Top 5 Sites for the Newest Design Trends
You’re on round 10 of changes, the deadline is looming, and the client wants something “fresh and on point.” The creativity well has run dry, your brain has turned to mush, and coffee (or alcohol...or both) isn’t helping. Where can you turn for inspiration? Check out these five sites Creatives On Call has found for you to stay up to date on the latest trends and get those creative juices flowing.
Abduzeedo offers up daily doses of design inspiration from around the world—from web design and print ads to photography and architecture. Besides their daily showcases, you’ll find coding tutorials, long-form stories, wallpapers, events, and more, plus visual and typographic trends and topics from digital, print, and even art installation design.
With more than 70 chapters and more than 18,000 members, AIGA, the design profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization, “brings design to the world, and the world to designers.” There are resources for students and educators as well as videos from past design conferences. If you’re looking to make your designs relevant in areas like civic engagement and social change, AIGA also showcases top work in specific programs like Design for Democracy, Design for Good, Diversity and Inclusion, and Women Lead.
Awwwards is first and foremost a professional web design and development competition site. But it’s also an outlet and podium for top talent around the world. Yes, you can see the best work from specific categories, but you can also search and filter to find the exact inspiration you’re looking for or check out the global crème of the crop of web designers, web developers, and design agencies in nearly 100 categories. Recent winners feature bold design choices, expressive color palettes, and attractive UI/UX design from agencies and designers in countries all around the world.
Behance is the world’s largest creative network for showcasing and discovering creative work. Owned by Adobe and with over 10 million users, Behance has everything you might ever need. Discover the most popular images, videos, projects, and visuals that were liked by thousands of people or check out curated galleries featuring inspiration in graphic design, photography, illustration, interaction, motion, architecture, product design, fashion, advertising, fine arts, crafts, game design, sound, animation, and more. You can also search by location to find local designs or celebrated schools like Pratt and RISD. If you’re looking for inspiration from a particular Adobe design tool, there’s a search for that as well. Honorable mention goes to 99U, Adobe’s career resource “helping creatives of all stripes supercharge their work and make their ideas happen” and Adobe Color, an online free application that lets designers discover their next inspiring color combination.
The king of coffee table books, TASCHEN is a leading publishing house known for its incredible collaborations with the world’s most influential artists, photographers, musicians, designers, and pop-culture icons. Founded by Benedikt Taschen in 1980, TASCHEN began as a small comic book store in Cologne, Germany. Today, the company publishes books in Architecture & Design, Art, Comics & Graphic Design, Fashion, Film, Music, Photography, Pop Culture, Food, Style & Travel, and “Sexy Books.” (Yup!) Whether you’re looking for inspiration in the films of Charlie Chaplin, Helmut Newton’s pop culture icons (complete with a Philippe Starck-designed stand and pedestal!), or a pictorial history of the Queen, there’s something here for everyone. Particularly inspiring in their use of photography, typography, and print design, this is how publishing should be done.
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