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Our Designers Best Friend No.4 – Inspiration…

I’ve saved my favourite design inspiration site for my final post…


 

OK I admit it. There’s times when I find myself stuck in a design rut.

I might start using the same fonts or layout, or even put off starting a project because I’m just feeling uninspired. Or maybe the brief I’ve been given is vague, or I’m just not that into it…

I think we all go through those times when a design or project just isn’t exactly working. Sometimes all we really need is a fresh take on things or some new creative inspiration…

That’s when I turn to Designspiration.

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Designspiration

 “Designspiration is a resource to help you discover and share great design.”

It’s like Pinterest, but for Designers and is a fabulous place for design inspiration. You can search and explore their catalogue of designs by keyword or colours – you can choose up to five colours and it will filter all the designs that match, which is a great way to see how other people interpret a certain colour palette.

Different huh?

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Like Pinterest, if you create an account it allows you to save your favorite designs or illustrations into collections to find them easily later. I just love that it’s more focused on design!

www.designspiration.net

So the next time you’re feeling a bit stuck, go check it out. But make sure you put the egg timer on because you can get lost in there for hours!

Until I come across something else worth sharing…

 

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Our Designers Best Friend No. 3 – Fonts

Following on from my Guest Contributor posts, this week is all about my best friend font sites.


I literally have way, way, way too many fonts on my computer. I cant get enough.

When designing, fonts are usually the first thing I consider, as choosing the right font for the job is really important.

Here are a few resources that help me when I’m deciding on fonts for my projects…I’m sure they’ll help you too.

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Font Squirrel

“Free fonts have met their match. We know how hard it is to find quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work. We’ve done the hard work, hand-selecting these typefaces and presenting them in an easy-to-use format.”

If you’re looking for free fonts, licensed for commercial use, look no further…

www.fontsquirrel.com

 

 

dafont

 

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A good resource, but check licensing as they are not all free for commercial use.

www.dafont.com

 

 

 

 

Myfonts

MyFonts

“Use the world’s largest collection of fonts”

Pretty fonts – for a price.

Have you seen a font in use and want to know what it is? MyFonts has a great feature called “What The Font” where you can upload an image and it will  find the closest matches in their database.

www.myfonts.com

 

Next I’ll share sites that inspire my designing. Maybe they’ll inspire you too!

 

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Our Designers Best Friend No.2 – Colour

Following on from my Guest Contributor post last week, my tip this week is all about colour.


I absolutely adore colour… but sadly there was always a couple of shades I really never got on board with and never used to consider when designing.

That all changed when I discovered COLOURlovers. It’s the friend I visit when I need inspiration for a design colour palette and it really helps me to look at colour and colour schemes in new and different ways.

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COLOURlovers

“COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colours, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles… All in the spirit of love.”

Whether you’re looking for a colour palette (there is over 3,412,989) to inspire your next project or wanting to know what’s trending in the world of colour, this could be a useful resource for you…

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When you see something you like, just click on the colour palette to discover all the details. You can then copy the colour codes (they are in RGB or HEX, but you can convert them to CMYK) to get the same look and feel with your own designs.

All this you can do without an account, but if you want to create and save own colours and palettes, go create an account…

www.colourlovers.com

And don’t you love that they know how to spell colour?

Next week is all about fonts, so stay tuned…

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