practices. I’ve learned a lot from past designers.


# 9) Alen Grakalic of CSS Globe:

There are numerous css showcase galleries like CSS Remix or CSS Mania that you can use as a source of inspiration. The important thing is to get inspired, not to steal My clients usually send a list of sites they like so that pushes me in the right direction.


# 10) Wez Maynard from the company - DivVoted:

I have now and I guess always will be inspired by found type and imagery. I keep a moleskin with me all the time, if I’m out and see, for instance, a dilapidated old shop with old posters all over it - and a few of the posters are merging into each other creating new layout/imagery, I’ll take a snap and do a little sketch. The picture for posterity and a sketch of exactly whats going through my head at the time. This, was my Sunday afternoon!

I’m also hugely inspired by other designers - logo and other mediums. The best inspiration comes from individuals who really push the boundaries and are afforded the freedom to push their creativity. It can be hard to be as expressive as you’d like in every design, but there’s always someone else who has just launched a fantastic new website, or released a tutorial on how they created their latest logo masterpiece. I salute you!


Share your source of inspirations:

Hold on guys….my post doesn’t ends with these replies from big names of graphic design world. I believe we all are special in our own ways, so I would like to pass this question to YOU. I want you all to share your own special ways of getting inspired. Your replies will be really informative and open new doors of inspiration to us :)

P.S: These replies by different graphic designers have been picked from


Tags: Graphic Design, graphic designer secrets, graphic designers, inspiration
  1. Your career advice guide On March 31st, 2009 at 7:03 am

    It’s wonderful that graphic designers have led out the secret.It’s of great help.

  1. Str@nger On March 31st, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Wow! That’s one cool post. It’s true that everyone gets their inspiration from different places but it was fascinating to read the post. Great job!

  1. Health Tips On April 1st, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Amazing designs… I just loved the second one - Jacob Cass. Its so very creative!!

  1. Tom Ross On April 1st, 2009 at 8:00 am

    What a great look at some creative minds. Thanks for sharing :)

  1. Kathleen Maher On April 1st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I’m not a graphics designer or even adept at images; rather, I’m learning, mostly from this blog.
    I write fiction on my blog and post episodes that usually run the length of a novella. Between stories, I’m often miserable-waiting for the next idea. They seem to come from everywhere, nowhere, as well as unidentifiable places.
    Now I’m finishing a story about two brothers in North Carolina. The older one always protected the younger one who ran off to Jamaica and found a place as a blue-eyed Rasta. He loved the wrong woman, and being in some danger, returned to NC, where he soon changed everyone’s life. Some of his Jamaican friends moved to NC with him. He plays with the patois, getting it wrong as often as right, and has a true gift for making everyone happy. More than happy, he has managed to get everyone but himself set up for life. He’s funny and secretive, loves Bob Marley but doesn’t sing well. Related to his spiritual gifts, if not one of them, is his penchant for women of all persuasions. And they love him in return-always.
    His end won’t be happy, though and you can’t imagine how much I’m going to miss playing with Trevor every day. So whatever fills my mind next better be good. I won’t be able to rest until it takes shape.

  1. Idol Man On April 2nd, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Interesting post.

  1. Danh ba web 2.0 On April 3rd, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Great list. Thanks you very much !

  1. Angie On April 10th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Great 101+ list, Jacob! Thanks for spilling the beans!

  1. image editing On April 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Charlie,
    Great compilation. This is absolutely wonderful list. Thanks a lot for the hard work.

  1. Gareth Hardy On June 11th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Awesome thanks, some great designers with great insights

  1. nii a On November 29th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    hey guys i want to be more creative so i need guys with creative idea to be my pals am from Ghana

  1. Roberto Blake On March 4th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Its really interesting to see where other creatives get their inspiration from, and it’s true that we all seem to go about it differently. Nice post.

  1. Luke watts On July 16th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Amazing designs…thanks for sharing….i will forward this url to our designer’s so that they can learn more from it.

  1. Archit On July 29th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Wow! That’s one cool post. It’s true that everyone gets their inspiration from different places but it was fascinating to read the post. Great job!

  1. vikram On January 17th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Iam vikram singh . iam web designer .
    Amazing designs… I just loved the second one . What a great look at some creative minds.
    That’s one cool post. It’s true that everyone gets their inspiration from different places but it was fascinating to read the post. Great job!

  1. prabhu_v83 On February 4th, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Good!! Senior Jacob,

    Please give me your Design site’s.


  1. Nnene Okeke On March 9th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Wow very amazing. I know i’ll get here. You all are great and an icon to the graghic world.

  1. El Maèstro On July 19th, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Wow, very informative piece! My main source of inspiration is music. If I find myself stuck I just put on some music and drown out the rest of the world, ideas usually start flowing soon after.

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