Seven Sites to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

by Brittany Horton on October 27, 2009

From time to time—even though I don’t want to admit it—while working on a project, my brain goes blank….

Every creator goes through this, writer’s block, creativity block, etc. Luckily, I have found a few resources that really help inspire me and give me that edge I need to fill in all those blanks, allowing me to create the perfect projects for our clients. No matter if I am writing, designing, or even photographing, I use these resources to help me get through the rough spots (these sites even offer freebies!).

At Content Solutions, we have a few websites that we use to help get our creative juices flowing. We “collect” the ideas we really like and use the tips and techniques in our projects to keep our designs fresh and best meet our customers’ content needs.

I discovered through combination of blogs and tweets and referrals from those I work with. I follow many of these resources on twitter, where they post about recent findings and free resources, and through those feeds I get creative ideas and tutorials.

You will never know what a tweet will take you to until you explore it. So, don’t take these links just as resource inspirational links, click on them, explore them, follow them on twitter, subscribe to their feeds.

Even if it is just for gaining knowledge, or to help you design that project that is due in two hours, the below websites are my go-to inspirations:

Six RevisionsSix Revisions – This website is a collection of resources for web designers and developers, which provides tutorials, free graphics, and tools for any level of designer or developer. They also tend to have a comical break every now and then, which is nice to get your mind off that deadline.
Fuel Your CreativityFuel Your Creativity – This website is one branch of the Fuel Brand Network, helping people like us, fuel our everyday needs, including fuel your writing, fuel your blogging, and fuel your photography.
Picture 7PSDTuts – An all Photoshop tutorial site, for everything Photoshop. This is for all levels of users, if you have a question on how to do something in Photoshop, try this website first. This site also has free graphics, backgrounds, and icons available for download.
Smashing MagazineSmashing Magazine – This complex website offers tutorials and design ideas for all types of users, including us designers and programmers. They have tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as coders, and they even offer free themes and materials. A great website for any designer.
Web Designer WallWed Designer Wall – This Blog site is a great place to go to take a break, relax, and re-find your ideas. They provide tutorials, keep you updated on new trends, offer freebies (including tickets to conferences), and even have a job board.
Digital Photography SchoolDigital Photography School – The title says it all, this is a website that offers tutorials and inspiration for all photographers, amateur and professional. They have a newsletter you can subscribe to and receive weekly tips on photography. The site often gathers pictures that have a common element, for example, last month they had 15 f the best long exposure photographs, and how they were done. Very Helpful.
Vector JungleVector Jungle – This is simply a website of vector files. If you ever need to browse graphics, just to see what is out there, and to see if any of them get you to think of a solution for your problem, vector jungle is the place to go. The best part, they are all free!

Do you have some great sources for inspiration? Let us know in the comments.

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