Our Top 10 places for graphic design and creative inspiration

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Our Top 10 places for graphic design and creative inspiration

Even the greatest designers get stuck for inspiration sometimes.

There are many things we do to unlock those ideas but one of our favourites is to browse creative work online.

Here are our top 10 websites and blogs, perfect for when you need some graphic design inspiration:
Typography in our opinion, is the foundation to any successful piece of design. Start with beautifully considered typography:

http://ilovetypography.com/

The power of a piece of design is all down to it's fundamental creative idea.
Check these ads out, they all use a BIG idea to grab the audience:

http://www.creativebloq.com/inspiration/print-ads-1233780

You can see creative ideas in many things, take this collection of wonderfully clever graphics:

http://www.visualnews.com/2011/01/14/bold-and-clever-graphic-design-by-viktor-hertz/

Editorial can be difficult to get right, there's one simple tip which designers often fail to consider, make sure that one thing dominates the page. This will help maintain balance, and communicate simply. Here are some great examples:

http://bestdesignoptions.com/?p=4076

Setting a style can be important (once you know your audience). Engaging, unusual or inspiring illustration can make or break project. Choose carefully:

http://inspirationfeed.com/inspiration/digital-art-inspiration/20-amazing-graphic-design-works-by-rogier-de-boeve/

And if you need to depict people, think hard about how you can bring alive their personality in a graphic or inspiring way. Here's are some fabulous portraits by a very talented photographer we know:

http://www.alistairhoodimages.com/client.html?view_type=portfolio&id=38625&

Use negative space as well as content to paint a picture. Just like these clever logo designs:

http://www.boredpanda.com/negative-space-logos/

Check out this Pinterest board for some great examples of simple and elegant brand identity:

http://pinterest.com/paulie888/awesome-branding-identity/

Or how about some web design inspiration, some are hit and miss, but others are fabulous:

http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/30-fresh-and-beautiful-web-designs

We can't ignore the world of viral advertising as a source of inspiration:

http://www.branded3.com/blogs/the-top-10-viral-marketing-campaigns-of-all-time/

We hope you've found this blog inspiring enough to get your ideas back on track, feel free to post your favourites.

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